Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Ethelstine Lett

Anna Newman Alumni, Education

Dr. Ethelstine Lett

MOBILE, Ala. –  Since its founding in 1961, University of Mobile has been investing in students who are going out into the world and making it a brighter place. Dr. Ethelstine Lett is doing just that as the principal of S.L. Lewis Elementary school in College Park, Georgia.

Lett graduated from UM in 1997 with a Master of Arts in education. Because of the training she received through UM and her outstanding record of success in the field of education, she is charged with leading change and implementing a turnaround in a school. This requires her to coach teachers, improve academic outcomes for students, and get parents more involved in the education of their students.

Lett didn’t always plan to be a school administrator.

“I knew I wanted to work in a classroom, but I wasn’t sure what exactly it was I wanted to do,” said Lett. Through her classes at UM, she learned how important it was to not only teach students how to read, but also to appreciate where the students come from and to love them for who they are.

“You can’t be a good teacher unless you love the kids first,” said Lett. “This learning was cutting edge, before there was research out about it.”

She is committed to creating a culture of love and support within the school environment, as well as in the community. As part of that commitment, she attends the home-owner’s association in her school community. Although Lett does not live here herself, she tells the other members, “My school lives here, so I will be here!” She regularly shops and exercises in the school community so the families who attend her school can see her presence in the community.

Lett is also involved in community outreach through the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and by hosting parent meetings outside of school to educate them on how to communicate effectively with the school.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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About the Author
Anna Newman

Anna Newman

Anna Newman is a communications intern in the Office for Marketing & Public Relations and a resident assistant at University of Mobile. She will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a minor in history. She served on the Campus Activities Board at UM, where her passion for creating fun environments for students and the inspiration to become an RA began. Anna loves watching movies with her fiancé, whom she will marry in May. She enjoys authentic Italian food, spending quality time with friends and loved ones, as well as finding fun ways to stay active.