Educators Hall of Fame induction set for Oct. 18

Twenty-six educators and education advocates will be inducted into East Carolina University’s Educators Hall of Fame on Oct. 18.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall Student Center.

This year’s inductees from Pitt County are Alan R. Bailey ’84 ’93 of Ayden; Nancy Glaser Bray ’89 of Grifton; Herbert R. Carlton ’52 ’54 of Greenville; Bruce Elliot Gray ’71 ’78 ’82 ’85 of Ayden; Jena Gurganus Kerns ’70 ’78 of Greenville; Debbie Metcalf of Greenville; Dr. Dorothy Hiott Muller of Greenville; Jane Reel ’70 ’78 of Greenville; DeAnne Smith ’86 ’89 of Greenville; Gail Dillahunt Smith of Greenville; Betty S. Speir ’63 of Greenville; and Sherryl Tipton ’78 of Greenville.

Other inductees are Suzanne Brooks ’78 of Keswick, VA; Anne Barker Faulkenberry ’73 ’76 of Trent Woods; Dr. Diane L. Frost of Asheboro; Barbara Glatthorn of Washington; Kathryn Carroll Gower ’80 of Dunn; James Henry Jones formerly of Garysburg; Dr. Jerry E. McGee ’65 of Wingate; Cynthia Parker Miller ’98 ’99 of Newport; Deborah Wiggins Seehorn of Raleigh; James Russell Smith Jr. ’84 ’86 of Morrisville; Patricia Ann Hedspeth Smith ’60 of Conway; Mary Ann Southern ’74 ’76 of New Bern; Becky Howard Taylor ’76 ’80 of Bath; Frank Pleasant Teague Jr. formerly of Kinston;

Each inductee was sponsored and a monetary gift of $1,000 or more was contributed to the Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship endowment on their behalf.

Inductees for whom additional gifts have been made receive a star on the Hall of Fame plaque in the college and recognition at the ceremony. Previously inducted honorees receiving additional stars this year are Gwen P. Jeffreys ’43 of Greensboro and Dr. Gene Daniel Lanier ’55 of Atlantic Beach.

The new members join more than 400 outstanding educators who have been inducted since the program was begun in 1999 by the ECU College of Education.

Annual interest from the endowment is used to fund merit-based scholarships for College of Education students.

The program has raised more than $512,000 for scholarships. The goal for the endowment is $1 million.




ECU counselor education students to participate in mental health emergency training

NSDUH14-0904_infographicOn Oct. 3, graduate students in the counselor education program in the ECU College of Education will participate in an all-day, intensive training session on mental health, first aid and other emergencies.

Upon completion, participants will receive a three-year certification to help people in mental health emergencies.

Students enrolled in ECU’s program are preparing to work in clinical mental health, college and school settings as professional counselors after graduation.

It’s the first time the specialized training has been offered to ECU counselor education students. While crisis, mental illness and mental health emergency information is available in several courses, organizers said students will benefit from the additional focus. ECU social work and rehabilitation students also will participate in the training, which is hosted by the Counselor Education Association.

“It’s important to think about these issues as they relate to college campuses, and hosting this sort of workshop may help raise awareness for those here at ECU who might be struggling,” said Allison Crowe, assistant professor for counselor education in the College of Education.



College of Education awards scholarships to 73 students

College of Education Dean Dr. Linda Patriarca, left, congratulations scholarship winner Vasti Rodriguez at an Aug. 22 event. (Contributed photo)

College of Education Dean Dr. Linda Patriarca, left, congratulates scholarship winner Vasti Rodriguez at an Aug. 22 event. (Contributed photo)

Seventy-three East Carolina University students, including nine from the Greenville area, have been awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships by the College of Education.

The scholarships, ranging from $250 to $7,000 each, were given to outstanding education students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Private donations fund the scholarships that were created to honor and memorialize outstanding educators and the profession in support of the academic pursuits of future teachers.

