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District Announcements
Little Cubs Mommy and Me Playgroup

White Oak Elementary School will be hosting a Mommy and Me Playgroup on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Chowan County Agricultural Building (4-H Center), 730 N. Granville Street, Edenton.  Families are invited to attend this event to experience fun play activities and each child will take home a book.  All 2-5 year olds who are not attending school are invited to come and play!
White Oak Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Tracy Faircloth, a second grade teacher at White Oak Elementary School has been named by her peers as White Oak Elementary School's 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Faircloth has been an elementary teacher for 19 years. She began teaching at White Oak Elementary School in 2005. She is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Mrs. Faircloth is a trained teacher mentor and serves as a support coach for beginning teachers at her school. Mrs. Faircloth uses strong instructional strategies which promote academic excellence for all students. She is a strong advocate for her children and works extremely hard to make certain every child is successful.
White Oak Elementary School Instructional Assistant of the Year

Dana Casper has been selected as the 2014-2015 Instructional Assistant of the Year at White Oak Elementary School. Ms. Casper began her employment at White Oak in 2012 where she has served as an instructional assistant in the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program.  She earned a Bachelors Degree from Chowan University in Humanities. Ms. Casper is a “true go-getter” and is willing to do anything for the benefit of the children. She organized a bake sale to raise money to purchase books for the Pre-Kindergarten students to take home over the summer. Ms. Casper is an active participant in school events and goes above and beyond for the children she serves on a daily basis. 
D.F. Walker Elementary Teacher of the Year

Rachel Byrum, a fourth grade teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary School has been named by her colleagues as the schools' 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Byrum began working for the Edenton-Chowan School System as a teacher in 2007.  She holds a Bachelors Degree from Elizabeth City State University and she completed her teaching certification at East Carolina University. Mrs. Byrum serves as a trained mentor for beginning teachers and she is currently a teacher-representative on the D.F. Walker PTA board. In addition, she also serves as co-chair for the school’s parent education committee and fourth grade team. She is known for being an advocate for her students and holding them to high academic standards in the classroom.
D.F. Walker Elementary Instructional Assistant of the Year

Kristy Morton Bunch was named by the faculty and staff as the 2014-2015 Instructional Assistant of the Year for D.F. Walker Elementary School. In her role, she facilitates the informational literacy classes during the cultural arts block. She began working with the Edenton-Chowan Schools as a substitute teacher in 2010 and was hired as an instructional assistant in 2012. Mrs. Bunch is currently working toward completing a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education so she can fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a teacher. Mrs. Bunch is described as a dedicated professional who goes above and beyond the call of duty in her role.
Chowan Middle School Teacher of the Year

Debra Rook, a Language Arts Teacher at Chowan Middle School has been named by her peers as the school’s 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Rook began teaching at Chowan Middle School in 2007. She left in 2010 to pursue literary opportunities and returned to teach in 2012.   She holds a Bachelors Degree in English Education from John Brown University in Arkansas. Mrs. Rook is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and she has mentored candidates seeking National Board Certification. Mrs. Rook coached Chowan Middle Schools’ first-ever Quiz Bowl team to national competition in Atlanta this year and worked to secure funds to make the trip happen at no cost to students. She also coordinated the school’s yearbook program. Mrs. Rook is also instrumental for bringing in authors to work with students in writing workshops and in writing curriculum questions for school assessments. She has presented at several state middle school conferences and writing conferences. She is an outstanding teacher who cares about her students, school, and community. 
Chowan Middle School Instructional Assistant of the Year

Sidney Lassiter, an instructional assistant at Chowan Middle School was named Instructional Assistant of the Year by the faculty and staff. Mr. Lassiter has been employed with the Edenton-Chowan School System since 1997 where he has served at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He attended Elizabeth City State University where he majored in English and earned an Associate Degree from College of the Albemarle. Mr. Lassiter is known for caring for students in his school. He not only interacts with the students he is assigned, but with the entire student body. He is described as a mentor and instructional assistant doing whatever he is called upon to do with a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He volunteers annually to help with summer programs and he wants to help make our young people the best they can be. He is a true role model for the students. 
John A. Holmes High School Teacher of the Year

Carolynn O’Kelley, a music education and theater arts teacher at John A. Holmes High School was chosen by the faculty and staff to represent the school as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. O’Kelley began teaching at John A. Holmes High School in 2011. She is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Mrs. O'Kelley has an excellent rapport with her students and she strives to instill a passion for music and the performing arts in all her lessons and students she teaches. She holds her students to high academic standards and expectations. Mrs. O’Kelley leads the John A. Holmes Concert Choir as they perform at various community events and venues. Her theater arts students perform a play each spring that is open to students in other schools and community members. 
John A. Holmes High School Instructional Assistant of the Year

Francine Bazemore, an instructional assistant who works with the Exceptional Children’s Program was named the 2014-2015 Instructional Assistant of the Year for John A. Holmes High School. Mrs. Bazemore earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from College of the Albemarle. She began working for the Edenton-Chowan Schools as an assistant in 2005. Mrs. Bazemore serves students in the Life Skills program. She is known for her patience and compassion and her care and concern for the students she works with is evident every day. Mrs. Bazemore assists students with their daily instruction.   She is an asset to the school and the students she serves. 
Aces Blue Blazer Campaign

The members of the ACES football program will be wearing Blue Blazers on game days this season. This idea began under past head coaches and the team would like to bring that tradition back to Edenton. Coac
h Collins, staff, and the team believe this will help raise the expectations of the football program with the student-athletes and enable them to look sharp on game day. If you know of anyone who would like to donate any blue blazers that are collecting dust in their closets, please let them know about the team's Blue Blazer Campaign. Coach Collins is willing to pick up any donations or blazers may dropped off at the field house over the summer. Questions may be emailed to Coach Collins at jcollins@ecps.k12.nc.us. Aces Pride!
Teachers Selected to Serve on Governor's Teacher Network

Two teachers in the Edenton-Chowan School System have been selected to participate in the Governor's Teacher Network. Debra Rook a Language Arts teacher at Chowan Middle School and Jennifer Cranford, a third grade teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary were selected from approximately 450 outstanding teachers from across North Carolina  to serve for one year as content experts and professional development creators/facilitators.

