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85 High School Students Attend Future Teacher Conference at WCE

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Eighty-five students from high schools in southeastern North Carolina participated in the Future Teacher Conference held at the Watson College on Oct. 25.

The full-day conference featured workshops on teaching at the early childhood, middle grades and secondary levels. A workshop session focusing on special education was also offered. Faculty members Robert Smith and Denise Ousley, and Watson Student Leaders Hannah Dixon, Dawn Nelson and Kayla Wynne coordinated the workshops. WCE associate dean Carol McNulty and UNCW first year admissions coordinator Monica Schult also spoke at the event.

Bobbie Cavnar, North Carolina’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, provided a keynote address titled “Our Place in History: Dispelling the Myth of Failing Public Education.” Cavnar is a high school English teacher from South Point High School in Gaston County.

In response to student questions, Cavnar said he’s a big fan of Harry Potter and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and East of Eden; “Dead Poets Society” is “the best teacher movie ever made;” and if he ever writes an autobiography the title will be “I am a Teacher.”

View Cavnar’s video titled “Why I am a Teacher” here:

High school students toured the campus, learned about the college admissions process and enjoyed a complimentary lunch during the conference, coordinated by Leigh Smith, student intern in WCE’s Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership.

For more information on Bobbie Cavnar, North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year, visit www.bobbiecavnar.com.