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Watson College Recognitions

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Kathy Fox was featured in a WILMA Magazine story on October 31. “Teaching is a powerful way to connect with people. Once a teacher, it never leaves your soul,” she says. Dr. Fox is a professor in the Elementary and Language and Literacy programs at the Watson College and recipient of the 2022 Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious award conferred at UNCW. Read the full story here: Inspiring Future Teachers: Kathy Fox excels in world of teaching.

Angie Reid-Griffin, Amy Taylor, Dennis KubaskoMichelle Hafey and Jessica Croson presented at the North Carolina Science Teachers Association’s 2022 Professional Development Institute. The conference, “Science and the Natural World; Celebrating North Carolina’s Resilient Educators,” was held November 3-4 in Winston-Salem. Strands included Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, Taking Science Learning Beyond the Classroom, and Digital Teaching Tools, Technology, Inquiry/Hands-on Learning and Assessment.

Dr. Reid-Griffin is a professor of secondary science education at the Watson College. Dr. Taylor is a professor and coordinator of WCE’s M.Ed. in Elementary Education program. Kubasko is an associate professor and coordinator of WCE’s MAT in Secondary Education. Croson is a science teacher at Heide Trask High School. Hafey is a program associate in UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and director of District 2 for the NCSTA, serving Sampson, Wayne, Greene, Lenoir, Craven, Pamlico, Jones, Onslow, Duplin, Carteret, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick counties.

Janna Robertson and Deloris Rhodes have received Lifetime Achievement Awards from NC Project LEAD. The organization’s White Lotus leadership awards honor regional and national leaders who are mitigating the social-economic and political determinants of health in Southeastern North Carolina. The 2022 White Lotus Honorees were recognized at an awards gala on September 24.

Dr. Robertson recently retired as Professor of Secondary Education at UNCW after a 45 year career in education. She recently started the Community Art Collaborative, a non-profit organization that brings diverse community members together to create beautiful art spaces throughout the Cape Fear region.

Ms. Rhodes is a retired career educator who was a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent before serving as Outreach Liaison for the Watson College from 2007 to 2014. She was a founding member of the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, is active in many local and state organizations and is a long-standing member of the Watson College Community Advisory Council.

Burt Kilpatrick ’91, ’08M was featured in a UNCW Hawk’s Eye View story on November 2: Hawk’s Eye View: Burt Kilpatrick ’91, ’08M. Mr. Kilpatrick earned his Master of School Administration from the Watson College in 2008. He is currently is principal at Bellamy Elementary School.

Dana Stachowiak, Schala Harper and April Query '17 Ed.D., all finalists for 2022 WILMA Women to Watch Awards in the Education category, were featured in WILMA Magazine on October 3: Women to Watch Awards Finalists- Education. Dr. Stachowiak is an associate professor of curriculum studies in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership and director of UNCW’s Gender Studies and Research Center. Ms. Harper, who was a member of the inaugural cohort of WCE’s Residency Licensure program, is an EC teacher at Trask Middle School. Dr. Query is Assistant Vice President of College Access and Community Outreach at the College Foundation of North Carolina.

Staff Recognitions

Jimmy Parker recently joined the team in the Watson College Dean’s Office as an Administrative Associate. Originally from Liberty, NC, Jimmy received his Associate Degree in Business Administration from Randolph Community College in 2019 before transferring to UNCW. At UNCW, he studied Business Administration, as well as Assistance Dog Training and Russian Studies, both of which have exposed him to different aspects of the culture in Wilmington. In his free time Jimmy enjoys going to the beach, brewery trivia nights, and adventuring with his dog, Jax. Please join us in welcoming Jimmy to Watson!

14 Watson College staff members were recognized at UNCW’s 2022 Staff Service Awards Luncheon on October 12 for reaching milestones in their service to UNCW and the State of North Carolina:

25 Years

  • M.J. Giammaria, Office of Engagement, Professional Learning & Scholarship

20 Years

  • David Dimuro, D.C. Virgo
  • Jenn Hatch Knight, Office of Engagement, Professional Learning & Scholarship
  • Phyllis Pierce, Department of Educational Leadership

15 Years

  • Melissa Foster, D.C. Virgo
  • Harris Muhlstein, MarineQuest
  • Jessica Rivenbark, Office of Academic Affairs, Program Support & Student Success
  • Renitta Sidbury, D.C. Virgo
  • Courtney Townsend, Office of Engagement, Professional Learning & Scholarship
  • Keryn Vickers, Office of Academic Affairs, Program Support & Student Success

5 Years

  • Susan Finley, Dean’s Office
  • Kerri Fowler, Office of Engagement, Professional Learning & Scholarship
  • Diane Lane, Dean’s Office
  • Erin Moran, MarineQuest

Alumni Recognitions

Brittany Pickell Hernández '09, '18M has been named Teacher of the Year at Bultmann Spanish 1 Schoolhouse at Florida Virtual School. She earned a Spanish degree and a master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language from UNCW and is a Spanish 1 teacher in Florida.

Amanda Upton '04 was featured in a WLOS-13 “Thanks to Teachers” segment on amazing teachers: Thanks to Teachers: Amanda Upton. Mrs. Upton is a first-grade teacher at Hendersonville Elementary School in Asheville.