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Watson College Celebrates 20 Year PDS Anniversary and Honors Partnership Teachers

Friday, May 02, 2014

20 Year PDS Anniversary Celebration cake

On April 30, the Watson College hosted a dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Professional Development System (PDS) Partnership and honored partnership teachers who provided nearly 4,000 field experiences and 325 internship opportunities for Watson College students during the 2013-14 school year.

During his opening remarks, Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum said the level of collaboration between faculty on campus and teachers in the field in support of WCE student interns is unique and he thanked partnership teachers “who, in essence, are part of our teacher education program.” 

20 Year PDS Anniversary CelebrationEducation Lab Director Brian Brinkley, who has been part of PDS since its inception, shared his experience as one of WCE’s first student interns. He said the internship model, borrowed from the fields of medicine and social work and “given tiny strong roots at the Watson College,” has flourished over the years thanks to dedicated faculty, teachers and students who invest tens of thousands of hours every year to make it work.

PDS Director Donyell Roseboro said the college was pleased to welcome 168 new partnership teachers this year. In total, 701 partnership meetings were held and faculty made 1,454 site visits to schools in support of partnership teachers and student interns. Addressing the partnership teachers, Cindy Wiseman, director of Professional Experiences, said, “you not only open your classrooms and share expertise, you open up your hearts to our students. Thank you.”

Nakita Thomas, a teacher at Cape Fear Middle School, has been a WCE partnership teacher for eight years. She said she enjoys the experience because she learns from the student interns.

“They always bring new, innovative ideas that I can implement in my classroom,” Thomas said.

20 Year PDS Anniversary CelebrationDebra Bryant, a physical education teacher at Camp Lejeune Schools, received the Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award for excellence as a partnership teacher. Roseboro recognized the four schools that participated in the elementary block network and provided intensive, nearly year-long internships for Watson College students. The schools are John J. Blair, Castle Hayne, Ogden and Pine Valley elementary schools.