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Powell Receives Grant to Attend Reading Institute

Parralee Powell, a second grade teacher at White Oak Elementary School has received the Growing Teachers Grant from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project .  The Growing Teachers Grant provides $2,000 for Powell to attend the July Reading Institute: Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 3, 2015.  The institute is lead by Lucy Calkins and Teachers' College Reading and Writing Project, and features nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of literacy learning.

The Reading Institute is designed for educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists who are committed to turning classrooms into richly literate reading and writing workshops.

During this five-day institute, small and large group sections will tackle, headfirst, the following topics and much more: the central role of curriculum development and planning in the teaching of reading, units of study in reading workshop, comprehension strategy instruction, the importance of assessment-based instruction, the role of the read-aloud book, methods of holding our students accountable for doing their best work, helping students grow ideas about literature, and classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration.

Pittman is Recognized With Golden Star Award

Brittany Pittman, Healthful Living Coordinator and teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary School was awarded the Golden Star Award at the North Carolina Multi- State Conference for all Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Assistants.  The Golden Star Award recognizes program assistants, associates or partners for meeting the needs of limited resource audiences through innovative teaching methods to produce program results and make a community wide impact.  Pittman won the award as a result of her exemplary achievements.

Pittman works closely with Patty Bowers, 4-H EFNEP Assistant, to advocate and market the value of EFNEP in youth education to the teachers in the school system.  Pittman has been instrumental in connecting 4-H EFENP to over 30 youth this past year.  She encourages the students to make positive changes such as eating more fruits and vegetables, and increasing physical activity.  She also provides support for the program by providing staple supplies to make food preparation activities possible for the students.  She even assures that parents know what their children are learning by including EFNEP as part of the Track Night event held at the school for parents and students.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, administered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, provides nutrition education for limited-resources families in Chowan County to help them make better choices when planning and preparing meals.

Chowan Middle School eighth  grade student Connor Wallen and Chowan Middle School teacher Debra Rook were honored at the fifth annual meeting of the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) held in Greensboro on May 11, 2015 . 

Wallen was named the 2015 NCASA Middle School Student of the Year for his contributions to the Chowan Middle School Quiz Bowl over three years and for his academic excellence in online dual enrollment math courses.  He is the son of Jeanette and Charles Wallen.

Rook, a Language Arts teacher at Chowan Middle, and Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year,  was recognized as the 2015 NCASA Scholastic Director of the Year.  In addition, Rook was named to the organization’s Board of Directors and elected to serve as Secretary for the upcoming year. 

John A. Holmes High School students in Stefanie Graban’s first period honors biology visited the wetland behind Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton to complete an ecological survey. Students tested for water quality and looked for living and nonliving things.                                                              

John A. Holmes High School students in Rachel Ward’s science classes had the opportunity to conduct a flame test .  Ms. Lisa Bennett, a professor at ECU visited Ward’s classes to help the students with this project.

Lassiter Named Principal at Chowan Middle School

During a special meeting today, the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education approved John Lassiter to become the Principal of Chowan Middle School effective July 1, 2015. Lassiter was recommended for the position by Superintendent Rob Jackson following a two-month application and selection process.   Lassiter will follow Tanya Turner who will serve as Assistant Superintendent for the school system next school year.

I am very excited that Chowan Middle School will continue to enjoy outstanding service from a principal with lifelong ties to the area. Mr. Lassiter's proven ability in instructional leadership will help to ensure that the school continues to be regarded as one of the finest Middle Schools in the state,” commented Superintendent Rob Jackson.


Lassiter is currently an assistant principal at Currituck High School serving in that role for the past two years.  Prior to his role as assistant principal, he began his teaching career at John A. Holmes High School in 2009 as a math teacher and later moved to Perquimans County High School to teach before entering into school administration.


“I am excited to return to Edenton-Chowan Schools and about working with such a strong and experienced staff. I know that my success will be a direct result of their dedicated work and commitment to serve our students,” said Lassiter.  “I am proud to build upon the success of such a strong educational role model like Tanya Turner,” he added. 


