The college’s Honors and Awards ceremony was held April 10th in the UC Grandroom. Two alumni were honored as Peak Performers: Myra Watson, Instructor in our Birth to Kindergarten program, and Amanda Northrup, elementary teacher in Haywood County. A large number of students were honored for earning awards and scholarships, and Faculty and staff received awards for teaching, research, and service.
The Office of First Year Experience has shared that thirteen faculty and staff of the college have been nominated as Exemplary Advocates by the Class of 2016. The nominees are Kia Asberg, Leo Bobadilla, Kim Corzine, Windy Gordon, Janice Holt, Erin Myers, Maurice Phipps, Holly Pinter, Mickey Randolph, Aubrey Ray, David Scales, Debby Singleton, and Jenny Stewart.
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has released a report about the state of teacher preparation. The report notes that teacher education programs nationally are admitting academically competitive students and incorporate extensive clinical experience in schools.
For more information, see the press release.
Two students in Special Education will present their research projects at the WCU Graduate Research Symposium on March 21st. The students are Melissa Strother-Stout, Crystal Petrella, and April Whitehurst. They are all sponsored by Lisa Bloom, professor of special education.
Seven students in Elementary and Middle Grades Education will present their individual classroom-based research projects at the WCU Graduate Research Symposium on March 21st. The students are Elizabeth Anderson, Melissa Strother-Stout, Shelley Graham, Cynthia Margiotta, Nancy McGowan, Melissa Faetz, and Delaney Holloway. They are sponsored by Carrie Rogers, assistant professor of elementary and middle grades.
The college congratulates Heather Thompson Rainey as the recipient of the 2013 Botner Award for Superior Teaching. We also congratulate Kelly Tracy and Ellen Sigler as winners of the 2013 Legislative Award for Teaching Excellence.