Higher education leader Carnell Tate is passionate about creating lasting change, starting with education. Since 2015, he has been helping students and educators connect with professionals as an engineering student and mathematics tutor.
With half a decade of experience as an educator, Carnell uses his perspective as a student leader and a millennial to relate to students. He attracts, motivates, and leads students to better outcomes. To secure their academic success, he uses his experiences to connect students with professional opportunities such as interdisciplinary exposure to mechanical, civil, electrical, computer engineering as well as architecture and construction management.
“After tutoring STEM subjects for five years now, and being a higher education leader for the past two years, poor marks from my students and colleagues usually do not come from a lack of intelligence or skill but rather the fear of being frustrated and avoiding ‘the suck’,” Carnell explains.
Working with the STEM community for half a decade, Carnell has helped failing students turn into scholars by tapping into their academic potential. He then adds, “What students have trouble seeing is that ‘the suck’ is not permanent and goes away with more practice. It’s common sense, but it’s easier to make those adjustments 1-on-1.”
Carnell’s dedication to further education is grounded on his desire to help better the lives of his students and their families. After seeing the benefits of tutoring in higher education on the university level, Carnell thought that the K12 education system should benefit from more affordable STEM education opportunities. This benefit is for low-income families and school districts who may not be able to afford the Ivy League experience.
“What I do is not unique or revolutionary. Just the opposite; what I do works. Every day. Every time. The principles of success have been around since the dawn of time, and I get the most joy from being on the front line and helping people solve their problems. Whether it be for business or academia, I am here to help,” Carnell shares.
Despite the limitations brought by the pandemic, Carnell continues to work with students, educators, and professionals. Driven by a desire to help and positively impact lives, Carnell has made it his primary goal to offer professional exposure to people and communities who do not have access to higher education. He also provides mentorship to members of the community.
Aside from his work in the education field, Carnell is an award-winning officer of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Kennesaw State University Student Chapter since 2018. He currently leads the AEE at Kennesaw State University as its president. Carnell has also had his written work published in the Journal of Student Research and Digital Commons Network.
To further his impact, he is also a coordinator at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Energy Student Advocacy Group. Carnell also works as a website designer for starting and struggling businesses.