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Our school district is committed to providing resources to all students and families to ensure emotional well-being, healthy living, and wellness in all aspects of one’s life. Edenton-Chowan Schools is pleased to inform our community of a partnership with Integrated Family Services that provides a Crisis CHAT line that is available for all staff, students, parents, family, and friends that will offer online emotional support 24 hours a day. Trained chat specialists are available to assist individuals who are depressed, going through a hard time, need to talk, or having thoughts of hurting themselves. Any life issues may be discussed utilizing the Crisis CHAT line. The goal of Integrated Family Services’ Crisis CHAT line is to help you and others reduce stress and feel empowered to make healthy decisions. To utilize this free service, simply go to and click the “chat with us” icon at the top of the page.

Campbell Named Principal at 
Chowan Middle School 

Alton Campbell has been named Principal of Chowan Middle School effective August 23, 2018. He is currently principal at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City where he has served in that role for the past two years. Mr. Campbell replaces John Lassiter who is now principal of Hertford Grammar School in Perquimans County.

“We are extremely excited that Mr. Campbell will be joining our administrative team at Chowan Middle School,” commented Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. “I am confident that he will rise to the challenge and provide strong leadership for the school,” he added.

Prior to becoming a principal, Campbell served as an assistant principal at Farmville Central School in Pitt County. There he also taught middle grades math and science. Mr. Campbell began his teaching career in Bertie County at Bertie County High School where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2013. Campbell entered teaching in 2009 through the Teach for America Corps leaving a career in banking behind to follow his dream to become an educator.

Mr. Campbell holds a Masters Degree in School Administration from Elizabeth City State University. He earned a Bachelors Degree from Morehouse College in Business Administration and received his teaching credentials from East Carolina University. Mr. Campbell was selected as a committee member on Governor Pat McCrory’s Teacher Advisory Council. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honor Society. He has also served as a mentor and coached girls’ basketball at the middle school level.

Edenton-Chowan Schools Announces 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year:
Angie Walston, Heather Terrell, Shaunte' Hunt, Victoria Brinson

 Walston is Named Edenton-Chowan Schools 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year and White Oak Elementary  School Teacher of the Year

Angie Walston, a Second Grade Teacher and Teacher of the Year at White Oak Elementary School has been awarded the honor of 2018-2019 Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year. Representing Edenton-Chowan Schools, Walston will advance to regional competition as part of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program. She has been teaching for 20 years, the last four of those years at White Oak Elementary School.
        Walston began teaching at White Oak in 2014 when she and her family moved "back home" to Chowan County from Wilson, NC. Prior to teaching at White Oak Elementary, she taught at Wells Elementary and East End Elementary Schools in Wilson. She holds a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree from East Carolina University. She is currently a Beginning Teacher Coach and mentor at White Oak Elementary and serves as supervising teacher for student interns for East Carolina University.  Among her other professional accomplishments, Walston holds National Board Certification in Elementary Education, has received grants from the Edenton-Chowan Education Foundation and Donors Choose for flexible seating in her classroom. She is a Rotary Club Award recipient, and she is a recipient of the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award.

Heather Terrell - D.F. Walker Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Heather Terrell is a fifth grade teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary School.  She began her teaching career at D.F. Walker in 2014.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Elizabeth City State University and is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Education (Reading and Literacy) program at Walden University.

Shaunte' Hunt- Chowan Middle School Teacher of the Year
Shaunte' Hunt is a sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Chowan Middle School.  She began teaching with Edenton-Chowan Schools in 2007.  Prior to teaching in Chowan County, she taught in Bertie County Schools, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, and Northampton County Schools.  Hunt has 17 years teaching experience.  She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and School Administration from Jones University, and a Bachelors degree in English from Elizabeth City State University.  Hunt also holds National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Middle Grades Language Arts.

Victoria Brinson - John A. Holmes High School Teacher of the Year

Victoria Brinson is a social studies teacher at John A. Holmes High School where she has taught 10th grade civics and economics, 11th grade American History I and II, and AP US History.  Brinson began teaching with Edenton-Chowan Schools in 2015 at Chowan Middle School and transferred to John A. Holmes in 2016.  Prior to teaching in Chowan County, Brinson taught at Richmond Senior High School in Rockingham County. She has been teaching for nine years.  Brinson holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (Social Studies) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education from Juniata College.

Perry Receives Brenda B. Winborne Beginning Teacher Award

This year, Edenton-Chowan Schools began a new award that will be an annual recognition given at the end of the year Beginning Teacher celebration in honor and memory of Brenda B. Winborne.
Desarae Perry, a second grade teacher at White Oak Elementary School is the recipient of the first annual Brenda B. Winborne Beginning Teacher of the Year Award.

The Brenda B. Winborne Beginning Teacher of the Year Award is given in honor and memory of Mrs. Winborne who was retired from the school system with 30 years of service. She served as a teacher, a teacher evaluator for the district, an assistant principal and a principal at Chowan Middle School. She was recognized during her tenure as principal as the regional principal of the year. After retiring, Mrs. Winborne served as the Beginning Teacher Coordinator for the school system and a supervisor of student teachers for East Carolina University for several years before completely retiring from work in education. She was a role model and mentor to many people over her years of service.

This award captures those qualities that Mrs. Winborne believed in and looked for within those she hired to teach at her school and molded into the beginning teachers she worked with. These qualities include:

· The superior ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.

· Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom.

· Strong long-range potential for the education profession.

· A passion for the education profession that motivates and impacts others.

· A desire to keep abreast of educational best practices through professional development.

· Active collaboration with colleagues, students, and families to create a strong culture of respect and success.

· Leadership and innovation.

· Poise, professionalism, and the ability to maintain a demanding schedule.

Perry is a product of Edenton-Chowan Schools and continues to be an active learner herself. In just three years of teaching, she has continued strive to expand her knowledge and her effectiveness as a teacher. She strives to connect with each one of her students and is committed to every students’ well-being both inside and outside of her classroom. Her classroom is friendly, inviting, and a place where students’ contributions are recognized both large and small. If you walk by her classroom, you may hear music, cheering, chanting, or singing. You may even see Ms. Perry dancing with the students all to help them master a specific skill or concept.

Perry is frequently found at her students’ basketball or soccer games or other recreational activities her students are a part of well after the school hours have ended. The students know that she is present because she is cheering for them on the sidelines. She makes connections with the students both inside and outside of the classroom because she understands that the heart of learning lies within the connection a teacher makes with the students.

Perry is a positive role model for not only her students but all of the students at White Oak Elementary School. She gives 100% daily to her students always putting them first. She is exactly what this award represents.

Albemarle Sounds Choral Group Supports Local Music Programs

Gil Burroughs and Jack Parker, members of The Albemarle Sounds choral group, presents checks in the amount of $100 per school to music teachers in the Edenton-Chowan Schools in support of the vocal music programs. Pictured (L-R) Jane Parr, music teacher at White Oak Elementary; Jack Parker, Nicole Byrd-Phelps, music teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary, Gil Burroughs, Carolynn O’Kelley, music teacher at Chowan Middle School, and not available for the picture Justin Smith, Music Teacher at John A. Holmes High School.
For the past 21 years, The Albemarle Sounds have offered the proceeds from their singing Valentines to support the vocal music programs in area schools. Since that time, the group has donated over $28,000 to vocal music teachers in Chowan, Perquimans, and Pasquotank Counties.

White Named National Distinguished Elementary School Principal

National Distinguished Elementary School Principal - Congratulations to Mrs. Michelle White, Principal of D.F. Walker Elementary School, who was selected by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals as this year’s National Distinguished Elementary School Principal. Mrs. White will represent the elementary principals of our state in Washington DC later this year.

Lights! iPads! Action! Produce! 

Ms. LeAnn Nixon, a second grade teacher at White Oak Elementary School has recently been awarded a $4500 grant from CenturyLink’s Clarke M. Williams Teachers and Technology grant to advance student success through innovative use of technology. This program, which began in 2008, awards up to $5000 to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas. The key objective is to improve CenturyLink’s customer’s lives by connecting them to the digital world. CenturyLink recognizes the importance of introducing young people to science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, concepts to better prepare them for successful careers and to build a pipeline of skilled employees for the future. Grants were selected based on the impact they will have on students in the classroom and the overall innovation of the project. Ms. Nixon was one of sixteen grant recipients in North Carolina.

Ms. Nixon’s Lights! iPads! Action! Produce! grant will allow White Oak Elementary to purchase equipment to support two livestream classroom productions. With existing iPads in the school, students will use new wireless microphones, and a green screen capable livestreaming app to create content-specific videos in science about weather, climate, and life cycles. In literacy, they will produce videos such as reader’s theatre, biographies, and book trailers. In mathematics, students will use video to explain their mathematical thinking process as they solve a story problem and will create commercials tied to their economics unit. In social students, students will produce video during the cultural traditions unit. All of these experiences will foster critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity in White Oak’s students. Ultimately, the grant will allow students new experiences that gives them empowerment, ownership, and purpose that will foster lifelong skills.

“I am extremely proud of Ms. Nixon and the grant she has been awarded. Ms. Nixon will be able to take teaching and learning to the next level in her classroom. Not only that, she plans to share the new equipment and her new learning with other classes,” said Sheila Evans, Principal of White Oak Elementary.

(Pictured with Ms. Nixon’s students are (l to r) Mr. Fred Womble, Area Operations Manager for CenturyLink, Ms. LeAnn Nixon, Mrs. Sheila Evans, Principal, and Mr. Larry Mathiot of CenturyLink.)  Photo by Kim Ullom.

Elementary Schools Selected to Participate in NE Classroom Expeditions

D.F. Walker Elementary and White Oak Elementary, were selected to participate in a pilot project that could potentially be rolled out to other regions in the state next year. These schools serve as models for transforming classrooms to a digital-age learning environment.

The opportunity provided Northeast district and charter school educators a window into a day-long expedition complete with classroom visits, teacher panels, student showcases, hands on activities, and group discussions.

Educators from surrounding counties explored how D.F. Walker Elementary uses data from digital resources to create personalized learning opportunities for students and staff. Staff offered Digital Data Teacher Panels and hands on learning opportunities on various programs utilized at DFW. Numerous resources were provided to participants through a free website.

White Oak Elementary School attendees saw first-hand how a rural, Title 1, PreK-2nd grade school builds capacity with teachers and students for successful blended learning focused on student achievement and growth. Staff shared student-friendly apps and websites, digital student portfolios, management strategies, and coding.

