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WCE Faculty and Alumnus Featured in Local News

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The Watson College is pleased to share recent local news stories about the work of faculty members Donna DeGennaro, Marsha Carr and Janna Robertson. Ashley Melton ’15M was also featured in the news after being named 2016 Camp Lejeune District Teacher of the Year.

Donna DeGennaro joined the Watson College faculty as assistant professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision in fall 2015. A passion for creating socially just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven has fueled her work with youth in informal learning environments in the U.S. and abroad for the past 10 years. In April, DeGennaro was featured in Wilma for Unlocking Silent Histories, a nonprofit organization she founded that amplifies the voices and identities of indigenous youth. http://www.wilmaontheweb.com/April-2016/Global-Good/

DeGennaro was also featured in the StarNews in May after being invited to speak at the Smithsonian about her work with students in Guatemala. DeGennaro will speak at the Smithsonian in September as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160516/entertainment/160519742?p=all&tc=pgall

Marsha Carr was featured in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal in May after being named a 2016 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year. Carr received an award in the professional services category for Self-mentoring, a program she developed that’s offered through Edu-tell, a business she founded in 2006. Carr is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards are a joint effort of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear region. Awards were presented at a Coastal Entrepreneur Awards breakfast held at UNCW’s Burney Center on May 24.

Greater Wilmington Business Journal: Shining a Spotlight on Entrepreneurs

Carr’s Winner Profile: Edu-tell

Janna Robertson, professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education (ITFSE), led a community effort to paint a 240-foot “Forest of DREAMS” mural in downtown Wilmington. Robertson was featured in a WWAY TV story titled “Community Changes Neighborhood through Art” on April 27: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2016/04/27/community-changes-neighborhood-through-art.

Additional new coverage:

City of Wilmington’s spring newsletter: http://www.flipsnack.com/CityofWilm/city-newsletter-spring-2016.html.

UNCW homepage story: https://uncw.edu/news/2016/06/dreams-of-wilmington-and-uncw-to-unveil-forest-of-dreams-mural.html.

WWAY June 9: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2016/06/09/unveiling-ceremony-to-be-held-for-mural-on-saturday

PortCityDaily June 10; http://portcitydaily.com/2016/06/10/a-forest-of-dreams-comes-to-life/

StarNews June 11: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160611/NEWS/160619924

Ashley Melton ’15M has been named 2016 Camp Lejeune District Teacher of the Year. Melton, who teaches second grade at Tarawa Terrace Elementary School, earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education from the Watson College in December 2015. Melton was featured in a story in The Globe on May 19:


The District Teacher of the Year award was also announced on the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity website: www.dodea.edu/teachers/2016TOY.cfm.