Lassiter earned his Masters Degree in School Administration from Elizabeth City State University.  In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from NC State University where he was also a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. 

The Albemarle Sounds Support Local Music Programs

Gil Burroughs and Jeff Knox, members of The Albemarle Sounds choral group, present checks in the amount of $150 per school to music teachers in the Edenton-Chowan Schools in support of the vocal music programs.

 For the past 18 years, The Albemarle Sounds have offered the proceeds from their singing Valentines to support the vocal music programs in area schools.  Since that time, the group has donated to over $24,000 to vocal music teachers in Chowan, Perquimans, and Pasquotank Counties.  

Ties II Success Male Mentoring Summit

GEAR UP Edenton-Chowan in partnership with GEAR UP Perquimans County is hosting a Ties II Success Male Mentoring Summit at the Museum of the Albemarle on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. This event is open to all 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th grade males within the two school districts. We are also inviting adult males from both communities to take part in the day. We hope these adult males will be interested in mentoring the students within both school districts following the event. Below is an online registration form for any student who wishes to attend. There is also a registration form for any adult male interested in attending. If you have any questions, please contact Shante Riddick (GEAR UP Edenton-Chowan Family & Community Facilitator).
Student Online Registration:
Mentor Online Registration:
American Legion Post 40 Donates Flag

The American Legion Post 40 donated a new American Flag to Chowan Middle School.  The school's previous flag was retired due to the fact that it was worn. Past Post Commander Ron Green presented the flag to Mr. Phillip Gatling, Sr. who is assistant principal at Chowan Middle School.
John A. Holmes Students Compete in Regional History Day Competition

John A. Holmes High School students competed in a regional National History Day Contest held at East Carolina University on April 2, 2015.   The competition hosted 22 schools representing 12 counties had 327 students competing with a total of 214 overall projects.  John A. Holmes High School placed in four out of the five categories that were entered.   The categories were:

2nd Place Individual Website
3rd Place Group Exhibit
3rd Place Individual Paper 
3rd Place Group Documentary


The students will advance to state competition to be held at the North Carolina History Museum on April 25, 2015.


The National History Day Contest is centered on encouraging students to ask provocative questions, conduct research, and analyze information to draw conclusions through inquiry based projects. The contest was originally created to increase students’ critical thinking skills and introduce them into inquiry based research.  In the competition students can do a project on their own or with up to five other students.  They can choose different categories such as performance, exhibit, documentary, website, and paper.  Each year there is a broad theme.  This year's theme was  "Leadership and Legacy." In the competition students created a paper, website, documentary, performance or exhibit and showcased their work to a panel of judges. They were required to write a process paper (unless their project was already a paper) and explain why they chose the topic they chose and the process they used in their research.  They students also had to submit an annotated bibliography critiquing the primary and secondary sources they used and evaluating the reliability of those sources.


Kaitlyn Davis and Chris Davis, both social studies teachers at John A. Holmes served as advisors and coaches for the students as they prepared for the National History Day Competition.

American Legion Essay Contest Winners

Two D.F. Walker Elementary students received first and second place honors in the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest this year. The first and second place winners are both students in Rachel Byrum’s fourth grade class. The students received their awards from Susan Campbell representing the Edward G. Bond American Legion Auxiliary Unit 40. The theme for this year’s essay was “What Freedom Do I Enjoy The Most?” The contest was open to all students in grades 3-12.

Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year Debra Rook is featured in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation online publication, "Momentum: Progress in Action"! http://collegeready.gatesfoundation.org/article/digital-literacy-tools-drive-learning-gains.  The article spotlights  her work using Newsela, a program that uses news articles about current events to build reading comprehension and customizes each article for five different reading levels.

Rook has been teaching for 12 years, five of those years have been at Chowan Middle School where she teaches English/Language Arts. Rook is a graduate of John Brown University where she earned a B.S. Ed. in English/English as a Second Language. She is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults through Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Board of Education Recognizes Students

The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education recognized John A. Holmes High School students for their work with local environmental groups and homeowners to promote the awareness of Hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant.  The students from John A. Holmes were among four school finalists for the 2015 Institute for Emerging Issues Student Prize for Innovation.  To see a video of their project visit http://iei.ncsu.edu/…/2015-emerging-issues-prize-innovatio…/. 

