SJR STATE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS
CHEREESE STEWART (1991) - Director of Career and Tech Ed, Clay County School District
Each week, St. Johns River State College will honor one of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of those who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
Chereese Stewart began her college trek as a student-athlete, enrolling at SJR State with a softball scholarship. However, it was the education she received off the field that inspired her to take an interest in politics and education. After graduating with her Associate in Arts degree, Chereese went on to earn her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in educational/administrative leadership from the University of North Florida.
In 2006, Chereese was elected Clay County Commissioner for District 4 and served her community for two terms.
Chereese’s career in education includes teaching agriscience for 17 years. She currently serves as the Career and Technical Education Director for the Clay County School District. When not helping students become successful in their college and career pursuits, Chereese lends a helping hand to the schools’ 4-H clubs, the Clay County Agricultural Fair and Clay County food banks.
Chereese credits SJR State for starting her on the path to focus on more than just athletics by becoming a serious student. “SJR State inspired me toward academic successes and interests because it was such a student-oriented environment,” she said. “SJR State was the catalyst that changed me from a high school athlete into an adult learner, paving the way for my current success.”
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