Announcing Selected Community Partners
After reviewing community applications submitted from Murphy to Manteo, four KidsReadyNC partner communities have been selected to participate in IEI’s new, 18-month initiative designed to help selected Tier 1 or Tier 2 communities strengthen leadership capacity within their local early childhood development systems:
  • Catawba (Catawba Partnership for Children)
  • Chowan (Chowan CARES and White Oak Elementary School)
  • Randolph (Inspired Randolph Collaborative)
  • Rockingham (Rockingham Partnership for Children)
Funded in part by grants from The Belk Foundation and The Duke Endowment, selected communities will receive tools and technical assistance, and will participate in a peer-learning process all designed to boost capacity and improve outcomes for children and families.

In partnership with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), the initiative builds upon the “kidonomics” theme featured at the 2018 Emerging Issues Forum. Communities will select one of seven “measures of success” identified by NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (“Pathways”) stakeholders as priorities for action.
Why KidsReadyNC?

KidsReadyNC aims to bring together enthusiastic, multi-stakeholder teams from the state’s Tier 1 and 2 counties who are not currently engaged in significant new efforts but are interested in committing to improvement in the health and development outcomes of their young children. While there are several important, inspirational, resource-intensive efforts already underway in the state’s urban centers, such as Forsyth County’s Great Expectations and Project Impact, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Guilford County’s Ready for School, Ready for Life and Read Charlotte among others—these efforts enjoy significant levels of identified funding and other resources many communities may lack.

KidsReadyNC pilots an early childhood system capacity-building model delivering state-of-the-art technical assistance with a more modest funding commitment from the community and outside funders. It is a lower-cost model designed to produce positive outcomes for the participating communities while creating strategies and successes that other similar communities can draw upon in the future.

The benefits of participation are several.
  • Knowledge Expansion: Participating communities will access the most current research and expertise around key drivers of third grade reading proficiency, early childhood financing, institutional improvement, effective data use, and other relevant domains.
  • Improved System Planning: Each community will develop a comprehensive, data-informed action plan informed by technical assistance and the community’s unique environment.
  • Improved System Performance: In the last six months of the KidsReadyNC process, communities will begin implementation of their plan. Depending on the specifics of each initiative, a community may show improvement in program and system components and tangible improvement in the quality of relevant delivered services.
  • Valuable New Relationships: Through the technical assistance process and semi-annual meetings, each community will develop and deepen relationships within its early childhood network (e.g., to stakeholders, resource holders, organizations, advocates). Participation in the initiative will include a peer-learning component to provide mutual learning and support.
  • A Model for Other Lower-Resourced Communities: This initiative intentionally engages lower-resourced communities to pilot an approach we expect will prove valuable in helping similar communities across the state.

Coach Robert Jordan Named North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year

John A. Holmes High School Baseball Coach Robert Jordan has been named the Regional Coach of the Year by the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association (NCBCA).

The Press Release said, “Coach Jordan and Edenton Holmes stormed through the regular season and state tournament to claim the 2A State Championship with a final record of 28-3. The Aces gave up 7 total runs in the their 8 state tournament games, sweeping the East Regional Final over South Granville and the State Final over RS Central HS.” Read the whole article here:

Coach Paul Hoggard Named North Carolina Football Coach of the Year
Coach Hoggard hugs player on the sideline.John A. Holmes High School Teacher and Head Football Coach Paul Hoggard has been selected as the North Carolina Coach of the Year for Football. Coach Hoggard was nominated by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association as being the "most deserving recipient" of this award.

In announcing the award, the National Federation of State High School Federations noted that Coach Hoggard is recognized as a leader and role-model. Over the last two-years, Coach Hoggard has led the Aces to a 25-5 record, the greatest two-year win total in Aces history, including back-to-back appearances in the Regional Finals and a State Championship runner-up finish in 2016.

The announcement of this award was made during the Aces end-of-season banquet. In announcing the award, Dr. Jackson reminded the players that as Coach Hoggard has repeatedly said, the measure of the football team's success is not in wins and losses, but by the type of spouses, parents, and neighbors the student-athletes become in the future. Congratulations Coach Hoggard!

White Named Northeast Region Principal of the Year 
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Michelle White, Principal of D.F. Walker Elementary School has been selected as the Northeast Region Principal of the Year. The recognition is part of a program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo. Since 1984, Wells Fargo Bank has financially supported a program in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to recognize outstanding principals from the North Carolina Public Schools. Mrs. White will advance to state Principal of the Year competition. The 2018 State Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will be announced in spring 2018. 

“Under Mrs. White’s leadership, the students and staff of D.F. Walker Elementary School have achieved amazing success,” said Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. “Mrs. White has a true heart for children and it is clear that she values students and their learning with an almost mission-like zeal. She recognizes, supports, and believes a strong partnership with a student’s parents is integral to the student’s success. She believes herself to be a fellow learner along with the students and teachers and has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues and of each of the staff members she works with. I am proud to serve with Mrs. White and greatly appreciate all that she does for our students and staff,” he added. 

In 2015, D. F. Walker Elementary school was assigned a “D” performance grade along with 536 other schools. Undaunted, the students, staff and administration publicly declared that “D” stood for “Determined!” With an unquenchable desire to succeed, they became the only school in the state to exceed growth the past two years and rise from a “D” to a “B.” Students at the school increased their growth and percent proficient in every tested area with an overall growth rate of 88.8 percent.

