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Students in M.Ed. Program for Experienced Teachers are named Teachers of the Year, listed in Who’s Who

Six teachers who are enrolled in the School of Education’s Master of Education Program for Experienced Teachers have received professional honors. Four have been named Teachers of the Year, and one has been selected for Who’s Who Among American Teachers. A sixth has received both honors.

Gretchen Buher, a mathematics teacher at Culbreth Middle School, has been named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District Teacher of the Year for 2005-06 and also has been selected for this year’s Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Previously she was named a 2004 Outstanding Secondary Teacher by the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Buher is currently enrolled in the K-8 mathematics cohort of the School’s M.Ed. Program for Experienced Teachers.

The other newly named Teachers of the Year, representing their schools, are Janet Brady of Siler City Elementary, Nancy Hively of Pittsboro Elementary, Mary Catherine McCauley of North Chatham Elementary and Justin Sudol of Moncure School in Chatham County. They are all students in the Chatham County literacy cohort of the M.Ed. Program for Experienced Teachers.

Named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers is Lynne Holmes of Mary Scroggs Elementary in Chapel Hill. She also is enrolled in the Chatham County literacy cohort.

The M.Ed. Program for Experienced Teachers was initiated by the School of Education in 2001 to meet the needs of practicing teachers who want to expand their understanding of teaching and learning. In this part-time program, teachers complete 31 hours of graduate coursework over three summers and two academic years. Cohorts are developed based on teacher interest in a particular specialty area.

The 31 students in the Chatham literacy cohort began the program in the summer of 2004 and will complete it this August. Upon graduation, they will receive an M.Ed. degree and also will meet the requirements for master’s level licensure as reading specialists. The 28 students in the K-8 mathematics cohort, who began the program in the summer of 2005, will graduate in August 2007 with an M.Ed. degree. They also will meet the requirements for master’s level licensure in elementary or middle grades mathematics.