Porchanee' A. White, Ph.D. — Clinical Instructor
"Having such a varied background, I have been able to share many stories and experiences that help the students to better understand concepts they are learning in classes."
- Doctorate in Educational Leadership – Prairie View A&M University
- Master's in Educational Administration – Prairie View A&M University
- Bachelor of Science in Education – Lamar University
Dr. Porchanee' A. White has a book scheduled to be published this year for educators, parents and anyone who works with children based on her many years of experience. She served as editor for SAGE magazine and various other authors. Dr. White has won several awards, including the National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teacher and the Disney American Teacher of the Year Nominee. She has presented at local, state and national conferences, written curriculum for school districts and churches, as well as served on textbook committees and the Texas Education Assessment Agency Review Committee.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
It varies but I have taught Instructional Leadership, Human Resources Development, and Leadership for Diverse Learners, Leadership for Accountability and Qualitative Research II. I will teach school law during the next session.
Why did you start teaching?
You might say it is in my bloodline. My mother and maternal grandmother were teachers, along with aunts, uncles, cousins and others. I would play school even before I was in school. I have always loved helping others to love not only learning, but reading as well.
What's the best advice that you ever received?
My mother always said that I should be kind to others even when they are not kind to me. She also believes that organization, discipline and practice are very important life skills.
What's the best advice that you could give your students?
If you really want to be successful, you must work hard now. Never give up. Network with those who are in the position you would like to be in later. Never listen to or spend valuable time with those who discourage you from achieving your goals.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in educational leadership?
Discipline, organization, and the abilities to communicate consistently (written & oral), operate technology, think critically and strategically, manage time wisely and meet deadlines.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
We must be able to grow professionally by staying up to date on new information, knowledge and skills. We must consistently write, research and read. We also must be able to manage our time effectively.
Tell us something your students may not know about you.
I love reading, writing, adult coloring, scrapbooking, genealogy, traveling and encouraging others to reach their goals. I lead a ministry called the Graduation Ministry. It helps to prepare students for college.