Watson Chronicle


Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Hosts Fall Partnership Teacher Celebration

Sunday, January 03, 2016

During the fall semester, 94 Watson College students successfully completed internships in area schools. On Dec. 3, the Watson College hosted a dinner to celebrate the students’ achievements and honor the dedication of WCE’s hosting partnership teachers.

Dean Van Dempsey and Kathy Fox, chair of the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education joined Somer Lewis and Cindy Wiseman in expressing appreciation to WCE’s partners in the schools. Lewis is director of WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) office and Wiseman is director of Professional Experiences at the college.

WCE senior Kassidy Wait was also a featured speaker at the event. Wait, an Elementary Education major, began her internship in a Pine Valley Kindergarten classroom working with partnership teacher Jennifer Booher. She is one of 14 students who earned early release in fall 2015 when offered employment opportunities in their internship schools.

Cynthia Laws, a second grade teacher at Morton Elementary School in Onslow County, received the fall 2015 Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award for excellence as a partnership teacher. The award was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Roy W. 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.

Laws is a highly valued partner who WCE intern supervisor Connie Gruber described as “highly professional, positive and respected in her continuous dedication and contribution to the preparation of future elementary teachers,” Lewis said.

In addition to internships for 94 Watson College students, site coordinators at WCE partnership schools teamed with WCE’s Professional Experiences team to facilitate 2,102 field placements for Watson College pre-service teachers during the fall semester.