College of Education alums honored with teaching awards

Two East Carolina University College of Education alumni were recently honored with teaching awards in North Carolina. Julie Brickhouse, a special education teacher at Wahl Coates Elementary School of the Arts, was named the Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, March 14, at Rock Springs Center. In addition to earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the ECU College of Education, Brickhouse has many other ties to the college: Serving as a part-time instructor in the adapted and general curriculum programs Continue reading →

C.M. Eppes Middle School science teacher recipient of inaugural John C. Park Scholarship

When the opportunity came to attend the annual National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education, Allie Smith, an eighth-grade science teacher at C.M. Eppes Middle School in Greenville, jumped at the chance. The opportunity arose through a new annual award for science teachers in eastern North Carolina — the John C. Park Scholarship — established by East Carolina University College of Education Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Dr. Leonard Annetta. The scholarship, launched in 2018 by Annetta and the ECU Center for Continue reading →

ECU faculty helps shape statewide mathematics education framework

The framework for the future of mathematics education in North Carolina was recently established by a collection of mathematics educators around the state, including several representatives with ties to the East Carolina University College of Education. Announced by the North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning (NC2ML) in February, the K-8 Instructional Frameworks are designed to connect and sequence mathematical ideas to enable teachers to plan learning opportunities for students that promote a coherent understanding of mathematics. Each framework contains sets of grade-level standards that are organized Continue reading →

State Teacher of the Year Stops by ECU College of Education

The East Carolina University College of Education hosted Lisa Godwin, the 2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year for two events on Monday, Oct. 30. Godwin, who is a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County, was named the North Carolina Teacher of the Year in August 2017. In her new role as North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Godwin serves as an ambassador for teachers across the state to the NC General Assembly and NC Board of Education, as well as speaking Continue reading →

College of Education Inducts 18 into Educators Hall of Fame

The College of Education at East Carolina University held its 19th annual Educators Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Fletcher Music Center. A group of 18 educators and education advocates were recognized during an event that raised over $27,000 for student scholarships. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in Speight Building for inductees and guests to view the Educators Hall of Fame wall. Each inductee was sponsored with a monetary gift of $1,000 or more in support of the Continue reading →

Spend Homecoming with the College of Education this Saturday

East Carolina University’s 2017 Homecoming is this Saturday, Oct. 21, and we at the College of Education are preparing for our annual Breakfast on the Porch! All College of Education students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join us for breakfast on the front porch of Speight Building from 8:30-10 a.m as we celebrate ECU and watch the homecoming parade march down Fifth Street. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Marie Hagan at 252-737-4799, or email haganl@ecu.edu.

In award-winning elementary math teacher’s class, whole is greater than sum of its parts

Megan Lawson has undergone a conversion. She was never a good math student. We didn’t particularly enjoy teaching math when she started in the classroom 10 years ago. Today, she is the 2017 Outstanding Elementary School Mathematics Teacher for Lenoir County Public Schools. “It was not a good subject for me,” said Lawson, a kindergarten teacher at Pink Hill Elementary School for the past five years. “It’s my favorite subject now.” What changed her mind – and focused her career – was her participation in Continue reading →

Lenker Named Regional Superintendent of the Year

East Carolina University alumnus and Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker was named the 2017-2018 North Central Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance on June 27. Lenker was selected for the award by his fellow superintendents within the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance. Lenker received his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from ECU in 2006, and was appointed as the Pitt County Schools superintendent in July 2013. As superintendent, Lenker has proven to be a valuable partner for Continue reading →

‘WHAT YOU WEAR’ Researchers study the impact of young students wearing lab coats

An East Carolina University researcher is looking into how elementary school students view themselves as scientists and engineers when wearing lab coats. Dr. Tammy Lee, assistant professor of science education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education in the ECU College of Education, has teamed up with colleagues at N.C. State University and The College of New Jersey for the study. This spring, 300 fifth-graders and five teachers in four schools in Pitt County have participated. “We know that there is some Continue reading →