Assistant principal to appear on TV show

Greene Central High School Assistant Principal Uvonda Willis will appear as a guest on Atlanta, Ga., talk show,“Atlanta Live.”

Atlanta Live is the flagship program of WATC TV, which provides a mix of family, Christian, and educational programming.

Willis was invited to share her story of her transition from educator to administrator and consultant. Willis began her career as a high school English teacher. Teaching for 10 years, she became an administrator and has held various leadership positions for the last several years.

Willis has developed programs and workshops that aim to improve the lives of both teachers and students. Along with authoring two books that chronicle her experiences — “Quotes for Teaching” and “Follow to Lead” — she also has a blog,, that aims to provide support for teachers and administrators.

Willis also offers education consulting and a mentoring program for young girls.

The show will air live on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WATC. Viewers outside of the Atlanta area can view the program live from the station’s online video stream, Facebook and YouTube pages.

ECU professor wins award of excellence

At its 49th Annual State Mathematics Conference held in Greensboro on Nov. 7-8, the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics presented Catherine “Katie” Stein Schwartz of Greenville, an associate professor of mathematics education at East Carolina University, with the W. W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow upon an individual.

Schwartz has been an educator for more than 20 years and has consistently been recognized for outstanding teaching and leadership. She was named “Teacher of the Year” in Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools in 2003, received the ECU Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013, and the N.C. Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award in 2019.

She is a founding member and secretary for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators–North Carolina.

Schwartz is exemplary in helping preservice and in-service teachers become better mathematics teachers. She has worked with beginning teachers on lesson planning, content knowledge, deconstructing math standards, classroom management, and what it means to be an effective educator.

During her career, Schwartz has been committed to both in-service and pre-service teachers and is someone who represents the best that mathematics education has to offer in North Carolina.

As a leader in the state, Schwartz’ expertise includes elementary math instruction, curriculum, and the professional development of teachers. She has provided leadership across the state by serving as a curriculum developer and/or facilitator in grants such as “Tools for Teachers,” “Partners,” and “Teachers and Administrators Partnering for Mathematics Learning (known as TAP Math).”

She has presented workshops and sessions at numerous professional meetings including those of NCCTM, NCTM, American Education Research Association, and Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. She is an author or co-author of more than 20 articles and is a founding member and secretary for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators–North Carolina.

Finally, she has served in numerous offices of NCCTM — an Eastern Region secretary, an Eastern Region president, an NCCTM Secretary, a member of the NCCTM Board of Directors, and secretary of the NCCTM Trust Fund Committee.

A news release said that Schwartz “… is masterful in her ability to engage very diverse students of mathematics knowledge, ability, and attitude in mathematical problem solving. She challenges; she questions; and she transfers ownership of the problem-solving task to the participants and authority to the mathematical reasoning. … No one teaches teachers better.”

Thomas is ONLINE employee of month

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This is why ONLINE has named Thomas employee of the month, according to a news release.

A name plate was added to a plaque at ONLINE commemorating Thomas as Employee of the Month at ONLINE Information Services Inc.

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