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Pins and Needles: Teacher of the Year To Be Announced April 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 05:32

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - One North Carolina public school teacher will receive the professional honor of a lifetime this week. The 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced Tuesday in Cary.

The North Carolina Teacher of the Year will spend next school year traveling the state as an ambassador for the teaching profession. He or she will receive the use of a state vehicle for one year, a one-year leased vehicle from Flow Automotive, LLC, the opportunity to attend a seminar at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), a mobile device from Lenovo valued at approximately $1,600, an engraved vase, a one-time cash award of $7,500, a trip to the National Teacher of the Year Conference and International Space Camp, the opportunity to travel abroad through an endowment through the North Carolina Center for International Understanding, and a technology package valued at more than $11,000 from SMART Technologies.

The nine finalists for the award are:

•  Region 1: Jami Dickerson, Eastern Elementary (Pitt County Schools);

•  Region 2: Joshua Gaskill, Pamlico County High (Pamlico County Schools);

•  Region 3: Jeremy Tucker, James B. Hunt High (Wilson County Schools);

•  Region 4: Mariel Barker Sellars, East Columbus High (Columbus County Schools);

•  Region 5: JoAnna Massoth, Chatham Middle (Chatham County Schools);

•  Region 6: Jennifer Whitley, Forest Hills High (Union County Schools);

•  Region 7: Keana Triplett, Ashe County High (Ashe County Schools);

•  Region 8: Randy Pressley, Tuscola High (Haywood County Schools); and

•  Charter Schools: Elizabeth Padgett, Lake Norman Charter (Mecklenburg County).

Duke Wins National Championship, Feast On The Way From Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 05:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is ready to pony up on his bet with Gov. Pat McCrory. With Duke beating Wisconsin for the national championship in college basketball, Walker is on the hook for cheese, root beer, and sausage.

The sports booty is part of a bet between the two governors. Had Wisconsin won the game, McCrory was prepared to pack up Cheerwine, barbecue, cole slaw and hush puppies to Walker.

“The national championship has made this Duke team special in a program that has a history of producing special and outstanding teams,” said the governor in a statement. “This has been a landmark season for Coach K. In addition to winning his fifth National Championship, this was the season he surpassed 1,000 wins. North Carolina is fortunate to witness the building of one most impressive coaching legacies, not only in basketball, but in collegiate sports.”

NC State Snags National Science Foundation Director For Commencement PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 April 2015 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Frances Cordova, director of the National Science Foundation, will deliver the commencement address at NC State University on May 9 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Cordova has led the organization for one year, charged with moving science forward in a variety of fields.

NC State will honor two people with honorary degrees during the commencement. Clara Adams-Ender, retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, and Betsy Bennett, former leader of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

Appointments Made To Two Education Services Commissions PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 April 2015 05:21

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Residents from Wilkes and Henderson counties will take seats on two of the state's education services commissions.

Heather Grant of Wilkes County has been appointed to a two-year term on the North Carolina Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children. Grant is a nurse practitioner at Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.

The purpose of the Council is to advise the State Board of Education of unmet needs in the education of children with special needs, to comment publicly on rules and regulations proposed by the Board regarding special education and related services, and to develop and report data as required.

North Carolina's Textbook  Commission also has a new member. Brian Frees of Henderson County is an assistant principal at Flat Rock Middle School. His seat is for a four-year term.

The commission evaluates all textbooks offered for adoption. Each textbook shall be read by at least one expert certified in the discipline for which the book would be used.


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