On October 13, 2014, Abby Colley received a letter from the Elementary Science Concentration Awards Committee chair notifying her that she was the recipient of the NCSTA Outstanding Student Teacher Award. She will receive her award on November 6, 2014 in Winston-Salem at the NCSTA conference award ceremony. Abby is a well-deserving graduate from the Elementary Science Concentration and is currently teaching 4th grade at Ayden Elementary in Pitt County. It is excellent students like Abby who, through the power of their example, are helping to grow the elementary science program at ECU . Visit our website page to learn more about the Elementary Science Concentration in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. Congratulations, Abby. We are proud that you are a pirate!
Congratulations to Rebekah Currie, named the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region of 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. We all agree that they picked the right candidate for the award. Congratulations, Rebekah!
Blue sky, a warm breeze with just a touch of fall in the air, and a homecoming football game in a few hours-what a lovely day for MSITE’s annual Alumni Brunch. Thank you to faculty, students, staff and alumni for coming together on this day. The weather was amazing, the food delicious and plentiful, and the fellowship was superb. Let’s do it again next year!
Shane Carden, a MS Instructional Technology student, was named the AAC player of the week for his performance on the football field this week. According to the news release from ECU, Carden completed 30 of 48 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns while adding a pair of ground scores, which accounted for six of the Pirates’ 10 scores. Carden is not new to winning awards. Other recent awards include:
- American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Week
- Athlon Sports American Offensive Player-of-the-Week (second-time in 2014)
- College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) honorable mention
- College Sports Madness American Player-of-the-week
- Manning Award Stars-of-the-Week (second-time in 2014)
Soon he will have an MS degree in Instructional Technology to add to his list of achievements.
At a recent faculty meeting MSITE faculty gave an enthusiastic round of applause to its staff: Joy Carraway, Amy Durrance and Cheryl Miller. “We just couldn’t do it without them,” explains Dr. Rose Sincrope. From scheduling, to planning MSITE events, to organizing, to making the workspaces functional and friendly, these three are always there at the ready. We are so grateful for the hard work and dedication that you display. Thank you so much!
Katherine Collins, a student in our MAEd Instructional Technology program, receives the Diane Kester Innovator Award. She was nominated for this award through one of her instructors since her work demonstrated innovation and creativity with the use of technology in the classroom. Other IT faculty who have taught Katherine (Kat) agree, “She is constantly present in her online work, a dedicated student who is not only engaged in her classwork but energizes her classmates as well.”
Katherine is currently a Digital Learning and Teaching Coach in Onslow County working at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School and Bell Fork Elementary.
Dr. Ron Preston was elected as president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 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. Then he will serve as past president for a year after that.
The president oversees the operations of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which includes an annual state conference, two leadership seminars, a journal, and activities like a math fair, math contest, mini-grants, graduate scholarships, etc. Congratulations to Dr. Preston and to the hundreds of members of NCCTM for choosing such a well-deserving president, he will serve you well!
Two nights this November, Bonnie Glass’ Descriptive Astronomy students ventured to Ayden to view the night sky at A Time for Science. Nancy and John Bray set up telescopes, shared stories behind the constellations, and discussed ways these pre-service teachers could use these tales to integrate language and science. They explored other activities appropriate for teaching Earth-Space Systems and learned how A Time for Science could be a field trip destination for their future science students. Students were photographed by the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and may be included in their annual brochure in the highlight on local STEM activities.
Some of these same students, Tim Maynard, Eddie Enoch and Amanda Myer, returned to volunteer their time at A Time for Science. These students led groups of 3rd graders from Sam Bundy Elementary School as they built straw rockets. They were joined by students from Mrs. Glass’ SCIE 3216, Jenny Hodgin, Alisha Spivey and Kristen Snyder. Thanks to all these students for serving the community in this way. They were great ambassadors for ECU and the Science Education program!
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:
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marilyn Sheerer presented an award to Dr. Susan Ganter at the reception on October 30, 2013 in the second floor exhibit gallery of Joyner Library. This reception honors Dr. Susan Ganter for the publishing of her book. “Partner Discipline Recommendations for Introductory College Mathematics and the Implication for College Algebra”.
For further information about this book go to: http://www.maa.org/publications/ebooks/partner-discipline-recommendations-forintroductory-college-mathematics-andthe