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Watson College Recognitions

Thursday, June 01, 2017

WCE is a Sponsor of Public School Forum Event Honoring Former Senator Howard Lee

WCE Dean Van Dempsey, Jaci Dempsey, Robert Smith, Donyell Roseboro, Somer Lewis and Duplin County Schools’ Superintendent Austin Obasohan joined more than 400 educators, business leaders, government officials and supporters of public schools at the Jay Robertson Education Leadership Award Gala in Raleigh on May 18. Former North Carolina Senator Howard N. Lee was honoree at the Public School Forum event, held to celebrate public education. The Watson College was a sponsor.

The event was featured as the lead story in the Friday Report on May 19.

Edel Segovia ‘12 Ed.D. and Chris Montero ‘16M are the recipients of the 2017 John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments. Segovia is director of UNCW Centro Hispano and Montero is MI CASA program coordinator. The award was announced in a UNCW home page story on April 13.

Faculty News

Marsha Carr was a featured speaker at the 29th annual conference of the International Mentoring Association. The event was held April 26-28 in Wilmington.

Dennis Kubasko has been re-elected to the North Carolina Science Leadership Association board of directors, where he will serve a second consecutive three-year term. NCSLA provides opportunities for science educators at all levels to exchange ideas and information, promote the cause of quality science instruction and influence the creation of policies and legislation. Kubasko is associate professor of secondary science education at the Watson College.

Salena Rabidoux is editor-in-chief of Applied Learning in Higher Education, an ebook published by UNCW in 2017. The publication features a collection of faculty reflections and studies on how they’ve employed applied learning modalities to address challenges, engage students and drive gains in deep learning. Faculty members across campus contributed to the publication. WCE contributors include faculty members Daisyane Barreto, James DeVita, Christine Liao and Janna Robertson and graduate student Evan Gray.

Marta Sánchez was invited to contribute an OpEd on the feminist practices of pre-service teachers enrolled in Cañada Honda, a rural women's college in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes, following efforts by the government to make mix-gender and lower enrollments at the college. The article, titled El bello y necesario feminismo en las Cañadas, was published in the Mexican daily newspaper, La Jornada on June 11. The government has since agreed to dialogue with students on the issues, Sánchez said. Sánchez is assistant professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education at the Watson College.

Candace Thompson received the 2017 Kathleen Berkeley Inconvenient Woman Award from UNCW’s Women’s Studies and Resource Center. The award is presented annually to a UNCW faculty or staff member in recognition of a sustained commitment to issues of social justice. Thompson is associate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education at the Watson College.

Staff Announcements and News

Michelle Hafey – University Program Associate, CESTEM

Please join WCE in welcoming Michele Hafey to the team at UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Hafey has a degree in business administration, more than 20 years of middle school science teaching experience and national board certification. She is also a Kenan Fellow, a program recognized nationally as a model for industry-education partnerships to advance K-12 STEM education.

Hafey will assist with CESTEM’s Technology Loan Program, grants, student competitions and professional development workshops. She began her new role on June 1.

Kristine Wetherill has assumed an active role with Cape Fear Women in Tech. The organization was founded in 2015 to advance the technology careers of women in the region. WCE faculty and staff members Sue Kezios, Kathy Ibbotson, Jasmine Gaston, Erin Moran,  Stacy Schulman, Nina Sassano, Laura Sirak-Schaeffer and Melissa Newcity joined Wetherill at CFWIT’s second annual garden party on May 23.

Kerri Fowler completed Level 1, 2 and 3 finance training courses and Diane Lane Level 1 and 3 finance training courses. Sara Thorndike, associate vice chancellor for finance, presented the certificates at a ceremony on April 12. Fowler is administrative associate in the dean’s office and Lane is administrative associate in WCE’s budget office.

Student Recognitions and Awards

Nichole Johnson has been named a “40 under Forty” award recipient by The Fayetteville Observer. The award was created in 2011 to recognize the next generation of business professionals and community leaders in 10 counties in North Carolina. Johnson is a faculty member at Methodist University and a third-year Ed.D. student at the Watson College.

Doresia Williams has received the Assistant Principal of the Year Award for Hoke County Schools. She was recently featured in an EdNC story about innovation at Sandy Grove Middle School, where she is assistant principal. Williams is enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at the Watson College.

Alumni Recognitions and Awards

Maria Johnson ’11, kindergarten teacher at Banks Elementary School, is Lenoir County Teacher of the Year. She was featured in a story on Kinston.com on April 29: Banks Teacher of the Year Wins District Title.

Delaney Fischer ’16 was named WITN Teacher of the Week on April 26. Fischer teaches grades K-3 in the Exceptional Children’s program at Havelock Elementary School.

Teryn Odem has been named the 2017 North Carolina Virtual Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Odem teaches Spanish for NCVPS. She has ESL certification and is completing her administration certificate through UNCW. She was featured in a story in the Southern Pines Pilot.

Cody Scrufari ’14 has been named Beginning Teacher of the Year for Wayne County Schools. Scrufari has a degree in Spanish and a minor in English as a Second Language from UNCW. He teaches ESL at Spring Creek Elementary School.

Jennifer Spivey ’06 has been named principal at Highland Elementary School in Sanford, NC. She is currently assistant principal at Boone Trail Elementary School, and will assume her new position July 1. The news was announced in The Daily Record.

Sue Lynn Whitehurst has been named Onslow County Schools’ 2017 School Counselor of the Year. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and has been a guidance counselor and Student Services Department chair at Jacksonville High School for the past five years.