SOE Student News

Online Teaching and Instructional Design Student's Capstone to be Offered as District-Wide Professional Development Opportunity

Susan Hollar, a special education teacher for Catawba County Schools (CCS) and graduate student in the online teaching and instructional design (OTID) program, recently designed an online professional development course for educators. Susan designed the course, Becoming a Connected Educator, for her practicum, which is the capstone experience in the OTID program. The course introduces educators to the benefits of developing collaborative relationships with other educators through face-to-face and online professional learning opportunities and shares strategies, tools, and tips for building a powerful learning network.

Catawba County Schools is set to offer Susan’s course to all teachers district-wide beginning in January 2016. The course was built in Canvas, the learning management system adopted by CCS in 2015. All CCS teachers will have access to the content and assignments Susan designed. Catawba County Schools leadership will begin promoting the course in January 2016, encouraging educators district-wide to take advantage of this innovative professional learning opportunity. 

HCAM Students to Compete at the NC Science Olympiad!

Congratulations to MAT student, Lexi Reid, on leading her Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School (HCAM) students to the NC Science Olympiad for an outstanding performance in the Wind Power event! As 1st place winners in the Wind Power event, Lexi’s students will advance to States to compete later this month. 

Lexi has been teaching at HCAM for 2 years and has served as the coach of this group of students for one  Lexi is extremely proud of the hard work her students put into this and the College of Education and Human Services is proud of Lexi for her commitment to her students’ success!


2014 Cyberkids Robotics Championship Program

Two Lenoir- Rhyne alumna receive honor for excellence in teaching


Betsy Swann was named the 2012-13 Hickory Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She is a 4th grade teacher at Jenkins Elementary School.


According to Swann's former student, Gettys Sigmon, 12, Swann leads a classroom where students want to attend school every day-and never leave. "Learning was fun," she said. "Even with subjects that are viewed as pretty boring. Let's take ‘math for breakfast'---for example. We learned about fractions by cutting up fresh doughnuts-and then we got to eat them! A great way to start the day-a teacher who fed our brains and our stomachs."


Sally Pitofsky 2011-12 Catawba County Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year

Sally is an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Arndt Middle. She is one of Lenoir-Rhyne's NC Teach program completers. Sally was an attorney who sought a career change, and after moving to Hickory came to LRU to get her teaching license through our alternative licensure program.



Left to right: Sally Pitofsky, Michael Slaughter, and Sherry Schlagenhauf




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