Category Archives: Alumni News

Cassie Robacker

Cassie Robacker, SPED Alumna, Doing Great Things

The Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research would like to acknowledge Cassie Robacker, who recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Special Education from ECU in Spring of 2014. Cassie, under the supervision of Drs. Christopher Rivera and Sandra Warren, submitted and was accepted for a publication in Intervention in School and Clinic “A Token Economy Made Easy Through ClassDojo.”

In addition, Cassie presented at ECU’s Clinical Teacher Conference this past March and has been accepted to present at the National Annual Conference for Learning Disabilities in Las Vegas. Congratulations to Cassie for wonderfully representing ECU and for her outstanding scholarly work.

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Stephanie Haddock

Stephanie Haddock, ’12 and ’14 COE Graduate, Recognized as Beginning Teacher of the Year

Stephanie Haddock, a Spring 2014 graduate of the MAED-READ program, was recognized as the Beginning Teacher of the Year for H.B. Sugg Elementary School in Pitt County. Stephanie is a Spring 2012 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Elementary Education program at ECU.

Stephanie is a first grade teacher at H.B. Sugg Elementary School in Farmville, NC. Stephanie credits her success to her family, fellow educators, and her professors at ECU and states that their guidance and support helped her through her first year as a teacher.

Dr. Grant Hayes

Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University.

Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998.

He will join ECU, a longtime leader in preparing classroom teachers and education professionals, on July 30.

Hayes’ appointment follows a rigorous national search, said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU provost.

“Our outgoing dean, Dr. Linda Patriarca, has laid a strong foundation of innovation and creativity that Dr. Hayes will build upon,” Mitchelson said. “Dr. Hayes brings a wide range of leadership experiences with him. He is primed to lead our college and will solidify our standing as the UNC leader in teacher preparation.”

Before joining the faculty at UCF, Hayes served in the Department of Psychology at James Madison University in Virginia. His experience as a professor, K-12 teacher and administrator spans more than 27 years.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining East Carolina University,” Hayes said. “The extraordinary professionalism of the faculty and staff throughout the university and its College of Education is well known to me and the entire community of higher education, and I look forward to being part of the East Carolina University family.”

Hayes has published extensively in the areas of technological applications in counselor education, counseling children and adolescents, and character education/moral development in schools and youth settings. He has lectured and presented at numerous national and international conferences, seminars, educational meetings and professional development events.

Hayes is a fellow of the American Counseling Association and a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. He previously served on the board of examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the executive advisory board of directors of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, and the board of directors for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, where he received the Meritorious Service Award. He is a past-president of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development and recipient of the association’s Humanistic Processes Award.

Hayes earned his doctoral, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his bachelor’s degree from Limestone College.

Article Courtesy of Crystal Baity – ECU News Services

COE Alumni - Teach. Lead. Inspire.

Pirate Alumni Recognized as Pitt County Beginning Teachers of the Year

James Ford, the NC Teacher of the Year, spoke to about 200 Pitt County Schools beginning teachers (teachers in their first three years) at the Beginning Teacher Rally on March 17th. For the first time, each school in the county recognized a Beginning Teacher of the Year. We would like to recognize the Pirates and the programs they were/are a part of:

