New extension agent
By Jeff Whitten
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Selmer Extension office will have a new agent on July 1.
Schancey Spears Chapman will start her new job as a Family Consumer Science Adult Extension Agent.
“I will do a lot of adult programming, diabetes programming, arthritis, anything with financial, human development and health and nutrition,” said Chapman.
Chapman currently serves as a program assistant, working with children. She has worked for UT Extension for the past two years.
In her old job, Chapman has done nutrition programs in the school and community.
“We focus on courses that make the community more healthy and food safety,” she said.
Chapman will shift her focus from children to adults in her new job.
One of the programs she will be involved in is Real Talk, a sex education program for mothers and daughters.
A financial program called Tennessee Saves will be another one she will be conducting.
Chapman is originally from Erin, in middle Tennessee.
She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2009 with a degree in Consumer Science and a concentration in Child and Family Studies.
She did some of her internships here and in Hardin County.
“I got some experience with extension and I ended up loving it. Then this program assistant job became open, and then I applied for it to get my foot in the door, and hopefully to become an agent, which I’ve done. That was my goal and after two years, it happened,” she said.
She is married to Jayte Chapman, who is from here.
“I always wanted to work with people, whether it was adults or children. I wanted to make their lives better. When I did my internship, I thought, ‘This is great,’” Chapman said.
“I’m very excited to start working with adults,” Chapman said when asked if she was excited about her new job.
She is also excited to be working with Family Community Education clubs.
“They do a lot of the community work and I’m very excited to start with them and just meet a lot of people in the community,” she said.