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WCE Hosts Fall Partnership Teacher Celebration

Friday, January 02, 2015

WCE Hosts Fall Partnership Teacher Celebration

Sixty faculty, staff, partnership teachers, university supervisors and interns gathered at the Watson College on Dec. 4 for the fall 2014 partnership teacher celebration dinner hosted by WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) Office.

During a presentation titled “The Power of Mentoring, The Joy of Teaching” WCE associate professor Kathleen Schlichting asked partnership teachers and student interns to share what they learned from each other.

Interns said they learned “It doesn’t have to be perfect,” and “Above all, students need to know that you care about them. If you can do that, the rest will happen.” Teachers said the interns brought knowledge of technology, new teaching strategies and energy and enthusiasm to their classrooms.

WCE intern Gabrielle Burrows, a speaker at the event, said her internship was “an amazing experience.” Burrows described a great partnership teacher as “someone who shares more than resources, time and the classroom. A great partnership teacher also listens, is kind and understanding and is a go-to person.”

Burrows was granted an early release from the Watson College when she was offered a teaching position in special education at Murrayville Elementary School where she began her internship with partnership teacher Wanda Ponton. Burrows began teaching at Murrayville in November.

Bolivia Elementary EC Teacher Kristin Matthews announced at the dinner that WCE intern Aimee Terrill was offered a teaching position after completing an internship at the school in December. Terrill began her position teaching in the exceptional children’s program at Bolivia Elementary in January.

In addition to hosting 84 student interns during the fall semester, WCE partnership teachers helped PDS director Somer Lewis and Professional Experiences director Cindy Wiseman provide 2,200 field experiences for Watson College students.

Wiseman thanked the teachers “for opening your classrooms and your hearts to our students.”

Schlichting said, “We’re grateful to our partnership teachers who have helped our students grow through your generosity, mentoring and inspiration.”  Schlichting ended her presentation with a YouTube video of GRATEFUL: A Love Song to the World that she said “speaks to how we at WCE value our partnership with you.” http://youtu.be/sO2o98Zpzg8.

PDS Harkin Award WinnerKatie McLam Receives Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award

Katherine S. McLam, site coordinator for Whiteville Primary and Edgewood Elementary School in Whiteville City Schools received the fall 2014 Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award for excellence as a partnership teacher. The award was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Roy E. Harkin who served as the chair of the Education Department at UNCW from 1976 to 1979 and as dean of the School of Education until 1991.

McLam is a highly valued PDS partner, and WCE interns described her as “very helpful and encouraging” and “a wonderful supervisor who made the internship less stressful,” said Lewis.

Pictured Above: Ms. Sandra Harkin poses with Katherine S. McLam and Professional Development System Director Somer Lewis.