White began her career in the Edenton-Chowan Schools as principal at White Oak Elementary School in August, 2012. She moved to D.F. Walker Elementary School as principal in July, 2015. Prior, White served as assistant principal at Perquimans High School. She has also served in an administrative position at Perquimans Central School performing duties of Assistant Principal, technology facilitator, and instructional facilitator.

White earned a Masters Degree in School Administration from Elizabeth City State University. In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Technology Education from East Carolina University and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from East Carolina. Along with these certifications, she also holds a teaching license in the areas of Elementary Education, and Art Education. She also holds certification as a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher. 

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 School System Receives NC Career Pathways Certification 

CTE Director Bass and Superintendent Jackson receive a Recognition of Implementation certificate for the Health Care Careers Pathway

Edenton-Chowan Schools and John A. Holmes High School are one of seven area entities to complete and receive Local Implementation Certification for Health Care through the Northeastern NC Career Pathways Organization. The Local Health Care Certification is the first one to be earned in the State of North Carolina. This pathway program creates a partnership between public high schools, health care employers, College of the Albemarle, the Northeastern Workforce Development Board, and the Health Sciences Division. Through pathways, students can study health care careers while in high school and receive certifications for employment beyond high school in several health care fields. 

Sharp Honored as Teacher of Excellence

Image of Kelsey Sharp, Teacher of Excellence for the district

Kelsey Sharp has been honored with the Teacher of Excellence Award for the Edenton-Chowan School System for 2017-2018. Sharp is an Exceptional Children’s teacher at White Oak Elementary School. Nominated by her fellow teachers, this award recognizes one teacher from each county in North Carolina.  In addition, the honoree must deliver daily instruction or therapy, be recognized as a teacher leader within the school system they teach and deliver innovative instructional programs that demonstrate positive outcomes for students. Sharp will be recognized at the Exceptional Children’s Conference in Greensboro, NC in November.

Student Academic Growth and Proficiency Reported for 2016-2017 School Year

The North Carolina State Board of Education released test results from the 2016-2017 school year that show that schools are making significant gains in increasing the proficiency rate, student growth, and the overall school performance grades.

D.F. Walker Elementary School experienced the highest growth rate among the four schools, exceeding expected growth for the second year in a row and moving from a performance grade of C to a performance grade of B. Students at the school increased their growth and percent proficient in every tested area with an overall growth rate of 88.8 percent.

Chowan Middle School students also exceeded expected growth, moving ahead of last year’s expected growth rating and improved their school performance grade from a D to a performance grade of C. The school received an overall student growth rate of 87.8 percent.

John A. Holmes High School increased over last year the percentage of students who have earned four CTE credits in a career cluster and the percentage of graduates who were awarded at least a Silver Level Career Readiness Certificate based on ACT WorkKeys. The increase was a total of 4.3 percent over last year to from 76.7 percent to 81 percent. More than 95 percent of graduates took and passed high-level math courses such as Math III. The school earned a school performance grade of C but did not meet expected growth. The school received an overall growth rate of 54.3 percent.

White Oak Elementary School does not receive a school performance grade or growth rate because it is a PreK-2 school and does not administer End-of-Grade Tests. However, the strong foundational work of the teachers and staff there helps prepare students to be successful in the tested grades. Additionally, Edenton-Chowan Schools has no low-performing schools in the district.

Edenton-Chowan Schools four year cohort graduation rate dipped slightly from 90.5 percent to 84 percent.

The 2016-2017 state assessment information and school performance grades provide insight into our students’ academic progress and identify both reasons to celebrate and opportunities for improvement. “I believe in our students, teachers, and staff and the fruits of their efforts have really paid off with a continued increase in student growth and improved school performance grades at D.F. Walker Elementary School and Chowan Middle School. In two years, D.F. Walker Elementary School has moved their school performance grade from a D to a B. Chowan Middle School moved their performance grade from a D to a C and exceeded expected growth – both phenomenal tasks which are a testament to the dedicated teachers, staff, students and parents who dreamed it…believed it…and achieved it!” said Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. “Teachers and staff have been really focusing on individualized instruction and setting academic goals and we will strive for continued improvement at all schools,” he added.

New Directors Lead School District Maintenance and Transportation Departments

Two new directors will lead the Edenton-Chowan Schools Maintenance and Transportation Departments this year. Jamie Johnson, Maintenance Director and Amanda Goodwin, Transportation Director were approved by the Board of Education in these new roles in July. Johnson and Goodwin take over in these positions following the retirement of Brad Bass who served 30 years with the school system in the maintenance department, 10 years as maintenance director with seven of those years serving in a dual capacity as both maintenance and transportation director.

“I am extremely excited about Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Goodwin leading our maintenance and transportation departments,” said Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. “Both Mrs. Goodwin and Mr. Johnson bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their respective roles and they will continue the tradition of providing quality work and services for continued transportation safety and quality instructional learning environments for our students,” he added.

Image of Jamie Johnson, new Maintenance Director for Edenton-Chowan Schools.
Johnson began his career with the school system in 2007 as a locksmith and skilled craftsman. He has professional training and certifications is HVAC Heating and Air Conditioning from Martin Community College; School Security and Threat and Vulnerability Assessments training and certification, Asbestos and Safety Training; Energy Coordinator certification; certified locksmith, certified wastewater treatment; and certified pesticide control. He is a member of the North Carolina Public Schools Maintenance Association (NCPSMA) and also serves as an advisory council member with the organization. Prior to working with Edenton-Chowan Schools, Johnson was employed by Bertie County Schools as a wastewater operator.

