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Justice Davis

Justice Davis

Go! Fight! Win!

Who’s got spirit? Justice Davis does. She’s the Lebanon High School cheer coach and an MSU-Lebanon elementary education student.

Justice Davis spends her fall evenings under the Friday night lights, coaching her squad of Lebanon High School cheerleaders.

“I love working in the field of education and coaching because it gives me the chance to get to know the youth in my community and hopefully make a difference in their lives.”

Balancing roles: teacher, coach and student

On other weekday evenings, she is at class herself. Justice is a student in the elementary education program at MSU-Lebanon.

“You do not feel like a face in the crowd at MSU in Lebanon.” 

So, in addition to working as a long-term sub for the school district and the high school cheer coach, she is also a full-time student.

She takes classes at the MSU-Lebanon campus or online.

The scheduling is a lot to manage. Justice doesn’t just have her own schedule to coordinate. She’s also mom to a kindergartener. Her boyfriend is also a teacher and coach at the high school. 

“We both have very demanding schedules but try to make as much time as possible for family.”  

The benefits of home

Justice Davis with assistant cheerleading coach and Lebanon High School cheerleaders.

The key to making it all balance is taking classes close to home. 

“I appreciate being able to attend school in the town where I live. Working full-time and having a little one to take care of, I would not be able to drive to Springfield multiple times a week to go to school.” 

In addition to the convenient location of MSU-Lebanon's campus, she appreciates other things the campus has to offer. Cohorts offer a smaller setting for learning.

Justice appreciates studying with her cohort, and really getting to know them as future fellow educators.

Also, the faculty at MSU-Lebanon are also teachers in the Lebanon district. They provide valuable lessons from their own personal classroom experiences. She considers the faculty mentors, in addition to instructors.