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WCE Senior Honored as NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Congratulations to Watson College senior Charlotte Locke! In February, she received the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies 2016 Student Teacher of the Year Scholarship Award. The award, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship, was presented at a luncheon at the NCCSS Annual State Conference in Greensboro on Feb. 25.

Locke will graduate in May with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English as a Second Language. She is currently completing an internship at Ogden Elementary School, working in a third grade classroom with WCE partnership teacher and Ogden 2015-16 Teacher of the Year Maureen Hill.

WCE assistant professor Lisa Buchanan said she first met Locke in her children’s literature course, and was fortunate to teach her again in elementary social studies methods the following semester. She also observed Locke’s teaching in the field.

“Over the last year, Charlotte has demonstrated great promise as a classroom teacher and marked potential as a teacher-leader, Buchanan said.

The NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year scholarship award is highly competitive. “There were applicants from across the entire state who are student teaching in K-12 classrooms this semester. It’s a huge accomplishment for Charlotte that she won,” Buchanan said.

Locke said she was honored to receive the award, and is looking forward to the learning and networking opportunities she will have as the NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year.

Raised in Santa Cruz, California, Locke said she was drawn to UNCW because the university has “a great education school and a great business school.” After arriving on campus, she chose to pursue a career in teaching. Classes and field placements at the Watson College helped her prepare for the internship semester and reinforce her career choice, she said.

“I have had the opportunity to work in seven different schools in New Hanover County, which has allowed me to gain incredible insight as to what happens in the classroom,” Locke said. “I have also been able to work one-on-one with students in the Education Lab tutoring center. All of these experiences and opportunities have made it possible for me to further my passion for teaching.”

Locke is a member of the Watson Student Leaders and the UNCW chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. After graduation, she plans to remain in North Carolina and teach third grade.

“Charlotte is a fantastic representation of Watson and the elementary program,” Buchanan said. “I’m so proud that her abilities and achievements have been recognized with the NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year award.”

For more information on the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies visit ncsocialstudies.org.