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48 Interns Participate in Classroom Management Seminar at WCE

Monday, September 04, 2017

Forty-eight students enrolled in WCE’s Elementary Education program participated in a full-day seminar at the Watson College on Sept. 15. The seminar is held each semester to assist student interns in establishing and maintaining a positive classroom climate for diverse learners. The student participants are all currently completing internships in elementary schools in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow Counties.

The event featured presentations and a panel discussion with eight beginning teachers.

Topics covered included early childhood development, health and wellness and transitioning to the role of classroom teacher. WCE faculty members Amy Moody, Gerry Zinner and Holly Konrady presented at the event. Carla Turner, Personal Health Services Manager for New Hanover County was also a presenter.

Participating panelists were Megan Bradley ’16 and Trevor Todd ’16, third grade teachers at Castle Hayne Elementary; Holly Brown, kindergarten teacher at Holly Tree; Desiree Taylor ’14, and Kassidy Wait ’15, first and third grade teachers at Pine Valley; Courtney Malahias ’88, kindergarten teacher at Snipes Academy of Art and Design; Ashley Pavlick ’14, EC teacher at Mary C. Williams; and Beth Sanford, 4th grade teacher at Wrightsboro Elementary.

Ronnie Weppler coordinated the seminar with support from PDS director Somer Lewis and BT coordinators Andres Raines and Marcia Kearnes of New Hanover County Schools. Weppler said the day was a great success.

“I have been teaching this course for two years and have seen how the day is so beneficial for student interns,” she said. “The presenters were wonderful and students really enjoyed the panel discussion with beginning teachers.”