Meaders Booth Inspires Students to Set, Achieve Goals
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Jacqueline Meaders Booth, Ed.D., understands the importance of setting goals and developing plans to achieve them.
For the last 12 years, she’s leveraged her personal experience and professional background to support students in their career development at St. Louis Community College.
“As a reflective practitioner in higher education, I bring a personal experience and understanding of diverse ethnic, economic and marginalized populations,” she said. “I was raised to care. I was raised to share. I was raised to be my best and to help others to become their very best. My education broadened my lens, and I’m committed to sharing the principles and experiences that helped shape my success with our students.”
Meaders Booth currently serves as the district manager for career development. In addition to forging partnerships with area employers, she assists employees with guiding students through various areas of the career planning process, from selecting their majors to writing resumes and cover letters, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and more.
“The best part of my job is building relationships and making connections to meet set objectives. This includes my role as a mentor,” she said. “Through my role at STLCC, I have helped develop young women and men in my church, my social network, my community organizations, and my beloved sisterhood sorority, to cultivate their interest for the greater good and to value themselves. It’s a priceless moment to see the positive impact made on a student or graduate as they transition into their chosen career.”
Meaders Booth got her start at community college. From there, she earned a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and a master’s degree in counseling education from Mississippi State University. She then earned a doctorate in higher education leadership from Maryville University.
“It’s important to remember that it’s not where you start, but where you finish,” she said. “If you have the temperament of a life-long learner, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. I truly believe that STLCC is well-positioned to provide students with a progressive start on their educational plan.”
Outside of work, Meaders Booth enjoys learning about the beauty industry, including scalp care. She’s also a self-proclaimed burger snob who loves trying them and rating them.