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  • LeAnn Wills

The Chatter Box: Time for introductions!

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

How do you feel about introductions? As a reader of many blogs, I feel like I can't really know someone unless I know them, ya know? As the one currently writing this blog I'm slightly cringing at the thought of being self-promoting. So, I'm not going to do that. I want you to know me for who I actually am! This blog is a place to chat it up about the transitional period of time I am in pursuing higher education. It is a conversational place to talk about the topics of discussion in classes, projects, lessons I teach at internship, and all other thoughts that come to mind. Now, let's get to that introduction, shall we?

Welcome to my blog! My name is LeAnn Wills. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska (last frontier woot woot!) and moved to East Tennessee my senior year of high school.I grew up riding snow machines, bushwhacking through the wild wilderness, and hiking the scenic trails of the Pacific North West.

I am a current Tennesseean who loves the rich culture of the area as well as the beautiful scenery. Three generations of my family have enjoyed coming to East Tennessee to vacation, so living here has great sentimental value. I can often be found with my chocolate lab Koda Bear going on adventures throughout the Great Smoky Mountains.

I am the daughter of two U.S. Army veterans and have watched the dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice of my parents with great admiration. I have always been involved in working with military families and will continue doing so professionally. I think I have a unique take on the whole "it takes a village" saying- being from Alaska I most certainly learned that my community was my village, but being a military child provided me a different village. Both helped raise me, lift me up, and support me. I will be forever thankful.

I am a graduate student at Vanderbilt University pursuing my M.Ed in Human Development Counseling with licensure in school counseling. I intend to work with military families, rural and isolated communities, and advocate for access to service for rural and underrepresented populations. There are numerous systemic inequalities that act as barriers for individuals to get the goods, services, and support they deserve. Actions speak louder than words-it is time to make a positive change about these issues and provide people the access to services and resources they need.

I am me! I welcome you to read the subsequent posts as I navigate this winding path of early adulthood, take in all that I learn from these various experiences, and develop a sense of identity about who I am as a future counselor. I welcome you along this journey :)

All my love,


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