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Academic Success Center Gets a New Look and Location

Some of the ASC's comfy chairs

The ASC’s new waiting area has a collection of comfy armchairs and small tables.

The College of Education’s newly renovated, 2700 square foot Academic Success Center (ASC) opened in May 2014 in Rivers Building. The ASC houses Academic Advising, the Office of Professional Development and Teaching Fellows/Maynard/Abernathy Scholars and the Education Housing Community.

One interesting feature of the new space are the private cubicles. These cubicles allow advisors to privately meet with students for counseling appointments. The ASC also has a spacious, comfortable waiting area for students, as well as a meeting space complete with presentation technology for student trainings and meetings.

The cubicles on either side of the waiting area give students privacy during advising sessions.

The cubicles on either side of the waiting area give students privacy during advising sessions.

 

Five Academic Advising staff serve approximately 900 undergraduate students in elementary education, English education, history education, middle grades education, mathematics education, science education and special education general and adaptive curricula.

The Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach offers teacher education students pre-service professional development opportunities and Praxis preparation workshops. They also host Clinical Teacher Conferences each year, which are attended by approximately 250 teachers.

The Office for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows, ECU Maynard Scholars, ECU Abernathy Scholars and the Education Housing Community provides educational leadership events and seminars and community outreach activities for their students, as well as recruitment for prospective teacher education students.

The ASC is now located in 138 Rivers Building.

The ASC is now located in 138 Rivers Building.

For more information about the renovation, you can visit their website (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/Advising/) or watch the YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwSquhdW1dI).

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Congratulations to COE Faculty Dr. Katherine Schwartz and Dr. Rose Sinicrope on Math-Science Partnership Grant Awards

Dr. Katie Schwarz and Lenoir County Schools (LCS) have been awarded a 3-year, $483,000 Math/Science Partnership (MSP) Grant, Lenoir County STEM Learning Community. The project will provide teachers integrated content and pedagogical professional development in K-8 Mathematics and opportunities for teachers to work in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to increase use of mathematical practices, implement cognitively demanding tasks, use data to make instructional decisions, and connect to real-world applications of mathematics, all with the goal of increasing student performance.

Other key ECU faculty who will be working with Dr. Schwartz, who is from the COE Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) include Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Kay Middleton from MSITE, Dr Heather Ries and Dr. Njina Randriampiry from the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Ricky Castle from Engineering. STEM Partnership East and various industries also contributed to the project’s development and play key roles in its implementation. Dr. Guili Zhang of the COE Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research will serve as project evaluator.

Dr. Rose Sinicrope also of MSITE, will serve as Evaluator for Randolph County Schools’  newly awarded MSP grant, Deepening High School Mathematics Knowledge and Leadership.

Congratulations to Dr. Sinicrope and Dr. Schwartz and her team of collaborators!

For more details, see the story on the WNCT website: http://www.wnct.com/story/26028066/lcps-teachers-learning-how-to-use-stem-curriculum-in-the-real-world

Library Science Alumni Reconnect

Two Library Science alumni catching up before the event

Two Library Science alumni catching up before the event

On June 16, 2014 Library Science alumni and friends reconnected with their alma mater and learned about the East Carolina University’s Library Science program  at the College of Education and Joyner Library’s Library Science Alumni Event.

Jan Lewis, the interim dean for Joyner Library, gave an update on recent library news and changes. Dr. John Harer, the director of the library science program, shared program updates, including the new department name: the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions.

Greg Needham discussing the history of Shepperd Memorial Library

Greg Needham discussing the history of Sheppard Memorial Library

Three Library Science alumni spoke to attendees: Greg Needham, the director of libraries at Sheppard Memorial Library; Laura Mangum, a media coordinator at Pitt County Schools; and Alan Bailey, the head of services at Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center. The three talked about what they have done after graduating from the library science program at ECU. Needham showed a slideshow of Sheppard Memorial through the years, including many significant changes to the building and services offered. Mangum shared how she had a choice of getting her masters to be a librarian or a guidance counselor. She said that she was glad she made the choice that she did because every day was different and interesting. Bailey talked about all of the different jobs in different places he had held as well as what brought him to his current job with Joyner Library.

Alan R. Bailey showing Library Science alumni the Teaching Resource Center

Alan R. Bailey showing Library Science alumni the Teaching Resource Center

After hearing from alumni speakers, participants enjoyed a tour of Joyner Library including the Teaching Resources Center led by Alan Bailey. The group viewed equipment, such as die cuts, poster maker and award maker, in the Teaching Resources Center which is available for ECU students and teachers in the region to use. Some participants joined Joyner Library Major Gifts Officer Dwain Teague for a tour of ECU’s music library.

