Terri Haynes

Chadron Public Schools

AWARE Project Mananger

Chadron, Neb.

Graduate of Chadron State College

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2020 Experiece

Focus: Tourism, PreK-12 Education and Mental Health Awareness, Indigenous Population Inclusion

The student fellows will work to complete SHAPE planning and implementation through data collection and analysis of pre-K-12 youth, with a priority support for the Native American population. Students will focus on methods to reduce stigma of mental health through awareness campaigns, as well as work with Educational Service Unit 13 to create a school-based mental health services needs assessment and a behavioral mental health dashboard for the department’s ongoing use. Students will also assist Dawes County Joint Planning and Discover Northwest Nebraska in the development of programs and marketing campaigns designed to enhance the tourism industry in Northwest Nebraska. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has already and will continue to disrupt the 2020 tourism season for the region. Having interns available for the summer will allow focus on promoting local and regional tourism through staycations and complete several planning projects for 2021.

Students: Tyra Ann ReardonSawyer Smith
Peers: Katie Carrizales, Sandy Montague-Roes, Kerri Rempp

Sponsored By: Chadron Public Schools, Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) Grant staff, Educational Service Unit 13, Dawes County Joint Planning, Northwest Nebraska Tourism

Terri’s Nebraska Story

We moved several times in my youth due to my father’s career. I started kindergarten in Kimball. For the middle school and high school years we were in Chadron and then McCook where I graduated. Then it was back to Chadron for college at CSC. I transferred to Fort Hays State University to finish my psychology degree and Certified Flight Instructor training. Then back to CSC for a masters degree and begin some flight instruction. As you can see, I was always lured by Chadron and kept coming back!

What do you hope to gain?

After learning about inclusive leadership last year, it definitely raised my awareness. I’ve found myself perpetually reflecting on information I learned in the leadership training week. Now I look forward to becoming more skillful.

Why do you think it important community leaders have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

I feel the better leaders in our community would be those with inclusive skills. These skills allow the leader to nuture and utilize the many resources our employees possess. The leader without inclusive skills may not recognize the resources within their employees.

Why is this contribution of students from University of Nebraska significant to you and/or your community?

Our community has limited resources. Having students with problem-solving skills and resourcefulness can help us to propel some of our projects forward. Our community has many good ideas and projects in the works but many lack manpower and funding. These students can help us move these projects forward.

Why is rural important?

I believe small communities often host the best public education. The schools are often the center piece of the community. Healthy relationships must be more intentional with today’s computer world. I believe rural communities provide the environment for healthy relationships and a sense of community for our citizens.

Why does now provide tremendous opportunity to move rural communities forward?

Our most valuable commodity in our community is our youth. They are full of innovation, creativity and energy. They are experiencing a world of technology which older generations have never experienced. We are parenting youth through new experiences for which we have no prior exposure. Together we can nurture our youth, parents and fellow citizens toward a healthy and happy life through positive relationships.