GOOD NEWS & HAPPENINGS IN EC
At its January 10 meeting at Kitty Hawk Elementary School, the Board of Education recognized Speech-Language Pathologist Becci Shealey as Dare County Schools nominee under the NC Department of Public Instruction's 2016 Exceptional Teacher of Excellence program.
From left, Board Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler, Becci Shealey, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
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Shealey has worked her entire career 20-year career in North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood College in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, and her Master’s Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Since coming to Dare County almost seven years ago, she has led and participated in numerous programs and activities which have directly and indirectly improved the quality of education for exceptional children and youth. Whether it's helping students to focus on social skills, volunteering to mentor new teachers and/or speech-language pathologists, provide support and guidance in problem-solving during team meetings, Shealey consistently places the most difficult cases on her roster and does a masterful job with those students and parents.
Shealey’s dedication as a leader in service is felt in all schools throughout the District. She has served as an active member of the District’s Autism Coaching Team and in that role found ways to spend numerous hours going into classrooms in order to work with teachers and assistants who serve students with autism. Last year she took on the position of lead SLP for the district. In less than a year, she has worked to bring the SLPs together to function as a team and worked diligently to equalize caseloads as well as recommend positions for personnel that would play to their individual strengths. She is a member of the EC Core Leadership Team for the District.
Shealey is also active in community endeavors which benefit students and youth with identified disabilities. She is the outgoing VP on the Children @ Play Board of Directors, a Board she has been sitting on since 2008 and plans to continue to serve. Since 2009, she has served as Secretary/Hospitality Chair for Surfing for Autism, Inc. Shealey has been on the Board of the Autism Society of NC - OBX Chapter since its founding in 2008. Additionally, Shealey serves as a vestry member for her church and is a member of the Outer Banks Giving Circle (a family service group with the OBX Community Foundation). She builds positive relationships with students, parents and staff members and is respected by all, and is an extremely valuable asset to Dare County Schools EC team.
Manteo Elementary School Exceptional Children's teacher Colby Voight is the district representative in the Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence recognition program. At its January 12 meeting at MES, the Board of Education recognized Voight for this honor. Voight has been in the field of education for over fifteen years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University, and achieved her Master’s Degree in Special Education, Behavior Disorders from Hunter College. Voight earned National Board Certification in 2008. She is currently working to complete her credential as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. From left, Board Vice-Chair Bea Basnight, Colby Voight, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
Dare County Schools Speech/Language Pathologists gathered at First Flight Elementary School for a quarterly meeting composed of therapy information, technological support, and student learning ideas. They also presented Lead Speech/Language Pathologist Sue Ward with lunch and dessert to mark her retirement at the end of 2015. From left, Speech/Language Pathologists (bottom) Gay Cabral, Sue Ward, Becci Shealey; (top) Terry Anderson, Kristen Sawyer, Karen Savona, Kristen Beckner and Jackie Bunn. Patty Hill, Stacey Tillett and Lynette Crews are not pictured.
Dare County Schools 2015 Exceptional Teacher of Excellence is Colby Voight - Nags Head Elementary School Exceptional Children's teacher. Voight has been in the field of education for over fifteen years, thirteen of which have been with Dare County Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Health Sciences and Public Health, and her Master’s in Special Education, Behavior Disorders from Hunter College in New York City. She became Nationally Board Certified in EC in 2008. She is currently working to complete her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
photo: Judy Coltrain
Dare County Schools 2015 Exceptional Teacher of Excellence is Colby Voight - Nags Head Elementary School Exceptional Children's teacher.
Voight has been in the field of education for over fifteen years, thirteen of which have been with Dare County Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Health Sciences and Public Health. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education, Behavior Disorders from Hunter College in New York City. She became Nationally Board Certified in 2008: Special Education – birth to age 21. She is currently working to complete her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. During this time, she has led and participated in numerous programs and activities which have both directly and indirectly improved the quality of education for exceptional children and youth. This school year, Voight transferred from First Flight High School. At FFHS, she served as the Lead EC teacher, organized and led the PBIS team in the building, initiated and ran a group focusing on social skills training and practice called Chameleons, mentored new teachers, and supervised student teachers.
Voight’s dedication as a leader in service is felt in all schools throughout the district. She has served as a member of the Core Leadership Team as the Autism Consultant as well as the leader of the District’s Autism Problem Solving Team. "She single-handedly worked to bring our district on board with John Thomas’ curriculum development project for the extended content standards. Colby has also created and maintains a Haiku site open to all in the district that is dedicated to services, resources, and help relating to autism," says EC Supervisor Dawn Edwards.
"She's also active in community endeavors which benefit students and youth with identified disabilities. She works closely with the Autism Society of NC – OBX Chapter (ASNC), most recently to bring in social skills training through professional development open to teachers in Dare and Currituck counties. She volunteers for the annual August Surfing for Autism event held in Nags Head, as well as giving of her time every summer to help the Knights of Columbus in their Least Among My Brethren (LAMB) Project in donation collection - proceeds of which are then given to teachers and agencies in the area who work with individuals with identified disabilities.
"Colby Voight builds positive relationships with students, parents and staff members and is respected by all. She is an extremely valuable asset to our team."
Voight will be recognized at a reception at the 65th Annual EC Conference sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction in early November.
George Graham just finished producing this video highlighting the Dare County Special Olympics Spring Games 2015. Thank you to Biff Jennings for all the photos. We also appreciate all the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this event so successful for all of our athletes.
Dare and Currituck County schools teachers and community members attended an Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) workshop in the last week of April that was funded through a grant from Outer Banks Community Foundation.
The workshop focused on social skills instruction for students with high-functioning autism from elementary to secondary levels. The presenters, Leica Anzaldo, Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Louise Southern, M.Ed., BCBA, Associate Director - Clinical Education, are employed by ASNC. They shared information regarding the social skills deficits areas, and specific strategies to address these areas and then how to set up successful social skills groups in schools and communities. Approximately 25 staff and community members from Dare County attended among the group of 51. "We were delighted to have this type of workshop in our backyard and are grateful to Bobbi Wells, the Outer Banks Autism Society of North Carolina's president, the ASNC presenters and Outer Banks Community Foundation for this opportunity. As stated by presenters, the most detrimental factor in post-secondary outcomes for students with autism is their inability to navigate the social aspect of the workplace," noted First Flight High School EC (Exceptional Children's) teacher Colby Voight. "This workshop gave us tools to start intervening at a younger age to improve these outcomes for students with autism in this region."
photos courtesy of: Colby Voight
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