As Deanna's career has developed over the years, A&M-Commerce has consistently provided the education she needs to reach her goals. In fact, Deanna has earned two degrees and a teaching certification from A&M-Commerce! Currently, she serves as an administrative assistant in the Office of Student Engagement. She describes admin work as her “first love.” Deanna enjoys the busy comings-and-goings of involved students in the Student Engagement office. Helping students brings her joy!
How do you help students at A&M-Commerce?
Most of our students know that if they need anything—from office supplies to resources and information—they can come see “Ms. Chris,” and I will help in every way I can.
A Conversation with Deanna
What do you like most about your role here at A&M-Commerce?
I really enjoy interacting with all the students. We house the offices for the Campus Activities Board, the Student Government Association, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and other student organizations, so a lot of students come in and out of our offices. They are warmly welcomed here, and they are a joy to talk to and help.
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
A&M-Commerce is a nice school. It's a little laid back and has many helpful teachers.
Tell us about your education and career journey.
I was raised in the Commerce area and came to East Texas State University (now A&M-Commerce) to pursue my first degree. After graduation, I went to work in Wolfe City as a secretary at Ennis Texas Tag. After a couple of years, I was hired for a secretary role by E-Systems. As personal computers started to come out, E-Systems offered to pay for courses if employees went to college. I did, and I received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. After getting caught in a workforce reduction from Raytheon/E-Systems, I went back to A&M-Commerce to get my teaching certificate in special education while I substitute taught at Greenville ISD and other area schools. After serving in education from 2004 to 2017, I decided to pursue an administrative assistant position, which is my first love.
- BBA in Office Management, East Texas State University, 1980
- B.S. in Computer Information Systems, East Texas State University, 1993
- Alternative Certification in Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2007