Hoggard Will Lead Aces Football Program

The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education has approved Paul Hoggard as the next head football coach at John A. Holmes High School.  Hoggard began coaching in Richmond County in 1998 as Assistant Coach and then moved on to Head Coach in 2007. Since then he has led Richmond County’s Raiders to 88 wins and a state championship in eight seasons.


Hoggard brings a wealth of coaching experience and accomplishments to Aces Athletics.  While in Richmond County Hoggard served on the Board of Directors for the NC Football Coaches Association from 2010-2012.  He was Head Coach for the 2011 East-West All Star Game and named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 2010, 2009, and 2007.  He was chosen as the NC Representative for the 2009 NFL Youth Football Summit in Canton, Ohio and was a Carolina Panthers Coach of the Week in 2009.  In 2008 as Head Coach he led his team to earn the 4AA State Championship title.  Among his other accolades as Coach at RSHS, Hoggard was the Assistant Coach for the 1998 4A State Champions, he had 13 conference championships and has broken numerous offensive records.


Hoggard has also served as Head Coach at West Caldwell High School and Assistant Head Coach at Anson Senior High School and Bartlett-Yancey High School.  He is a graduate of East Carolina University.  Along with coaching, Hoggard will teach Physical Education to include strength conditioning and training at John A. Holmes.

Public Notice of Specially-Called Meeting
The Edenton-Chowan Schools Board of Education will convene in a Specially-Called Meeting on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. in  the Board Conference Room in the school system offices located at 406 West Queen Street in Edenton, NC. The Board will immediately move into Closed Session to discuss a confidential personnel matter pursuant to General Statute § 143-318.11 (a) (6). The Board will return to open session to act on any closed session recommendations.  
Student Make-Up Days Scheduled

The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education voted to amend the school calendar to allow for student make-up days that were missed in February due to inclement weather.  Please make sure to make the following changes to your calendar and plan for your child(ren) to be at school: 
Friday, March 27, 2015 will be a regular school day.
Friday, April 3, 2015 will be a regular school day.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 will be a regular school day instead of an early release day.
Friday, June 12, 2015 will be an early release day.
Lock Up for Hunger Food Drive and Kissing a Pig

For the second year in a row, White Oak Elementary School Students donated the most pounds of food during a food drive competition held among the schools to support the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry.  The food drive competition, coordinated by Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin and the Chowan County Sheriff’s Department, challenges each school to donate food to determine the “fate” of their principal as a motivating prize.  This year, White Oak students donated 1,734 pounds of food and $310.12 in cash to have the opportunity to see their Principal, Michelle White, kiss a pig.  Always the good sport, Mrs. White kept her promise and “puckered up” for the cause.  D.F. Walker Elementary School students were the next largest donors sending in a total of 552 pounds of food. Chowan Middle School finished third donating 350 pounds of food.  In total, the Edenton-Chowan Schools (including Central Services and the Chowan County Sheriff’s Department) donated 5,566.6 pounds of food to the local food pantry.
Upcoming Budgetary Presentations

Parents and community members are invited to join Mr. Jackson, our Superintendent, as he shares the budgetary and facility needs of the school system. In this powerful presentation, Mr. Jackson will discuss the needs our students and teachers encounter every day. There are several opportunities available to meet the needs of unique schedules. You are welcome to attend any of the meetings. The meetings are as follows:

  • March 10th at 6:00 PM in Chowan Middle School Media Center

  • March 12th at 12:00 PM in John A. Holmes High School Media Center

  • March 12th at 6:00 PM in John A. Holmes High School Media Center

  • March 24th at 6:00 PM in White Oak Elementary School Multi-Purpose Center

Help Our High School Students Win $5,000

Students at John A. Holmes H.S. in Edenton are working with local environmental groups and homeowners to promote the awareness of the invasive aquatic plant, Hydrilla. 

