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Monday, June 11, 2018
Klaich named director of Holocaust workshops
The N.C. Council on the Holocaust recently appointed Pitt County teacher Karen Klaich as director of teacher workshops in eastern North Carolina.
Klaich, a member of the N.C. Council on the Holocaust since 2009, has been a presenter and program developer for the council’s workshop programs since 2016.
Klaich taught in Pitt County Schools for thirty years. She co-authored the literature of the holocaust elective course for Pitt County Schools high school curriculum in 2005. She currently teachers high school English and Spanish at the Greenville Learning Center and Spanish at Walton Academy.
Klaich is a teacher fellow with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C.; a teacher fellow with TOLI (The Olga Lengyel Institute) of New York City; and a Teacher Fellow with ADLs Echoes and Reflections Program.
Klaich traveled to Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland in 2008 with the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She traveled again to Poland in 2012 with the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., to meet and train with Polish educators. Klaich also co-facilitated a three year summer conference for educators in Raleigh from 2014-16 and sponsored by the TOLI organization.
Klaich coordinated bus trips for many years to the USHMM for students and now does so for N.C. teachers through the holocaust council. A second bus trip for educators will be held this July, while a five day training conference for teachers will be held in Raleigh in June. Klaich has been the lead planner and facilitator for these two summer programs, both sponsored by the holocaust council and holocaust foundation.
Local educators attend NCCAT
Several area educators recently attended programs held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.
Participating educators from Pitt County Schools included Linda C. Bullock and Kelly M. Brown of Ayden Elementary School; Elise A. Staats, Emily Joy D. Hill and Emiko Marie C. Phelps of Ayden Middle School; Denise S. Jackson of Chicod Elementary School; Molly A. Byers and Ashley Fillingame of Eastern Elementary School; William B. Harris of Farmville Central High School; Pamela O. Anderson and Deirdre Briley of G.R. Whitfield Elementary School; Vatoyia M. Gardner of Pactolus Elementary School; Anitra J. Cook of Sam D. Bundy Elementary School; Valada T. Fisher, Stephanie Henderson and Zanetta D. Howard of South Central High School; Amanda G. Pierce, Melissa J. Rayner and Lauren M. Starling of W.H. Robinson Elementary School; Pamella Ferris of Wellcome Middle School; Krista W. Bunting of Wintergreen Primary School; and Lauren E. Griffin and Megan Hendrick of Wintergreen Intermediate School.
Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. NCCAT conducts a wide variety of professional development for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. For more information about NCCAT visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.
Restore One announces new president
Restore One, a faith-based nonprofit located in Greenville, has announced it has named Mike Eggleston as its new president.
Restore One is committed to developing residential recovery programs, free of cost, for American boys who are survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking.
“Our board and executive leadership has spent the past six months developing a formalized funding plan, five-year strategic plan and working on our internal infrastructure to ensure Restore One’s sustainability and growth for years to come,” said Anna Smith, Restoe One co-founder. “Board member Mike Eggleston has played a key role in this effort. His skillset and leadership have been a tremendous asset to our growing organization.”
As an attorney for a number of private-sector companies, Eggleston has held roles in commercial real estate, management and legal departments over the years. Currently, he functions as the general counsel for a mortgage company.
Eggleston obtained his bachelor’s, master’s in Public Administration and J.D. degrees from the University of Kansas. Active in his church, Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park, Kansas, Mike has been involved in men’s ministry and most recently served on its 12-member Parish Council. Other volunteer activities include working with MOCSA (the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, Mo.), where he has been a speaker, facilitator for male survivors, and trainer for volunteers.
Pilon receives student leader award
The North Carolina Dental Society recognized ECU School of Dental Medicine 2018 graduate Laurent Pilon as one of two recipients of its Student Leader in Organized Dentistry award.
Pilon was presented the award at a ceremony held during the 162nd NCDS Annual Session in Myrtle Beach. The award honors a fourth-year dental student who has shown exceptional leadership and interest in organized dentistry while a student.
Pilon was awarded the doctor of dental medicine degree from the East Carolina School of Dental Medicine on May 4. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biology with minors in chemistry and French.
Prior to dental school, Pilon was heavily committed to community outreach, devoting his time to volunteering with the NC Missions of Mercy Clinic. While working with NCMOM, he assumed leadership roles as assistant clinical operations manager and supply coordinator.
During his time at ECU School of Dental Medicine, Pilon demonstrated a strong interest in organized dentistry, serving as clinic liaison for NCMOM and treasurer of ECU’s American Student Dental Association chapter.
Altice USA appoints Walston as regional director
Altice USA, one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States has announced that it has named Spencer Walston the regional director of the North Carolina market for Suddenlink products and services, which includes Suddenlink operations in major cities such as Greenville, Rocky Mount and New Bern.
In this newly created role, Walston will focus on engaging the local market with particular emphasis on enhancing the customer experience and quality of service for Suddenlink customers, as well as the company’s involvement in the local community.
Walston is based in Greenville and reports to Bob Lillie, regional vice president of customer experience and market engagement.
Walston joined Altice USA in 2014 in sales.
“As a local company with employees who live and work in the area, our number one priority is providing the best service to our Suddenlink customers and being an integral part of our local communities,” Walston said. “Altice USA recognizes the differences that exist across the regions we serve and the decision to further invest in local leadership underscores our commitment to our local customers. I’m very excited to lead our North Carolina region and to find new ways to connect with our local customers, our local business and our local employees so that we can continue to deliver the very best Suddenlink products and services.”