In the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP), we are all about making a difference in the lives of others. We endeavor to develop #changemakers who impact the region as educators, administrators, and other professions, both in schools and other professional community settings.
Former Elementary Education undergraduate and graduate student, Emily Grace Nytko, presented her Capstone Research findings with former instructor, Dr. Barrett-Tatum, at NAEYC's annual national conference. Her research supports hands-on, problem-based Mathematics instruction in the primary grades. Emily Grace is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Cullowhee Valley and continues studies related to multi-age PBL Mathematics instruction.
In late August, 14 Oconaluftee students were selected to participate in a Leadership Training course offered by Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions. Classes were conducted by Amanda Chapman, Director of the Office of Field Experiences and Jenny Stewart, Director of Student Success. OJCCCC’s Academic Manager, Cindi Simmons and Residential Living Manager, Robin McCoy also participated. Leadership Training was a four-day, 32-hour course based on career success standards.
Kieran Foxx, a 2013 graduate from the WCU School Psychology Graduate program, was recognized as the 2023 North Carolina Practitioner of the year. This award was presented at the 2023 North Carolina School Psychology Association Fall Conference.
CEAP Counseling Faculty, Drs. Melodie Frick, Lisen Roberts, Joanna Collins, Melissa Mecadon-Mann, and Nancy Valverde presented at the ACES National Conference in Denver, Colorado.
CEAP Alumna Maggie Allen, a 1st Grade Teacher at Hall Fletcher Elementary, is named Asheville City Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year.
Dean Kim Winter presents several CEAP initiatives, including Call Me MiSTER, STEP with WCU, LEAF in ECE, NC Principal Fellows, LEAP, TRUE with WCU, and the Participate Learning Partnership at Governor Cooper's DRIVE Task Force Stops in Asheville, NC.
CEAP Alumnus Dr. John McDaris, Principal at Rugby Middle School, has been named 2023-24 Henderson County Public Schools Principal of the Year. McDaris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences Education and Political Science, a Master’s degree in School Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, all of which were obtained from Western Carolina University.
After serving as associate dean of the college, Patricia Bricker is starting her 23rd year at WCU back in the classroom as the Jay M. Robinson Distinguished Professor in Educational Technologies.
WCU has tripled its cohort of Call Me MiSTER program participants, bringing in six new members who will start their four-year journey to becoming a teacher this fall.