Dr. Jeanne Elinor Karison has dedicated the last four decades of her career to students pursuing higher education. Driven by a passion for teaching, she began her career at the elementary level. Through a natural progression of opportunities, she took on roles such as director of the teacher-friend program in a local school district, and high school principal in the Murfreesboro school system. “The greatest part of education is watching students connect to the curriculum in their own way,” Dr. Karison says, adding that while the process may be the same, it’s always an individual experience that is wonderful to watch unfold. As an educator, she feels that her greatest challenge is ensuring that her lessons are appropriate for students of all levels of aptitude, so that those who are more advanced do not lose interest, and those who are falling behind do not suffer.