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In the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP), we are all about making a difference in the lives of others. We endeavor to develop #changemakers who impact the region as educators, administrators, and other professions, both in schools and other professional community settings.

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Alumna is North Carolina’s Beginning Teacher of the Year

Abby Bentley worked as a research scientist after her undergraduate studies. In the field, she was concerned with environmental toxicology – she would test water near agriculture sites for certain pollutants.   

Dr. David McCord and Dr. Kim Penberthy

Recognizing Excellence: Dr. David McCord's Dedication to Suicide Prevention Training in Ukraine

Dr. David McCord, Professor Emeritus, receives recognition from the APA for his exceptional dedication to training Ukrainian psychologists in suicide identification, showcasing his enduring commitment to mental health advocacy.  

Heather Chastain

WCU Elementary Ed Grad Selected as NC Western Region Teacher of the Year

Heather (Chastain) Smith, an alumna of Western Carolina University, has been honored as the NC Western Region Teacher of the Year.  

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CEAP Graduate Student, Emily Grace Nytko, Shares Capstone Research at NAEYC's National Conference

Former Elementary Education undergraduate and graduate student, Emily Grace Nytko, presented her Capstone Research findings with former instructor, Dr. Barrett-Tatum, at NAEYC's annual national conference. Her research supports hands-on, problem-based Mathematics instruction in the primary grades. Emily Grace is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Cullowhee Valley and continues studies related to multi-age PBL Mathematics instruction.   

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Oconaluftee Students Excel in Leadership Training Course with CEAP Staff

In late August, 14 Oconaluftee students were selected to participate in a Leadership Training course offered by Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions. Classes were conducted by Amanda Chapman, Director of the Office of Field Experiences and Jenny Stewart, Director of Student Success. OJCCCC’s Academic Manager, Cindi Simmons and Residential Living Manager, Robin McCoy also participated. Leadership Training was a four-day, 32-hour course based on career success standards.  

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CEAP Alumna Kieran Foxx Named 2023 North Carolina Practitioner of the Year

Kieran Foxx, a 2013 graduate from the WCU School Psychology Graduate program, was recognized as the 2023 North Carolina Practitioner of the year. This award was presented at the 2023 North Carolina School Psychology Association Fall Conference.  

CEAP Counseling Faculty

CEAP Counseling Faculty Present at ACES

CEAP Counseling Faculty, Drs. Melodie Frick, Lisen Roberts, Joanna Collins, Melissa Mecadon-Mann, and Nancy Valverde presented at the ACES National Conference in Denver, Colorado.   

Maggie Allen

CEAP Alumna Maggie Allen Named ACS Beginning Teacher of the Year

CEAP Alumna Maggie Allen, a 1st Grade Teacher at Hall Fletcher Elementary, is named Asheville City Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year.  

Dean Kim Winter

Dean Winter Presents CEAP Initiatives at Governor Cooper's DRIVE Task Force Stop in Asheville

Dean Kim Winter presents several CEAP initiatives, including Call Me MiSTER, STEP with WCU, LEAF in ECE, NC Principal Fellows, LEAP, TRUE with WCU, and the Participate Learning Partnership at Governor Cooper's DRIVE Task Force Stops in Asheville, NC.  

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