Wednesday, April 15, 2015

District Announces New Administrators

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has hired a new Chief Technology Officer.  Dr. Daniel Curry-Corcoran was approved by the Board of Education at its March 10 meeting.

Curry-Corcoran is currently the executive director of technology and accountability for the Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) in Newport News, VA and has spent two years in this position.  Prior to that for NNPS , Curry-Corcoran served as the executive director of accountability and the director of accountability.  He also worked for the Montgomery County Schools in Rockville, MD, where he was the coordinator of student assessment and the evaluation specialist.

Curry-Corcoran holds a bachelor of arts degree in English Education from Old Dominion University, and both a master of education degree in Educational Research and a doctor of philosophy degree in Educational Research from the University of Virginia.

Curry-Corcoran will join CHCCS in June.

Daniel Curry-Corcoran
incoming Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Amatullah Stanback was approved as the district's Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate (BRMA) Coordinator at the Board's December 18, 2014 meeting.

Before joining the district, Stanback was the assistant principal at Holly Shelter Middle School in New Hanover County Schools for four years.  Prior to that, Stanback worked for Wake County Schools as a middle school assistant principal and a math teacher.

Stanback holds a bachelor of science degree in Mass Communications from Shaw University, certification in Middle Grades Mathematics from East Carolina University, a masters of administration in School Administration from the UNC-Chapel Hill, and a doctor of education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC-Wilmington.

At their December 18 meeting, the Board also approved transferring Kevin Kay as an assistant principal at Chapel Hill High to an assistant principal at Smith Middle effective January 20.

Kay had been an assistant principal at CHHS since 2010.  Before joining CHCCS, Kay was an assistant principal at a middle school and a high school English teacher in Massachusetts and a middle school English/Language Arts teacher in New York.  Kay has also coached boys' lacrosse and freshmen football at the high school level.

Kay holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and a masters of education degree in Education from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA.

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Ephesus Elementary's Kindness Video

In addition to being National Volunteer Week, it is also Kindness Week (coincidence?).

To help remind us of its impact, our friends at Ephesus Elementary, with the help of the Public School Foundation, made this wonderful video tribute to kindness. Enjoy.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHCCS Announces Teachers of the Year for 2015-16

Faculties across the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district have selected their Teachers of the Year to represent the best in teaching at each school.

Elementary teachers who have been elected to the honor are: Mariella Mabe, first grade dual language teacher, Carrboro Elem.; Kim Chamberlin, second grade teacher, Ephesus Elem.; Ghada Ramadan, fifth grade teacher, Estes Hills Elem.; Allison Stewart, third grade dual language teacher, FPG Billing├╝e; Carla Gilchrist, first grade teacher, Glenwood Elem.; Mary Kennan Eaddy, second grade teacher, McDougle Elem.; Lisa Frangipane, healthful living/PE teacher, Morris Grove Elem.; Nicole Dixon, first grade teacher, Northside Elem.; Gretchen Pegram, first grade teacher, Rashkis Elem.; Tamara Edmonds, kindergarten teacher, Scroggs Elem.; and Donna Kauffman, third grade teacher, Seawell Elem.

At the middle school level, these teachers were selected:  Mike Jones, music teacher, Culbreth MS; Stephen Rayfield, theater teacher, McDougle MS; Megan Tolbert, English/language arts teacher, Phillips MS; and Channing Bennett, science teacher, Smith MS.

From the high schools, these teachers have been chosen:  Kay Johnson, vocal music teacher, Carrboro HS; Jack Watson, art teacher, Chapel Hill HS; and Maureen Galvin, social studies teacher, East Chapel Hill HS.

All of the schools' Teachers of the Year will be honored May 15 at Carrboro High School at the district's annual Recognition Reception where they will be presented with items donated by local businesses.  The District Teacher of the Year and two honor teachers will be announced that evening.  The district will also recognize Classified Employees of the Year, Exceptional Children & Student Services Employees of the Year, staff members who are retiring, as well as staff awards which include Teaching Chairs and Years of Service.  Tickets to the event must be purchased by April 15 from the Human Resources Department at Lincoln Center.  Tickets are $5 per person.

Pictured: 2014-15 Teachers of the Year at the
2014 Recognition Reception

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Christen Campbell Wins State Honor

Christen Campbell has been named Teacher of the Year for the state of North Carolina by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). She was recognized last weekend at a conference in Charlotte. Christen is a dynamic, creative teacher leader who serves on our 6-12 World Language Curriculum Team. Congrats, Christen, on a well-deserved honor! 

