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News from the Graduate Programs

MSITE Alumnus Wins Teacher of the Year

Ms. Charlene Evans, Plymouth High School Mathematics Teacher, is the Northeast Region Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Ms. Evans holds a MAED degree in Mathematics Education from ECU! Please read more about this in The Reflector at:


IT Alumni Wins Graduate Distance Fellowship Award

Rob MooreRob Moore has been selected for a fellowship award from Western Carolina University.  Rob is a 2013 graduate of the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology program at ECU. He currently works as an instructional designer with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government. He has worked at UNC since 2004 and joined the School’s Instructional Support team in September 2010. In his current position, he collaborates with faculty on integrating innovative technology to support their work in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional environments. Rob has been instrumental in developing and supporting social media initiatives at the School of Government, including helping to draft the School’s social media policy. Rob is currently applying for PhD programs with the ultimate goal of being the director of a distance education center at a higher education institution. Congratulations, Rob!

ECU Graduate Student Awarded Funds to Implement iPod Learning in the Classroom

BondKrista Bond, a 4th/5th grade looping teacher and MAEd student in Instructional Technology was awarded $3000 by the North Carolina Technology in Education Society  to implement learning with IPods in her classroom.  Ms. Bond writes, “The students will use iPod Touch devices as a method of hands-on instruction that will increase student engagement, provide real world application, and boost inquiry-based learning opportunities.  The students will refine their 21st century skills as they use iPod touch devices to build content area skills through tutorials, videos, and iTunes U.  The students will also create products through the use of Web 2.0 applications and corresponding apps.”  We are excited about this opportunity for Ms. Bond to apply what she is learning in her coursework at ECU directly into her classroom where she is engaging students in the learning process through powerful uses of technology.  Congratulations Krista, we look forward to hearing more about the results of this promising project!

ECU Student Wins “Student of the Year Award” at NCCTM

BlairephotoBlaire Watford, senior BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics double major, won the Eastern Region NCCTM Student of the Year award. Blaire is an outstanding student who is involved in the Gamma Chapter (student organization of NCCTM at ECU), has volunteered for a number of mathematics education service projects, is involved in several ECU service activities, and has won mathematics/mathematics education academic scholarships.

Elementary Science Publishes and Presents Research

We’re very proud to announce several publications and presentations by our elementary science education faculty and graduate students.

Science and Children Sept06 coverScience and Children, the journal of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) for elementary teachers, has accepted Tammy D. Lee’s article for publication “Close Encounters of the Amphibious Kind: Frog Calls across Ponds and across Disciplines.”  Tammy’s article demonstrates how elementary teachers can have students work in groups to learn about sound through frog calls.

astelogoIn addition, our elementary science education faculty, Tammy D. Lee and Bonnie Glass, along with ECU science education Master’s student, Megan L. Garner, will be presenting two papers at the 2014 International Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) in San Antonio Texas:

Building Positive ‘Possible Selves’ in Elementary Science: Examining the Effects of an Elementary Science Concentration on Preservice Teacher’s Confidence to Teach Science
Tammy D. Lee, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Meredith W. Kier, Howard University, Washington, DC
Megan L. Garner, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


Revision of Elementary Science Concentration Courses Aligned to the Next Generation of Science Standards
Tammy D. Lee, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Bonnie Glass, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Megan L. Garner, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

ECU Graduate Student Receives Outstanding Nova Award

hubbellFellow Pirate, Ken Hubbell, received the Nova Southeastern Award for Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design. All materials submitted to the competition must have been designed no earlier than 2012, while the nominee was enrolled as a graduate student. Hubbell states: “I applied my own customized version of ADDIE that incorporates spiral development as a means of managing the learning solution..[then] I selected a free, real-time animation tool with automated lip-synchronization to shorten the animated video production cycle-time.” We would like to congratulate Hubbell on this exemplary, yet cost-effective idea. What a great asset he is to our University and the MSITE Department! Hubbell’s work is open to view at the following link:

MSITE Student-Faculty Meet & Greet Success!

studentreception4studentreception2Last Thursday (8/29/2013), MSITE graduate and undergraduate students took advantage of the opportunity to meet & greet with one another, and make small-talk with their professors outside of the classroom!  Faculty and staff provided heavy hors d’oeuvres for everyone to snack on while they were engaging in lively conversations. Overall, 59 students and 15 faculty/staff members were in attendance. Math Graduate Assistant Daphney “Brooke” Hill enjoyed herself immensely. She said: “It was refreshing to talk with some of the freshman students intending to study Math Education. I was where they were- not too long ago!” Director of Students, Dr. Ron Preston was all smiles and agreed the afternoon was a Pirate success!

