Holiday Gathering

You’re invited to the SNCAE’s

Holiday Gathering

Student North Carolina Association of Educators want you to come out, relax, and enjoy delicious food! Relieve your stress through fun winter games and crafts!

Please RSVP to Raven White at

Where:     Room #222 in the Education Building

When:      December 2nd

Time:        5:oo pm – 8:00 pm

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Teaching Network Meeting #1: “Tips and Strategies for First-Year ELA Teachers

The program is currently, tentatively titled “Teaching English Now” (TEN).  The hope/dream/goal is to offer 10 events during the academic year, a series of speakers, panel discussions, teaching demonstrations, and things we haven’t thought of yet to support our students’ enthusiasm for their career choice and to give them opportunities to learn from dedicated teachers in our service region.

Date: November 16, 2015

Location: Dial 123

Time: 4:30 pm

Please come out and listen to Alumni Jenny Teague!

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DEADLINE this FRIDAY – Scholarship opportunity for Spring 2016 Interns

DEADLINE for applications is this Friday – November 20th

The UNCP School of Education announces a scholarship opportunity for Spring 2016 Interns

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship

A mission of the Hattie M. Strong Foundation is to “reduce financial pressure during the student-teaching semester, when a student’s ability to offset the expenses with outside employment is curtailed by the rigor of full-time work in the classroom”. Spring 2016 Interns, who meet the criteria below, are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Two recipients will be selected in fall 2015 and awarded at the December 2015 pinning ceremony. Both of the scholarship recipients will receive $5000 for the spring 2016 semester.

Selection Criteria

  • Undergraduate students who have exhibited outstanding success and enthusiasm in Field Experience or graduate students whose life experiences prior to enrollment reveals the same traits.
  • Students with demonstrated need.
  • Student who have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in the two semesters prior to their final year.

Application Process – all items are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 20, 2015

  • Application completed in Qualtrics

Scholarship and submission questions please see Ms. Karen Granger SOE room 135 or 910-521-6448

Financial Aid questions please see Ms. Janice Goolsby Lumbee Hall 2nd floor or 910-521-6613

The essay and resume must be submitted via email by 5:00 pm on November 20, 2015 to Ms. Karen Granger.  Likewise, the online application and online reference must be completed by this same time.

The Hattie M. Strong Scholarship Committee reserves the right to conduct an interview if additional information is needed.

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Congratulations to Ms. Tonya Waddell

Tonya Waddell off to ‘great start’ as Richmond Early College principal

First Posted: 1:56 pm – October 22nd, 2015

By Ashley-Michelle Thublin – For the Daily Journal

Contributed photo Tonya Waddell started work this year as principal at Richmond Early College High School. She’s worked as a teacher at Rockingham and Ellerbe middle schools before serving as an assistant principal at Hamlet Middle and the Richmond Ninth-Grade Academy.
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HAMLET — There was a new face on campus when Richmond Early College High School students started the 2015-16 school year as Tonya Waddell began her first year as principal.

Waddell is a seasoned veteran in Richmond CountySchools. While still in college at UNC Pembroke, Waddell was placed at Rockingham Middle School for a teaching internship. Upon graduation, the school hired her as a language arts and social studies teacher.

“I started out by doing my student-teaching here,” said Waddell. “I loved it so much that I decided to stay.”

She also taught at Ellerbe Middle School before becoming an assistant principal at Hamlet Middle School and later at the Ninth-Grade Academy.

Waddell served as assistant principal at Fairview Heights Elementary School during the 2014-15 school year. Waddell said making the transition from assistant principal to principal has been quite the learning experience.

“From the outside looking in, it may look like a smooth transition, but there’s definitely been a learning curve, as I’ve put on a different hat,” she said. “But, thankfully our district administration has aided with additional support to ensure our school year is off to a great start.”

Dennis Quick. director of auxiliary services for the district, is one of Waddell’s greatest role models. She says the duo regularly meets to discuss her new job and answer any questions she may have.

Regardless of whether she’s with an elementary, middle or high school student, Waddell said she has learned that students are students, and they all want the same thing — to be successful, please the adults they’re working with and know that their teachers care.

“Whether it’s a 6-year-old asking for a hug in the hallway or a 16-year-old pursuing their license, they all want to know that you care and have their best interest at heart,” she said.

She added that, being in education, “At the end of the day, it’s all about the students.”

Waddell knows a thing or two about being a student. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, she has a master’s in school administration from Western Carolina University and is currently pursing her doctorate through UNC Wilmington.

Ashley-Michelle Thublin is public information officer for Richmond County Schools.

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