More photos are available in the photo gallery on our website: http://www.coe3.ecu.edu/coeweb/Albums/2014_LS_Alumni/index.html

 

East Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients

The East Carolina Alumni Association awards scholarships each year to undergraduate, full-time students who demonstrate leadership and service to the community. This year, three education majors have received scholarships.

Brice EverettBrice O’Neil Everett
Megan Grace Lavinder Memorial Scholarship

Brice is a junior music education major from Greensboro, NC. As a bassoon and saxophone player, he is or has been a member of several music ensembles at ECU, including the Marching Pirates, Pep Band, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble. In the marching band, he served as tenor saxophone section leader this past year. He received the ECU School of Music Academic Achievement Award in the fall of 2011. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha National Music Fraternity and earned the highest GPA in his chapter for the fall of 2012 semester. He served as secretary of the ECU School of Music Student Forum. He is a member of the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association. He enjoys drawing, bowling, and exercising at the Student Recreation Center.

Andrea JusticeAndrea Michelle Justice
East Carolina Teachers College (ECTC) Scholarship

Andi is a senior elementary education major from Greenville, NC and a second-time Alumni Scholarship recipient. In the spring of 2012, she began a human trafficking awareness campaign called “Sell Tacos, Not Children” that operates both locally and in Belize. She has traveled to Belize five times to work with children and communities there and each time has had the chance to use her education training in local classrooms. She was a member of the Williams Leadership Awards Program and the Jarvis Leadership Living-Learning Community in 2011-2012. She served as an Orientation Assistant in the summer of 2012, 2013 and 2014. She serves as an assistant cross country coach at D.H. Conley High School and has served as part of the worship team with Collide Ministries. She has volunteered with Backyard Buddies after-school program and as a college leader at Oakmont Baptist Church. She enjoys sewing, baking, painting and photography.

Catherine WootenCatherine Taylor Wooten
East Carolina Teachers College (ECTC) Scholarship

Catherine is a junior adapted special education major from Raleigh, NC. She is an ECU cheerleader and is very active with intramural sports, including football, volleyball, kickball, and softball. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she served as house manager and supervised the gift mart for ADPi products. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, Kappa Delta Pi international honor society for education, and Golden Key International Honour Society. She has volunteered with Give Kids a Smile, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics at J.H. Rose High School, and assisted with cheerleading tryouts at Leesville Road High School.

Thank you to the Alumni Association for the photos and entry information.

Welcome 2014 Abernathy and Maynard Scholars

The Abernathy and Maynard Scholarships are four-year scholarships awarded to education students. Meet our incoming Abernathy and Maynard Scholars and learn what made them choose education!

2014 Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholar

codyallen

Name: Cody Allen
Hometown: Pine Level, NC
High School: Johnston County Middle College High School
Intended Major: Science Education and Chemistry
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to major in this field because my teacher really inspired me to help others through teaching and I just have this passion for chemistry. I want to become like the teacher who has had the greatest impact on my life and molded me to the person I am today.

 

 

2014 James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholars

Mathin AngeName: Douglas Ange, I actually go by my middle name Mathin. Hometown: Jamesville, NC
High School: Riverside-Martin High School in Williamston.
Intended Major: Elementary Education
Reason for Choosing Education: The reason I have chosen elementary education is because during my junior and senior years of high school I did an internship at my local primary school and I fell in love with the age group of the kids and with teaching children in general.

 

amberlynnebishop4Name: Amberlynn Melinda Bishop
Hometown: Bitburg, Germany; raised in Jacksonville, NC
High School: Southwest High School
Intended Major: Art Education; plans on getting a Master’s degree in Fine Arts
Reason for Choosing Education:  I chose education because I want to be able to help create a positive change in the lives of others. Teaching is more than just a job; it is about taking the experiences you have been through to lead others in the right direction, to allow them to make their own mistakes, and to teach them how to get through it. It is not just about the adding, writing, and painting, although those are very important, but about teaching them how to think, process, and choose. It is about teaching them responsibility and patience and so much more!

Summer Briley

Name: Summer Nicole Briley
Hometown: Stokes, NC
High School: North Pitt High School
Intended Major: Elementary Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to have a career that would help inspire others and to be able to influence their lives in a positive way.

