Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly appointed members to serve on two new education commissions created during the 2017 legislative session.
18 members in all were appointed to the two education commissions.
NC Teaching Fellows Commission
This education commission was created to determine which programs and students will participate in the NC Teaching Fellows Program.
The program seeks to recruit top students to enter the teaching profession. The program incentivizes applicants by providing tuition assistance. It also determines which students will receive forgivable loans starting beginning the 2018-19 school year.
This assistance comes with the expectation that the applications will teach in North Carolina for at least four years.
Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission
This education commission was formed through Senate Bill 599. The commission will make recommendations to the State Board of Education on topics such as teacher preparation, teacher licensure, continuing education, and conduct standards.
Both Senate Bill 599 and the NC Teaching Fellows Program were sponsored by Sen. Chad Barefoot (R-Wake).
Senator Barefoot said in a statement that, “I am grateful to the education leaders in our state that have committed to serve on these important commissions.”
“I am confident that they will serve the commissions and the students and teachers of North Carolina well in their new roles, and I look forward to working with them to improve our state’s teacher pipeline,” said Sen. Barefoot.
More appointees to Education Commissions
Appointed by the House to serve a two year term on the NC Teaching Fellows Commission is Dr. Jennifer Olson, Education Department Head at Meredith College.
Appointed by the Senate to serve a two year term on the NC Teaching Fellows Commission is Dr. Mariann Tillery, Dean of the Stout School of Education at High Point University.
The Senate appointed the following people to serve on the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission:
- Dr. Patrick Miller””Superintendent of Greene County Schools
- Meaghan Loftus””Principal of Ashley Park PreK-8 School in Charlotte
- Dr. Ellen McIntyre””Dean of the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte
- Dr. Hank Weddington””Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Lenoir-Rhyne University
- Dr. Anthony Graham””Dean of the College of Education at North Carolina A&T State University
- Lauren Genesky””English Teacher at Millbrook High School in Raleigh
- Glenda Jones””Assistant Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools
- Dr. Michael Maher””Assistant Dean for Professional Education and Accreditation at NC State University College of Education
The House appointed the following people to serve on the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission:
- Aaron Fleming””Superintendent of Harnett County Schools
- Joseph Childers””Principal of Simon G. Atkins Academic and Technology High School in Winston-Salem
- Dr. Van Dempsey, III.””Dean of the Watson College of Education at UNC Wilmington
- Dr. Ann Bullock””Dean of the School of Education at Elon University
- Dr. Connie Locklear””Director of the Indian Education Resource Center in the Public Schools of Robeson County
- Robin Hiatt””Teaching and Learning Coach with Johnston County Schools
- Dr. Westley Wood””Executive Director of Personnel and Human Resources for Wilkes County Schools
- Dr. Samuel Houston, Jr.””President and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center