Board recognizes future teachers

Board recognizes future teachers
Posted on 10/21/2021
Morganton, NC – Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College have partnered to assign students in the new Associate of Arts and Associate in Science Teacher Preparation Programs with mentor teachers in the school system. The Associate of Arts Teacher Prep (AATP) and Associate in Science Teacher Prep (ASTP) are new, specialized college transfer programs preparing students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in education.

The Burke County Board of Education recently recognized students currently in the Teaching and Learning for All class. This course introduces students to knowledge, concepts and best practices needed to provide developmentally appropriate, effective, inclusive and culturally responsive educational experiences in the classroom. The students in the classes are assigned to cooperating teachers within the school system to complete required lab hours for the course and gain hands-on experience.

These programs are also offered to students in the Career and College Promise program. The students represent two cohorts of programs, Burke Middle College and traditional Western Piedmont Community College students.

In addition to the students, the board also recognized Dr. Joel Welch, president of Western Piedmont Community College; Cyndie Davies, vice president of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development;
Dr. Ann Marie McNeely, dean for Arts and Sciences; Michael Daniels, dean ofApplied Technologies Division;
Dr. Star Brown, department head of Public Services; Kasey Gardner, coordinator of Early Childhood Education and Instructor and Misty Acord, adjunct instructor.
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