 

 

Jaimie Goecke

Name: Jamie Goecke
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA, but currently lives in New Bern, NC
High School: New Bern High School
Intended Major: Music Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I picked education because I love working with people and I want to make a difference in the world and I couldn’t think of a better way to do this.

 

Samantha JohnsonName: Samantha Johnson
Hometown: Newport News, VA, but currently lives in Grandy, NC
High School: Jarvisburg Christian Academy
Intended Major: Double Major in Mathematics Education and Mathematics
Reason for Choosing Education: I chose education due to influence from my mother, who is a behavior specialist in a school, and my passion for helping others.
Interesting Fact: Valedictorian of her graduating class.

Lauren LewisName: Lauren Bailey Lewis
Hometown: Middlesex, NC
High School: Southern Nash High School
Intended Major: Music Education and Music Performance
Reason for Choosing Education: I wish to pursue a career in education primarily because I have been inspired by both my band director and my father.  My high school band director truly inspired my love for music, and furthermore, my love for teaching.  In addition to this, my father was a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.  His sacrifice has inspired me to be a positive influence in the lives of others, like he was.  I believe I will be able to accomplish this through teaching.

Rebecca MooreName: Rebecca “Becca” Moore
Hometown: New Bern, NC
High School: New Bern High School
Intended Major: Hispanic Studies Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I chose to become an educator because of two phenomenal teachers/mentors I have had during my high school career. Ever since my first Spanish class I knew I had to have a career where I could use Spanish daily. I’m so excited to be a Maynard Scholar!

 

michaelnormanName: Michael Anthony Norman
Hometown: Corapeake, NC
High School: Gates County High School
Intended Major: Business Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of children.
Interesting Fact: I plan to open a Youth Center for at risk youth, so they will have something to do in Gates County.

 

Carey StancilName: Carey Stancil
Hometown: Elizabeth City, NC
High School: Pasquotank County High School
Intended Major: Music Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I grew up with my mom being a teacher, and her position was always interesting to me. Also, I have a strong desire to further the next generation of musicians.

 

 

Hannah VermillionName: Hannah Vermillion
Hometown: Kinston, NC
High School: Kinston High School
Intended Major: Physical Education, Spanish minor
Reason for Choosing Education: Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed helping others. When I began high school I was given many leadership positions and opportunities to work in a classroom setting. I really loved these experiences and I am passionate about the education of future generations. That’s why I decided to pursue a career in teaching.

Kenneth McKee ’13 Selected as ASCD Emerging Leader

Kenneth McKee

Kenneth McKee ’13

Kenneth “Kenny” McKee ’13 has been named to the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. The ASCD Emerging Leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership. McKee recently received his master’s degree in Reading Education from East Carolina University’s College of Education in Greenville, N.C. He is employed as an Instructional Coach with Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, N.C. Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education (LEHE) Chair Dr. Katherine Misulis stated that “We (the department) are very proud of Kenny’s accomplishments and this well-deserved recognition.”

While the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders is the largest group in the program’s history, still only 45 educators from across the nation were selected to participate in this prestigious two-year program. Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty, Associate Professor, LEHE, remarked “This is an amazing honor.”

The 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders will receive exclusive access to a pool of grant funds. The grant program is designed to support students through innovative approaches to whole child education and to help emerging leaders grow professionally. Activities for Emerging Leaders may include serving on committees, hosting networking events for educators, advocating for sound education policy, and contributing to ASCD publications such as Educational Leadership and the Inservice blog.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about ASCD and the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders, visit the organization’s website: www.ascd.org.

Paper Folding to Construct Regular Polygons!!

paperfolding2paperfolding1On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Ashley Grant shared a paper folding activity to construct regular polygons with the Gamma Student Chapter, Mathematics Education Club. Ashley received her MS in Mathematics from ECU in Dec 2013, and she currently teaches at Southside High School in Beaufort County. As the pictures show faculty and students were very engaged throughout the activity!!paperfolding3

The final Gamma Chapter event will be Saturday, April 26, 2014. We are planning a social that will include student vs. faculty games, food, and most of all fun!! Further details will be shared in the near future. Please save the date and plan to bring a friend!

Becky Taylor ’76, ’80 Featured in EC Alumni Magazine

Becky Taylor“The Early Bird Gets the Worm”—After graduating early from ECU, Becky Taylor ’76, ’80 is successfully impacting education 

Becky Taylor is no stranger to East Carolina University. Having multiple family members as ECU graduates, Taylor knew that it was where she wanted to attend.

