Webinar #1 - Introduce Yourself

by Joanna Schimizzi 4 years, 5 months ago

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What is your name, content expertise, current role in education?


If you could collaborate more with a specific set of educators, especially via this platform who would it be?


Joanna Schimizzi 4 years, 5 months ago

Hi -- Joanna Schimizzi (ska-meet-zee).


I am a Biology and Dance Education "expert" :) I taught Bio, AP Bio, Extended Bio, etc for years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and now I teach for the OCS program as part of NC Virtual Public Schools.


I would love to collaborate more with folks interested in social emotional learning and culturally relevant pedagogy. I'd love to start remixing materials to be more culturally relevant and truly address the whole learner.

Stephanie Harris 4 years, 5 months ago

Hello everyone!

My name is Stephanie Harris and I work for Iredell-Statesville Schools.

I am an English "expert." I typically taught English II or AP Language and Composition. I currently work as an English instructional coach, and I teach English IV virtually for my school district.

I would like to work with other English teachers to develop lessons focused on representing the diversity of our student populations (as opposed to the old, white men traditionally represented in the canon) and to determine ways to teach our students to consider social, ethical, and moral issues within not only the literature that they read but also within the nonfiction media they encounter.

Lisa Hill 4 years, 4 months ago

Hello Everyone! My name is Lisa Hil. I work for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. I am the Academic Faciliatator for an Elementary School. If I had to say I'm an expert at something, it would be ELA for grades 3-5. I would love to collaborate with other Elementary Educators in order to collaborate to make more culturally relevant lessons. 

KIRON SPENCER 4 years, 4 months ago

Hello, everyone,

Kiron Spencer here, from Guilford County Schools.  I have taught high school English, but I currently work for my district office in Assessment Coordination, coordinating our district's interim assessments.  

I have two particular interests, helping teachers gather formative data to inform instructional decisions and helping teachers more effectively gather classroom data at the standard level.  I have a special interest in what this looks like in ELA, naturally, but I am comfortable working with teachers k-12 in all content areas.

PAMELA SUTTON 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi! I am Pam Sutton. I am a first grade "expert" with 21 years in first grade at Whiteville Primary School in Whiteville, NC. We are a city school system with only five schools but my school houses NINE first grade classrooms. I am a mentor to a first year teacher who was my intern last spring, unofficially to a third year teacher and it looks like I'll possible have a teacher intern in the spring. 

I look forward to working with other primary level teachers to find ways to help young teachers "teach it all". Teaching individual subjects is a challenging task but being able to see the big picture and plan for all subjects is hard for young teachers to manage!

PATRICIA COLDREN 4 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for being willing to work with interns!  That is how we help grow our profession.  And that is a group that we had not thought to target with our resources...but what a wonderful idea!!!  Please share any specific resources you think would be helpful for our Supervising Teachers.

STACY LOVDAHL 4 years, 5 months ago

Hi everyone - I'm Stacy Lovdahl, @braveneutrino, a middle school science teacher (I remember my first year like it was yesterday), an ITF (the "I" is the key word) and educator on loan to DPI's Digital Teaching and Learning division (talk to me about I-40).  I don't know if I claim to be an "expert" in anything, yet, but my current mission is to somehow help teachers with the alchemy of teaching - the art of knowing how to reach young people, the opportuinities presented by new and constantly evolving tools and the science of data and effect sizes. 

If I could collaborate with a specific set of educators around PBL and OER, I would connect with the private sector in rural communities and PBL experts in the state like STEM-west.org and NC Science House. 

Janet Dunn 4 years, 5 months ago

What is your name, content expertise, current role in education?  My name is Janet Dunn,  I taught 6,7,8 grade Technology, Business, Marketing and also have a teaching license K-6 everything.  I currently work as a Beginning Teacher Specialist, helping our beginning teachers. 

If you could collaborate more with a specific set of educators, especially via this platform who would it be? 

Educators that work with beginning teachers -- Lead mentors, mentors


KAREN HEILMAN 4 years, 5 months ago

Hi all. My name is Karen Heilman and I have 17 years experience as a high school ELA teacher and 7 years as an AVID Elective teacher. This school year I took on a new role as the High School Instructional Program Facilitator for Chatham County Schools. In this position, I work to support the core content teachers in implementing curriculum and district initiatives. 

I would like to collaborate with high school English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and World Language teachers as these are the colleagues with whom I work on a daily basis.

