Professor of Student Success
Essie has taught for 32 years of mentoring and encouraging students to visualize success in reaching their academic and personal goals. For the past 13 years, she has developed a strong track record of teaching first-year students through the Learning Frameworks course, Education 1300, and Integrated Reading and Writing at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas. She also works with mentoring college students and women returning to college to finish their degrees.
Ms. Childers is a dynamic, engaging speaker and has presented at numerous conferences across the United States such as TCCTA, NOSS, On Course, Cengage, NISOD, CRLA, CASP, Texas Guarantee Student Success Symposium, Women’s Empowerment Conference, and AAAE. In 2013, Essie published her first book, Packing Tools for Success Beyond Middle School, and became the Founding Director of Young Ladies Success, a non-profit organization. In 2019, under the umbrella of Mvita Consulting, LLC, she became the Founding CEO of Virtual Success Coaching.
When Essie is not teaching, mentoring students, or presenting at professional conferences, she enjoys watching old movies, traveling, rating restaurants, and enjoying her grandchildren. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Tyler, Abilene Christian University, and Walden University recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning.
Childers, E. Staying On Course During the Pandemic Storm: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of College Academic and Support Programs. Vol. 3 No. 2: Fall2020/Winter 2021.
Childers, E. 7 Ways to Show Presence and Compassion in Online Spaces. Today’s Learner, Cengage (August 2020).
Childers, E. Advisors Foster Student Success by Asking Three Important Questions. Engineerica (July 2020)
Childers, E. Maintaining an Emotional Balance while Teaching in a Pandemic, Today’s Learner, Cengage (July 2020).
Childers, E. Using Virtual Icebreakers and Fun Activities for a Brain Break. Today’s Learner, Cengage (July 2020).
Childers, E. Creating a Community of Learners through Flow States. Today’s Learner, Cengage (July 2020).
Childers, E. Using PMI+Q Structure to Promote Active Learning in Discussion Forums. NISOD Innovation Abstracts. (2018).
Childers, E. Using the PMI+Q Chart to Promote Critical Thinking in Online Discussion Forums. On Course Facilitator’s Manual (2018).
Childers, E. Prepping Students for the Workforce-One Career Project at a Time. Cengage Learning (2017).
Childers, E. Teachable Moments: the Value of Five Minutes. Cengage Learning (2016).
Childers, E. Cultural Crossword. On Course Facilitator’s Manual (2015).
Childers, E. Packing Tools for Success Beyond Middle School. Gypsy Press. (2013).
NISOD Excellence Award Nomination (2021)
Distinguished Honoree, African American National Heritage Society (2021)
Lifetime Achievement Award, College and Academic Support Programs (2020)
You’re the Tops Honor, Brazos Valley Prenatal Clinic Award (2020)
Distinguished Alumni, Longview Independent School District (2018)
Professor of the Year, Carol Dochen Award in Developmental Education (2017)
Professional Development Award, Texas-College Reading and Learning Association (2016)
President of Texas Community College Teachers Association (2015-2016)
Outstanding Service Award, Blinn Professional Association (2014)
Distinguished Teaching Award and Secretary, College Reading and Learning Association (2014)
Ambassador of the Year, ON COURSE (2013)
Blinn College, Achieving the Dream Co-Chair (2008-2011)
Community College Mentor for Texas State University (2012, 2016, 2020 & 2021)