FORMER JACKSON COUNTY TEACHER TAPPED
TO LEAD WCU'S NEW TEACHER SUPPORT EFFORTS
CULLOWHEE – Former Jackson County public school teacher Janice Holt is the director of Western Carolina University's newly launched effort to help prevent beginning teachers in Western North Carolina school systems from experiencing “career burnout” and leaving the profession.
Holt, who taught in the Jackson County school system from 1976 until 2000, was recently named director of the Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers, an outreach program housed in Western's College of Education and Allied Professions.
Established by Western's board of trustees earlier this year, the center will build upon the university's existing partnerships with the public schools to try to stem the tide of new teachers abandoning the profession before they have completed five years of service.
Holt, who worked previously for the university as a teacher in residence and with WCU's School University Teacher Education Partnership, is well-qualified to work toward stemming a statewide teacher shortage, said Michael Dougherty, dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.
“With her background as a public school teacher, she knows firsthand the trials and tribulations that are often found in the classroom,” Dougherty said. “Her experience will be an asset as we develop programs to help keep beginning teachers in the classroom and provide them support to persist and be successful in the teaching profession.”
Holt earned her bachelor's degree in intermediate grades education in 1976, her master's degree in intermediate grades education in 1977, and her educational specialist degree in 1987, all from Western.
For more information on the Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers, contact Janice Holt at (828) 227-7311.