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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.

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The Gift of Giving: MATE Faculty Host Math Marketplace for Their Interns

Mathematics Education faculty presented their second annual Mathematics Education Market Place for BS Mathematics Education senior I interns. The Market Place provides an avenue for faculty to send the senior I interns off to their full-time, senior II internship with resources for teaching. This year’s event featured 20 bundles of resources, one for each student. Given that the bundles were not equal in terms of their composition, students first circulated through the room to examine the treasures before names were drawn randomly from a container. First student chosen then quickly selected her/his bundle, followed by the second student drawn, and on to the 20th student. After the 20 selections were made, there were some additional resources provided for students in reverse order of the initial drawing. Resources for the students included some items that were a part of every bundle (stapler, tape dispenser, scissors, pens, markers, protractors) and then unique items such as books, journals, mathematical games, mathematical tools and manipulatives, calculators, software, etc. Although a number of teachers and mathematics education faculty donated items for the Market Place, special thanks goes to Dr. Maureen Grady for organizing the event and Dr. Rose Sinicrope for generously providing funds for many of the office supplies.math-market-2 math-market-1

 

 

 

 

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Abby Colley – A Pirate Who Does Us Proud

On November 6, 2014  at the NCSTA conference in Winston-Salem Abby Colley received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award.  Abby is a well-deserving graduate from the Elementary Science Concentration and is currently teaching 4th grade at Ayden Elementary in Pitt County. When she was a student at ECU her clinical teacher stated,  “She excelled in the classroom with her passion, creativity, and willingness to collaborate with other teachers…  I have seen her dedication for this field in her lesson planning, success of implementation of goals taught, and her responses to questions asked by her students…She is deserving of this award.”  Congratulations, Abby.  We are proud to have you as one of our pirates!

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21 Math Education Students Attend NCCTM Conference and Share Posters

ncctmposters3The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference Oct 30-31, 2014 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of 21 Senior 1, secondary mathematics education students were among those representing ECU as attendees at this event. Upon their return from the conference, these students created posters highlighting several interesting or useful ideas gleaned from the sessions and workshops.

On Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014, these students hosted a special Gamma Student Chapter event to share their posters with other mathematics education students and faculty. Over 50 mathematics education students and faculty attended the event. The Senior 1 students talked to visitors about their posters and experiences at the conference. The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in North Carolina mathematics education.

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Not One, Not Two, but Many ECU Award Recipients!

At its 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM)  Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014, ECU was featured mightily during the Awards Ceremony.  Two ECU Mathematics Education faculty, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sincrope were recognized with the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow, the W. W. Rankin Award.  MATE senior, Rebekah Currie, double majoring in a BS Mathematics Education and a BA in Mathematics won the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region award.  Several alumni also were recognized as the Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for their school districts.  Congratulations to:

W.T. Edwards, Columbus Co. – Class of ’11
Jennifer Simmons, Onslow Co. – Class of ’97, current student MAEd IT (Onslow Cohort)
Renea Baker, Pitt Co. – Class of ’92

ECU rises to the top once again!

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Dr. Preston Recieves Highest Honor at NCCTM Conference

During the 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM)  Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014, Dr. Ron Preston was presented the W. W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow upon a member.

According to the Chair of the W. W. Rankin Award Committee, Dr. Lee V. Stiff, “Dr. Preston is universally regarded as an excellent mathematics teacher, a scholar of mathematics education, and as a person whose service to NCCTM and the teachers of NC is exemplary.”

Dr. Ron Preston has enhanced the quality of mathematics education in North Carolina through his service at East Carolina University in the Department of Math, Science, and Technology through his teaching, his advising and his role as Director of Students.  Through his involvement in the greater community, he has been instrumental in the success of such programs as: the North Carolina Project in Improving Mathematics, the Noyce Scholars Program, and the North Carolina Middle Math Project.

Dr. Preston has provided leadership to the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) having served as: the Program Chair of two Annual Conferences, a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board, and a Regional President. Currently, Ron is the newly-elected President of NCCTM He assumed his position as president-elect on 1 May and will serve in that position for a year, becoming president for a two-year term on 1 May 2015.

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Math Club Receives an “Insider’s View of Getting a Job”

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Gamma Student Chapter of NCCTM hosted a 12 person panel consisting of principals, math department chairs/lead grade level math teachers, and a director of human resources.  These “insiders” represented elementary, middle, and high school mathematics and shared their knowledge from a combined 185 years of educational expertise.  The full panel was introduced to an audience that consisted of approximately 50 students and six Mathematics Education faculty members before breaking into smaller subgroups for elementary, middle, and high school.  The conversations within the smaller groups provided the opportunity for panel members to share unique insight for their given educational context, and for Gamma students to ask important questions about not only the hiring process, but also how to become the best math teacher possible. One main theme heard from panel members in each subgroup was that they are looking for, “good math teachers that want to be great math teachers” and that there are supports in place to help them achieve greatness in the math classroom.

