The East Carolina University College of Education honored twenty eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year Dec. 6 with a celebration of outstanding educators and their impact in the region.
Billed as “Each one, teach one,” the event included brainstorming sessions in which the honored educators discussed how to better promote the profession of teaching. Participants noted the need to portray positive images of education and recruiting young people who have the characteristics of good teachers.
The educators also shared on videotape their thoughts about why they teach. The video clips will be compiled into a promotional video for recruitment events.
The 20 eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year honored at the event were Janita Allen, Jessica Ballstzglier, Andrea Bell, Andy Cole, Sherri Cox, Justin Frederes, Tammy Hedgepeth, Dewanna Holt, Jacqueline Lanier, Lori Lolies, Brian McDowell, Marie Mullins, Antio Nadioz, Malinda Pennington, Melissa Southerland, Elise Staats, Jennifer Tyndall, Chavaleh Wetzel, Donna Whitfield and Roneca Wallace.
Additional invitees included members of the Latham Clinical Schools Network as well as administrators and colleagues from the honored teachers’ districts. Several of the educators honored are alumni of the College of Education’s teacher education programs.
For additional information about ECU’s teacher recruitment efforts, contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, assistant director of Teacher Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-328-1123.