Alumni Update: Brooksie Sturdivant ’06 ’09 ’18

Dr. Brooksie Broome Sturdivant earned a MSA in 2006, an Ed.S. in 2009 and an Ed.D. in educational leadership 2018 all from Appalachian State University. She earned her B.A. in middle grades education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

As a doctoral student, Sturdivant received the 2019 Alice P. Naylor Outstanding Dissertation Award for her narrative inquiry of subjectivity, resilience, and agency among African-American females exposed to maternal neglect. “I am most proud of this recognition,” she noted. 

"I chose Appalachian for graduate school because of the intimate class sizes and long-standing reputation for training quality educators. The instructors strived to foster authentic relationships and welcomed my creativity and curiosity. I was also impressed with the Ed.S. option towards doctoral completion, and the programs are economically feasible and manageable while working full time."

Somebody Told You A Lie Book CoverIn June 2020, Sturdivant published her first book, Somebody Told You a Lie: A Poetic Story for Young Men. The collection consists of nine original poems. 

“The book is guaranteed to 1) encourage conversations that counter negative stereotypes, 2) foster critical thinking related to identity development and decision-making, and 3) inspire readers to recognize false narratives,” said Sturdivant.

Sturdivant began her career as a 7th grade English and history teacher in Stokes County where she grew up. Currently, she serves as a high school Intervention Coordinator with Wake County Schools. 

She is also the founder of 3e LLC, which promotes Equity and Empowerment through Education. 

In addition, she is an adjunct professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in the Administration and Instructional Services department for the Master of School Administration program. 

She is also a certified Restorative Practices trainer through the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). 

Impacting Education in Her Community

Sturdivant is making an impact on education in her community. 

Previously, she served as the Equity Specialist for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Guilford County Schools and as Curriculum Facilitator at the middle and high school levels in Guilford and Rockingham Counties. During her teaching tenure, she co-founded the “Mentoring in the Middle” after school program and served as the school leadership team chairperson. 

In addition, she was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the 2006-2007 school year and was one of five finalists for the Rockingham County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. 

Sturdivant loves facilitating professional development, coaching teachers, and mentoring underserved youth.

Sturdivant is also very active in the community. For three years, she served as Executive Director for two Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools sites for Guilford County Schools. 

In the past, she served as co-coordinator for the Ladybugs program and as director of a community outreach program called Girl TIME to mentor adolescent females in the community. 

Likewise, she co-coordinated a mentoring program for 4th and 5th graders called WOW-Women of Wisdom and MOD-Men of Distinction, which promotes character, service, literacy, and goal setting. 

Furthermore, she serves on the advisory boards for the Muirs Chapel branch of State Employees’ Credit Union and Women in Educational Leadership (WIELS) with Appalachian State University. 

She also serves as the secretary and member of the board of directors for the Mildred. S. Hairston Youth Center and on the Women of Color Democratic Summit NC planning team. Her volunteer services are unending as she strives to reach youth and improve our communities.

Dr. Brooksie Broome Sturdivant
Published: Nov 9, 2020 8:44am