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Education: Staff development, paper published, WCU recognition

Eleven teachers from Overton Elementary School attended a July session at the N.C. Teacher Academy at Appalachian State University in Boone.
They are Kim Echerd, Amy Collins, Jeannie Baucom, Sandy Stubbins, Dinah Carpenter, Pam Rutherford, Fonda Kirk, Kiyana Roberts, Elizabeth Sippel, Ginny White and Pam Allen.
The academy is a professional development program established and funded by the N.C. General Assembly. Its mission is to enrich instruction and impact student achievement by supporting the growth and retention of highly qualified teachers through research-based professional development in the areas of school leadership, instructional methodology, core content and technology.
The Overton teachers attended the module Developing Arithmetic and Algebraic Reasoning in Elementary Grades to help them understand student thinking and train them to probe student responses and analyze student work.
For more information, visit www.teacheracademy.org.
Paper published
Dr. Sheila Brownlow, Catawba College professor of psychology, collaborated with two of her students, Stephanie Valentine and Alvin Owusu, to produce a paper.
The paper, “Women Athletes’ Mental Rotation Under Stereotypic Threat” has been published by Perceptual and Motor Skills.
WCU recognition
Four students from Rowan County were among Western Carolina University students who received academic awards or were honored for participation in research exhibitions during the 2007-08 school year.
Jessica “Holly” Jones of Landis presented “Employee Turnover: How Low Can We Go?” during the Undergraduate Expo research exhibition. A junior majoring in hospitality and tourism, she is the daughter of Dale and Terri Jones.
Courtney Tyler Allen of Salisbury received the Outstanding Sophomore in the School of Music Award from the College of Fine and Performing Arts. She is majoring in music education and commercial and electronic music. Her parents are John Allen and Robin Allen.
Amy Kathryn Seagle of Salisbury won the Chan Carpenter Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences. A sophomore majoring in political science, she is the daughter of Kenneth and Robin Seagle.
Jordan Elizabeth Shuping of Salisbury presented “Sex Differences in Basic Moral Values” during the Undergraduate Expo. A freshman, she is the daughter of Jody and Kim Shuping.

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