New Middle School Program Aims to Foster Future Leaders

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Mobile Rundown Staff

Guess what’s coming to some schools in Mobile County this year!

A brand new leadership course, and it’s going to have a huge impact!

We shine a spotlight on Susana Hendrick, a Mobile native who’s served in the Navy for the past 19 years. 

With one left in the reserves before retirement, she’s following her passion and becoming a teacher. 

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She’s super pumped to work with the kids and equip them with essential life skills. 

This school year, Hendrick is the lead instructor for the Leadership Officer Training Corps Program, AKA LOTC

This new course will be offered in seven middle schools in the county. 

The schools include: 

  • Calloway-Smith Middle School 
  • Lott Middle School 
  • Semmes Middle School 
  • Pillans Middle School 
  • Washington Middle School
  • Hankins Middle School 
  • Williamson High School 
  • Middle Grades Preparatory Academy 

So, what’s LOTC about? 

It’s a leadership program designed for middle schoolers, giving them a chance to explore career options and grasp the concept of effective leadership. 

Hendrick knows these kids can use these skills to be responsible and accountable citizens in their community. 

This program was actually a big hit in Texas and Georgia, and now it’s expanding to Alabama

Mobile County’s school system will be the first in the state to offer it! 

And just to be clear, this is not about military training or being strict

This is all about fostering a positive environment and giving students some fun opportunities. 

Think workshops, robotics, and friendly competitions. 

Middle schoolers in grades 6-8 can still sign up for the program at their schools. 

PLUS, this course will count as credit for physical education. Sweet! 

Needless to say, we’re thrilled that our school system is taking the initiative to bring this amazing opportunity to its students. 


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