Students will be developing signs, information brochures and public service announcements to make citizens aware of the issue. The Institute for Emerging Issues Student Prize for Innovation will purchase a mobile information kiosk to be used at community events and wildlife boat ramps.

John A Holmes H.S. is one of four finalists for the 2015 Institute for Emerging Issues Student Prize for Innovation. Voting starts on Monday, February 2nd and ends on Monday, February 9th.

Please go to the website below at the Institute for Emerging Issues, view their video, and vote for John A. Holmes High School. It takes just a moment.

Please share this with others who may be interested in voting.


Thank you for supporting our students.
Chowan Middle School Principal Named Assistant Superintendent

During their regular monthly meeting last night, the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education approved Tanya Turner to become the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the school system effective July 1, 2015. Turner was recommended for the position by Superintendent Rob Jackson following a month-long application and selection process.

“I am very pleased that Ms. Turner will serve the school system as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction,” said Superintendent Rob Jackson.  “I am excited about the leadership and expertise Ms. Turner will bring to our K-12 curriculum and instructional program as she works with our teachers, principals and directors in continuing to move our school system forward,” he added.

With 22 years experience in education, Turner has extensive experience in school leadership and curriculum and instruction.  She was employed with the Edenton-Chowan School System in 2001 as an Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Chowan Middle School.  In 2005, she was named the Director of Teacher Development and Testing for the school district and was later named the Principal of Chowan Middle School where she has served since 2006.  Turner began her career in Perquimans County in 1992 as an elementary teacher and basketball coach and later as an Instructional Facilitator at Perquimans Middle School.

"I am extremely humbled to be named as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edenton Chowan Schools and feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to serve the staff and students of our county in this role,” commented Turner.  “Curriculum and instruction has always been my passion and l look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  I have and will always have a deep love and appreciation for the staff and students at Chowan Middle School and choosing to pursue this role was a difficult one for me, but one I believe I was led to through prayerful consideration. I believe the staff and students at Chowan Middle School have shaped me into the leader that I am today and I will be forever grateful to them for the special role each of them has played in my life."

Turner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Methodist University.  She earned a Masters Degree in Supervision and Administration from East Carolina University and certification to teach Academically Gifted Education K-12 from College of the Albemarle.

Her numerous honors include: Middle Level Administrator to Watch for NC Eastern Region 2013, Recognition for completion of the National Board for Principal Standards 2014, Principal of the Year for Edenton-Chowan Schools 2011-2012; President of the North Carolina Middle School Association 2010-2011, PBIS Exemplar School 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; North Carolina School to Watch 2010, 2013; Principal of the Year for Region I Middle School Association 2008; Principal of the Year for Edenton-Chowan Schools 2007-2008; Administrator of the Year for Edenton-Chowan Schools as Assistant Principal 2003-2004; Teacher of the Year Perquimans County Schools 1995; Teacher of the Year for Perquimans Central School (1995); Math Teacher of the Year for Perquimans County Schools 1996.

Turner’s professional memberships include:  Association of Supervision and Curriculum and Development (ASCD), North Carolina Middle Level Educators, Parent Teacher Association, North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association, North Carolina Association of School Administrators.     

The position of Assistant Superintendent was last held by Mr. Rob Boyce who retired from the school system in October 2009. The position has remained vacant since that time.  The position was re-established by the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education through a reorganization of existing positions and assignments made possible through attrition. The position does not add additional staff members to Central Services and will not cost the school system additional money.

Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Five teachers in the Edenton-Chowan School System achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process.  The certification earned by the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards created by teachers, for teachers, that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning.

Mara Swindell, an Art Education teacher at Chowan Middle School earned certification for the first time.

Four educators achieved the recertification process: Elizabeth Huff, Counselor at John A. Holmes High School; Brenda Pate, Instructional Facilitator at White Oak Elementary School; Joy Brickhouse, Teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary; and Tracy Faircloth, Teacher at White Oak Elementary.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s professional educator’s license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K−12th grades.

