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MAEd-MIDG Student, Jennifer Stalls, Selected for Kenan Fellows Program

Jennifer StallsJennifer Stalls, sixth-grade science teacher at C. M. Eppes Middle School in Pitt County, is among 40 educators from across the state who have been selected as 2015-16 Kenan Fellows. Earlier this year, she was presented the NC Science Teachers Association’s District One Outstanding Science Teacher Award. A graduate of East Carolina University, Stalls is currently earning her Masters of Education-Middle Grades Education degree in ECU’s College of Education with a concentration in science.

Beginning in June, the new Kenan Fellows will spend five weeks of their summer learning and gaining experience from local experts in nanotechnology, financial education, renewable energy, genetics research, energy, and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

A core goal of the program is to develop outstanding teacher leaders who serve as advocates for excellence in education. The year-long fellowship begins with the summer internship and culminates with the development and implementation of cutting-edge educational curricula and programs designed by Kenan Fellows. These resources and programs are shared with other educators and used in classrooms, school systems, and communities across the state and beyond.

Educators selected for fellowships demonstrate proven leadership or leadership potential and are awarded a $6,000 stipend that includes travel expenses. Kenan Fellows also receive 80 hours of professional development divided into three professional advancement institutes that focus on leadership skills, community engagement, proven instructional strategies, and education policy. The Biogen Foundation is the premier sponsor of the institutes.

-Source: Pitt County Schools Website http://www.pitt.k12.nc.us

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Dr. Sharon Schleigh’s book recognized on the AAAS 2014 Best Science Books & Films List

Scientific Argumentation in BiologyDr. Sharon Schleigh, Science Education faculty in the MSITE program, has received recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  The book she co-authored with Victor Sampson, Scientific Argumentation in a Biology: 30 Classroom Activities, was recognized as an outstanding science book in the category of life science, and listed in the AAAS 2014 Best Science Books & Films List. This National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Press, 2013 book, is also a top selling NSTA book for middle school and high school teachers across the nation.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people, with a mission to promote science literacy to help ensure that all students receive a high-quality science education. AAAS was the first permanent organization formed to promote the development of science and engineering at the national level and to represent the interests of all its disciplines. The AAAS Science Books & Films (SB&F) Best Books Lists are published annually each January. SB&F Best Books Lists are a comprehensive list of highly recommended books, DVDs, and software for children and young adults reviewed over the previous year. Educators and scientists have come to rely on these lists as a definitive guide to the best science resources available for the library and classroom.

Being recognized by this leading international organization for supporting their mission is certainly a great honor for Dr. Sharon Schleigh and for the MSITE Department! We hear that she has another book in the works and we are looking forward to reading it as well. Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Schleigh of the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education for this recognition. And thank you Dr. Schleigh, for your impact on science education in our community!

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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
Science Olympiad

Despite the Ice and Snow, Science Olympiad Ignites Young Minds for STEM Careers

On Saturday, February 21st, 2015, the Center for STEM Education hosted the annual Science Olympiad Tournament for northeastern North Carolina middle and high school students. North Carolina Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Notwithstanding the icy weather, this year we hosted 426 students (209 middle school & 217 high school) from 25 schools in the northeast region. There were also over 150 volunteers involved in the day’s activities from overseeing events/competitions, to managing registration. Faculty and students of the MSITE Department were well represented. Drs. Carmen Woodhall and Liz Doster were event leaders for Simple and Compound Machines,  while Ms. Tammy Lee and a plethora of her Elementary Science students created and ran the competition for Experimental Design. Ms. Bonnie Glass was the event leader for It Matters, where students display their knowledge of the properties and behaviors of different states of matter. Dr. Rhea Miles represented the MSITE Department by promoting program and certificate opportunities to the in-service teachers/team coaches and future MSITE students. The staff of the Center for STEM Education was the backbone of the tournament: Nancy Evans and Cheryl Miller, Allison Everett (photographer) and all the student workers at the Center! AWESOME job everyone!!!  It was truly a remarkable day for STEM!

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College of Education Students Honored for Academic Excellence

On February 20, 2015, fifty-two East Carolina University freshmen and full time transfer students with an intended Teacher Education major were honored during the College of Education ECU EXCELS event. This event was a part of the annual ECU EXCELS program that recognizes students who are first time, full-time freshman or transfer students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester.