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Our sincere thanks goes out to the “insider” panel, consisting of the following individuals:

Elementary

  • Chena Cayton – Principal, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
  • Karin Stefko – Kindergarten Teacher, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County
  • Coni Clark – Third Grade Teacher, Wahl-Coates Elem School, Pitt County

Middle Grades

  • Charlie Langley – Principal, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
  • Barskdale Thompson – Sixth Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
  • Kristen Coleman – Sixth Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County
  • Thomas Sisson – Seventh Grade Teacher, CM Eppes Middle School, Pitt County

High School

  • Jerry Simmons – Principal , New Bern High School, Craven County
  • Brad Johnston – Principal , Farmville Central High School, Pitt County
  • Renea Baker – Dept Chair , DH Conley High School, Pitt County
  • Tina Petty – Dept Chair, Southside High School, Beaufort County

Human Resources

  • Delilah Jackson – Director of Human Resources, Pitt County Schools

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Rebekah Currie

Mathematics Education Student Named Outstanding!

NCCTM_logoCongratulations to Rebekah Currie, named the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region of North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM)!!!

Rebekah is a senior double major (BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics), Maynard Scholar, member of the Honors College, member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, intern at South Central HS, student worker in the MSITE office, Vice-President of the Gamma Chapter, and is very active in the community. Rebekah was nominated by the faculty, provided professional information and experiences for the nomination form, and then her materials were considered by the NCCTM Awards Committee.

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MSITE Recruits at Teacher Cadet Day

The Fall 2014 Teacher Cadet Day featured the 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and had the theme “What’s Your Superpower? I TEACH!” Faculty and students from the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) recruited during the Program Fair portion of the agenda. The 100 or so teacher cadets (mostly seniors, with a few juniors) visited tables and discussed programs, all the while getting answers to questions on an education scavenger hunt. At the MSITE table we had brochures, recruitment/advising handouts, rulers, scholarship opportunities, and candy. Part of the draw to the table was an activity – roll a 7 or 11 with a pair of dice and win a bag of M&Ms. There were 20 students who signed up, indicating that they have some interest in mathematics or science teaching.  A special thank you to the MSITE students and faculty who participated: Dr. Ron Preston, Dr. Rhea Miles, Dr. Charity Cayton, Amanda Penwell, Taunya Stevens-Johnson, Jenny Jones, and Rebecca Ray.

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College of Education Recognizes Academic Excellence with Scholarships

The College of Education presented approximately $406,800 in scholarship awards to 73 East Carolina University students for the 2014-2015 school year. Recipients were honored at the College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony that was held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, NC.

The scholarships and awards ranged from $250 to $20,000. Private donations fund the scholarships that were created to honor and memorialize outstanding educators and the education profession in order to support the academic pursuits of future education professionals.

Chancellor Steve Ballard and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Christopher Dyba assisted Dean Linda Patriarca in recognizing the college’s generous donors and accomplished students. Approximately 280 people attended the ceremony and reception, including scholarship recipients, their guests, scholarship donors, board members, and faculty and staff.

Please find scholarship and award recipients listed below. Please visit ECU’s University Scholarships page for more information about each scholarship (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/universityscholarships/scholarships.cfm#a5).

