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WCE Students Receive Teacher of the Year, Student TOTY Honors

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Please join us in congratulating Watson College students Ashley Schauer and Anamarie Neville, who have received Teacher of the Year and Student Teacher of the Year recognitions.

Ashley Schauer – Codington Elementary Teacher of the Year

Ashley Schauer ’13 has been named 2017-18 Teacher of the Year at Codington Elementary School. Ashley graduated from the Watson College in 2013 with a degree in special education and a minor in psychology. She has been a teacher in Codington’s Specially Designed Academics program for the past three and a half years.

Ashley is also currently enrolled in WCE’s master’s program in leadership, policy and advocacy in early childhood education, an interdisciplinary program designed for people who work or wish to work as a leader in the field of family and child advocacy. She is scheduled to graduate from the M.Ed. program in December 2017.

A member of Kappa Delta Pi, Ashley currently serves as vice president of UNCW’s Alpha Alpha Pi KDP chapter. KDP is an international honor society dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. Membership selection is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

Jaci Dempsey, faculty member in the early childhood M.Ed. program and a KDP faculty advisor, said Schauer is very deserving of leadership recognition.

“I have Ashley in my graduate class this semester. She is an outstanding student in addition to being a strong leader in our KDP chapter,” Dempsey said.

Anamarie Neville – NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year

Watson College senior Anamarie Neville has received the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies 2017 Student Teacher of the Year Award. The award, which comes with a $500 scholarship, was presented at a luncheon at the NCCSS Annual State Conference in Greensboro on March 2.

Ana is enrolled in WCE’s elementary education program. She is also a member of the UNCW Honor Scholars program. Her honors research has focused on the USS Battleship North Carolina and ways to optimize use of historic sites in area classrooms.

As part of her research, Ana surveyed coastal Carolina K-12 teachers on their use of history-based field trips for students. She also serves as a volunteer member of the USS North Carolina Battleship’s “Living History Crew” and “Battleship 101” programs.

Ana shared her research at the NCCSS conference in a presentation titled, “Battleship North Carolina: Optimizing Historic Sites in Your K-12 Classroom.” On March 17, she successfully defended her UNCW honors project on the same topic.

Lisa Buchanan, assistant professor in WCE’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education, served as Ana’s honors project chair and faculty advisor.

"I met Ana when she enrolled in my children’s literature course in fall 2015,” Buchanan said. “Soon after, we began collaborating on her honors project. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Ana. She exhibits amazing drive, and I look forward to watching her continue to grow as a teacher as she enters the elementary classroom and graduate school in the fall.”

Ana is currently completing an internship at the College Road Early Childhood Center. She is slated to enter WCE’s Master of Education in Language and Literacy program in fall 2017 and looks forward to pursuing her passion for social studies and language arts with a career teaching young children that involves “nurturing their love for learning that begins early on.”