SAS Alumni Spotlight: Nichelle Stone

SAS Alumni Spotlight: Nichelle Stone

This week’s spotlight focuses on Nichelle Stone, a 2014 graduate of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program.  Dr. Stone has worked with the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida for ten years, the most recent of which she has served as the Supervisor of Assessment and Accountability.

Since completing her degree, Dr. Stone has taken the research from her dissertation and written a book putting it into layman’s terms. The book is titled, “Virtual Leadership – Making the Leap: A Guide to Becoming an Effective Virtual School Leader.”

Completing her doctoral degree has also allowed her to begin serving as an adjunct professor at a local college. Dr. Stone is also giving back to the University through mentoring, speakership, and serving on the Advisory Committee.

Read her alumni Q & A below to learn more about her doctoral journey with the School of Advanced Studies.

What was the defining moment that led to your decision to pursue your doctorate?

The defining moment that led to my decision to pursue my doctorate was a series of related events that culminated with a clear confirmation that obtaining this degree would be an act of obedience to continue on the path to my purpose-driven life.  God said get a doctorate and, after a little protesting on my part, I did.

What is the biggest lesson you learned from your doctoral journey?

The biggest lesson I learned from my doctoral journey was that there was more inside of me than I ever imagined!

What enhancements have you seen in your leadership capabilities?

I always had an analytical approach to leadership, but after obtaining my degree in Educational Leadership, I began to see my leadership capabilities become more strategic, streamlined, and focused.

What’s next for you now that you are a doctor?

I would love to one day become a full-time professor at a local college or university!  That would open the door for me to conduct more research, publish more books, and share all that I continue to learn with future generations about leading and learning in the virtual environment.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering the SAS doctoral program or to a student currently in the program?

My advice would be that the journey to obtaining a doctoral degree is not easy, but it is a worthwhile pursuit.  If you are willing to put in the work, you will see the results!

Thank you, Dr. Stone, for being a proud representative of our University’s graduates and for continuing to serve now as an alumnus. Congratulations on the publication of your book and good luck with your future research efforts!