Image of Amanda Goodwin, new Transportation Director for Edenton-Chowan Schools.
Goodwin has been employed with Edenton-Chowan Schools since 2006. She started her career in the transportation department as a TIMS/BSIP Cost Clerk and later served as the Office Manager for the transportation and maintenance departments. She has extensive experience in planning and managing the day-to-day operations of the transportation department. Mrs. Goodwin holds an Associates in Business Administration from College of the Albemarle where she was on the Dean's List and an All American Scholar. She is a graduate of John A. Holmes High School. She is a member of the National Association of Pupil Transportation Supervisory Program; a certified Maris Programmer for TIMS Geocode mapping; and a certified BSIP advanced certification and District 8 Trainer. Prior to working with Edenton-Chowan Schools, Goodwin was employed as a Customer Service Representative with Bank of America and worked in accounting and payroll and United Piece and Dye Works.

Lewis Named Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year
Image of Tricia Lewis, Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year.

Tricia Lewis, an Art Education Teacher and Teacher of the Year at D.F. Walker Elementary School has been awarded the honor of the 2017-2018 Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year. Representing Edenton-Chowan Schools, Lewis will advance to regional competition as part of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program.

“Mrs. Lewis is an outstanding teacher who shares her love of art with her students and she is very deserving of this honor,” said Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. “Whether the students are painting or working on a mixed media project, Mrs. Lewis nurtures each student’s creativity and helps them develop a love and appreciation for art in their lives and in our world.”

Lewis accepted her first teaching position with Edenton-Chowan Schools in 2010 as an art teacher at John A. Holmes High School. She transferred to D.F. Walker in 2015. Lewis is a member of the North Carolina Art Education Association. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education with a concentration in Painting and Drawing. She also holds an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Louisburg College.

The 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program provides an opportunity to honor and recognize exemplary teachers in North Carolina and to call attention to the importance of the teaching profession. The North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program, which is sponsored by Voya Financial, Inc. and is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The State Teacher of the Year will advance as a finalist and compete for the national title.

Schools Name Teachers of the Year-
Nixon, Reinhold, O'Kelley

White Oak Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Image of LeAnn Nixon, White Oak Elementary School's Teacher of the Year.
LeAnn Nixon, a second grade teacher has been chosen as White Oak Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. She began her teaching career at White Oak Elementary School three years ago.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Elizabeth City State University, and an Associate of Arts Degree from College of the Albemarle.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Nixon was a lead child care teacher in the school system’s employee child care program.  She also served as an instructional assistant and tutor at Weeksville Elementary School in Elizabeth City.   Mrs. Nixon is a member of the Professional Educators of North Carolina.  She has also written and received numerous grants for her classroom to include Donors Choose , Edenton-Chowan Education Foundation, Bright Ideas, and PENC New Teacher Grant for math and reading centers and flexible seating projects.

Chowan Middle School Teacher of the Year
Image of John Reinhold, Chowan Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Johnny Reinhold, a 7th grade science teacher, has been chosen as Chowan Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.   Mr. Reinhold holds a Masters Degree in Science Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Reinhold accepted is first teaching position three years ago at Chowan Middle School.  There he serves on the School Improvement Team, as a Grade Level Team Leader, and Head Wrestling Coach.  Reinhold is a recipient of Chowan Middle Schools’ Above and Beyond Award.  He also wrote and received a grant in the amount of $10,600 for new wrestling mats at the school.  Reinhold is loved and admired by his students in the classroom and as a wrestling coach.  He holds his students to high expectations and standards.  He believes the best way to teach science is through hands-on activities.

John A. Holmes High School Teacher of the Year
Image of Rachel O'Kelley, John A. Holmes Teacher of the Year.
Rachel O’Kelley has been chosen as John A. Holmes High School’s Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. O’Kelley teaches Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Advanced Physical Science and Physical Science at the high school. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from East Carolina University.   O’Kelly began her teaching career at John A. Holmes in 2014.  She serves on the  School Improvement Team, Learning Focused Implementation Framework Team, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Team, Chemical Hygiene Officer, and as Science Department Chair.  In addition, O’Kelley is a charter founder and teacher representative of the John A. Holmes LEO Club, a Princeton ACT Trained Instructor, and serves on the Teacher Advisory Council to the Superintendent.

John A. Holmes High School JROTC Students Attend Leadership Camp at Camp Pendleton, Virginia

The six-day camp combines hands-on leadership training as the students participate in a series of activities including: orienteering, rappelling, obstacle courses, survival skills, drill and ceremony, pellet rifle and small boat operations. Cadets compete in an Academic Bowl where students are challenged with competitive academic panels to determine top honors.Every day presents challenges to the students as they rotate through leadership roles as they plan and organize each day’s activities.

The week of activities culminates with a field day where each cadet team competes for camp honors in athletic and organizational events that test both physical and mental and collaborative skills.

The camp is sponsored by the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and conducted by staff drawn from 28 high schools in the South and Central Virginia Area and North Carolina. This year John A. Holmes High School sent COL Don Isbell, Senior Army Instructor and SFC Michael Jackson, Army Instructor, who participated as the Deputy Commandant and Platoon Tactical Officer respectively.

