RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state's first meeting of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, with 24 members taking their seats. Gov. Pat McCrory will lead the group's meeting at SAS Institute in Cary.
Gov. McCrory created the committee through Executive Order 26 on September 3. The Committee will advise the governor on improving student outcomes, compensating teachers and recognizing innovative schools, as well as other education matters.
The appointees are:
Elizabeth Jones (Brunswick County) - Jones is an eighth grade science teacher and department chair at Roland Grise Middle School in New Hanover County. Jones earned her B.S. in environmental science from Syracuse University and received a dual master’s in school administration and curriculum, instruction and supervision from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Watson School of Education. Jones will serve as Chair of the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee.
Rebecca Bishop (Franklin County)- Bishop is a third grade teacher and grade level chair at Franklinton Elementary in Franklin County. Bishop is a national board certified teacher and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lock Haven University.
George Brunetti (Pender County)- Brunetti is a kindergarten teacher and grade level chair at Burgaw Elementary School in Pender County. Brunetti specializes in working with English as a second language students, and has been teaching since 1979. Brunetti earned his degree in early childhood education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Alton Campbell (Pitt County) - Campbell is a sixth grade math and science teacher at Ayden Middle School in Pitt County. Campbell graduated from Morehouse College, received his certification from East Carolina University, and is pursuing a master's degree in school administration from Elizabeth City State University.
Dorothy Case (Henderson County) - Case is a United States history teacher at North Henderson High School in Henderson County. She has taught in Henderson County schools for 44 years, and was formerly chosen as a regional Teacher of the Year. Case received her bachelor’s degree in education from Appalachian State University, and her master’s in education from Western Carolina University.
Kristin Cubbage (Mecklenburg County) - Cubbage is a multi-classroom leader at Ashley Park Pre-K-8 School in the Project L.I.F.T. of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Cubbage previously participated in New Leaders’ Emerging Leaders Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree in early childhood education from Converse College.
Diana de los Santos (Durham County) - De los Santos is a math teacher and academic dean at Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham County. De los Santos is a former Teach For America corps member. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical and materials engineering from Harvard University and received her master’s in teaching from TeacherU at Hunter College.
Margaret Feldman (Wake County) - Feldman is a national board certified eighth grade language arts teacher at Salem Middle School in Wake County. Feldman holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University, a master’s in education from Marymount University and earned her principal licensure at Western Carolina University.
DeAnna Foust-Platt (Guilford County) - Foust-Platt is a middle school English language arts teacher at Ray Street Academy in Alamance-Burlington School System. Foust-Platt is Alamance-Burlington School System’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Foust-Platt is in her 15th year of teaching and has also worked in Randolph and Guilford County schools.
Rene Herrick (Wake County) - Herrick is a math teacher at Fuquay-Varina Elementary. She is a 2013-2014 Kenan Fellow and former North Carolina Regional Teacher of the Year. Herrick received her bachelor of science degree from Norwich University and is pursuing her master's in elementary education at Meredith College. Herrick is a national board certified educator and has worked in North Carolina schools since 2000.
Andrew Hodges (Rowan County) - Hodges is an Advanced Placement and honors English teacher at Gray Stone Day School in Stanly County. Hodges earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Providence College and his master’s degree in modern English literature from the University of York. Hodges has been in education since 1999.
Ashley Jackson (Mecklenburg County) - Jackson is an English language arts teacher at Ranson I.B. Middle School in Mecklenburg County. Jackson is a former Teach for America member. In the 2012-2013 year, she participated in New Leaders’ Emerging Leaders Program and is currently pursuing her principal licensure at Queens University in Charlotte. Jackson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky.
Tracey Jones (Hertford County) - Jones is a national board certified early elementary teacher at Bearfield Elementary in Hertford County. She has taught in rural public schools in North Carolina for 17 years. Jones earned her master’s degree in education from Chowan University and her bachelor’s degree in education from Chowan College.
Sharon Markofski (Iredell County) - Markofski is a math teacher at Mooresville High School in Iredell County. Markofski is a professional development presenter for Mooresville Graded School District, focused on quarterly data analysis. She is a member of the Mooresville Graded School District Superintendent Advisory Committee. She has worked in Mooresville for more than 20 years.
Maureen McClure (Clay County) - McClure is a United States history and English teacher at Hayesville High School in Clay County. McClure was the 2010-2011 Clay County Teacher of the Year and has been with the school system for more than 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received her master’s degree in history education from Piedmont College.
Brett Noble (Halifax County) - Noble is an 11th grade American literature teacher at KIPP Gaston College Preparatory in Halifax County. Noble is a KIPP National Network Featured Teacher and KIPP National Network Advanced Placement Literature Lead Teacher. Prior to working at KIPP Gaston, Noble was a founding teacher at Bertie County Hive Alternative School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest University.
Anna Outlaw (New Hanover County) - Outlaw is the district lead teacher of mathematics in Duplin County. She previously taught at Duplin Early College High School, where she worked with North Carolina New Schools. Outlaw received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and science education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a graduate of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.
William Sorenson (Stanly County) - Sorenson is a technology teacher at South Stanly High School in Norwood. Sorenson has more than 21 years of experience teaching in North Carolina public schools, and has also served as an adjunct professor at Stanly College.
Will Talley (Buncombe County) - Talley is a National Board Certified Band teacher at Asheville High School in Buncombe County. Talley is the 2013 Asheville City Schools Teacher of the Year and the winner of the Western North Carolina Bandmaster’s Association Award of Excellence. Talley received his bachelor’s degree in education from Western Carolina University and has been teaching for 14 years.
Carol Wicker (Wake County) - Wicker is an English teacher at Wakefield High School in Wake County. Wicker earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Rhodes College and received her master’s of education from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
Karyn Dickerson (Guilford County) - Dickerson is the 2013-2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Dickerson is an English teacher at Grimsley High School in Guilford County. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow.
Darcy Grimes (Watauga County)- Grimes is the 2012-2013 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Grimes is an instructional technology facilitator at Bethel and Mabel elementary schools in Watauga County. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University.
Jennifer Currin (New Hanover County) - Currin is the 2013 North Carolina Virtual Public School Online Teacher of the Year, and is a finalist for the 2013 National Online Teacher of the Year. Currin is an instructional leader and online and blended learning teacher at North Carolina Virtual Public School. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Leslie Fetzer (Wake County) - Fetzer is the 2012 North Carolina Virtual Public School Online Teacher of the Year and the 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year. Fetzer is the North Carolina virtual public school policy director and teacher induction coordinator. She is a graduate of Alfred University and St. Bonaventure University.