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Holly Grove Media Specialist helps students learn about family history

Holly Grove Middle media specialist Kendra Allen participated in a collaboration between and LEARN NC, an outreach arm of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Allen was one of 10 educators who worked to create a multimedia how-to guide for teachers to use family history resources in their classrooms.

Allen used the guide to lead eighth graders in exploring their family histories.

“My hope was that my students would dive and thrive on their own curiosity to know more, find more, learn more,” Allen said. “I wasn’t disappointed. It was the most wholly engaged group of eighth grade students I had ever worked with, even though they were in their last weeks of middle school.” Continue Reading . . .

Career academies expand in WCPSS

More options are coming online for high school students who want to combine a specific career focus with strong academic preparation.

The addition of Career Academies at three high schools each this year and next year will bring the WCPSS total to 20.

Career and Technical Education officials are opening a Public Safety academy at Knightdale High, a Digital Media Academy at Millbrook High and an Information Technology academy at Southeast Raleigh High this year.

Next year, Garner High School plans to add a Fire and Safety Career Academy, and Wakefield High will have Digital Marketing. The new Apex Friendship also will open an academy, with the career area to be announced later.

“This is a really sharp tool in our toolbox that we know works well,” said David Wehbie, Director of Career and Technical Education.

Career academies combine courses that offer preparation for specific career areas with the core subjects necessary for graduation. They are designed to boost college and career readiness, and to help more students graduate.

The 2013-14 graduation rate for Career Academy students was 100 percent.

Board appoints new principals, administrators at October 21 meeting

The Board of Education approved the following staff appointments at its October 21 meeting:

  • Timothy Locklair, Principal of Holly Springs High School, has been appointed Western Area Superintendent.
  • Marlo Gaddis, Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services, has been appointed Senior Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services.
  • Candace Watson, Assistant Principal at Carnage Middle School, has been appointed Principal of Lacy Elementary School.
  • Charles Langley, retiree, has been appointed Interim Principal at West Lake Middle School.
  • Jennifer Lecorchick, Teacher at Wendell Elementary School, has been appointed Assistant Principal at Lockhart Elementary School.
  • Jonathan Jessup, Principal of Mattamuskeet Early College High School, Hyde County Schools, has been appointed Assistant Principal at Millbrook High School.
  • Michael Clinkscales, Teacher Coordinator at Magnet Leadership Laboratory, has been appointed Assistant Principal at East Garner Middle School.

Please note – This list includes new appointments. The board also may have approved contract extensions or modifications to current contracts for employees to continue serving in their current roles.

N.C. Symphony honors Sanderson teacher

butler2Sanderson High teacher Marshal Butler received the N.C. Symphony’s music educator award on October 4.

The Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator is presented annually to a N.C. music teacher who:

  • Makes a lasting difference in the lives of students of all abilities and backgrounds
  • Serves the community in an exemplary manner as a role model in music education
  • Instills a love for music in children
  • Inspires students to reach appropriately high musical standards

This $1000 recognition and award honors Maxine Swalin who, along with her husband Dr. Benjamin Swalin, Symphony music director from 1939-1972, raised funds from the General Assembly to establish the children’s concert division in 1945. This program, which continues to bring free live concerts to school children across the state, forms the core of one of the most extensive music education programs conducted by any U.S. orchestra.

WCPSS names Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year finalists

The Wake County Public School System has selected the finalists for the 2014-15 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year awards.

WCPSS principals and assistant principals nominate the finalists for the award.

The finalists for Principal of the Year are;

  • Dhedra Lassiter, Rolesville Middle
  • Timothy Locklair, Holly Springs High
  • Steven Moore, Fuquay-Varina Elementary
  • Winston Pierce, Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary
  • Teresa Winstead, Durant Road Elementary

The finalists for Assistant Principal of the Year are;

  • Wendel Evans, Rolesville Middle
  • Kristine Harris, Cary Elementary
  • Lacey Peckham, Middle Creek High
  • Travis Shillings, Brassfield Elementary
  • Vann Taylor, Timber Drive Elementary

The awards will be presented at the Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year celebration scheduled for October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Ligon teacher named outstanding German educator

Ligon Magnet Middle teacher Jo Garrison has been selected as the 2014 American Association of Teachers of German K-8 Outstanding German Educator.  This prestigious award is given annually in recognition of innovative teaching, extraordinary talent and exceptional leadership in the German teaching profession.  Garrison will be honored during the Awards Presentation at the Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in San Antonio, Texas.

NC State College of Education recognizes WCPSS assistant principal

LisaReid2Wake Early College of Health and Sciences Assistant Principal Lisa Reid was awarded the Wilcox-Hodnett Doctoral Fellowship for Public School Administrators in North Carolina for 2014-15 by the NC State University College of Education Leadership Program. The award recognizes doctoral students who demonstrate the capacity for significant or creative leadership. Reid is one of three doctoral candidates to receive the prestigious award this year.

Microsoft blog highlights Green Hope teacher’s success

Green Hope High teacher Marty Roettgen is highlighted in a Microsoft blog article on her success in teaching students Microsoft Office skills. Roettgen is 3-for-3 with national champions in the Certiport Microsoft Office competition in her three years teaching the 2010 Microsoft Excel and Access courses. The article notes her most recent national champ, Daniel Hill was offered a paid summer internship for his Microsoft Excel expertise and will be applying for colleges this fall.



Baileywick teacher named NC Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

Baileywick Elementary teacher Rebecca Norkus has just been named the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the state of NC. Continue Reading . . .

Bugg teacher attends Library of Congress institute

Bugg Magnet Elementary librarian Chris Tuttell is currently in Washington, DC where she met Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland today for a personal tour of the Civil Rights exhibit at the American History Museum. Tuttell was selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. Continue Reading . . .