“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go to ECU. My aunt and grandma both graduated from ECU. It was very easy for me to make that decision. I wanted to major in special education, and I knew ECU had a really good special education department.”

After graduating in three years from the College of Education with a degree in special education, Taylor has spent the last 35 years in the education field. She is now the Sylvan Learning Center franchise owner, as well as a member on the North Carolina State Board of Education.

To learn more about Taylor’s impressive past and her goals to improve the lives of thousands of children in North Carolina, read the Full EC Alumni magazine article: Early_Bird_Gets_the_Worm.

Teacher provides help, hope | The Daily Reflector

Teacher provides help, hope | The Daily Reflector.

By Jane Dail

The Daily Reflector

March 13, 2014

This year’s top educator only has been on the job for five years but has won praise for making a difference in the lives of the children she helps mold.

Eastern Elementary School third grade teacher Jami Dickerson was named the 2014-15 Pitt County Teacher of the Year at the Pitt County Farm Bureau Teacher of the Year Banquet Wednesday afternoon at Rock Springs Center.

Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year Jami Dickerson, right, is congratulated by colleague Julie Tucker after the awards ceremony at Rock Springs on Wednesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year Jami Dickerson, right, is congratulated by colleague Julie Tucker after the awards ceremony at Rock Springs on Wednesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Dickerson has been teaching at Eastern Elementary for three years and has been praised for building positive relationships and nurturing environments where all students receive equal love and attention.

“I believe in education, and there’s nothing else I want to do,” Dickerson said. “… I’m honored and humbled, and I’m just so overwhelmed with the love that we get from this school district, because I’ve been in other ones and it’s not like Pitt County.”

The event recognized teachers from each of the 36 public schools in the county.

The five other finalists include Kimberly Russell from A.G. Cox Middle School, Michelle Money with South Greenville Elementary School, Heather Landreth with W.H. Robinson Elementary School, Meghann Boyd with Creekside Elementary School and Russell Knight with J.H. Rose High School. Knight was named first runner-up.

Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year Jami Dickerson, right, is congratulated by colleague Julie Tucker after the awards ceremony at Rock Springs on Wednesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year finalists Kim Russell, left, Meghan Boyd, runner-up Russell Knight, Michelle Money and Heather Landreth.

All six finalists earned bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees from East Carolina University.

Vivian Martin Covington, executive director of the Office of Teacher Education at ECU, said she was proud of the achievements of the alumni, adding it speaks volumes for the institution.

“Our alumni continue to make a positive impact on the community, region and state through their hard work and dedication to students and families,” Covington said. “This group of finalists is representative of the high quality of all of the ECU College of Education graduates working in classrooms today. We could not be prouder to help honor them and their work.”

Superintendent Ethan Lenker said he has seen Pitt County teachers in the classroom firsthand and knows what they can accomplish.

“I can just tell you how blessed you are to have the quality of teachers we have here in Pitt County,” Lenker said at the event. “I don’t think people realize how great things are that are happening in the classroom. It’s amazing.”

Dickerson won several prizes for her achievement, including an iPad, gift baskets, gift certificates and a 2014 Hyundai Elantra from Pecheles Automotive for a year.

She said her first stop in her new vehicle would either be Chick-fil-A or to stop by Eastern Elementary to tell her students she won.

Dickerson thanked several people, including her mother who taught in Halifax County for 35 years, for the recognition and support.

“A lot of times, since we interact with students, we don’t hear praise a lot of times from adults and people in the community because you focus on your kids and in your classroom every day,” she said. “I think this is important. It always helps teachers. Whenever you can take a chance to tell them thank you, it’s always great.”

Dickerson said she uses whole-brain teaching in her classroom, which is a highly interactive style of education that she has seen makes a difference.

“Scientists have discovered if a child’s whole brain is involved in their learning, then they’re going to be more engaged and retain more information,” Dickerson said. “Whole-brain teaching is a way to get them to be auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners.”

Dickerson said she incorporates singing, moving and other ways to engage the whole brain so students can apply the information more effectively.

Honored to be named teacher of the year, Dickerson said she hopes to make positive changes.

“I’ve been wanting this so badly,” she said. “I looked over and I saw my principal tear up, and then I was through. So, I was crying. I’m just so excited. I really want to change public education for the better, and I want to be a source of help and hope.”