Superintendent Selected as 2017-2018 Northeast Regional Superintendent of the Year 
Image of Superintendent Jackson flanked by members of The Superintendents Council of Northeastern North Carolina.

Pictured (Left to right: Past-Chair Dr. Don Phipps, Superintendent Beaufort County Schools; Vice-Chair Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent Gates County Schools; Northeast Regional Superintendent of the Year Dr. Rob Jackson, Superintendent Edenton-Chowan Schools; Chair Dr. Ethan Lenker, Superintendent Pitt County Schools; NERESA Executive Director Dr. Dwayne Stallings)

The Superintendents Council of Northeastern North Carolina has unanimously selected Dr. Rob Jackson, Superintendent of the Edenton-Chowan Schools, as the 2017 – 2018 Northeast Regional Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendents Council of the Northeast Regional Education Service Alliance (NERESA) represents eighteen school systems across Northeastern North Carolina. As one of eight Regional Superintendents of the Year, Dr. Jackson will compete for the title of State Superintendent of the Year this fall.

"I am deeply-honored to be selected by my colleagues for this award. They are committed to making a difference for every child who enters a public school." said Dr. Jackson. “This award is not about me. It is about our teachers, staff members and administrators who give all that they have every single day for the children of Chowan County. It is about our business partners, our faith community partners and the volunteers throughout our county who consistently support our students and our schools. It is also about the parents and guardians who entrust their precious young people to our care. We hold that trust as sacred and together seek to help every student achieve their dreams.”

During his tenure as the Superintendent of the Edenton - Chowan Schools system, students have achieved the highest cohort graduation rate in school system history and made significant improvements in state assessment results throughout the school system. The system has opened new Career Academies (Health Sciences, Graphic Arts, and STEM); launched an off-site Alternative Learning Program, enhanced the Academically-Intellectually Gifted Program, added and restored extracurricular activities like Quiz Bowl, Show Choir, and National History Day competitions, and successfully implemented a 1-to-1 digital learning device program that provides all students in grades 3 - 12 an iPad or Chromebook to use at home and school.

Dr. Jackson is a tireless and passionate advocate for the children of Chowan County. Through his efforts, the school system has been able to air condition the high school gym for the first time and has been able to replace multiple air handling units that had sat broken for over a decade due to lack of available funding for repairs. His consistent message of "I believe in you" permeates throughout the school system. It is heard in his conversations with students and staff and posted in his social media messages encouraging students whether they are preparing for a state assessment, a concert, or getting ready to play in a state championship game. Dr. Jackson believes in the students and staff of Edenton-Chowan Schools and they are achieving remarkable results.

Dr. Jackson has been honored during his career as the inaugural winner of the Dr. Brad Sneeden Superintendents’ Leadership Award, the Wells Fargo North Carolina State Principal of the Year, the NCPAPA North Carolina High School Principal of the Year, the Southwest Regional Principal of the Year, the Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year, the Principals Executive Program Jack McCall Award Winner, the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, the Glen Arden Elementary School Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year, the Western Carolina University College of Education Outstanding Senior, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Western Carolina University, and as a North Carolina Principal Fellow.

If selected for the honor of State Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Jackson would be the first former State Principal of the Year to also be selected as the State Superintendent of the Year and would serve as an advisor to the North Carolina State Board of Education, in addition to competing for the title of National Superintendent of the Year.

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18/19 Bus Needs Form Available
We are busy preparing for a new school year. Parents, please take a moment to submit your child's bus needs form for 2018-2019. Please call 252-482-3572 or email with any bus questions.

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Edenton-Chowan Schools Announces Instructional Assistants of the  Year

Jessica Rose
White Oak Elementary School Instructional Assistant of the Year

Jessica Rose has been employed with Edenton-Chowan School since 2012.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from East Carolina University. She is currently enrolled at ECU to become a special education teacher.

Deborah Brothers
D.F. Walker Elementary School Instructional Assistant of the Year

Deborah Brothers has been employed with Edenton-Chowan Schools since 2002. She holds an Associates Degree from College of the Albemarle in Business Administration.

Shante White
Chowan Middle School Instructional Assistant of the Year

Shante White has been employed with Edenton-Chowan Schools since 2012. She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from College of the Albemarle.  She is currently enrolled and is seeking a bachelors degree in Special Education at Grand Canyon University.

Derrick Douglas
John A. Holmes High School Instructional Assistant of the Year

 Derrick Douglas has been employed with Edenton-Chowan Schools since 2013.  He attended Sandhills Community College and majored in Business Administration.

Bus Driver Training Course Offered
Edenton- Chowan Schools is offering a bus driver training course July 24 - 26, 2018.  To register contact the Transportation Department at 252-482-5306.

Free Summer Lunch Program Offered

Edenton-Chowan Schools will have a summer lunch program. This program will provide lunch FREE of charge to children ages 18 and under. Lunches will be provided at White Oak  Elementary School and John A. Holmes High School during the hours of 12 noon - 12:30 p.m. The lunch program will operate on the following days: June 20th - 29th (Monday - Friday) and July 9th - 26th (Monday - Thursday.) The program will not be open on Fridays in July. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Patsel at 482-4436. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Chowan County Board of Commissioners and Edenton-Chowan Board of Education Adopt a Joint Resolution Supporting a Statewide Referendum on a Bond Issue for School Facility Needs 
Chairmen sign Joint Resolution
On May 8, 2018, Chowan County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jeff Smith and Edenton-Chowan Schools Board of Education Chairman Gene Jordan signed a Joint Resolution of the two Boards supporting a statewide referendum on a bond issue for school facility needs.

