Mrs. Arkansas United States Tamara Pace-Glover, Ph.D, will address 9-11th graders at the Pine Bluff High School Little Theater at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 17.

Her address will aim to empower and encourage students on making positive life decisions, as well as future career choices, according to a news release.

Pace-Glover is a native of Pine Bluff and current resident of Jonesboro, where she lives with her husband Leonardo Glover.

Pace-Glover is a licensed master level social worker teaching at Arkansas State University. She is one of the co-directors for the Royal Queendom Women Empowerment Movement, a motivational speaker and mentor to youth and young adults, according to the release.

As the reigning Mrs. Arkansas United States, Pace-Glover will compete in the national pageant in July at Orlando, Florida, to become the next Mrs. United States, according to the release.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a Master of Social Work degree from ASU and recently earned her Ph.D. in social work from Jackson State University. She is an active member of the Kappa Nu Omega Graduate Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha at Jonesboro.

“Helping young people enhance their self-esteem has been her primary focus,” according to the release. “That focus was the basis for the platform she utilized as both Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 2008-2009 and Miss Black Arkansas USA 2010.”