FCC Grad Cheryl Felty, Education Career
Cheryl Felty is pictured with her husband Bruce and son Cody of Robinson, IL.
All three have earned an associate degree through Frontier Community College.
Cheryl Weedon Felty is a strong advocate for education and has spent the past 25 years impacting the social, personal, and intellectual development of others. She currently serves as both the Special Education Director for the Lawrenceville Community Unit School District 20 and Counselor at Parkview Jr. High. Felty credits Frontier Community College for laying the foundation for a successful journey in her educational and professional career.
During her junior year at Fairfield Community High School, Felty enrolled in an evening psychology class at FCC with the encouragement of her high school counselor, the late Leon Bankston. She enjoyed the class so much; she decided to enroll each semester thereafter in evening, Saturday, and summer classes. “Taking classes at Frontier was a good way to start my college education,” stated Felty. “Many of the instructors were also my high school teachers, I knew others in the class, and it was a very comfortable learning environment.”
Setting her sights on completing a degree early, Felty started a checklist and began choosing courses that allowed her to complete an Associate’s in Science degree the summer after high school graduation. That fall when Felty enrolled at Eastern Illinois University, she registered as a junior and began taking upper level education courses. With heavy course loads over the next three semesters (fall, spring, and summer) at EIU, Felty began student teaching in the fall of 1984 and completed the Bachelor’s of Science degree 19 months after high school graduation.
Over the span of 25 years, Felty has built an extensive professional background in the educational field. She served four years with the Regional Office of Education #20 as a grant writer and Safety Coordinator educating the community on alcohol prevention, seat belt and child safety seats. When the grant expired, she moved over to the Regional Office of Education #12 (Lawrence/Crawford Counties)and continued as a grant writer. She later worked as the Literacy Coordinator for Lawrence and Crawford Counties. Felty worked with highly educated inmates at the Robinson Correctional Center teaching them how to tutor the illiterate inmates until they could read.
Felty has also spent several years inside the classroom. She taught fourth-grade at the Allendale Grade School before transferring to Crestwood Elementary in Paris where she taught seventh and eighth grades and served as a school counselor and special education coordinator. For the last ten years, Felty has worked within the Lawrenceville school system as a school counselor, assistant principal at Parkside Elementary, and as the Special Education Coordinator for the district.
“Frontier Community College gave me a wonderful head start and a degree in Education opens the doors for so many employment opportunities,” stated Felty. “I try to encourage my students each day and stress that anything is possible. College may sound scary, but I tell them to set small milestones and enroll in one college class at a time. I also encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities available through Frontier Community College in Lawrenceville. The decision to attend college is a commitment to being a professional student for a few years, but it paves the way to a bright future.”