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In the media: Lateral entry program profiled by WUNC

“Pathway to Practice,” the program for lateral entry teachers established by the School of Education and NC State’s College of Education, is the subject of a story aired on public radio station WUNC. “Pathway to Practice” is an online program designed to be more convenient for working lateral entry teachers. WUNC profiled Cyrus Henson, a lateral entry math teacher in Caldwell County who has struggled in the past to complete coursework to obtain licensure. He discovered the “Pathway to Practice” program and joined its first cohort in October. More details about “Pathway to Practice” are here.

Alumna Elaine Townsend Utin named to Forbes list

Elaine Townsend Utin (B.A.Ed. ’12) has been named as a Forbes “30 Under 30 in Education” honoree for 2018. Townsend Utin and Ricky Hurtado were named together for their work as co-executive directors of the NC Scholar’s Latinx Initiative (N.C. Sli), a project of Carolina’s Center for Global Initiatives. Honorees are recognized primarily for using innovative methods to open up access to quality education to new and often underserved groups. During her undergraduate years, Townsend Utin served as co-director of the Scholars Latino Initiative, a forerunner of N.C. Sli.

Alumnus Jim Merrill announces retirement as Wake superintendent

Alumnus Jim Merrill (A.B.Ed. '73) has announced his plans to retire from being superintendent at Wake County Public Schools. Merrill joined Wake County schools in 2013. He was named North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year in 2016, the second time he’d won that honor. He previously was named Superintendent of the Year in 2005 when he worked at the Alamance-Burlington School System. He was also named Superintendent of the Year in Virginia in 2013 when he worked in Virginia Beach, Va. The School of Education gave him its Distinguished Leadership Award in 2005, and he served as graduation speaker in 2014.

Alumna Nakia Hardy named deputy superintendent for Durham

Alumna Nakia Hardy (M.S.A. '04, Ed.D. '10) has been hired to serve as Durham Public Schools' new deputy superintendent of academic services. Hardy currently works as the chief academic officer for Guilford County Schools. She starts the new job in January. More about Hardy’s hiring here.

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