Passage of a statewide bond would provide $13.5 million dollars for school capital needs in Chowan County. Current school capital needs in the county exceed $44 million dollars.

The resolution will be sent to state leaders, each of the 100 North Carolina counties, and each of the state's 115 school districts. 

The resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, based on information from the school districts and counties, the Department of Public Instruction reported in 2016 that North Carolina’s public schools need about $8.1 billion to pay for new school facilities, maintenance and renovations; and

WHEREAS, the 2016 report, also known as the Statewide Facility Needs Survey, found that one hundred and eighteen new schools are needed across North Carolina with fifty needed immediately and sixty-eight needed in three to five years; and

WHEREAS, besides new construction, 1,560 schools need renovations to comply with safety and building code requirements and to address deferred maintenance, 459 schools need additions for new classrooms; and

WHEREAS, a priority goal of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is to support legislation to provide state assistance to meet school construction needs caused by increased enrollment and mandated reduction in class size, through a statewide referendum on a bond issue; and

WHEREAS, a legislative priority of the North Carolina School Boards Association is to support legislation to provide a significant one-time infusion of dollars in the form of a statewide bond to handle the staggering backlog of public school infrastructure needs; and

WHEREAS, the Statewide Facility Needs Survey also showed that construction costs are increasing, from a base of $136 per square foot in 2005 to $194 per square foot in 2015 and interest rates and construction costs are still rising; and

WHEREAS, deteriorating facilities, which distract from learning, impact achievement and public school facilities need to be conducive to study; and

WHEREAS, counties in both urban and rural areas are faced with high costs for renovations and repairs to update and make older school buildings safe; and

WHEREAS, counties have limited options to raise revenue to pay for school construction; and

WHEREAS, because counties lack sufficient sources of funding for school facilities, the state has responded in the past by approving statewide school construction bonds to address needs nearly once per decade; and

WHEREAS, a statewide bond is urgently needed to help address the staggering shortfall in funding for construction, repairs, and renovations at public school facilities throughout North Carolina because outstanding needs are estimated to exceed $8.1 billion; and

WHEREAS, Chowan County has school capital needs of over $44 million; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that Chowan County could receive $13.5 million toward the shortfall of school capital needs; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina School Bond – HB 866/SB 542 – would invest $1.9 billion to begin addressing these critical needs all across the state.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chowan County Board of Commissioners and Edenton-Chowan Board of Education urge the North Carolina General Assembly to call for a statewide referendum on the November 2018 ballot which is referred to as the Public School Building Bond (HB866/SB542) so that school districts across North Carolina are better able to meet urgent facility needs.

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that copies of this joint resolution be transmitted to the members of the General Assembly representing Chowan County and to all 100 counties and to all 115 school systems in North Carolina.

Adopted this 8th day of May 2018

John A. Holmes Students Win at Skills USA State Conference

John A. Holmes High School students competed in the Skills USA North Carolina state competition April 18-20, 2018 in Greensboro. The students competed with other high school and community college students from across the state in areas that focus on Career and Technical Education. Students competed in various graphic arts and interview skills contests.

The following students participated in and placed in these skill areas as follows: (l-r) K. Bradley, Pin Design; K. Welch, 4th place job interview; A.  Jackson, 1st place web design; D. Alligood, 1st place Web Design; J. Felix, 5th place Extemporaneous Poster; J. Madigan, T-Shirt Design.

Educators Earn National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Two educators in the Edenton-Chowan School System achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process. Kristine Ludlow, a fifth grade teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary School and Katie Milligan, school counselor at White Oak Elementary School earned certification for the first time. 

The certification earned by the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards created by teachers, for teachers, that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s professional educator’s license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as National Board Certified Teachers.

School System Receives Grant to Advance Digital Teaching and Learning 

 Edenton-Chowan Schools is one of 30 school districts and one charter school that will share in $1.38 million in funding targeted to better harness technology for instruction and student learning. The school system submitted a grant which was approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education in the amount of $49,747.02 that will provide for training of teacher leaders in technology. The grant focuses on providing training for professional development to assist teachers in support of effective approaches to digital learning in the schools and assisting teachers in meeting new digital learning competencies. Edenton-Chowan Schools is one of three districts in the Northeast region, along with Dare County and Tyrrell County to receive the grant award. Sixty-one grant applications were submitted statewide and only 31 were awarded. 

“We are extremely excited to receive this important grant that will help our school district continue to move forward in our digital learning efforts,” said Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. “As a 1:1 school district providing devices for every student and teachers in grades K-12, it is critical that we continue to develop digital learning competencies and focus on the continued learning and development of our teachers as leaders in this area,” he added. 

The grant initiative was authorized in 2016 by the General Assembly as part of a collaboration between the State Board of Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University to advance the state’s Digital Learning Plan. The goal of that plan is to develop a long-term strategy that sets directions and priorities, supports innovation, and provides resources to enable educators and students to benefit fully from digital-age teaching and learning.

Congratulations to the Edenton-Chowan Schools Board of Education for earning the North Carolina School Boards Association Gold Bell Award for the second consecutive year! The Gold Bell Award acknowledges school boards wherein every member has met the Gold Bell standard for hours of Professional Development between July 1st and June 30th. To add perspective to this accomplishment, only 25 (out of 115) school boards in the state earned this recognition. Thank you to our school board members for leading by example and modeling a commitment to never stop learning.