Alston W. Burke Scholarship:
Kathryn Camilleri of Novi, MI, Kayla Carr of Dunn, NC, Margaret-Ellen Edwards of Kinston, NC,Sarah Marsh of Newark, DE, Kristin Messina of Saint James, NY
Andy Roos Memorial Scholarship:
Avery Spey of Cary, NC
Angel Boberg-Webb Memorial Scholarship:
Meredith Rose Clark of Greenville, NC
Audrey V. Dempsey Pi Omega Pi Junior Award:
John Castello of Monroe, NC
Becky Keith Ledford Scholarship:
Amy Lambe of Wilmington, NC
Benjamin Scott Denton Scholarship in Special Education:
Angela Ball of Cary, NC
Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholarship:
Cody Allen of Pine Level, NC
Boyette/Batton Memorial Scholarship:
Takeiya Hudson of Elizabeth City, NC
Burney & Judy Warren Scholarship:
Elizabeth Garreau of Atlanta, GA, Arthur P. Nava of Winterville, NC
Carol Smith Gardner Education Leadership Fellowship:
Dawn Hester of Greenville, NC
Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship:
Sarah Marsh of Newark, DE
Charles and Beth Ward Scholarship in Elementary Education:
Kathryn Camilleri of Novi, MI
Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship:
Brett T. Congleton of Winterville, NC
Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship:
Donna Williams of Angier, NC, Misty Yost of Pensacola, FL
David and B.J. Fisher Scholarship:
Philip David Ellis of Winterville, NC
Diane Kester Innovator Award:
Katherine Collins of Jacksonville, NC
Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund:
Chena Cayton of Grimesland, NC
Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship:
Mackinsay Howe of Smithfield, NC, Tina Venturella of Clayton, NC
Doris Burnette Scholarship:
Molly Elizabeth Wells of Boone, NC
Dr. Betty M. Long Memorial Scholarship:
Mackinsay Howe of Smithfield, NC
Dr. Charles R. Coble Scholarship Fund:
Elizabeth Oakley of Durham, NC
Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellow Scholarship:
Haley Pierson of Matthews, NC
Dr. John T. Richards Scholarship:
Callie Parker of Marshville, NC
Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund:
Carey Anne Henry of Cary, NC
Dr. Sunday Ajose Memorial Scholarship:
Taunya Stevens-Johnson of Barberton, OH
Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship:
Vasti Rodriguez of Greenville, NC
Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship:
Jessica Balance of Fremont, NC
Ellen Boone Staton Memorial Scholarship:
Bethany Wantz of Holly Springs, NC
Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship:
Katherine Freer of Wendell, NC, Caroline Frey of Charlotte, NC,Mykellah Jarvis of Knightdale, NC, Bethany Wantz of Holly Springs, NC
Emily S. Boyce Fellowship:
Lorraine Schneider of Hope Mills, NC
Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund:
Stephen Marquart of Morrisville, NC
Frank G. Fuller Scholarship:
Laura B. Barnes of Ahoskie, NC
Gina Gaillard Locklear Scholarship:
Maggie Jarrell of Mount Airy, NC, Roberta  J. Lattin of Concord, NC
Glatthorn Dissertation Award:
Dr. Robin Hamilton of Wilmington, NC
H. Frances Daniels Scholarship:
Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship Fund:
Lindsey Miller of Delway, NC
Hazel Roberts Donnell Scholarship:
Tonya Darroch Jordan of Fuquay Varina, NC
Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship:
Michelle Nendza of Long Island, NY
Helen Massey Harrell Memorial Scholarship:
Kristen Vecchia of Wilmington, NC
J. Worth Carter Scholarship:
Melanie N. Koerber of Elizabeth City, NC
James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship:
Leila Davies of Jacksonville, NC
James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship:
Douglas Ange of Jamesville, NC, Amberlynn Bishop of Jacksonville, NC, Summer Nicole Briley of Stokes, NC,Jamie Goecke of New Bern, NC, Samantha Johnson of Grandy, NC, Lauren Lewis of Middlesex, NC,Rebecca Moore of New Bern, NC, Michael Anthony Norman Jr. of Gates, NC,

Carey Stancil of Elizabeth City, NC, Hannah Vermillion of Kinston, NC

James H. and Virginia J. Tucker Scholarship:
Takeiya Hudson of Elizabeth City, NC
Jane B. Reel Scholarship: Tonya Ward of Cameron, NC
Kallam/Moore Scholarship: Elizabeth Garreau of Atlanta, GAKara Lynn Corey Fennell: Tonya Darroch Jordan of Fuquay Varina, NC
Kathy A. Taft Memorial Scholarship: Amy Lambe of Wilmington, NC
Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund: Kayla Carr of Dunn, NC
Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship: Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Lena Ellis Pi Omega Pi Sophomore Award: Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Library Science Outstanding Graduate: Tamantha J. Cabe of Sylva, NC
Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship: Cynthia G. Hammonds of Lumberton, NC, Lorraine Schneider of Hope Mills, NC
Lula and Billy Whitley Scholarship: Carey Anne Henry of Cary, NC
Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship: Chena Cayton of Grimesland, NC
Marjorie Harrison Pi Omega Pi Freshman Award: Scott P. Haddock of Greenville, NC
Mary Elizabeth Austin Yancey Scholarship Fund: Grant Samuel Hairston of Henderson, NC
Mary Lois Staton Scholarship: Taylor Downey of Goldsboro, NC, Kristen Puckett of Belews Creek, NC
Mildred Daniels Southwick Scholarship: Breanna Long of Rockingham, NC
Mona Jarvis and Callaree Jarvis Horton Elementary Education Scholarship: Taylor Dozier of Currituck, NC
Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund: Laura B. Barnes of Ahoskie, NC, Chelsea Taylor of Gates, NC
Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship:   Meredith Rose Clark of Greenville, NC, Jordan Lewis-Outlaw of Washington, NC,Michaela Nobles of Vanceboro, NC, Casey Preddy of Franklinton, NC
Russell-Smith Fellowship in Adult Education: James Edward Coda, Jr. of Fayette City, PA
Sally Ruth Hinton Klingenschmitt Scholarship: Casey Preddy of Franklinton, NC
Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship: Katherine Freer of Wendell, NC
Teer-Mihalyi Academic Enrichment Endowed Fund: Angela Ball of Cary, NC
Thadys J. Dewar Scholarship: Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ
Thomas Clay Williams Memorial Scholarship: Abby Strickland of Spring Hope, NC
Tony R. Banks Scholarship in Special Education: Arthur P. Nava of Winterville, NC

View Photos from the Ceremony and Reception.

Read the story on the ECU News Blog here.