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Onslow County Association of Teacher Assistants Banquet

Christina Kirkpatrick, the 2019 scholarship recipient, poses with her family and BOE Member Jeff Hudson

The Onslow County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants held its spring banquet on April 26, 2019, where they awarded their annual scholarship to an Onslow County Schools student.  

NCATA, whose slogan is “Helping Hands in Education,” is a statewide network of teacher assistants who are dedicated to supporting TAs through professional development, conferences and fellowship.  

Leigh Willaford is honored for serving as a TA for 25 years


The Onslow County chapter’s leadership includes President Glenda Kirkpatrick, Secretary Holly Hammond-Wilonsky, Treasurer Michele Bolton, Corresponding Secretary Regina Henderson, and Parliamentarian Vickie Reed. Going into this year’s conference, the vice president seat was vacant, and Mary Morgan was elected to fill it.  

In addition to electing a new vice president, the association recognized Linda Hester, of Northside High, and Leigh Willaford, of Blue Creek Elementary, for 25 years of service. Sheila Fonville, of Morton Elementary, and Sherrie Beaujean, of Sand Ridge Elementary, were thanked for their service as they prepare for retirement.  

Each year, the Onslow County chapter of NCATA selects one member’s child to receive a scholarship as they prepare to transition from high school to college. This year’s $500 scholarship recipient was Christina Kirkpatrick. Christina plans to attend Coastal Carolina Community College.  

Congratulations, Christina! And thank you to teacher assistants across the county for all you do!


Teacher assistants celebrate at the banquet    TAs celebrate at the OCTA banquet