Weiler Awarded NCASLD Grant

Jess WeilerJessica Weiler, assistant professor of educational leadership, has been awarded a grant for over $400,000 by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD).  The grant project, titled Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS), will last from 2016 to 2018.

Shields Appointed Middle School Principal

ShieldsJeremy Shields, Cohort 4 Ed.D. candidate, has been appointed Principal of Crest Middle School in Cleveland County. A National Board Certified Social Studies Teacher, Jeremy earned his BA in Political Science at UNC and his MSA at WCU in 2011. Jeremy transitions into the principalship after serving as assistant principal at Kings Mountain HS and Crest HS.

Principal Licensure Programs Accepting New Applicants

CEAP Conceptual FrameworkThe Masters in School Administration and Post-Master’s Certificate programs are accepting applications for Fall 2016 enrollment. Applications may be submitted to the WCU Graduate School. For further information visit our website at http://principalprep.wcu.edu or contact Dr. Ann Allen at alallen@email.wcu.edu or 828-713-7325. The hybrid redesign of our MSA/PMC program will allow students to complete their degree in 5 and 4 semesters respectively. Courses will integrate online classwork with face-to-face sessions at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site. On the Graduate School application website you will apply for your program of choice by and clicking on the link “START YOUR GRADUATE APPLICATION”. Although it states “currently not accepting applications,” it will work for applicants who have contacted Dr. Ann Allen.

White Wins Distance Fellowship Award

Matthew White, candidate in the Masters of School Administration program, was awarded the Distance Fellowship Award at the recent Graduate School Research Symposium. He also participated in the Three Minute Thesis competition with his research on “Closing the Cracks: Tracking Middle Grade Student Absences to Reduce Failures.”

Alumnus Named Assistant Principal of the Year for Franklin County

Daniel Wright, assistant principal of Bunn High School, was selected as the Assistant Principal of 2014 for Franklin County Schools. He is a graduate of the Master of School Administration program in our college. See the district website for more information.

CEAP Welcomes New Faculty

The college welcomes the following new faculty and staff:

  • Ethan Schilling – Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Tom Ford – Professor, Psychology
  • Holly Pinter – Assistant Professor, Elementary/Middle Grades Education
  • Kelly Kelley – Assistant Professor, Special Education
  • Tom Watterson – Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education
  • Rebekah Norris – UP Program Coordinator
  • Kofi Lomotey – John & Deborah Bardo Distinguished Professor, Educational Leadership
  • Yogita Abichandani – Assisant Professor, Human Resources
  • Jessica Weiler – Assistant Professor, Master of School Administration
  • Amanda Chapman – Instructor, Office of Field Experiences
  • Judy Fleming – Academic Advisor, TRACS