Governor Pat McCrory, in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) established the Governor's Teacher Network (GTN) to recognize and reward teachers who can help advance Race to the Top (RttT)-funded educational remodeling efforts across the state.  GTN teachers remain in their current roles but will also be trained in depth on the State's Race to the Top-funded work in one of two Homebase related "pathways".  GTN teachers will then develop projects designed to spread understanding and use of new resources and practices in their schools and districts. GTN teachers were selected through a rigorous application process; will receive specialized federally funded training related to their projects, and support from NCDPI staff over the course of the year. The teachers will also be paid a stipend for their work, which will be accomplished from summer 2014 through spring 2015.
Effective Teacher Training Course Offered at COA

College of the Albemarle, Chowam Campus is now taking registration for Effective Teacher Training to be offered August 4-8, 2014. This course is required for individuals who are interested in becoming a substitute teacher in the public schools. To register please contact College of the Albemarle at (252)-482-7900.
Students Celebrate Independence Day

Students in the Summer Reading Camp at D.F. Walker Elementary School celebrate the importance of Independence Day through inspirational personal writings and songs. Students, teachers and staff did a great job celebrating Independence Day!
White Oak Teachers Give Away Books for Summer Reading

Teachers from White Oak Elementary School are boarding school buses loaded with books and visiting neighborhoods and communities this summer to give free books to children. Elementary students across Chowan County will have new books to rea
d this summer as a result of White Oak Elementary School participating in the successful second annual "Give Five - Read Five" campaign. State Superintendent June Atkinson first launched the initiative in the spring of 2013 to provide students with books to read over summer break. As a part of the campaign, parents, business leaders and community members donated new or gently-used books to local elementary schools.
Board of Education Names New Superintendent

The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Mr. Rob Jackson as the next Superintendent of the Edenton-Chowan Schools. Mr. Jackson will take office on July 1, 2014.
 
During the search process, the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education carefully reviewed applications and supporting documentation from a diverse field of excellent candidates. Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Mr. Jackson’s experience, credentials, communication skills, work ethic, and dedication to student learning would best serve the Edenton-Chowan students, staff, and community for years to come. The board is confident that he will lead Edenton-Chowan Schools to even higher achievement. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Jackson has often been recognized for his achievements and leadership. On May 4, 2011, he was named as the Wells Fargo North Carolina State Principal of the Year. He has been honored during his career as the Southwest Regional Principal of the Year, the Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year, named a North Carolina Principal Fellow, and was awarded the Jack McCall Award through the Principals Executive Program, the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year at Glen Arden Elementary School in Buncombe County, and the Outstanding Senior in the Elementary Education Department of Western Carolina University.

Mr. Rob Jackson currently serves on the Union County Public Schools Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet as the Chief Communications Officer where the department has won 18 state awards and two national awards during the last two years. Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Jackson served as the Founding Principal of Cuthbertson High School (2008-2012); the Principal of Parkwood High School (2005-2008); and the Founding Principal of Marvin Elementary School (2002-2005), all in Union County Public Schools.

Mr. Jackson has spent over 20 years working in the field of education in a variety of roles. Mr. Jackson has served as a School Secretary, a School Custodian, a Bus Driver, an After School Associate, a Teacher and an Assistant Principal. Mr. Jackson also served in the US Navy onboard the USS Iwo Jima. He brings a wealth of experience from a variety of perspectives to this opportunity for service to the students, parents and the community of the Edenton-Chowan School System. Overall, the board was attracted to both the breadth and depth of his experience.

Mr. Jackson also has an impressive educational background. After being honorably discharged from the US Navy, he earned an Associate’s Degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College before transferring to Western Carolina University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and his master’s degree in School Administration. Afterwards, he went on to attend Nova Southeastern University and Wingate University where he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in educational leadership. 
 
Mr. Jackson is married to his best friend, Rene'. They have three sons: Dennis, Joshua and Elijah, and one daughter, Madelyn. In his spare time, Mr. Jackson enjoys running competitively and traveling with his family.
Mr. Jackson greatly looks forward to the opportunity to lead the Edenton-Chowan Schools. He has issued the following statement expressing his excitement and optimism about the position: “I am very honored to be given this opportunity to serve the children, the parents, the teachers, the staff, and the community of the Edenton-Chowan School System. Each of the past five years, the Cohort Graduation Rate in Edenton-Chowan Schools has increased, illustrating the system’s focus on continuous improvement. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Education and the school system staff to build on the system’s rich tradition of success and to ensure that we fulfill the school system’s commitment to equip all students with the knowledge, competence, and orientations needed for them to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities they will face in their career and family lives after graduation.”

Please join the board in welcoming Mr. Jackson as the new Superintendent of the Edenton-Chowan Schools.
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