RAE THOMPSON 4 years, 5 months ago

Hi, All!  I am Rae Thompson, the Director of Personnel Development for Catawba County Schools.  My content specialty is Theatre Arts.  Middle School Drama class was a fantastic training ground for Human Resources.  In my current role has evolved over the last 16 years but has always included beginning teacher support and working with professional development.  Currently included are NCEES, licensure renewal, principal and teacher training in HR areas, and in general helping folks navigate the world of K-12 education.

Collaboration is particularly important in the BT support role.  There are fewer opportunities to connect as a group of BT supporters so I am most excited to work with others interested in developing and refining strategies to uplift and improve the experiences of our most vulnerable teaching staff.

NORMA BOONE 4 years, 5 months ago

Hello, I am Norma Boone. I work in Chatham County Schools as the Exe. Director for Teacher Induction and Title II. My background is in Psychology and School Counseling as well as Administration. I oversee programs pertaining to the Beginning Teachers in our District.

If I had the opportunity to collaborate with a specific set of educators it would definitely be with others involved with the BT Programming.

PATRICIA COLDREN 4 years, 4 months ago


I am so close to you.  I'm in Lee County.  We should compare programs!



NORMA BOONE 4 years, 4 months ago

Hello Patricia,

That would be great. I always like to see what other Districts are doing.


T J Brinkman 4 years, 5 months ago

Hi! I am TJ Brinkman.

I teach 7th grade science in Iredell County. 

I would love to collaborate with art and drama departments. I would like to improve how I  incorporate the arts into my curriculum!

SANDRA CARTER 4 years, 5 months ago


My name is Sandi Carter and I work with the Public Schools of Robeson County in SE North Carolina. I was a HS visual art teacher for 10 years and I am starting my 16th year as the district Arts Education Supervisor. Over the years, I have learned about the dance, music & theatre arts education! 

I work closely with my HR department to support my beginning & LE teachers and I would love to connect with other people who work directly with that group.

Amanda Applegate 4 years, 5 months ago

What is your name, content expertise, current role in education?  Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Applegate. I am in my 17th year of teaching. I teach small group Reading and Math Intervention (currently grades 2-5) for Wake County Public School System. I am also Mentor Coordinator and grades 3-4 Case Mananger for MTSS Tier Plans. 

If you could collaborate more with a specific set of educators, especially via this platform who would it be? 

Educators that work with beginning teachers and educators who are interested in whole learner learning. The relationships I build with my students are the most important part of my job. I believe that once there is trust and understanding between educator and learner everything else comes naturally. Taking time to build these relationships is everything. 

Casie Musgrave 4 years, 5 months ago

Hello everyone! I'm Casie Penner (Musgrave on all things school related because I never changed my name within the school system!). I teach ELA 7th and 8th grade currently. I am licensed 6-12. I work in Wayne County and have been teaching for 8 years. I am also a mentor to beginning teachers. I would love to collaborate with other teachers on resources that they use to support their BT teachers at the school level.

VANESSA BARNES 4 years, 5 months ago

Hello, my name is Vanessa Barnes.  My content expertise is Business and I have several roles in education.  I am currently a teacher with many roles. If I could collaborate more with a specific set of educators it would be high school educators that teach students not on grade level.

ANGELA MARTIN 4 years, 5 months ago

Hello Ms. Schmizzi,

What is your name, content expertise, current role in education?

My name is Angela Martin.  I am starting my fifth year as the Beginning Teacher Coordinator for Rockingham County Schools.  Prior to this position at Central Office, I was a Principal for 12 years, an Assistant Principal for 4, and taught Special Education for 5 years.

If you could collaborate more with a specific set of educators, especially via this platform who would it be?

I have joined the Beginning Teacher Support Group as this is my current role and feel that I have lots to share and lots to learn!

Angie Corrado 4 years, 4 months ago

My name is Angie Corrado and I would not go as far as to say I'm an expert in any one thing hence, I'm an Instructional Coach. I've been in middle school my entire career, 15 years in the classroom (6th,7th and 8th grade Science and Social Studies) and currently in my 5th year as an Instructional Coach (all content and encore). This is the first year in my career I've been split between two middle schools. I'm especially interested in collabortaing with BT supporters.

ADEN CRUMP 4 years, 4 months ago


My name is Aden Crump, I currently work for Rutherford County Schools. I teach 7th grade Social Studies. 

I would like to collaborate with science and math teachers. I want to improve on incorporating more STEM and STEAM activites into the classroom. 

