Jeff Anderson

Impacting children's lives
When Jeff Anderson decided he wanted to become a teacher, he knew exactly where he wanted to get his degree.

“I’ve heard great things about the education department here,” he says. “I knew a lot of people who graduated from LaGrange, and they are great teachers. So I decided this was where I wanted to be.”

Jeff, who grew up in Troup County, says his interest in teaching began in high school.

“I was a referee and umpire for little kids in baseball, football and basketball. Working with them got me to thinking about teaching. Just helping them and watching them learn is really neat. You can tell when they understand something because you can see the light bulb go off. It’s an awesome, awesome thing.”

Jeff hopes to teach math in elementary grades three, four or five.

“My first two years of college, I was a math minor so math is definitely what I love teaching. I also enjoy science, especially the hands-on things where you can do experiments and get the kids active.”

Jeff is going into his senior year and is looking forward to more time in an elementary classroom.

“This fall we’ll be in the school from 8 to 11 every Tuesday and Thursday. Next spring, I’ll be student teaching full-time, so I’ll be in the school from 7 to 3, just as a full-time teacher would be.”

When it comes to his education professors, Jeff says he can’t single one out for praise.

“Every one of them has been incredible,” he says. “They are great in how they work with you and the experience they bring (to the classroom). They are not only your professors, but they become your friends. We really are like one big family.”

Off campus, Jeff has worked for four years with Pineland, a Georgia Sheriff’s Group Home outside LaGrange.

“A lot of people think (the group home has) problem kids, kids you don’t want to be around,” he says. “But honestly, it is the complete opposite. These are kids whose parents can’t take care of them, maybe because of a drug problem, an abuse problem or they’ve been arrested. This is a place where these kids can come and get away from all of that.”

His first three years at Pineland were spent as a full-time counselor. He says the children often get attached to their adult supervisors.

“I had a kid a couple of years ago who asked me one day if my family could adopt him. It just spoke to me that I had made that much of an impact on that kid’s life. They do awesome work out there with those kids.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.