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Good News Spotlight - Oct. 6, 2015
 Teacher of the Year with finalists
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Teacher of the Year and Finalists

Dr. Lesley Eason, the associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, recognized Erik Matticola, a social studies teacher at Swansboro High School as the district's Teacher of the Year.

Matticola is in his 15th year of teaching, the past four years at Swansboro. In addition to teaching,he is the adviser of several school activities including the Swansboro Mock Trial Team, Student 2 Student, Close-Up with Onslow County Government and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He is also a mentor teacher and a member of the Swansboro High School Planning Team.

A committee representing administrators, teachers, parents and board members carefully reviewed portfolios

of all teachers selected by their schools as their 2015 Teacher of the Year. Ten finalists were interviewed by the

committee which narrowed the field to five. The committee visited schools of the top five finalists to observe them teaching students in the classroom.

 Next Mr. Matticola will represent the school district in vying for the Southeast Region Teacher of the Year. From

eight regional winners, after a series of relevant screening activities, a State Teacher of the Year will be chosen by a committee consisting of professional educators as well as business and community leaders. The State Teacher of the Year and other Regional Finalists form a collaborative network to provide ongoing professional development and support throughout the state on critical issues facing public education. The State Teacher of the Year will be asked to travel, speak on behalf of public education and demonstrate master teaching skills. He or she must also be poised, articulate and energetic in orderdto meet the demanding schedule. We know he will represent us very well.

Eason also recognized the finalists for Teacher of the Year

Julie Baile, New Bridge Middle School

Katelyn Williams, Northwoods Elementary

Melinda Mauter, Queens Creek Elementary

Brandon Dillman, White Oak High School


AdvancED Plaque

Dr. Eason also presented the Board with the AdvancED plaque given to the school district for achieving re-accredidtation.

AdvancED, a nonprofit agency, and the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, has accredited more than 32,000 schools and districts worldwide, including Onslow County Schools.

 The agency is dedicated to advancing excellence worldwide. The designation lasts for five years. Onslow County School System was the first school system in the state of North Carolina to achieve District SACS/CASI Accreditation in April 2005.

A team of evaluators from AdvancEd spent three days in the district observing classrooms, conducting interviews with students, members of the Board of Educaton, administrators, principals, staff, parents and community leaders in addition to spending hours poring over reports and district documents. Following that pretty grueling evaluation process the team unanimously recommended the district earn the distinction of districtwide re-accreditation and as to their ratings they described them as “unusually high numbers” — so these are ratings we can be very, very proud of.


Principal of the Year

Dr. Barry Collins, associate superintendent of Human Resources, recognized Vickie Brown, the principal at Meadow View Elementary School as the district's 2016 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

Brown, a native of Onslow County and graduate of Richlands High School, has served as principal of Meadow View since it opened in 2007. Prior to that, she was principal at Swansboro Elementary for four years. In her recommendation Angela Thomas, the school counselor, noted that since the school opened, student achievement has increased each year through high expectations of all students. Additionally, through Brown’s guidance, the school adopted the A+ program integrating the arts in all subjects.

“Meadow View received the honor of being selected as a P21 Exemplar School for demonstrating a focus on improving and enhancing student learning in the classroom,” she wrote. “As an Effective Teacher Training Instructor, Mrs. Brown is a focal and positive role model for our beginning teachers … she is a very caring and nurturing leader that takes the time to know and care for others on a very personal level.”

Brown earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and Masters in School Administration at East Carolina University.

A committee comprised of last year’s principal of the year and a teacher of the year, a Wells Fargo representative, and parent conducted interviews of nominees to select winner.

Brown will compete with other regional POY recipients. Eight regional finalists will be named, and then one principal among those will be selected as the 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. The POY program is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo.


Beginning Teacher of the Year

Dr. Collins also recognized an outstanding first-year teacher, Kevin Barry, as the district  Beginning Teacher of the Year

 Mr. Barry teaches third grade at Jacksonville Commons Elementary. He is new to North Carolina; he was born and raised in Trucksville, Pennsylvania, which is near Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). He graduated summa cum laude from King’s College in Pennsylvania with a BA in Elementary and Special Education and he received the Dr. Adam Drayer Award for Demonstrated Excellence in theTeacher Education Program.

 Mr. Barry also has a genuine love of music. He likes to write music and he plays several instruments including the saxophone, flute and piano. He feels fortunate to have a piano in his classroom, so as part of his teaching plan he incorporates either singing or listening to music with his students daily.

 Principal Ehman said this of Mr. Barry in his letter of recommendation — His lesson plans are very thorough … it is evident he has spent time reviewing content and he understands what each students needs are. He is able to give students a choice in classroom roles and he involves them in all decisions. He is proactive in seeking out help from his support system including coaches so that he is using the best resources and strategies.

 Mentor Teacher of the Year

As a school system we realize how important it is for our beginning teachers to have a strong support system. The mentoring and coaching provided to novice teachers in the early stages of their careers is critical to promoting teacher excellence, retention and student success.

Dr. Collins recognized Sharon Edwards, a third grade teacher from Summersill Elementary as  this year’s Mentor Teacher of the Year.

Miss Edwards is a native of Onslow County, she has spent her entire career teaching elementary students in Onslow County Schools.

She received her Bachelor’s and Masters Degree at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

 Tayor Blair, one of the teachers she has mentored for three years, said in his nomination of her – As my mentor, she has been very professional and has helped me in teaching situations. She is someone I know I can turn to for support without any judgment.

"She is a phenomenal teacher and coworker … she pushes me to see what else I can do to benefit my students."


2015 Southeast Region School Social Worker of the Year

Brendan Gartner, the director of Student Services had the pleasure of announcing the North Carolina School Social Workers Association's selection for 2015 Southeast Region School Social Worker of the Year, Carol Jackson.

Jackson was chosen for her support and dedication to the students, families and staff she serves, including White Oak High School, Hunters Creek Middle School and Hunters Creek Elementary School.

This is not the first time Miss Jackson has received an important award. She was recognized as the 2013-14 SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Advisor of the Year for her outstanding efforts in preventing violence in schools. Under her direction, SAVE has made a tremendous impact on its members at each school and each year her three chapters have grown. Through SAVE involvement students improve their leadership skills as well as reduce bullying through more student awareness.

 She recently received notice each of her three SAVE chapters received Allstate Foundation Grants – given to her three clubs exclusively because the middle and high schools mentor their younger chapter members.






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