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Ten Teachers Receive WCE’s Promise of Leadership Award

Friday, November 03, 2017

In October, the Watson College announced ten recipients of the Promise of Leadership Award. The award recognizes new teachers who show leadership and innovation in the classroom. Teachers in the POL group are nominated by their school system.  Over the course of the year, they have an opportunity to work with a UNCW Master Teacher, participate in professional development sessions and provide professional development to other beginning teachers during spring workshops at WCE. Award recipients will also participate in a new professional development and book study titled “Building Teacher Resiliency.”

Please join us in congratulating the 2017-18 Promise of Leadership Award recipients:

  • Loryn Casas, Hoggard High School, New Hanover County
  • Alexander Greenspan, James Kenan High School, Duplin County
  • Brandt Hart, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry
  • Bianca Brodie-Hunt, Anderson Elementary, New Hanover County
  • Katy Leonard, Trask Middle School , New Hanover County
  • Hayley Meadows, Codington Elementary, New Hanover County
  • Suddona Murrell, Jones Senior High School, Jones County
  • Casey Rodriguez, Island Montessori Charter School
  • Dorothy Shumate, Beaufort Middle School, Carteret County
  • Ashley Smith, Brunswick Early College High School, Brunswick County

Promise of Leadership awards are offered through WCE’s First Years of Teaching Support Program. The program provides onsite support and professional growth, leadership and web-based resources selected to address the responsibilities of new teachers. The college also hosts a series of professional learning days for beginning teachers each school year.

Seventy teachers participated in the Beginning Teacher Professional Development Day at the Watson College on November 3. LaTanya Patillo, Teacher Advisor to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, was keynote speaker at the event. Her presentation was titled, “Teaching on Purpose!”

Assistant PDS director Jenn Hatch Knight manages WCE’s First Years of Teaching Support and Promise of Leadership Awards programs.