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UNCW to Open Wilmington’s First Year-Round K-8 Public School

UNCW, working alongside New Hanover County Schools, has finalized an agreement to open Wilmington’s first K-8 year-round public school at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. Approved by the New Hanover County Board of Education on March 6, the agreement paves the way for UNCW to enroll students and hire teachers for the 2018-19 school year. In March, UNCW launched an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the school, slated to open in July. more...

Rep. Craig Horn Visits the Watson College

Dean Van Dempsey and the WCE Leadership Team welcomed Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union) and legislative assistant Erin Wilson to the Watson College on Feb. 19. The group discussed educator preparation, the new Teaching Fellows program, Lab Schools and other education initiatives in North Carolina. The visit also included a tour of UNCW, lunch with leaders across campus and a tour of D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. more...

Symphony Oxendine Receives ACPA Presidential Citation Award

Symphony Oxendine, assistant professor of Higher Education at the Watson College, has received a Presidential Citation Award from ACPA – College Student Educators International, a leading international professional association for college educators. Oxendine also received ACPA’s Coalition Advocate Award and an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs. The awards were presented at the ACPA Annual Convention in Houston on March 13. more...

Elizabeth Crawford, Heidi Higgins Bring Lyfta Pilot to Local Schools

Watson College associate professors Elizabeth Crawford and Heidi Higgins are introducing Lyfta to teachers in local elementary schools this spring. The award-winning educational platform, designed to inspire students to explore new worlds through documentaries and technology, is currently used in more than 100 schools in the UK and Finland. The Watson College is the first to pilot Lyfta in the United States. A UNCW Community Engagement grant funded the project. more...

Isaac Bear Wins at Regional Science Olympiad, Math Competitions

Isaac Bear Early College High School took top honors at the 2018 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad competition held at UNCW March 10. Isaac Bear also placed first in Division II at the regional North Carolina State High School Mathematics Contest held on campus March 6. More than 1,000 students competed in Science Olympiad, coordinated by WCE associate professor Dennis Kubasko and CESTEM. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosts the annual math competition. more...

WCE Alumna Adriana Poveromo Named NHCS "Rookie of the Year”

Adriana Poveromo ’14, a third-grade teacher at Forest Hills Global Elementary School, has been named New Hanover County Schools’ “Rookie of the Year.” Poveromo grew up in the New Hanover County School System and earned a degree in elementary education from the Watson College in 2014. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Downtown Wilmington Rotary Club on February 20. more...

Sydney Fox Named NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year

Watson College senior Sydney Fox has received the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies 2018 Student Teacher of the Year Award. The award, along with a check for $1,000, was presented at a luncheon at the NCCSS Annual State Conference in Greensboro on Feb. 8. more...

Watson College Recognitions

WCE faculty members Dana Stachowiak and Bill Sterrett were featured in We are UNCW in February. Erika Hanson has joined the SAIL Office as a new Academic Advisor, La’Mon Johnson ‘18M was featured in a Seahawk video and Tara Cumbee ’03, a teacher at Union Elementary, was named VFW Teacher of the Year in the elementary school category. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and more. more...