In addition, Christen and Leigh Mote have worked very hard to have the French program receive the recognition it deserves. The AATF has recognized the CHHS French program as an "exemplary program with distinction," which is the highest honor a French program can achieve. Please congratulate Christen and Leigh for this recognition of their contribution to the district's French program and to the students they serve. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

First Ever "SHINE" Awards at Smith Middle School

The First Smith Middle School "SHINE" Awards!

Two weeks ago, when we announced the last call for Teacher of the Year voting, one sixth-grade student came to the office wondering where he could cast his ballot. When we told him that only other staff could vote he was disappointed and asked "Who knows better than the kids who the best teachers are?"  

It was a fair question. So Assistant Principal Kevin Kay instituted the first ever SHINE awards, student chosen teacher of the year awards for each grade level and for electives. After a week of voting, and with all lunch periods reporting, we are prepared to announce the winners:
  • 6th Grade - Ms. Lori Clark
  • 7th Grade - Mr. Andy Lathren
  • 8th Grade - Mr. Dan Segal
  • Electives - Mr. Eric Zeigler
All are pictured below with the award's founder.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

High School Students Selected for 2015 Governor's School

CHCCS had 25 students selected to attend NC Governor's School this summer.

Students selected from Carrboro High and their subjects are:  Sofia Calvo, Social Science; and Gianna Rini, Choral Music (Soprano II).

Students selected from Chapel Hill High and their subjects are:  Lucie Arricastres, French; Grace Baldauf, French; May Burgard, Choral Music (Soprano II); Aden Fischer-Brown, Choral Music (Tenor); Darshan Gove, Math; Katie Huang, Instrumental Music (flute/piccolo) Hayden Loeb, Instrumental Music (flute/piccolo); Meghna Mandava, Natural Science; Austin Mejia, Dance; Samuel Nielsen, French; Alexander Parks, Instrumental Music (cello); Wenbo Wang, Social Science; Ruorou Xin, Instrumental Music (clarinet).

Students selected from East Chapel Hill High and their subjects are:  Peter Bevington, Instrumental Music (trumpet); Kathryn Brees, Instrumental Music (viola); Emma Louise Garval, Instrumental Music (violin); Lena Hu, Natural Science; Evan Jiang, Instrumental Music (cello); Jinho Kang, Instrumental Music (violin); Nathaniel Lai, Instrumental Music (viola); James Oh, Instrumental Music (viola); Lucy Wu, Instrumental Music (flute/piccolo); Jeffrey Zhong, Instrumental Music (cello).

The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.  The program, open to rising seniors only (with some exceptions made for rising juniors in the performing/visual arts area), is located on two college campuses, Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh.  The sessions will run June 16 to July 24.

Over 800 students were selected to attend.  The Governor's School is administered by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.  A Board of Governors is appointed by the State Board of Education to act as an advisory body.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Congratulations Michael Holman

Please join us in congratulating East Chapel Hill High's Michael Holman - he was recently named North Carolina's Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year. 

Holman came to CHCCS in 2011 after four years in Granville County Schools. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Fairmont State University.

"His dedication to students and to the Family and Consumer Science profession truly makes him a role model for others to follow," said Kathi Breweur, Career and Technical Education Director. "This is a well deserved recognition for Michael, and we're all proud of him."
                                                     East Chapel Hill High's Michael Holman upon being named                                                            North Carolina Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Featured Jobs: Executive Director of Professional Learning

TITLE:            Executive Director of Professional Learning

1.      Master’s Degree in education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership/administration, or related field;
2.   Prior successful experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, or central office administrator;
3.      Successful experience in education planning, policy implementation, evaluation, and supervision; Strong background in building, leading, and maintaining a positive school district culture.
4.      Superior interpersonal skills; Strong skills for strategic creative thinking, verbal and written communication, and presentation;
5.      Motivating and engaging speaker in large-group, small-group, and one-on-one settings;
6.      Highly successful problem solver that is organized, detail-oriented, and extremely collaborative;
7.      Expertise and experience developing and/or managing large-scale communications;
8.      Such alternatives to the above as the Board would find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO:  Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

SUPERVISES:  Support personnel, as assigned.

JOB GOAL:   To provide leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of district and school-based professional learning programs to increase the quality of instruction and to increase student achievement; to oversee all aspects of the district’s Project ADVANCE professional growth and compensation model.