Schools Name 
Instructional Assistants of the Year
Congratulations to our dedicated, hardworking, instructional assistants! Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers and community!
Carolyn Leary 
White Oak Elementary School

Trina Rountree 
D.F. Walker Elementary School

Linda Leary 
Chowan Middle School

Patrice Bell 
John A. Holmes High School

Athletic Director Earns Athletic Administrator Certification

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Wes Mattera, Athletic Director at John A. Holmes High school, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. 

To earn this distinction, Mattera has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. 

Mattera is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism. 

Mattera is a former head football coach for the Edenton-Aces was selected to serve as the Athletic Director at John A. Holmes High School in April 2015. As Athletic Director, Mattera oversees the coordination and operation of 26 sports programs at the school.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum. 


Albemarle Sounds Donations Support Choral Music Programs

Gil Burroughs, a member of The Albemarle Sounds choral group and an Edenton-Chowan Board of Education member, presents checks in the amount of $150 per school to music teachers in the Edenton-Chowan Schools in support of the vocal music programs. Pictured (L-R) Jane Parr, music teacher at White Oak Elementary; Gil Burroughs; Carolynn O’Kelley, music teacher at Chowan Middle School, and Justin Smith, Music Teacher at John A. Holmes High School. Nicole Byrd-Phelps music teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary School was not available for the photo. 

For the past 20 years, The Albemarle Sounds have offered the proceeds from their singing Valentines to support the vocal music programs in area schools. Since that time, the group has donated $28,000 to vocal music teachers in Chowan, Perquimans, and Pasquotank Counties.

 School System Receives 

“Above and Beyond” Award 

Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson had the  honor of representing the Board of Education, our teachers, staff, and administrators in receiving the "Above and Beyond Award" from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee of the Department of Defense. The school system was nominated for this award by Captain Sam Barrow and his wife Ashley Barrow. Mr. and Mrs. Barrow shared their appreciation for the teachers and staff members who went out of their way to support Mrs. Barrow while Captain Barrow was deployed for a year to Kosovo. While the school system received this award, the true heroes are Captain Barrow and all those who serve our country and the families who share them with all of us.

Pictured are Judge Ron Bogle, Major General Greg Lusk, Captain Sam Barrow, Dr. Rob Jackson, Mrs. Ashley Barrow, NC Department of Military and Veteran Affairs Secretary Larry Hall.

CMS Student Entrepreneurs Visit Retail Business

Chowan Middle School students recently visited the Edenton-Coffee House owned and managed by Gigi Sawyer so they could experience first-hand how a retail coffee shop operates. This visit was especially important to the students because they wanted to compare the operation of a retail business to their own coffee shop that they operate at Chowan Middle School. 

Chowan Middle Schools’ Bulldog Beverage and Bakery began two years ago with student entrepreneurs whose idea was to develop a program that would provide coffee and baked goods such as muffins and bagels to teachers and other staff at the school. Teacher Stacey Hoffman serves as the program’s faculty advisor. Students take and fill daily orders and deliver the items each morning. The money they collect for their food and beverage items provides enough to pay for the cost of the products. The concept of the Bulldog Beverage and Bakery is not about profit, but more about providing students experience in operating a small business, interacting with the public, and learning about what good customer service means. 

While at the Edenton-Coffee House, the students witnessed first-hand all of these things and more. The students learned how they make coffee and various other beverages. They were also allowed to tour the kitchen to see how the coffee shop prepares food, serves, and sells it to their customers. Sawyer extended her generosity beyond the tour of her business by providing lunch for the students and hot chocolate with sprinkles.

John A. Holmes High School Symphonic Band Earns Superior Rating in Competition

Congratulations to the John A. Holmes High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Lynn Dale, for earning a Superior Rating at the NCBA Eastern District Music Performance Adjudication! 

John A. Holmes High School AJROTC Student Receives National Scholarship

John A. Holmes senior and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, Battalion Commander Sabrina Rogerson, has been awarded a National ROTC scholarship. The National ROTC Scholarship will pay full tuition, books and a monthly stipend to the college or university selected along with an additional stipend of up to $500 per month. This is a very selective and competitive scholarship where there are over 13,000 applicants. Rogerson is a member of a very small pool of national winners. 

In over three and a half years in the Army JROTC program, she accumulated over 450 community service hours. She has contributed to the school, community and local organizations by volunteering to lead service learning projects that included laying wreaths over the graves of veterans and collecting and providing food for the homeless. She has voluntarily led color guard events and special ceremonies requiring the posting and retiring of our flags. She has participated in many school and community activities to include leading multiple Accident Prevention/VIP ceremonies, volunteering as a worker during the annual Indian Festival, assisting in parking cars during the local music festival and helping local middle and elementary schools. She has given selflessly, supporting the annual banquet that benefits our local police, fire department and first responders. Finally, for three consecutive years she supported Vidant Hospital’s Women's Health and Wellness program in Chowan County.

Rogerson is the leader of the battalion, the drill team, raider team, rifle team and the color guard. She attended basic training last summer and was ranked #3 in her in her company and will attend AIT this summer as she continues to serve our nation as an army reservist.  Rogerson is also a member of the National Honor Society at John A. Holmes High School.