School Board Members Take Oath of Office

The Honorable Michael J. McArthur, Clerk of Superior Court for Chowan County administered the oath of office to John Guard and Gil Burroughs at the December 1, 2014 meeting of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education.  Guard and Burroughs were re-elected in November to serve as members of the school board.  Guard was elected to serve a two-year term and represents District 2.  Burroughs was elected to serve a four-year term and represents District 3.

In addition to the oath of office, school board members nominated and elected Guard to serve as Chairman of the Board of Education and Mrs. Jean Bunch as Vice-Chair.

Teachers Receive Bright Ideas Grants

Three teachers with the Edenton-Chowan Schools, Debbie Bunch, Janie Joseph, and Steve Karl were awarded Bright Ideas Mini Grants by the Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation.   The Bright Ideas Grant Program is sponsored and funded by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. 

Bunch is a sixth grade teacher at Chowan Middle School.  Her grant was titled “Take a Bite Out of the Apple.”  This project will fund Apple TV Airplay in the classroom allowing for more teacher/student collaboration and innovative problem solving with the iPads used with instruction.

Joseph is a sixth grade teacher at Chowan Middle School.  Her grant was titled “Everybody Loves Robots – Engaging Middle School Minds with Robotics.”  This project will allow Chowan Middle School students in the STEM Crazy Club to creatively innovate and explore the world of robotics and engineering by integrating math, science, and technology.  Students will learn about the basics of robotics, build a variety of Lego Mindstorm robots and learn to program them to perform a variety of tasks.

Karl is a Science teacher at John A. Holmes High School.  His grant titled “Organic Gardening” focuses on providing greenhouse supplies to promote student involvement in growing plants and starting gardens.  Seeds and other materials will be used to grow plants that will be planted in a garden located at the high school.  The garden was a product of an Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation mini grant received last school year and is sustained through funds from the mini grant.         

5th Graders Skype Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler

The fifth grade science classes at D. F. Walker Elementary School participated in a Skype session with Jeremy Wheeler, WAVY-TV Meteorologist, on Tuesday, November 25th. Mr. Wheeler talked with them about predicting the weather, forecasting the weather and various types of severe weather. He also explained the education needed to become a meteorologist. Lastly, students were able to ask questions about local weather conditions and the potential for snow this year. Mr. Wheeler stated, "We will definitely have snow (at some point) this winter."
Storyteller Visits Edenton-Chowan Schools

Through a grant provided by the Arts of the Albemarle, Edenton-Chowan Schools was fortunate to have the opportunity to hear the award winning performer, Ms. Donna Washington. She spoke with students at Chowan Middle School on Thursday, November 20th and students at D. F. Walker Elementary and White Oak Elementary on Friday, November 21st.  Ms. Anna Kay Laughton, Music and Choral Educator at Chowan Middle School, coordinated these efforts.
Ms. Donna Washington was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and attended Northwestern University. Having been involved in numerous theatrical productions in college she found her love for storytelling. Donna is a multiple award winning recording artist, receiving the 2002 Parent’s Choice Award for her first independent recording, “Live and Learn: The Exploding Frog and Other Stories,” as well as numerous other awards for her writings, performances and books. Donna has performed at thousands of schools, libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country and offers workshops in storytelling, writing, education, and creative drama.
White Oak Elementary Celebrates and Honors Veterans

White Oak Elementary School students celebrate and honor Veterans in a program held at the school today, November 7, 2014. First graders perform under the direction of Jane Parr, Music Teacher at the school.
John A. Holmes JROTC Places First in Drill Competition

Congratulations to the John A. Holmes High School JROTC Cadets for taking first place out of seven teams competing in a Drill Meet held on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Rocky Hock Ruritans Donate Dictionaries

The Rocky Hock Ruritan Club raised money to purchase and give every third grade student at D.F. Walker Elementary School a student dictionary.  President Keith Rollins, Secretary Joe Asbell, and Chairman of the Social Concerns Committee Jack Perry, and member Jacob Ullom are pictured passing out dictionaries to excited third grade students at the school.  The Ruritans gave 173 dictionaries to students and teachers in an effort to support the Read to Achieve literacy initiative and encourage students to learn new words and expand their vocabulary.
Albemarle Electric Supports Local Schools

The Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation (AEMC) recently hosted a luncheon for local school districts within its membership to discuss the various ways they can support local schools.  


