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Chester Goad

Chester Goad

Tennessee Tech University & Author/Speaker

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Chester's work combines: Non-Profit Organizations, Writing, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Disability Advocate

I communicate the importance of giving everyone an equal shot at leadership, learning and life.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Oneida High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Education, General

    Roane State Community College

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

    Tennessee Technological University

  • Graduate Degree

    Educational Leadership and Administration, General

    Tennessee Technological University

  • Doctorate

    Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs

    University of the Cumberlands

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Education, General

Bachelor's Degree: Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Graduate Degree: Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Doctorate: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I wasn't very interested in academics until I realized my ADD meant I'd have to learn differently.

  • 2.

    Once I realized that I could learn in a different way, I started excelling in high school.

  • 3.

    I was a first-generation college student, but I worked hard and became student government president.

  • 4.

    After college, I became a high school teacher.

  • 5.

    I realized that real educational change was being shaped by legislation and policy.

  • 6.

    I began working for my local congressman, which helped me better understand policy, and people.

  • 7.

    I co-wrote and helped pass the "Dyslexia is Real" law in Tennessee in 2014 - a proud moment.

  • 8.

    Now I work as a disability advocate, at Tennessee Tech University, and on my own around the world!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    I used to tell myself, you can't do as much as everyone else. You're at a disadvantage.

  • How I responded:

    I was always my own worst enemy - no one ever directly told me that I couldn't do anything, but because of my ADD and anxiety, I assumed that I couldn't do a lot. Once I was able to get out of my own head, I realized I could do just as much as anyone else...and more. Now I know "It's not about what you want to be. It's about what problems you want to solve!" If you have confidence, you can change the world.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I struggled with ADD when I was young, but all I needed were the right resources to help me learn. Once I realized what a difference the right access made, I knew that it was my responsibility to work on making sure that everyone had those resources.

  • When I decided to get my degree, it inspired my dad to do the same. But then he was in the same class as me on my first day of school. I was mortified at the time, but looking back, it was such a special experience. He ended up graduating before me!