1.                  Provides leadership and is assigned primary responsibility for the design, coordination and implementation of the district’s professional learning programs to increase the level of instructional performance, including identification of resources and alignment with district-based long range plan goals, including Project ADVANCE.
2.                  Builds systems to ensure all staff are engaged in meaningful professional learning and development aligned to district goals and individual professional development plans. This may include the development of online learning opportunities. Evidence of success utilizing and training others on best practices in professional learning.
3.                  Supports strategies to promote a district-wide culture of equity and inclusion in a K-12 setting. Evidence of success implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs.
4.                  Develops and maintains district professional development website, including professional development requirements, current professional development opportunities and available resources.
5.                  Communicates professional development opportunities to staff.
6.                  Coordinates, supervises and monitors all certification renewal for professional personnel.  Receives and authorizes the awarding of CEU’s (continuing education units). Oversees the recording of renewal credits in collaboration with HR.
7.                  Plans, organizes, and coordinates professional development program for non-certified employees, including the orientation program for new teaching assistants.
8.                  Reviews school-based professional development plans and supports principals in securing resources.
9.                  Serves as a member of the Triangle High Five Working Group.
10.              Keeps informed about current trends and practices professional development. Provides leadership in the identification of new and innovative professional learning programs.
11.              Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services.


1.      Consistently exhibits a passionate and positive persona, and is capable of making incredibly complex things simple.
2.      Identifies, leverages, and engages strengths of others for the benefit of the team and district.
3.      Facilitates group meetings and discussions, resulting in consensus and/or clear action items to advance initiatives.
4.      Understands, articulates, documents, and communicates a plan for staff for how, when, where, and why they engage in their work and in the model.
5.      Oversees development and management of documentation of Project ADVANCE work and implementation plans
6.      Manages technology platforms that support Project ADVANCE
7.      Anticipates and designs for emerging and future professional learning needs by incorporating research and lessons learned.
8.      Gathers and leverages metrics, research, and feedback to inform and validate program and Project ADVANCE design decisions.
9.      Develops and manages work plans and oversees day-to-day activities to move large scale initiatives to completion.
10.  Staffs the project and support personnel to ensure they are successful in their role.
11.  Manages financial and human resources related to Project ADVANCE.

To apply: 

1) complete the NC online state application (current CHCCS employees can skip this step), and be sure to select Chapel Hill as one of the desired locations 2) send cover letter and resume to, with subject line "Exec. Dir. of Professional Learning"

Screening of applications will begin April 20. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Featured Job: Director of Elementary Education and Title I Programs

TITLE:                       Director of Elementary Education and Title I Programs
1. NC licensure or immediate eligibility for NC licensure;
2. Successful experience as an elementary classroom teacher, elementary resource teacher, or elementary school administrator;
3. Extensive background knowledge with Title I programs, budget, and policy;
4. Master's degree in, school administration, curriculum and instruction or related area preferred.
5. Prior experience as school or district administrator strongly preferred
6. Such alternatives to the above as the Board would find appropriate and acceptable
REPORTS TO:         Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

JOB GOAL:   To provide leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of elementary instructional programs, and to ensure compliance and oversight of the Title I Program.


1.      Facilitates the development of the annual Title I Grant application;
2.      Monitors Title I school plans, through data collection, school observations, surveys, and budget expenditures;
3.      Collaborates with all ISD leaders to ensure quality instruction in Title I schools;
4.      Collaborates with Title I principals to monitor implementation of the plan and student growth and achievement;
5.      Manages and coordinates NCLB requirements, such as parent notification, amending School Improvement Plans, School Choice, Supplemental Education Services, and Corrective Action;
6.      Serves as the liaison to the DPI and attends required Title I meetings;
7.      Manages the Title I budget;
8.      Keeps informed about current trends and practices in elementary education and disseminates professional information and materials to principals, teachers and instructional staff.  Provides leadership in the identification of new and innovative elementary programs;
9.      Provides leadership for the design, articulation, and monitoring of the district’s instructional program for elementary grades;
10.  Coordinates all formal efforts of the elementary professional staff in projects and procedures related to proficiency on state assessments;
11.  Works with district coordinators in the selection and use of elementary curriculum and materials and instructional strategies;
12.  Prepares reports as required by state and federal agencies and assist in the development and coordination of the sections of the budget assigned;
13.  Provide support for elementary principals under the leadership of the Assistant Superintendent for ISD;
14.  Other relevant and related responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent.

To apply: 

1) complete the NC online state application, and be sure to select Chapel Hill as one of the desired locations 2) send cover letter and resume to  AND, with subject line "Director of El Ed/Title I". 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

State Swimming/Diving Champs!

Congratulations to the Carrboro High and Chapel Hill High Men's Swimming/Diving teams for winning North Carolina High School Athletic Association championships.

Carrboro High won the 1A/2A championship, while Chapel Hill High repeated as the 3A champs.

Members of the Carrboro High Men's Swimming/Diving team celebrate their state championship. 

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