  • A.G. Cox Middle School: Kelsey Bayse – Elementary Education – 5/2013
  • Ayden Elementary School: Danielle Carlsen - Elementary Education – 12/2012
  • Ayden Middle School: Kimberly Reikow
  • Ayden-Grifton High School: Tabitha Rawls
  • Belvoir Elementary School: Alyssa Champine – Elementary Education – 5/2013
  • Bethel School: Elaina Wingfield – Currently in Lateral Entry program at ECU for Middle Grades Social Studies
  • C.M. Eppes Middle School: Arianna Kinsey Received her BA in Psych from ECU, then returned as a Lateral Entry student to obtain her license
  • Chicod School: Christopher Clark – Art Education – 5/2013
  • Creekside Elementary School: Megan Jones
  • D.H. Conley High School: Cynthia Beall
  • E.B. Aycock Middle School: Brooke Edwards – Middle Grades Education Math & Social Studies – 5/2014
  • Eastern Elementary School: Sarah Garner – Elementary Education – 5/2013
  • Elmhurst Elementary School: Heather Timberlake (Askew) – Elementary Education – 5/2012
  • Falkland Elementary School: Alicia Zimmerman
  • Farmville Central High School: Christopher Scuron – Science Education – 5/2014
  • Farmville Middle School: Shelby Smith – Middle Grades Language Arts &  Social Studies – 5/2014
  • G.R. Whitfield School: Mary Harrison – Elementary Education – 12/2013
  • Grifton School: Skylar Mills – Elementary Education – 5/2014
  • H.B. Sugg Elementary School: Stephanie Haddock – Elementary Education – 5/2012, MAEd Read 5/2014
  • Hope Middle School: Ryan Stockdale – Middle Grades Language Arts &  Social Studies – 5/2013
  • J.H. Rose High School: Ariel Tyson (Langlois) – History Education – 5/2012
  • Lakeforest Elementary School: April E. Vernon – Birth-Kindergarten – 12/2012
  • North Pitt High School: John Dunning
  • Northwest Elementary School: Kendra Ohman
  • Pactolus School: Rakenya Johnson – Elementary Education – 5/2008
  • Ridgewood Elementary School: Amber Shivers – Elementary Education – 5/2014
  • Sam D. Bundy Elementary School: Beth Meeks
  • South Central High School: Stephen Allen
  • South Greenville Elementary School: Rachel Maw – Music Education – 8/2014
  • Stokes School: Elizabeth Dupree
  • W.H. Robinson Elementary School: Jacque Brown – Elementary Education – 5/2013
  • Wahl-Coates Elementary School: Ashley Keegan – Elementary Education – 12/2013
  • Wellcome Middle School: Tenisha Holloway-Powell – Elementary Education – 12/2011
  • Wintergreen Intermediate School: Jaclyn Summerlin – Elementary Education – 5/2012
  • Wintergreen Primary School: Alison Coldiron – Special Education – AC – 5/2013
Brittney Camut

Brittany Camut, MAEd-READ Student & ELEM Ed Alumna, Wins First Year Teacher Award

Camut_AwardBrittany Camut, student in the MAEd-READ graduate program, has been recognized by the Town of Cary, NC Chamber of Commerce with a 2014-2015 First Year Teacher Award. Brittany is a May 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of East Carolina University’s Elementary Education Program with a concentration in mathematics. Immediately following graduation, Brittany enrolled in the MAEd-READ graduate program, became a member of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted licensure cohort, and assumed a position as a second grade teacher at Morrisville Elementary School in the Wake County Public School System. Brittany credits her success as an educator to her family, friends, colleagues, and East Carolina University, whose scholarly programs, dedicated educators, and committed advisors have helped her chart her future path as a literacy leader within her school and within the Wake County School system.

Wayne Staton

Wayne Staton Honors Mother with Education Scholarship

EC Alumni Magazine

This story courtesy of EC Alumni magazine, which is available in full to members of the East Carolina Alumni Association at PirateAlumni.com/ECAlumni.

Wayne Staton’s late mother Ellen B. Staton was a graduate of East Carolina Teachers College in the late 1930s, going on to teach home economics and elementary school until he and his brother Allyn were born. His father William Staton, a graduate of Wake Forest College and Law School, was a practicing attorney, who later became a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and eventually served in the North Carolina State Senate for 24 years. After their parents passed away, Wayne and his late brother, Allyn Staton, wanted to do something to honor their mother, who had been such a great support to their father and his career. They decided it would only be fitting to endow a scholarship in her name in the College of Education for undergraduate students majoring in elementary education.

Like his father, Wayne has had a successful career. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has held careers in manufacturing, banking, and information technology. Currently, he is the owner of Staton Group LLC, a forestry, agricultural, and commercial investment property business. He has also followed in his mother’s footsteps, teaching business and government classes at Central Carolina Community College for over 10 years. Not only that, Wayne has kept himself busy hosting a weekly television program in Sanford for more than 20 years.

