Jocelyn Chadwick is President of NCTE. To this role she brings more than 30 years experience as a teacher, scholar, and author. Spending the first ten years of her career as a high school English teacher, Chadwick went on to inspire young minds at higher learning institutions in Texas. She recently served as professor of English at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education and is now a guest lecturer at Harvard, She is also a nationally recognized Mark Twain scholar. This year she is the Program Chair for the 2017 Annual Convention in St. Louis: "Teaching Our Students Today, Tomorrow, Forever: Recapturing Our Voices, Our Agency, Our Mission." In her call for proposals Chadwick explains that she chose this theme because "2017 is our year to celebrate ourselves, sing ourselves, sharing and melding our assumptions and our aspirations, "For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you” (Whitman, "Song of Myself,” 1855). And who ultimately benefits from this renewal, this rebuilding, this self-empowerment? Our students today, tomorrow, and forever."