On Thursday, November 13, Descriptive Astronomy students had the pleasure of meeting with local scientist, Ryan Danell. Although, as this Greenville resident says, he is not a “rocket scientist,” he does work for NASA. Ryan shared his background as a chemist and his work on a spectrometer that will be used on a Mars rover to be launched in 2018. He provided background information on NASA and explained his personal involvement with the Mars exploration program and how this program has evolved. Students learned of the myriad of ways scientists are involved in space exploration, as well as the long-range planning and vision required for such programs. His first-hand knowledge of the program and personal work experiences interested students and presented them with a unique perspective on space exploration. It was great to learn more about this program from someone with such a personal connection!
Dr. Rose Sincrope was presented the W. W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow upon a member during the 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014. As noted by Dr. Lee V. Stiff, “Dr. Sinicrope has provided exceptional leadership to NCCTM over many years, having served as a member of its Special Awards Committee, Trust Fund Committee, and Program Committee for numerous Annual Conferences, as well as a Regional President, member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board, and a Vice-President for Colleges at the regional and state levels of NCCTM.”
Dr. Sincrope has also been a leader in Mathematics Education at ECU, winning two Excellence in Teaching Awards and publishing in many mathematics education journals such as, the Arithmetic Teacher, the Mathematics Teacher, and School Science and Mathematics. She is a student advocate and a passionate mathematics educator.
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!
Congratulations to Rebekah Currie, named the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region of NCCTM!!! She received her award during the 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014,
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!
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.
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!
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.