ECU College of Education honors eastern N.C. Teachers of the Year

 

Honoree Malinda Pennington speaks to fellow educators at the Each one - teach one event at East Carolina University.


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 bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or 252-328-1123.

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The ECU College of Education honored 20 teachers of the year recipients from eastern North Carolina.

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ECU housekeepers and housekeeping supervisor awards announced

The 2011 Fourth Quarter Housekeepers Awards for Excellence recipients for service are James Parmelee and Phyllis Hart with Academics, Veronica Rosales with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center, and Angela Edwards with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine.

The 2011 Housekeeping Supervisors Awards for Excellence recipient is James Willoughby for leadership.

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ECU student one of five nationwide selected for scholarship

Bryan Mayville, a junior in clinical laboratory science at East Carolina University, is one of five students selected from across the country to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute.

Mayville, of Goldsboro, said his degree will allow him “to be an integral part of the health care team by helping to detect, diagnose and treat patient illnesses. I see myself improving the overall quality of care for each patient whose lives are directly affected by the hands of the laboratory team.”

Dr. Kathleen Schulman, interim chair of the clinical laboratory science department in the College of Allied Health Sciences, said Mayville will be a great asset in the clinical laboratory.

“Laboratory testing is the cornerstone for most medical decisions,” said Daniel C. Edson, president of the American Proficiency Institute. “We believe it is important to support future professionals entering this critical field of medical laboratory science.”

The American Proficiency Institute is one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world serving more than 17,000 laboratories. API offers innovative solutions and technical excellence for the proficiency testing needs of hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics, and point-of-care testing sites.

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ECU ranked 2nd nationwide in national board certifications

North Carolina ranked first in the nation in national board certification of teachers, and East Carolina University earned a top ranking for newly certified alumni.

Appalachian State University leads the nation with 130 alumni who completed board certification in 2011. ECU came in 2nd with 118.

Teachers and counselors who completed national board certification in 2011 numbered 6,266, with 20% of those educators from North Carolina.

June Atkinson, state superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina, applauded the effort. She said, “National Board Certification is an incredibly rigorous process that requires teachers to look deep into how they provide classroom instruction to meet the academic needs of all their students. It requires a serious professional and personal commitment.

“We are so fortunate that so many of our teachers continue to be willing to make this commitment,” Atkinson said. “Our public school students are the ultimate winners as a result.”

The state’s total number of nationally board certified teachers numbers 19,193. That number includes 1,244 who were newly certified in 2011.

Nationwide there are 97,291 teachers who have completed the certification process.

For additional information, visit www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom.

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