The scholarship recipients were recognized at a ceremony Aug. 22 at Rock Springs Center, including the following local students: Meredith Rose Clark of Greenville, Angel Boberg-Webb Memorial Scholarship and the Pat and Lynn Lane Scholarship; Arthur P. Nava of Winterville, Burney & Judy Warren Scholarship and the Tony R. Banks Scholarship in Special Education; Dawn Hester of Greenville, Carol Smith Gardner Education Leadership Fellowship; Brett T. Congleton of Winterville, Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship; Philip David Ellis of Winterville, David and BJ Fisher Scholarship; Chena Cayton of Grimesland, Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund and the Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship; Vasti Rodriguez of Greenville, Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship; Summer Nicole Briley of Stokes, James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship; and Scott P. Haddock of Greenville, Marjorie Harrison Pi Omega Pi Freshman Award.

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ECU grad named to emerging leaders class



Kenneth “Kenny” McKee of Asheville, who earned a master’s degree in reading education from East Carolina University in May, has been named to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. He is an instructional coach with Buncombe County Schools in Asheville.

The ASCD Emerging Leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership. Typically, emerging leaders have been in the education profession about five to 15 years.

“We (the department) are very proud of Kenny’s accomplishments and this well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Katherine Misulis, chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education in the ECU College of Education.
Forty-five educators from across the nation were selected to participate in the prestigious two-year program. It is the largest group in the program’s history.

The 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders will have access to a pool of grant funds, designed to support students through innovative approaches to whole child education and to help emerging leaders grow professionally. Activities for Emerging Leaders may include serving on committees, hosting networking events for educators, advocating for sound education policy and contributing to ASCD publications.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading while promoting the success of each child. To learn more about ASCD and the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders, visit


ECU professor joins national press briefing on teacher performance assessment

ECU College of Education professor Dr. Diana Lys, second from right, spoke at the National Press Club about ECU's experience with a new teacher candidate assessment program. (Contributed photo)

ECU College of Education professor Dr. Diana Lys, second from right, spoke at the National Press Club about ECU’s experience with a new teacher candidate assessment program. (Contributed photo)


By Jessica Nottingham
College of Education

The College of Education at East Carolina University was the only institute of higher education represented at the American Association of College Teacher Education press briefing that marked the national launch of teacher performance assessment, referred to as edTPA, after two years of field testing.

edTPA was designed to set a national standard of assessing the capabilities of aspiring teachers, similar to the bar exam for law students. Teacher education candidates seeking their initial teaching license submit an edTPA portfolio of materials and a video that shows them at work in the classroom during their student teaching internship. The candidates are evaluated based on their ability to develop lesson plans, respond to student needs, set standards, differentiate instruction and analyze whether their students are learning, according to the AACTE launch announcement. Trained education professionals score the portfolios.

Dr. Diana Lys, director of assessment and accreditation for the College of Education, was invited to speak at the National Press Club about ECU’s extensive experience with the new teacher candidate assessment that is now ready for all teacher preparation institutes across the country to implement.

edTPA allows individuals across disciplines to speak a common language and to share innovative practices, said Lys at the AACTE briefing. She said edTPA was a “lever for change” at ECU and that it has helped build a bridge to practice between the university and its partner schools.

ECU has been engaged in edTPA since the nationwide pilot began three years ago. The university recorded 96 percent participation among spring student teaching interns in 2013 and is currently the only university in the state to have all education programs on campus participating. edTPA is not mandated by the state of North Carolina, which makes ECU’s breadth and depth of engagement with the  assessment most noteworthy.

“AACTE is proud of the innovative work being done by teacher education faculty and leaders at East Carolina University,” said Saroja Barnes, senior director for professional issues with the AACTE. “We applaud them for the reforms they have engaged in, particularly in relation to their use of performance-based assessments of teacher candidates and clinical practice models. Their reform efforts demonstrate the power of transformative action at the local level to engage in change for improvement. Ultimately it is this type of change that will move the needle on high quality educator preparation and PK-12 student achievement.”

Jaclyn Midgette, a 2013 ECU graduate and now 4th grade reading and social studies teacher at Bullock Elementary School in Lee County, was featured in “Education Week” recently for her experience as a beginning teacher who completed edTPA as an undergraduate student. Even though she described it as “stressful, drawn-out and exhausting,” she said that the assessment process taught her how to reflect on each lesson, which she now does every day.

The briefing was held on November 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and Lys served as a panelist alongside a new teacher who completed edTPA as a student, AACTE leaders, state policy leaders from Illinois and Washington states and National Education Association partners.