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WCE Graduate Appointed to NC Teaching Fellows Commission

Monday, September 04, 2017

Ebonie Brownlee ‘15M has been named to the NC Teaching Fellows Commission created by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session. The commission, formed through Senate Bill 252, was created to determine which programs will participate and which students will receive forgivable loans when the Teaching Fellows program is re-introduced starting in the 2018-19 academic year.

Brownlee earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from the Watson College in 2015. She is currently a third grade teacher at Bell Fork Elementary School in Jacksonville.

Brownlee is one of 14 individuals from the educational community appointed to serve on the NC Teaching Fellows Commission. Seven people were appointed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. They are:

  • Mary Ann Danowitz, dean, NC State University Education
  • Melba Spooner, dean, Appalachian State University
  • Barbara Parker, president, Haywood Community College
  • Ebonie Brownlee, teacher, Onslow County Schools
  • Mary Webb, principal, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Thomas Luckadoo, Catawba County Board of Education
  • Lawrence Somers, Duke Energy Corporation

The following people were appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly:

  • Mariann Tillery, dean of the Stout School of Education, High Point University (appointed by the Senate)
  • Jennifer Olson, education department head, Meredith College (appointed by the House)

An additional five individuals serve as ex officio members. They are:

  • The North Carolina Teacher of the Year
  • The North Carolina Principal of the Year
  • The North Carolina Superintendent of the Year
  • The chair of the board of the State Education Assistance Authority
  • The director of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

Senate Bill 252 was sponsored by Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake. Commission members appointed by the UNC Board of Governors were notified of their selection on Sept. 8.