North Carolina Department of Public InstructionNorth Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Monday that 16 districts have been awarded grants totaling $800,000 under the second round of the Coding and Mobile App Development Grant Program that was launched last year with funding from the General Assembly.
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 1, 2018

        


Fayetteville, N.C. – Maureen M. Stover, a science teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School, was named the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today held outside a Cary hotel with a small group of attendees. Stover was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools.
 
A former intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, Stover began her teaching career 11 years ago in Florida through the federal Troops to Teachers program. Stover has been teaching Biology, Earth and Environmental Science and AVID for the last three years at the early college in Fayetteville, where she holds a number of leadership roles.
 
Known to her students as the “Science Mom,” Stover says that her students understand that her commitment to them extends beyond the 90 minutes of classroom instruction each day.
 
“My students are my ikigai,” she said to begin her Teacher of the Year submission. “In the Japanese culture, ikigai means life’s purpose. My ikigai is helping my students develop academically, socially and emotionally as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. I have found that one of the most important parts of being a teacher is the relationships I form with my students.”
 
Beyond helping students achieve academic success, Stover said, “my role as a classroom teacher is to be part giver of knowledge, part cheerleader, part counselor, part mom, part nurse, and part what my kids need me to be that day.”
 
State Superintendent Mark Johnson said Stover’s commitment to excellence in teaching and to her students exemplifies the importance of the public service by educators across the state.
 
“Maureen says that her training and experience in the military ingrained in her the mantra of service before self,” Johnson said. “She proves that every day for her students, who have her as both an excellent teacher and a great role model.”
 
In his letter recommending Stover’s award nomination, Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., used her own words to make his case. “There is nothing more important than providing outstanding instruction and educational opportunities for students,” Connelly said, quoting from her award submission.
 
Stover succeeds the 2019 Teacher of the Year, Mariah Morris, then a second-grade teacher at West Pine Elementary School in Pinehurst and who is now the Innovation and Special Projects Coordinator for Moore County Schools. The teacher of the year is chosen by a committee of professional educators as well as business and community leaders. The state selection committee members are chosen based on their active public record in support of education.
 
Dr. Lou Muglia, president and CEO of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, said “there is no endeavor more important in our society than recognizing the excellence, supporting the efforts of and providing the resources to our teachers to educate the next generation of scientists, artists, advocates, scholars and leaders.”
 
Alfred Mays, senior program officer for science education and diversity with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, said “the foundation looks forward to working very closely with the new Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year and all finalists as they represent the very best in teaching and leadership across the state over the next year.”
 
With an undergraduate degree in biology from the United States Air Force Academy, Stover has gone on to earn two masters degrees in education, one in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on STEM education from Adams State University in Colorado and another last year in secondary science education from Western Governors University in North Carolina.
 
She knows that many of her students may opt for careers unrelated to science, but she still wants them to be able to lead and make informed decisions as adults in a world where they’ll interact with science every day for their entire lives.
 
“I want to ensure that my students are prepared to talk about science, to read about science, to understand science, and to make decisions based on science,” Stover said. “It will be important for each of my students to develop the ability to apply their science knowledge to a variety of situations, from understanding a doctor’s diagnosis to determining the environmental impact of a purchase as simple as a one-time-use water bottle.”
 
She uses a variety of approaches to teach her students, from reading activities to videos to direct instruction and teacher presentations to podcasts and hands-on learning. She evaluates students with non-traditional performance assessments keyed to students preferred learning styles. For one unit, she said, students worked in pairs to write a song or a poem to demonstrate their understanding of the material. One student played her ukulele; another played her flute.
 
“Because students had an opportunity to show their knowledge by developing their own project,” Stover said, “they took ownership of the assignment and were excited to demonstrate their knowledge of the concept.”
 
Yet, she’s also a strong believer in data-driven instruction to personalize her lessons to meet the individual learning needs of her students. During the past three years, Stover worked with her principal to develop a schoolwide initiative that uses various data points to identify at-risk students and provide the support that they need. She leads a professional development effort at her school to help teachers understand and effectively use the EVAAS tool that projects individual student growth and to use other sources of data to assess students’ mastery of standards and objectives. As part of that effort, she also created a data-tracking tool that helps teachers see where students need extra practice, instruction or support.
 
Out of the classroom, Stover is actively engaged with students and other youth both at school and in the community. She’s the school’s Key Club advisor, Science Olympiad co-coach, Prom Committee co-advisor and a member of the School Improvement Team. Outside of school, she’s a Scouts BSA leader and has led trips to Japan, Norway, Italy and Greece. Most recently, she led a group of a dozen students to the Galapagos Islands.
 
“Seeing my students experience the world is an amazing gift,” she said.
 
As with other regional finalists, Stover was first recognized this school year as teacher of the year at her school and district.
 
As Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, she will spend the next school year traveling the state as an ambassador for the teaching profession. During her second year of service, she will receive the use of a new vehicle, leased from Flow Automotive, LLC, the opportunity to attend a seminar at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), a mobile device from Lenovo valued at approximately $1,600, an engraved vase, a one-time cash award of $7,500, a trip to the National Teacher of the Year Conference and International Space Camp, and the opportunity to travel abroad through an endowment sponsored by Go Global NC.
 
Stover also will serve as an advisor to the State Board of Education for two years and as a board member for the NC Public School Forum for one year.
 
The other regional finalists were:
  • West: Dawn Gilchrist, School of Alternatives (Jackson County Public Schools)
  • Northwest: Maggie Murphy, Piney Creek School (Alleghany County Schools)
  • Southwest: Chad Beam, Burns High School (Cleveland County Schools)
  • Piedmont Triad: Tonya Smith, Elkin High School (Elkin City Schools)
  • North Central: Carol Forrest, Long Mill Elementary (Franklin County Schools)
  • Northeast: Jeanette Owens, Ocracoke School (Hyde County Schools)
  • Southeast: Daniel Scott, Swansboro High School (Onslow County Schools)
  • Charter Schools: Ashley Bailey, Roxboro Community School, Roxboro
 
North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970. For more information on North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year recognition program, visit the program’s website. You also can follow the North Carolina Teacher of the Year finalists on Twitter at #NCTOYPOY
 
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Published by Lindsay Whitley on July 10, 2020

        


Cumberland County Schools (CCS) has launched Online Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. To be eligible, a child must have reached his or her fifth birthday by August 31, 2020.  To enroll a kindergartener for the 2020-2021 school year, visit https://ccsncc.scriborder.com/ and select Student Enrollment- Kindergarten. The application and required documents can be completed 100% online using a computer, phone or other mobile device.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on May 15, 2020

        


Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) website has been refreshed to align with the school system’s new logo and brand guidelines. The updates were made after gathering feedback from a variety of stakeholders.

The larger images used for the slides are linked to news releases, stories and informational websites. The drop-down menus are categorized to make information easier to locate. The new “Upcoming Events” calendar feature automatically populates upcoming events and provides access to view the full calendar. The bottom footer section still allows quick connections to CCS’ social media pages, YouTube channel, and mobile app.

These updates were made to make it easier than ever for all stakeholders to find information about the happenings in CCS. 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on November 14, 2019

        


CCS AppCumberland County Schools now has a FREE Mobile App. The App is  available for download and  currently includes the following features:

 

 

Cumberland County Schools Mobile App (Free)

  • District News
  • High School Sports scores and schedules
  • District and School calendars
  • CCS’ Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Channel links
  • Access to School Directories
  • HomeBase (Grades)
  • Lunch Menus
  • Edmodo
  • CCS University

To download the App, go to the App Store and search “Cumberland County”.

CCS’ Mobile App –

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Published by Laurie Pender on June 18, 2018

        


Operation Smooth Start is all about helping everyone ease into the new school year. We will collaboratively work through any issues that may arise. During the first 10 days of school, we will set the stage for student success. Live student-teacher interactions will occur beginning on the first day of school, but no high-stakes assignments will be made before August 31. We want to ensure that each student is able to pick up the necessary materials, understand expectations and address any questions. This is a new normal, but we will learn and grow together. This is going to be a great school year!
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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 17, 2020

        


Cumberland County Schools (CCS) has Online Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. To be eligible, a child must have reached his or her fifth birthday by August 31, 2020.  To enroll a kindergartner for the 2020-2021 school year, visit https://ccsncc.scriborder.com/ and select Student Enrollment- Kindergarten. The application and required documents can be completed 100% online using a computer, phone or other mobile devices.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 10, 2020

        


Next Step

A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Virtual Regular Meeting
May 12, 2020
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Published by Angel Hoggard on May 13, 2020

        


Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
February 11, 2020

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present:
Donna Vann, Alicia Chisolm, Susan Williams, Carrie Sutton, Charles McKellar, Joe Sorce, Judy Musgrave, and Greg West. (Porcha McMillan was not in attendance)

Others present were Superintendent Marvin Connelly, Associate Superintendents, Mary Black, Ron Phipps, Ruben Reyes, Betty Musselwhite, Lindsay Whitley, Joe Desormeaux, and Stacey Wilson-Norman; Board Attorney Nick Sojka. Representatives of the principals association, district PTA representative, representatives of the NCAEOP, NAACP, CCAE, Child Nutrition Services, Retired School Personnel, representatives of various fraternities and sororities and representatives of the teacher assistants association were also in attendance.

Mrs. Chisolm recognized Judge Robert Steihl and Chief District Court Judge Edward Pone. On behalf of the Board, she thanked both for their support of Cumberland County students and their tireless work on the Cumberland County School Justice Partnership. Dr. Connelly presented both with a CCS Challenge Coin.


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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 11, 2020

        


Next Step

A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting
February 11, 2020
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Published by Angel Hoggard on February 12, 2020

        


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