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Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Hosts Fall Partnership Teacher Celebration

Sunday, January 01, 2017

During the fall semester 111 Watson College students successfully completed internships in area schools. On Dec. 1, the Watson College hosted a dinner to celebrate the students’ achievements and honor the dedication of WCE’s hosting partnership teachers.

Watson College dean Van Dempsey and associate dean Ann Potts 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.

Sue Combs, professor in UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences and program coordinator for WCE’s Physical Education and Health programs, was keynote speaker at the event. Fall intern Zachary Gerstenberger and WCE Internship and Licensure coordinator Logan McKnight were also featured speakers.

Lisa Dolak, site coordinator at Town Creek Elementary School, received the fall 2016 Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award for excellence as a partnership teacher. The award was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Harkin, who served as chair of the Education Department at UNCW from 1976 to 1979 and as dean of the School of Education until 1991.

In addition to internships for 111 Watson College students, site coordinators at WCE partnership schools worked with WCE’s Professional Experiences team to facilitate 2,313 field placements for Watson College pre-service teachers during the fall semester.