Eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year Honored at Event

Jennifer Lilly, a Teacher of the Year from CamTech High School in Camden County, speaks to colleagues at a celebration for outstanding teachers sponsored by ECU’s College of Education on Dec. 6. (Contributed photos)

 

Eighteen Teacher of the Year recipients from eastern North Carolina were honored at a Dec. 6 event sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education. The event, titled “Each One-Reach One,” served as a celebration of outstanding educators and their positive impact within the region.

Joining the Teachers of the Year were first- and second-year educators. The novice and veteran educators represented the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Clinton City, Craven, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Northampton, Onslow, Pitt, Vance and Wilson.

Invitations were issued to each member of the Latham Clinical Schools Network, which comprises 36 counties within eastern North Carolina. Several of the educators honored are alumni of the College of Education’s teacher education programs. During the event, the educators brainstormed how to better promote the profession of teaching. When asked what kind of individuals they wanted to see join the profession in the future, the educators noted they wanted to see new teachers who were “passionate about the profession, compassionate about others, and tech savvy to meet the needs of 21st century learning.” Within the discussion on how to promote teaching as a career choice, the Teachers of the Year shared that there is a need to “get the media and legislators more involved in understanding the positive experiences that are happening in classrooms.”

In addition to sharing recruitment strategies, these outstanding educators were asked to videotape themselves sharing their thoughts about why they teach. The individual clips will be combined to create a promotional video to share with potential teacher education students at spring recruitment events. The positive messages shared will provide prospective students with excellent examples of quality teachers who are proud of their profession.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, Assistant Director of Teacher Education, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or via phone at 252-328-1123.

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Counselor education students train outside the classroom


Students in two counselor education classes left the classroom behind Sept. 9 for an experience in team building and accomplishing tasks that require group effort and group decision-making. Counselor education faculty members Dr. Scott Glass and Dr. Allison Crowe led the 40 or so students for the half-day program at ECU’s Team Training Center near Blount Fieldhouse.

The group procedures course in which they are enrolled is a class for master’s level counseling students that introduces them to group counseling theory and practice. Glass specializes in adventure based counseling and Crowe specializes in creative and experiential techniques.

“Experiential learning is so important for counselors. You never know what you’re going to get in a counseling session,” Crowe said. “Your client may surprise you, may react to you in the moment – the more you can refine your skills in the ‘here and now,’ the better.”

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Hardee recognized at international convention

Hardee

East Carolina University College of Education administrative staff member Lou Anna Hardee was recognized as distinguished governor for 2010-11 at the Optimist International Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Hardee is governor of  Optimist International’s North Carolina East District, which has more than 1,300 members in 36 clubs. She was presented with a ring as well as a medallion acknowledging her work as a “Builder of Excellence.”

An active member, committee chair and treasurer of the Optimist Club of Greenville, Hardee is former president and member of the board of directors of the Greenville club. In 2008 and 2011, she was named Optimist of the Year. She is a leader in the N.C. East District, serving as immediate past governor, candidate qualifications chair, and lieutenant governor of Zone Three, which has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, Morehead City, and Cape Carteret.

Hardee has worked at ECU since 1968. She is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville.

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Grant supports ECU Arts Smart series

East Carolina University’s Arts Smart series has received a $2,000 grant from Target Stores to support writing across the curriculum for Pitt County students in grades K-6.

Two authors in those grades will be recognized for exemplary writing. The students and their classmates will receive complimentary tickets to one of six titles on the Arts Smart series.

ECU elementary education student Amy Shackleford will support the initiative with age-appropriate course materials and educator support materials, developed in conjunction with the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library. Communications major Jessi Hardin will outline a marketing campagin to encourage teacher and student participation.

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College of Education hosts 232 clinical teachers

The East Carolina University College of Education hosted 232 clinical teachers in the Latham Clinical School Network March 14 and March 28.

The event provided activities centered around the theme of Crucial Conversations with clinical teachers regarding Teacher Performance Assessment and Electronic Evidences required for teacher education students. Teacher education students need those materials to complete their portfolios for licensure recommendation.

Sessions were presented by faculty members in the College of Education.

Attendees represented Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Edgecombe, Granville, Greene, Hertford, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson County School Systems.

The event was organized by the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach in the College of Education.

For more information, contact Christa Monroe (monroec@ecu.edu) or call the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach at 252-328-2950.

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