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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Amy Moody was featured on WHQR’s CoastLine: The Evolving Field of Special Education on Jan. 27. She was also a panelist at the “Innovations in STEM Education: Technology to Support Students with Autism” conference on September 19, where she shared research and her experience in developing technology supports to give students with autism access to STEM curricula and activities. Other panelists were: Maya Israel, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Matt Marino, University of Central Florida; and Jeff Munson, University of Washington. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Offices of Special Education Programs and STEM Initiatives.

Moody was also invited to join other early childhood technology experts on a research to practice panel at the “Technology Solutions for Early Childhood – The Future is NOW” conference held in Washington D.C. on Nov. 29. The symposium for Federal policy makers, national association staff, researchers, family advocates and others, was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Moody is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education and director of WCE’s Center for Assistive Technology.

Faculty in the News

Linda Mechling, professor of Special Education, and Brian Stephens were featured on WWAY on Nov. 29. The news segment, “Cooking Class Offered for Adults with Disabilities” showcased a program offered through the Cape Fear Enrichment Program, an organization Mechling founded to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities.

Joanne Nottingham, retired educational leadership professor, and her students were mentioned in a UNCW home page story on Jan. 17 for their work raising funds for Step Up for Soldiers. Students enrolled in LED 411, Contemporary Applications of Leadership, raised $7,000 during the spring semester to help local veterans. In January, UNCW student veteran Jackson Ertel and his family became the first residents of the Edward Kramer House, built by Step Up for Soldiers. WWAY covered the story on Jan. 14: Veteran, family moves in to Step Up For Soldiers Kramer House.

Janna Robertson, professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, was featured in the StarNews for her work with New Hanover High School staff and students and Support the Port on a “Wilmington in Color” coloring book to help inform people about the history of the city: Local Students Create Coloring Book of Wilmington’s Black History. The story was also featured on WWAY: Students bring history to life through coloring book.

Candace Thompson, associate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, was featured on WHQR’s “CoastLine: Being a Woman of Color in Academia” on Jan. 11. Thompson teaches the social and cultural foundations of education.

WCE Welcomes New Staff Colleagues

Jasmine Gaston – K-12 Engineering Associate, Youth Programs

Jasmine Gaston is a proud army brat who has lived in 10 states and two countries. The four years she spent as a student at NC State University is the longest she has resided in one place. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, she worked as a project engineer for a global manufacturing company. Her passion for helping others excel academically led her transition into the education sector. Jasmine will be using her prior engineering experience and knowledge to help the Youth Programs Engineering Expectations program expose students to STEM in fun and creative ways. She is happy to be back in North Carolina and excited to put down roots in Wilmington.

Diane Lane – Administrative Associate, Dean’s Office

Diane joined the dean’s office staff as administrative associate in the budget office in late November. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in computer science from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Prior to joining the Watson family, her positions included being an office manager for a preschool, a specialist at Southern New England Telephone and an accountant for a nonprofit organization.

Alumni News

Please join the Watson College in extending congratulations to our alumni for recent news and recognitions:

Pam Baldwin ’10 Ed.D. has been named superintendent of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Baldwin is the current superintendent of Asheville City Schools. She was featured in a story in The News & Observer on December 21.

Jeana Carr was recently named regional Administrator of the Year for the North Carolina Association of Educational Professionals. Carr is director of elementary education for Sampson County Schools. She was featured in a story in The Sampson Independent on November 25.

Susan Deans ’16M was featured in The News Reporter in December for her work creating several Little Free Libraries in Whiteville, NC. Little Free Libraries topped Whoopi Goldberg’s list of favorite things announced on the November 14 episode of The View and a library Deans created was one of five in the nation selected by Goldberg to receive free books.

Maria Johnson has been named 2017 Principal of the Year for North Carolina’s Southeast region. Johnson is principal of Northside High School in Onslow County. She was featured in a story in JDN News on January 6.

Tara Mulvey is the 2016-17 Gifted Education Teacher of the Year for New Hanover County Schools. Mulvey is the Gifted Education Specialist at Winter Park Elementary School. She was featured in a story in the StarNews on January 22.

Dawn Oswalt was named January ‘Teacher of the Month’ by the South Carolina Educator Association and WACH Fox Media. She was featured in a story in Cola Daily on January 15.

Megan Ray ’11 is Teacher of the Year for Belville Elementary School and Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Brunswick County Schools. The Brunswick County awards were featured in a WECT story. Ray teaches second grade.