Thad Pickard

“Each morning when I first enter the room I turn the lights on, pause for a moment, and smile. I can’t believe this is my classroom and I’m an official teacher. It’s the greatest feeling in the world!”

Thad Pickard,
7th Grade Teacher
Canton Middle School
Haywood County Schools


91 Killian Building Lane, Suite 203
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.3317 tel
828.227.7315 fax


For Beginning Teachers

The primary mission of the Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers is to support the professional development of beginning teachers and their transition to the classroom. Professional development opportunities for first-year teachers include the bi-annual WCU Beginning Teacher Induction Symposia and CSBT Online Support Program.

Workshops and institutes for teachers in years 2-5 also are provided and online resources are available for all teachers new to the profession. 
We invite you to contact the CSBT office with your questions or with suggestions for additional ways we can support you in your initial years in the profession.

Beginning Teacher Kathy Belair shares a smile with a student

Above: Beginning Teacher Kathy Belair shares a smile with a student.


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