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Graduate Students Hold Book Drive for Belvoir Elementary School

Boxes of books from the book drive

Boxes of books from the book drive

By Erica Anderson, Digital Journalist

East Carolina University graduate students are helping a local elementary school promote literacy.

As part of a community service project, four Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students held a book drive for Belvoir Elementary School on Monday.

“The students there are so eager to learn; but, it’s a really rural area and they may not have very many opportunities. The teachers there do so much to help them so we wanted to provide as many resources [as] we can too,” said ECU graduate student Adam Johnson.

ECU Master of Arts in Teaching students collecting books outside of Domino's Pizza

ECU Master of Arts in Teaching students collecting books outside of Domino’s Pizza

The book drive began 10 days ago and concluded with a six-hour donations drive outside the Domino’s Pizza on Charles Boulevard.

So far the group of four MAT students collected more than 1200 books.

“If you can put books in the hands of young readers and promote literacy early on, they’ll love learning and they’ll love books their entire life,” said Johnson.

As part of the book drive, the students have also set up a fundraising website on www.gofundme.com. All the money raised on the website will go directly to Belvoir Elementary School.

If you would like to donate to Belvoir Elementary School click here.

To view the news segment about the book drive, click here.

Story and photos courtesy of WNCT.

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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).

Math Education Student Wins Conference USA Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year

Congratulations to Brooke Kott, an ECU Math Education student who has been awarded with the prestigious USA Scholar Athelete-of-the-Year distinction.   This award is given based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.  Read more in the article dated June 10th in the Daily Reflector.  Way to go, Brooke!

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.

The Maynard Scholarship

Donors like James and Connie Maynard are making a difference in recruiting and retaining quality teachers in eastern North Carolina. The Maynard Scholars program awards the top 10 incoming freshmen who plan to teach in eastern NC a four year $20,000 scholarship. Not only do these students get a $20,000 scholarship, they also live in an education housing community and have unique enrichment activities that will help them be a successful teacher.  If you are interesting in providing scholarships to future educators, please contact Development Officer, Kendra Alexander, at alexanderk@ecu.edu. If you are interested in applying for the Maynard Scholarship, please contact  Program Director, Dionna Manning, at manningd@ecu.edu.

 

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

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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.

NCTQ Recognizes ECU Teacher Quality

By Jane Dail

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A nationwide study of college teaching prep programs ranked one East Carolina University program among the top 15.

The National Council on Teaching Quality (NCTQ) released its second annual Teacher Prep Review this week after analyzing 2,400 elementary, secondary and special education programs at 1,127 institutions across the country.

ECU’s undergraduate special education program ranked 12th in the nation, tying with Fort Hayes State University’s undergraduate elementary education program, Montclair State University’s graduate secondary education program, and Austin Peay State University’s undergraduate secondary education program.

Kathi Wilhite — chairwoman of the department of special education, foundations and research in ECU College of Education — said she is proud of the recognition the program received.

“This recognition is a reflection of the dedicated professionals within the department who work tirelessly to conduct research and teach relevant practices to pre-service teacher candidates,” Wilhite said. “Our goal is to provide educational and practical experiences that will positively impact classrooms and services for individuals with disabilities.”

The undergraduate special education program has two areas — general curriculum and adapted curriculum — and about 200 students overall.

Wilhite said the nine key standards for special education are selection criteria, early reading, elementary mathematics, content for special education, classroom management, student teaching, instructional design for special education, outcomes and rigor.

ECU’s undergraduate elementary education program also ranked 188, tying with 13 other programs. The university’s undergraduate secondary education program ranked 356, which was tied with 11 other institutions’ programs.

NCTQ President Kate Walsh said in a Tuesday phone conference that the study helps to expand the national conversation on teacher quality

Walsh said though there are several areas of teaching that need improvement, there has been marked progress in reading instruction, classroom management and student teaching.

To view the entire report, visit www.nctq.org.

Contact Jane Dail at jdail@reflector.com or 252-329-9585.

Courtesy of ECU’s The Daily Clips blog.

Education Housing Community Still Accepting Applicants

First year education students have the chance to live in a residence hall with other freshman education majors through the College of Education Housing Community (EHC). This experience connects them in a unique way to the college while also providing a smooth transition to college life.

Sophomore Danielle Mehling, a special education major, was part of last year’s EHC. “It’s an automatic bond and a great way to meet new people,” said Mehling.

As part of the bonding experience, students partake in different activities both in and out of the residence hall together, such as guest speakers, cultural events and a teambuilding ropes course.  In addition to these activities, EHC residents will also take COAD 1000 together and make their transition easier by having a “Pirate Pal”.

EHC teambuilding exercises; Photo courtesy of the EHC

The social and bonding aspects are not the only perks of the program. “It helped a lot when we had classes together,” said Mehling. “There was always someone to study with right down the hall.”

There are several benefits to this program, including building leadership skills, having an academic-friendly environment, attention and support tailored to each student, a smooth transition to college and the opportunity to experience many new ideas, cultures and experiences.

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The EHC is still accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year with a new deadline of June 20. There are no extra costs, other than standard room and board, to participate in the program. The application and more information can be found on the EHC’s website, which is http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/ehc/, and emailed or faxed to Dionna Manning, who can be contacted at (252) 328-4126 or at manningd@ecu.edu.

MATE Student Wins Teacher-Leader Grant

Tomika Altman-Lewis receives 2014-2015 MET Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She will be providing professional development for teachers at Burton Magnet Elementary School.

Burton

Mathematically Speaking: Best Practices for Teachers and Students
Tomika R. Altman-Lewis, Burton Magnet Elementary School, Durham, North Carolina

Elementary teachers are faced with the challenge of being “experts” in not just one subject area, but in multiple subjects. Often this results in being a novice in one area; which is especially daunting when we are equipped with the task of developing the mathematical foundation for all higher level mathematics. We are our students first introduction to mathematics in which they either learn to love or loath mathematics. More often than not, professional development is geared toward literacy with little to no emphasis on mathematics. Considering this, the purpose of this grant is to equip fourth and fifth grade elementary teachers at my school with much needed professional development. Teachers will participate in sessions that will expose them to best practices and strategies while deepening their mathematical reasoning and understanding in an effort to more effectively teach our students while allowing me to further develop my math leadership skills.

ECU Pirate Profile: Jessica Chirico

Jessica Chirico promotes literacy through her EC Scholars internship.

Jessica Chirico, a senior studying English at East Carolina University, chose to incorporate her passion for literature into her final collegiate internship. Chirico worked with the instructional coach at G.R. Whitfield Elementary School in Grimesland, to identify the classroom that needed her assistance the most – a third grade class where most of the students are below the average reading level. chirico1The full profile is the available at ECU’s news website.