Throughout the years, Wayne has been able to witness firsthand how the university has grown. “My father served in the North Carolina Senate during the time that Dr. Leo Jenkins was working so hard to expand East Carolina University. I was extremely impressed with the medical school that was established, and also the good reputations of the College of Business, the College of Education, and the Theater Arts Department.”

He was especially surprised by the administration, staff, and faculty’s dedication to making East Carolina a major regional university and serving the surrounding communities. “I believe that ECU is ably serving Eastern North Carolina with its medical school and related medical practices and services,” he said.

Whenever he isn’t working or volunteering, Wayne is traveling, working out, or pursuing his passion: history. Those who know Wayne will know he is an avid history buff. “I am particularly interested in U.S. history from pre-World War II through the 1960s. I am also interested in North Carolina history from the late 40s through the 1990s.” Another passion of his is art. Wayne enjoys visiting art exhibits, galleries, and shows.

Since beginning his work with the university, Wayne has made many great memories. Wayne has enjoyed several escorted tours of the ECU Medical Complex and The Heart Center. Of one particular tour, Wayne recalls, “My tour guide was Dr. Wily Nifong, a respected heart surgeon. He was wonderful! It was a very exciting experience to me to be able to go behind the scenes to see how doctors are trained and patients are treated and hopefully cured.”

Wayne describes his decision to give to the university as a gratifying one. “My association has been a great and extremely rewarding experience. I have become so very impressed with the administrators, faculty, and staff at the university. The gift officers are the ultimate professionals, and the students I have met have all been highly motivated to succeed in school and in their careers. I urge anyone and everyone to make gifts in some shape or form to the university, and then get involved personally. It has certainly been rewarding to me.”

This story courtesy of EC Alumni magazine, which is available in full to members of the East Carolina Alumni Association at PirateAlumni.com/ECAlumni.

Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D.

CEO of the NJ Association of State Colleges & Universities to Speak to Students

On March 25th, the College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership will host Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., CEO of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU). The purpose of NJASCU  is to represent all state colleges of New Jersey outside of Rutgers before the NJ legislature and Governor Chris Christie.

Dr. Klein will visit courses in higher education law and finance this term. Faculty administrators and students are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion noon at Chili’s. Proposed topics of discussion include President Obama’s proposed ratings plan and free community-college proposal, performance-based funding, and policies regarding veterans and undocumented students.

Dr. Klein has published articles on intellectual property ownership, college finance, collective bargaining, and the First Amendment.  His articles have appeared in the Journal of College and University Law, the Journal of Law & Education, the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy, the Education Law and Policy Forum, On the Horizon, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.  He co-authored a chapter on New Jersey’s higher education system in Richardson, R.C., Jr. & Martinez, M., (Eds.), Policy and Performance in American Higher Education:  An Examination of Cases Across State Systems (2009).  Dr. Klein’s op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the American Bar Association Journal, and Inside Higher Education.

Dr. Klein has made presentations at the International Conference of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/Institutional Management in Higher Education, the American Education Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Klein was a 2003 fellow of the Higher Education Law Roundtable at the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance, University of Houston Law Center, and a 2010-2011 Associate of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.  He was a fellow of Leadership New Jersey in 2002.  Dr. Klein is a member of the Policies and Purposes Committee and the Council of State Representatives for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).  Dr. Klein formerly served on the national Higher Education Government Relations Task Force.

Dr. Klein received a BA in history cum laude from Princeton University, and a JD from Boston College Law School.  He received his PhD in Higher Education and Postsecondary Education at New York University.

Dr. William Sugar
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Science,
and Instructional Technology Education
College of Education

Dr. Sugar Selected for COE 2015 Scholar-Teacher Award

Dr. Bill Sugar of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) has been selected to represent the College of Education for the 2015 Scholar-Teacher Award.

The ECU Scholar-Teacher Award recognizes outstanding faculty members who integrate scholarship and teaching. Each year the colleges in Academic Affairs and colleges and schools in Health Sciences recognize one or more scholar-teacher(s), based on the number of faculty in the unit.

During the symposium, each scholar-teacher provides a succinct presentation (approximately 15 minutes) concerning his/her integration of scholarship in teaching. Each recipient also develops a poster presentation or display for viewing during the symposium. This year the symposium will be held during the Annual Research & Creative Achievement Week: March 23 – 27, 2015.

