Angelina College’s Aaron Grimes recently was selected president of the Texas Association of Developmental Education (TADE), which is the Texas chapter of the National Organization for Student Success (NOSS).
The Lufkin native, an instructor in AC’s School of Arts and Education, said TADE “exists to provide useful tools, resources and support to all college faculty and employees.”
“One of the most beneficial opportunities we provide is our state College Academic Support Programs (CASP) conference,” Grimes said. “We work with the Texas chapter of the College Reading and Learning Association to bring this quality conference to Texas every year.
“The element of developmental education, as any educator well knows, is in a constant state of flux and change, and the CASP conference addresses many of these changing issues in developmental education. We are proud to be the Texas state chapter of NOSS, and we are also proud of the fact that we are one of the largest chapters in the organization, serving a vast array of colleges across our state.” Grimes said his organization recently launched a new web site (www.casp-tx.org) in an effort to establish a web presence and “unify our processes and communicate more efficiently.”
“My main focus for TADE is to strengthen what we already have in place,” Grimes said. “We will substantially improve our conference and what it offers.”
NOSS, according to information located on its web site, “exists to assist educational professionals in making a positive difference in the lives of students.”
“The Texas chapter of NOSS pledges to do the same,” Grimes said. “TADE helps provide a quality professional conference that offers professionals the latest in research and tremendous opportunities to network with colleagues regarding what works best in post-secondary developmental education.”
Grimes earned his Associate of Applied Science degree from AC and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SFASU. Prior to arriving at AC as an instructor, Grimes was an English teacher at Nacogdoches High School for 10 years.
“I am following some extremely talented and innovative leaders,” Grimes said. “I consider it a great honor to have the confidence of the CASP board and membership in my leadership. This is a great opportunity to help provide direction and support to those involved in developmental education. Struggling students need support and guidance.
“I am reminded of something John Andrew Holmes said: ‘There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.’ We help get students to the next level.”