Edenton-Chowan Schools’ staff and students have benefited from various AEMC programs including: Bright Ideas grants, Washington Youth Tour, Light-Up for Christmas Toy Drive, Basketball camps, demonstrations on electricity safety and the use of equipment.  AEMC has also supported the "Kids-n-Cops” program in cooperation with the Chowan County Sheriff’s Department.  


Pictured (L-R): Superintendent Rob Jackson, White Oak Elementary School Principal Michelle White, D.F. Walker Elementary School Principal Jamie Bowers, Chowan Middle School Principal Tanya Turner, John A. Holmes High School Principal Sheila Evans, and AEMC General Manager Gary Ray.

Lassiter Earns Apple Foundations Trainer Credential

Dr. Vann Lassiter, Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Edenton-Chowan School System, has earned the credential of Apple Foundations Trainer.  Lassiter is one of only five educators in North Carolina to hold this certification and the only person in Northeastern North Carolina.

The Apple Foundations Trainer Academy is a train-the-trainer program focused on the educational uses of Apple technologies.

AFT Academy classes consist of individuals from public K–12 districts, private schools, schools of education, and higher education institutions across the United States. The focus of the program is on enhancing the readiness of individuals for their role in leading professional learning for Apple OS and related  iWork and iLife apps in their schools and to sustain basic Apple technology skills in education organizations that have implemented a one-to-one Apple learning initiative such as the programs at John A. Holmes High School and Chowan Middle School.

Lassiter completed the week-long AFT Academy program in Cupertino, CA. Every session modeled best professional development practices—all in a curricular context. The agenda covered advanced skills in the features of iOS, OS X, iLife and iWork apps, iBooks Author, and iTunes U, and to understanding and practicing effective teaching strategies for adult learning.

AFT Academy attendees are selected by an application process. Applicants must hold positions that include responsibility for delivering preservice or in-service professional development within their district, school, institution, or organization. Acceptance to and success in the AFT Academy program requires robust skills in a range of Apple software products that typically reflect a number of years of usage.

Elliott Nominated to Board of Directors

Glorious Elliott, a member of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education, has been selected to serve on the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) Board of Directors by the nominating committee.  Following formal election at the NCSBA Delegate Assembly in November, Elliott will be a representing Edenton-Chowan Schools and Northeastern North Carolina on the association’s board.  Elliott is the first Board of Education member to serve in this capacity since the late 1970’s when Eugene Jordan, Sr. represented the school system.

“Mrs. Elliott has proven to be a strong supporter of public education during her service as a member of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education,” said John Guard, Chairman of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education.  “Prior to serving on the Board of Education, she was also an active parent serving in leadership roles of local PTA’s and the local band boosters in the school district.  The Board of Education feels strongly that Mrs. Elliott will be an outstanding representative for both the Northeast Region and the State as a member of the NCSBA’s Board of Directors,” he added.

Elliott has cumulative service of almost 17 years on the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education.  She initially served on the school board from 1987-2002.  She left the school board in 2002 because she was covered by a term limits restriction in effect at that time.  During this tenure she served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Board.  Elliott was reelected to the Board of Education in November 2012 as an at-large candidate.  Elliott is a retired Chief of Probation and Parole with the Department of Corrections who served multiple counties in Northeastern North Carolina.  She is the wife of James Elliott and they have a son, Dr. Stanley Elliott, Vice Chancellor of Shaw University.

White Oak Principal 2014-2015 Administrator of the Year

Michelle White, Principal of White Oak Elementary School has been named the 2014-15 Edenton-Chowan Schools Administrator of the Year.  The recognition is part of The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Program.  The program has been administered since 1984 with financial support from Wells Fargo Company. Mrs. White has been principal at White Oak Elementary School since August, 2012.  Prior, Mrs. White served as assistant principal at Perquimans High School.  She has also served in an administrative position at Perquimans Central School performing duties of Assistant Principal, technology facilitator, and instructional facilitator. Mrs. White will advance to regional competition with eight finalists competing for the state award. 