There were a total of one hundred and sixty-three guests were in attendance which included both honored students and their guests. Dr. Vivian Martin Covington, Executive Director of Teacher Education, brought words of recognition to the award recipients. Students received a Certificate of Academic Achievement, had an opportunity to interact with College of Education faculty, and were served light refreshments at the event.

The College of Education is delighted to congratulate the following students who attended the ceremony:

  • Ashley Algard
  • Cody Allen
  • Tionne Allen
  • Sarah Ayer
  • Jennifer Barkus
  • Christina Bianco
  • Sarah Bonin
  • Brooke Hill
  • Ryanne Hilliard
  • Bridget Boone
  • Caroline Bousman
  • Jacob Bowlus
  • Kelly Brady
  • Sawyer Brown
  • Meredith Campbell
  • Brittney Carter
  • Caitlyn Carter
  • Maurice Carter
  • Alecia Castellano
  • Alexis Corso
  • Melissa Creekmore
  • Airelle De Leon
  • Rachel Deans
  • Morgan Gerdes
  • Caitlyn Hannah
  • Christa Harris
  • Lauren Heath
  • Kathleen Henderson
  • Lillian Howie
  • Sarah Jackson
  • Cierra Jacoby
  • Michelle Kellett
  • Carly Levey
  • Amanda Lewis
  • Margaret Lombardo
  • Alexandra Marinello
  • Alyssa Mason
  • Kista May
  • Aaliyah McMillian
  • Erin Mullen
  • Kiana Owens
  • Megan Pickering
  • Alicia Ramos
  • Casey Shevlin
  • Emily Smith
  • Mariem Souissi
  • Kaylee Thomas
  • Samaria Trimble
  • Cherelle Vann
  • Jannie Walker
  • Reba Warren
  • Stephanie Whitehurst

Pictures from the event are available at online on the COE Excels Photo Album. Any questions regarding the ECU Excels event for the College of Education should contact Dr. Amy Shannon, Lead Coordinator of Academic Advising, at 252-328-0067 or shannona@ecu.edu.

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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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SEADAP Begins with Outreach to Local Teachers

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) Program recently invited educators  and administrators from Pitt and Martin county public schools to participate in four professional development sessions. The participants were provided information to implement lessons based on the research of Dr. Scott Rawls from Temple university related to drug addiction and withdrawal on planaria. Dr. Rhea Miles, SEADAP key personnel and guest speakers from the local community came to East Carolina University to educate and encourage these middle school teachers to implement a curriculum to affect student knowledge about biomedical research.

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COE Faculty Instilling Confidence, Inspiring Success

In a recent interview, senior Elementary Education (with a concentration in Science) major, Beth Wantz, credits COE and MSITE faculty with having a profound influence on her life.  She feels that they “truly care” about their students and go above and beyond to help them succeed.  She gives particular credit to Tammy Lee, explaining that, “Mrs. Tammy Lee has inspired me in so many different ways.  She has pushed me with my assignments and lessons throughout my college career because she knows what I am capable of doing.  Mrs. Lee has given me many opportunities outside of school that will greatly benefit me as a teacher, such as taking me to the National Science Teacher Association Conference in the fall of 2013.  With doing this, Mrs. Lee has given me the confidence that every effective teacher must have in order to benefit their students.  Mrs. Lee has also taken the time to teach me how to be a good teacher and a good person.  She is my biggest influence and my role model.”

Teachers teaching teachers–clearly a step in the right direction.

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Science Education Club on the Path to National Recognition

It’s official!  The Science Education Club has completed all the requirements and workshops to be officially registered as a student organization at East Carolina University.  This has been a two year project that was finalized by the work of graduate student Megan Garner, and undergraduate elementary science concentration students: Beth Wantz, KC Hart, Kayla Sager, and Lauren Brewington.  The club is under the direction of faculty adviser, Tammy D. Lee who speaks with pride of the student’s accomplishment, “We are very excited to have this recognition at the university level so we can now apply for national recognition at the National Science Teacher’s Association.  The students have been diligent in their work and pursuit of this recognition which demonstrates their dedication and desire to be a part of science education and to have others participate in a student organization of a collected interest, Science! I am honored to be a part of this journey with these students.”  For more information about the Science Education Club visit them at their website or contact Tammy D. Lee at leeta@ecu.edu.

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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.