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ECU MATE Teachers In the News

From Sunday’s Daily Reflector:
On August 25, 2013 in Sunday’s Daily Reflector newspaper, two of our MATE graduates have been honored. The first, Ms. Lynnly Martin, an ECU MAED & ECU MATE instructor, is to be congratulated for being a Pitt County School Teacher of Year finalist! Lynnly teaches mathematics at Hope Middle School. Also, congratulations to Ms. Anita Koen, an ECU MATE Clinical Teacher, for being another Pitt County School Teacher of Year finalist! Anita teaches mathematics at South Central High School.

MATE Student Wins Awards

Meet one of our current students in the Graduate Certificate for Elementary Mathematics Education.

DURHAM ─ Kenan Fellow Tomika Altman-Lewis, a teacher at Burton Geowold Magnet IB-PYP Elementary School, is the recipient of numerous awards and grants.

Ms. Altman-Lewis is a 2012 Kenan Fellow. During her Fellowship, she with partnered Barbara Bissell, Section Chief of K-12 Mathematics, at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on Common Core Curriculum design for math and science.

In the year since her formal Fellowship ended, Ms. Altman-Lewis has won numerous awards, detailed below:

  • $600 NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics grant entitled “What’s so Common about Common Core Math?” The grant is for supplies including math manipulatives such as blocks and counting cubes, and books to integrate literacy into math lessons.
  • $3,500 Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM grant entitled “Is Engineering Really Engineering?” for engineering kits and science materials.
  • $3,000 from the Raytheon EiE Teacher Scholarship Program which includes $750 for professional development at the Boston Museum of Science and an engineering elementary kit. Recipients attend an EiE workshop and incorporate an EiE unit in their classrooms within a year of receiving the scholarship.
  • The Creative Freedom Award, which celebrates and shares the creative and inspiring work of Triangle elementary teachers. This is the inaugural year for the award program.
  • The Durham Soil and Water Conservation District 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Environmental Education in Durham County.
  • The Education Blueprint Association’s LEGO Literacy grant which will allow her to buy 30 LEGO StoryStarter sets, which are learning kits that provide students with hands-on learning activities. Through the grant she will also provide professional development for 10 teachers at her school.
  • And finally, Ms. Altman-Lewis attended the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, which helps teachers deepen their understanding of mathematics and science content at grades 3-5 in the areas of data and statistics, measurement, and force and motion.


ECU Educators’ Text Chosen for Superintendent Program

A book co-authored by two East Carolina University education professors has been selected as general leadership text for a UNC program designed to prepare experienced principals for superintendency.

The UNC Center for School Leadership will use “Leading with Emotion” (Scarecrow Press, 2002), co-written by James O. McDowelle and Kermit G. Buckner, in its Leadership Program for Future Superintendents sessions of the Principals’ Executive Program (PEP) in June.

“Of all the arenas in which leaders function, the education environment is one of the most highly emotional,” according to Buckner, who has been a professor in ECU’s College of Education since 1998.

“The effects of dealing with students, parents, employees, school board members, and the general public on a daily basis are considerable. Yet it is a key element that has not just been ignored, but literally banned,” Buckner said.

Emotional intelligence balances out the exclusively rational theories upon which educational leadership has been previously grounded, stated McDowelle, who served as a professor in the College of Education from 1993-2001 before heading to Drexel University in Philadelphia. McDowelle returned to ECU in 2003.

One of the first to incorporate the role of the emotions and emotional intelligence into the study of educational leadership, the book “gives you another view of human nature,” McDowelle said.

“This broadened, holistic view of how to manage your emotions helps you focus and streamline thinking. And if you manage them correctly, you can manage yourself and others more effectively.”

McDowelle adds that besides medicine, schools are the most people-intensive institutions.

The text uses case studies and current events to highlight research in the area of emotional intelligence as it relates to the school environment and offers strategies on how to better work with various constituents.

In addition to the PEP program, the text is also being used by Neumann and Drexel Universities for professional development programs with Philadelphia school administrators.

More information about the book is at

CONTACT: James O. McDowelle, (252) 328-1096 or