Today we have the honor of introducing our second #DoingItForLenoir honoree, Ms. Tamiko Loftin!
Every Wednesday during the month of March, Kinston Teens will highlight an individual who attended and graduated from a Lenoir County Public Schools high school, attended and graduated from a four-year college or university, and is now leading a career where they positively impact the Kinston and Lenoir County community.
We had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Loftin about her college experience, and how she serves the Kinston and Lenoir County community through her work:
Where did you go to school for high school and college?
I attended North Lenoir High School in La Grange, and graduated in 1996. I then attended the prestigious East Carolina University from August 1996 to December 1999, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. I wanted to continue my education even further, so I went back to East Carolina in 2001 and graduated in 2003 with my Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree.
Where do you work, and how does your job serve the Kinston and Lenoir County community?
I currently work as a System of Care Specialist and SA Care Coordinator with Eastpointe MCO. Our agency serves 12 counties across North Carolina, and I’m proudly based in the Lenoir County office. My primary role is to be responsible for the implementation of services and care systems that our agency provides, and identify gaps and intervene to ensure that all individuals in our local population receive the appropriate services and have their needs met.
Additionally, I’m responsible for ensuring collaborations between a network of community based services and programs to meet the needs of the juvenile population in our area. I work closely with agencies like the Department of Social Services, NC Division of Juvenile Justice, mental health service provides, Guardian Ad Litem, therapeutic foster care providers, group homes, psychiatric treatment programs and community organizations to help serve our local young people.
Why do you believe going to college is important?
I believe going to college is important because college gives individuals a sense of accomplishment for having a higher education background—with the expectation of better career opportunities, higher yearly income, and a chance to network and expand your social skills. It also builds an array of friends and an extended family network.
What are some tips you would share with a high school senior preparing to go to college?
Pray daily! Listen to others who have experienced college, been in your shoes and have your best interest in mind—but also use your best judgement!
College is different than high school. Your parents aren’t there to check your grades, email your teachers and stay on your back. In college, you’re entering adulthood so responsibility comes with it. Make sure that school comes first, and that you study regularly. Do not procrastinate on your assignments, either!
I’d also say, remember the bible verse “I can do all things through Christ!” Keep your faith and take care of yourself throughout your time in college. Every day will not be easy, but remember that in the end it will all be worth it!
We thank Ms. Loftin for sharing her college and career success story with us! Ms. Loftin, you are an example of what we all can be—and you are truly #DoingItForLenoir!
Check back next week on the Kinston Teens website and social media pages for our next #DoingItForLenoir highlight! Did you miss last week’s? If so, check out Ms. Shannarra Barrow’s college and career success story by clicking here.
Ms. Tamiko Loftin