With over 12 years of experience in public education, Mrs. White earned a Masters Degree in School Administration from Elizabeth City State University.  In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Technology Education from East Carolina University and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from East Carolina.  Along with these certifications, she also holds a teaching license in the areas of Elementary Education, and Art Education.  She also holds certification as a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher.

Education Foundation Awards Mini Grants

The Edenton-Chowan Education Foundation awarded the following teachers mini-grants totaling $3,501.61 at the Board of Education Meeting held on October 6, 2014:


White Oak Elementary School:

·         Jennifer Attkisson – Keeping the Reading Fire Lit

·         Lacey Winslow- iPad, uPad, we ALL love an iPad for Literacy


DF Walker Elementary School:

·         Angela Speck & Phil Huey – Integrating Mindfulness Into the Classroom

·         Krista Bond & Nicole Dowd – Literature for Learning

·         Kristine Ludlow- VersaTiles Manipulatives

·         Jennifer Thach – DFW Book Clubs


Chowan Middle School:

·         Angela Elsbree – The Gift of Reading

·         Deborah Bunch – I Need to Know More

·         Janie Joseph – Tablet-Based Literature Circles: Transforming Reluctant Readers Into Independent Readers


John A Holmes:

·         Stephen Karl, Victor Agraz, Stephanie Graban, Rachel Ward- Outdoor Learning Lab Classroom

·         Victor Agraz- Improving Rigor and Real World Global Scientific Practices through Hands-On Inquiry-based Labs

·         Rosa Michelle Downing – Reading for a Purpose

Parent Portal Application

Edenton-Chowan Schools is offering a new Parent Portal which may be used to view student grades, attendance and other academic information online. The parent portal provides parents and guardians access to all their students' information with a single log on. In order to receive access to Parent Portal, parents/guardians are required to do the following:
1. Fill out an application for each child. Parents/guardians with children in more than one school will be required to fill out a separate application for each school. Please note that this is a necessary step. 
2. Take the completed application to the school where the student is enrolled.
3. Provide photo ID to the school staff when the form is returned.

After completing and returning the application as directed, parents/guardians will receive their account information. A copy of the application can be found below or picked up at the school. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Debra Rook Named Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year

Debra Rook, an eighth grade Language Arts Teacher and Teacher of the Year at Chowan Middle School has been awarded the honor of 2014-2015 Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year.  Representing Edenton-Chowan Schools, Rook will advance to regional competition as part of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program.  Rook has been teaching for 12 years, five of those years have been at Chowan Middle School.


“Mrs. Rook’s students are taught to use a wealth of critical thinking skills, advanced communication skills, and high-level technology applications in her daily lessons,” said Tanya Turner, Principal of Chowan Middle School.  “She integrates global awareness through the units of literature she teaches by strategically weaving in informational text that contains current and past news articles, biographies, and primary documents.  She strives to challenge all children to achieve maximum growth by planning her lessons with the goal of meeting individual students’ needs.”

Rook is a graduate of John Brown University where she earned a B.S. Ed. in English/English as a Second Language.  She is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults through Vermont College of Fine Arts.

“I push myself to reach and try and change and grow so that my passion thrives for what and how I teach,” said Rook.  “Teaching is igniting the torch of inspiration in students, but it also confers the responsibility of seeking sources of inspiration so a lesson, video, poem or novel inspires others. Teaching is examining closely the details of a child’s heart and mind, but it is also broadly accessing a whole class, school and community to find resources that connect and support individuals,” she added.

The North Carolina Teacher of the Year program provides an opportunity to honor and recognize exemplary teachers in the state and to call attention to the importance of the teaching profession.  The North Carolina Teacher of the Year program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program presented by the ING Foundation, a project of the Council of the Chief State Officers of Schools.

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