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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Brad and Becky Walker were featured in a We Are UNCW profile on Feb. 21. Brad is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. Becky Walker ’97M is an EEMLS faculty member and instructor in WCE’s Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory.

Marsha Carr joins the nation’s top professionals and international experts in the field of mentoring and coaching as an International Mentoring Association Associate Board Member. Carr is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Sue Kezios and Kathy Ibbotson were featured in a StarNews story, “Camp readiness: How to know when your child is ready,” on March 17. Kezios is director of UNCW Youth Programs and Ibbotson is K-12 engineering coordinator.

Somer Lewis, Donyell Roseboro, Kathy Fox and Van Dempsey presented at the University of North Carolina Professional Development Schools Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in February. Lewis is director of WCE’s Professional Development System; Roseboro is chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education; Fox is chair of the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education; and Dempsey is dean of the Watson College.

Tryphina Robinson, WCE doctoral graduate, was also a presenter at the PDS conference.

Welcome to New Staff

Courtney Townsend – Coordinator of Out-of-Area Placements and Lateral Entry Teachers

Courtney Townsend joined WCE’s Office of Teacher Education and Outreach in late February as a member of the Office of Professional Experiences. She has hit the ground running, meeting with program coordinators to clarify processes for supporting our distance education students. In her work, Courtney will provide assistance to our distance education students, teacher assistants and lateral entry teachers. She has a degree in elementary education and Spanish language from Stonehill College in Easton, MA and an M.Ed. in language and literacy from the Watson College of Education. Before joining Watson, Courtney taught in New Hanover County Schools for 10 years as a second-grade teacher. As a public school teacher, she furthered her leadership opportunities by holding the position of MTSS lead, and was deemed one of Watson College’s Master Teachers.

Nina Sassano – MarineQuest Program Assistant

Nina Sassano will assist in developing and implementing activities and lessons for MarineQuest summer enrichment programs and school programs.

Nina’s fascination with marine science began as a child. After graduating with a degree in marine biology from Stockton University, she completed a term of service with the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. Her other positions in the field of environmental education include work as a naturalist at a forestry center, an administrative assistant at a soil district and a field technician for a National Estuary Program, the Barnegat Bay Partnership. In 2014 Nina moved to North Carolina to work in David Kimmel’s lab at East Carolina University, where she studied land-use effects on the populations of the stinging sea nettle, Chrysaora quinquecirrha, in North Carolina. She joins MarineQuest after taking some time after the completion of her master’s to travel, including visits to Iceland and Costa Rica.

Alumni News and Recognitions

Vertha Dixon-Wright ’83 has been named Mideastern Conference Coach of the Year. Dixon-Wright is dean of students at New Hanover High School, where she has coached girls’ basketball for more than two decades. She was featured in a story in Port City Daily on March 18.

Dixon-Wright recently announced her retirement. When he heard the news, Robert Smith wrote a letter praising her as a great teacher and great role model for all the school’s students. “Her warm smile, passion and high expectations have been a signature at New Hanover High for many years,” he wrote. Smith is the Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professor of Education at the Watson College. His letter was published in the StarNews on Feb. 12.

Brian King ’12 was named WWAY Teacher of the Week on March 1. King teaches sixth-grade math at Holly Shelter Middle School. All 90 of his students were on hand when WECT surprised him with the award.

Stephanie Titzel ’13 M has received the 2017 North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award for her passion and dedication as a teacher. Titzel is a science teacher at Roland-Grise Middle School. She was featured in a story on WWAY on March 2: “Teacher of the Year: NC Farm Bureau Names Winner.”