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Watson College Recognitions

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Daisyane Barreto is the 2021 WCE recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Barreto is an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education. She was recognized at UNCW’s fall faculty meeting and in a UNCW home page story on September 10: UNCW Faculty Honored for Teaching, Scholarship and Service.

Amy Garrett Dikkers, Ray Pastore and Bill Sterrett were recently promoted to full professor. Garrett -Dikkers is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and coordinator of WCE’s Leadership Studies minor program. Pastore is a faculty member in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education and coordinator of WCE’s Esports programs. Sterrett is associate dean of the Office of Teacher Education and Outreach.

Jes Fyall Cardenas, assistant professor in WCE’s early childhood education program, was a featured expert in a WalletHub interview on the best and worst places to raise a family. The interview was published June 1: Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family. Cardenas is an assistant professor in WCE’s early childhood education program.

Symphony Oxendine and Carol McNulty have received a 2022 Charles L. Cahill grant award for their project titled  “Scholar’s Opportunity for Academic Research (SOAR) Retreat.” Oxendine is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and coordinator of WCE’s Ed.D. program with a concentration in higher education leadership. McNulty is Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs at UNCW and an associate professor in WCE’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education.

An op-ed authored by Ken Teitelbaum was published in the Star-News and other NC newspapers on August 20: Educator takes issue with column from John Hood: Are we back to making John Dewey a bogeyman? Kenneth Teitelbaum is a former dean and professor of education at the Watson College and author most recently of Critical Issues in Democratic Schooling:  Curriculum, Teaching, and Socio-Political Realities (2020).

Staff News

Amy Horgan was recently recognized as the National Association of Social Workers (NC Chapter) Member of the Week.  She was featured in a NASW-NC Member Spotlight on September 13. Horgan is a school social worker at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

Morgan O’Connell ’13, ’15M, MarineQuest Research and Volunteer Coordinator, was featured on Spectrum News Aug. 31: Scientists in the Making: UNCW builds the next generation of marine scientists

James Taylor was elected to serve on the UNCW Staff Senate Executive Committee. Taylor is administrative associate in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education. He has served on Staff Senate since July 2020.

Alumni News

Cindy Bennett ’89M has been named superintendent of Vance County Schools. She was featured in a YahooNews story on June 16: Bennett named as superintendent of Vance schools; takes over for Jackson on July 1

Sam Jones ’14M has been named Stokes County Schools’ 2021 Principal of the Year. He was featured in an article in Stokes News on August 11: Jones is Principal of the Year. Dr. Jones was honored for his work at Poplar Springs Elementary School. He became principal at West Stokes High School on July 1.  

Michael Richardson ’19M was recently named principal at Nancy Reynolds Elementary School in Westfield, NC. He was featured in a story in The Stokes News on August 4: Richardson is new principal at Nancy Reynolds  

Kate Tayloe ’01, ’07M assumed the role of principal at the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) in July. She was feature in a WECT story on July 26: GLOW Academy announces new principal and a story in Wilmington Biz on September 3: Relationship-builder Takes GLOW Helm.

Aja Winstead ’13M has been named principal of the newly established Pender Innovative Learning Academy.  Winstead was featured in a story in Star News on August 15: Meet the three new principals at Pender County schools.