Watson Chronicle



Watson College Celebrates Long History, Bright Future of the Ed Lab

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Watson College students and children from the community greeted guests as they arrived for WCE’s 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory on Oct. 9.

As guests toured the lab, located in the Education building on campus, children shared favorite books, showed off touch-board technology and told personal stories about the ways Watson College pre-service teachers have helped them to succeed in school.

The Watson College opened the Education Lab in 1985. It serves as a critical component of the undergraduate elementary, middle grades and special education programs offered by the college. It is a tutoring facility, model classroom and resource center for WCE students.

More than 7,500 Watson College students have served over 6,000 local school children in the Ed Lab over the past 30 years, providing more than 150,000 hours of individualized instruction in reading and math.

“The work of the Watson College is enriched by the presence of the Ed Lab as a distinguishing feature of the Teacher Education program,” said Van Dempsey, dean of the Watson College. “Because of the shared vision and continued commitment of the staff, faculty, the community and donors, our students are prepared to be excellent classroom teachers.”

Ed Lab director Brian Brinkley and faculty member Becky Walker partnered with founding faculty members Hathia Hayes, Carol Chase Thomas and Eleanor Wright and a production team from WECT to capture the vision, history and essence of the Ed Lab in a mini-documentary, first shown at the 30th Anniversary event.

commemorative booklet was developed by founding and current Ed Lab faculty with support from WCE graphic designer Krystine Wetherill.

The Ed Lab milestone was featured in a story on UNCW’s homepage Oct. 8.

Please visit the Our College Community section of the Watson Chronicle to view photos from the Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory 30th Anniversary Celebration event.