Dr. Sugar will be presenting in on March 26th in Mendenhall 244 at 2:50 p.m. on the topic of “Studies of Instructional Design Practices: Recent Research and Takeways.” Faculty, staff, students, and community friends are encouraged to attend all or parts of the afternoon symposium and to enjoy another wonderful celebration of scholarship and teaching at ECU!

Dan Zuberbier

Meet Dan Zuberbier: A Great Resource for Students, Faculty, and Educators in Eastern NC

Recently, the Joyner Library made a new addition specifically to benefit the College of Education. Dan Zuberbier was hired as the Education and Instructional Technologies Librarian in the Teaching Resource Center.

Like many academic librarians, Dan Zuberbier didn’t follow a straight path to the profession. While finishing his B.A. in History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he was an assistant baseball coach at Edgewood College, a small private college down the street from the UW. “Baseball had been the center of my life for as long as I could remember,” he said. “Since I wasn’t playing ball any more it made sense to try and break into the coaching ranks.” Unfortunately being an assistant coach at an NCAA Division III school wasn’t enough to pay the bills, and he picked up odd jobs to make ends meet.

Eventually, Dan decided he needed a more stable career path. “Working the equivalent of two full-time jobs to pay the bills took the fun out of coaching baseball,” and reflected on what he wanted to get out of a career. “I needed a career that fulfilled my intellectual curiosities, and, at the same time, provided opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with young adults as I had been able to do with my baseball players. Teaching seemed like a natural fit.”

Setting his sights on becoming a high school history teacher, he enrolled in Pima Community College’s online Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program, moved to Arizona to complete his student teaching, and earned his teaching license. Yet, four years later, his career took another unexpected turn. “I was having a hard time building up my students’ research skills, so I reached out to who I thought was our school librarian,” he said. “She kindly informed me she was the library clerk and had no experience teaching students research skills.”

Saying he was surprised his high school, the largest school in the district, didn’t have a certified library media specialist on staff is putting it mildly. To make matters worse, soon after their initial conversation, the library clerk broke her foot and was out of work for a week. Zuberbier stated, “Because she wasn’t a certified teacher-librarian, the school was under no obligation to hire a substitute to keep the library open in her absence. I was speechless.” After being shut out of their library for an entire week, Zuberbier wondered what else his students were missing out on because the school did not have a certified teacher-librarian.

He dove head-first into researching the role a library media specialist should play on a high school campus and petitioned the school board to fund the position. His request was denied. The Superintendent argued that because the school was only four years old, its collection was ‘still so new’ and students had access to so many online resources the school didn’t need a certified librarian. It took another year for Zuberbier’s efforts to succeed, and, in the meantime, he began earning his Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) through UW-Milwaukee. He was also able to earn his library media specialist endorsement, and became his school’s first certified teacher-librarian.

“Soon after I started my MLIS program, I knew I couldn’t stop being a teacher. But, I also realized I wanted to give myself the opportunity to have an impact on the profession as an advocate for school libraries and through my work as an education librarian,” Zuberbier said. Which is why he considers himself fortunate to be working in East Carolina University’s Teaching Resources Center. “This is my dream job. To not only work with pre-service teachers by teaching them about instructional technologies and what they should expect out of their school library when they enter the workforce, but also serve educators throughout eastern North Carolina is an awesome responsibility.”

Zuberbier is currently working on developing workshops for students and faculty around the basic functions and lesson planning around the use of SMART Boards. He is also looking to collaborate with COE faculty to develop a series of workshops for students that will cover current and emerging K12 instructional technologies that will take place during the Fall semester. He currently resides in the TRC, room 2504, and can be reached through email, zuberbierd14@ecu.edu, or by phone, 328-0406.

Michael Dixon

Alumnus Accepts Position as Assistant Director at University of Richmond

Congratulations, MS-IT and Distance Learning and Administration certificate program alumnus Michael Dixon!

Michael just accepted a new position with the University of Richmond as their Assistant Director of Teaching, Learning, and Technology.