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School of Education Honors Five with Awards

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education honored five people – a former director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and four alumni – at its 14th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday.

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00) named Chapel Hill-Carrboro Principal of the Year

Amy Rickard (A.B.Ed. ’94, M.S.A. ’00), principal at Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill has been named the 2013 Principal of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Lillie Cox (Ed.D. ’09) named finalist for national educational leadership award

Lillie Cox (Ed.D. ’09), superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System, has been named a finalist for the 2014 Women in School Leadership Award, presented by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

Sallie Senseney ’10 ignites a passion for science in her N.C. hometown

Sallie Senseney (UNC-BEST '10), a biology teacher at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville, NC, runs a student-centered classroom to spark an interest in science among her students.

Kelley Dull Ponder (M.Ed. '02) wins Teacher of Year honor

Kelley Dull Ponder (M.Ed. '02), a school counselor at Croswell Elementary School in Easley, S.C., has been honored with the school's Teacher of the Year award.

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Malbert Smith (M.Ed. '77, Ph.D. '80) to give School of Education Commencement address

Malbert Smith (M.Ed. '77, Ph.D. '80), co-founder and president of MetaMetrics, Inc., a Durham-based firm that produces educational measurement tools, will provide the Commencement address during the School of Education’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 11.

Alumnus Rich Leonard (M.Ed. ’73) named dean of Campbell University School of Law

Alumnus Rich Leonard (M.Ed. ’73), who has worked as a federal bankruptcy judge since 1992, has been named dean of the Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Gwen Roulhac (M.A.T. '00, M.Ed. '05) named a Durham school counselor of the year

Gwen Roulhac (M.A.T. '00) has been named the high school counselor of the year by Durham County Public Schools.

John Claude Bemis (A.B.Ed. '95, M.Ed. '03) named Piedmont Laureate

John Claude Bemis, a children’s book author who lives in Hillsborough, has been named Piedmont Laureate, a position sponsored by Research Triangle area arts groups. He is the fifth Piedmont Laureate and the first children’s book author to be chosen for the honor.

University shifting to use of 'B.A.Ed.'

What's in a name? In the case of a Carolina bachelor's degree in education, it's a switching of the places of an 'A' and a 'B.'

Thomas Benton (A.B.Ed. '73, M.Ed. '82) named to Wake school board

Thomas Benton (A.B.Ed. ’73, M.Ed. ‘82), retired after a 32-year career as a teacher and principal, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Wake County school board.