Carson Bock

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School or University/College
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Grade or Year in School
First Year
Place(s) you call home
Knoxville, TN
What song can you not stop listening to right now?
What If by Matthew West

What is a quote or saying you live by?

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Why did you apply to become a League Leader?

I applied to become a League Leader to continue my work in education advocacy in Tennessee and to expand my connections from Hamilton County to the whole state.

What education policy or justice issue do you care about most and why?

I’m chronically indecisive, so these are my big three focuses: mental health supports for students; equitable access to advanced classes, early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs), extracurriculars, etc.; and modernizing school budgets to meet increased needs for special education, technological equity, and facilities maintenance.

What are you looking forward to this year as a League Leader for the EmpowerED Network?

As a League Leader for the EmpowerED Network, I’m looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the issues facing education across the state of Tennessee and gaining new connections in education!

What is one thing you hope the EmpowerED Network accomplishes this year?

This year I hope that the EmpowerED Network is able to foster connections between students across the state and use their input to shape our work in the future.

How do you hope to grow as a leader as a result of being a League Leader?

As a result of being a League Leader, I hope to become an even more understanding, passionate, and well-informed leader. I also hope to gain new skills this year by taking work that I’ve done in the past and applying it on a broader level.

Why should students join the EmpowerED Network?

Students should join the EmpowerED Network to join a community of other students from across the state of Tennessee and to learn more about the challenges present in education all over Tennessee and the ways that students can take a stand to fix them.