Angela Cogdill 4 years, 4 months ago

I am Angela Cogdill and taught Business Education at the HS level and worked for a nonprofit educational organization with curriculum and professional development at the MS, HS and CC levels.  Currently I'm in HR at Granville County Public Schools in the role as Coordinator of Beginning Teacher Development, NBPTS, Student Teachers, Recruiting, and NCEES.  

Working with Beginning Teachers and Mentors to collaborate would be a great area for the platform.  In my role I would love to collaborate with Coordinators who support BTs, Teacher and Prinicpals.


MARCY KEENER 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi!  I am Marcy Keener, and Instructional Coach From NRMPS in Nash county. 

I have attended a face to face session dealing with GOOPENNC content.  I have also participated in the Review academy. 

I would like to collaborate more specifically with other educators in the role of suporting new staff entering this profession. 


JESSICA GILLESPIE-JOHNSON 4 years, 4 months ago

My name is Jessica Gillespie-Johnson.  My content expertise is in middle grades science, however I have worked with STEM content ourside of the classroom.  My current role is a Math/Science Instructional Facilitator.

I would like to collaborative with educators that are in the instructional support role: curriculum corrdinators, instructional facilitators, administrators, etc.  I am currently working to support teachers and working with others that are in the same role and share the challenges would be beneficial for me.

LINDA BULLUCK 4 years, 4 months ago

Hello!  I am Linda Bulluck.  I currently serve as a Director of Curriculum & Instruction.  My background is in ELA.

I would like to collaborate more with educators who work with beginning teachers, as well as ELA experts.

LAURI SCHATZ 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi everyone!  My name is Lauri Schatz and I am the Middle School Assistant Principal at Pine Lake Prep. I am also the BT coordinator and substitute trainer for our school.

I would love to connect with beginner teachers and other BT coordinators for some great ideas.

ANGELA SIMS 4 years, 4 months ago

My name is Angie Sims.  I am a curriculum and technology coordinator for a district.  I am currently at an elementary school.  I have taught in elementary classrooms for 23 years and have been in this roll at ctc for 7 years.  I have taught in NC and IL. 

I would like to collaborate more with people in the area of math.  I actually tried to  join the NCTools group, but it did not work.  Can you get me into that group?

BETHANY MATKINS 4 years, 4 months ago

I am Bethany Hamilton, currently a Regional Teaching & Learning Coach in Alamance Burlington School System.  I support beginning teachers with instructional practices based on evidence based practices.  I would like to work with other beginning teacher support experts.

I am licensed in K-6 and school admin and working towards my Curriculum & Instruction Licensure.

Annemarie Farris 4 years, 4 months ago


My name is AnneMarie Farris, my content expertise was Math as a Math Facilitator, but I am now serving as a Dean of Students at an elementary school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

If I could collaborate with a specific set of educators via this platform it woud be other people that were newer to the position of supporting new teachers.  I would like to heat what others are doing and how they are supporting teir teachers.

Jennifer Clark 4 years, 4 months ago

Hello, my name is Jennifer Clark, and I am an AP in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. In my previous life, I was an English teacher.  

I am specifcally interested in collaborating with Beginning Teachers (BT) and BT Support Coordinators.  

JENNIFER ABERLY 4 years, 4 months ago


My name is Jennifer Aberly. I work for Cleveland County Schools and serve as the Director of Professional Development. I worked as a social studies teacher before going into school administration. My passion is instructional strategies and classroom management. In my current role, I am responsible for BT support, mentor training and support, and National Board support. 

I am interested in connecting and collaborating with other BT Coordinators or NB Coordinators.

Aimee Wagner 4 years, 4 months ago

My name is Aimee Wagner and I am a Beginning Teacher Support facilitator for a high school in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. My content expertise is in high school science. 

I am excited to enage with other teacher leaders who support beginning teachers across the state!

Kelly Jones 4 years, 4 months ago

Hello All!

I began my career in education as a high school mathematics teacher. I am now the Personnel Support Coordinator for our district where I am responsible for the Beginning Teacher program, NCEES, UID, National Board teachers, substitutes, volunteers, professional development, TOY, POY, BTOY, recruitment and retention.

I would love to collaborate with educators across the state in supporting beginning teachers and their stress levels in relation to the first years in the classroom.


Tyler Wilson 4 years, 4 months ago

What is your name, content expertise, current role in education?

Hello, My name is Tyler Wilson, I teach ELA, and Science for fifth grade in CMS.

If you could collaborate more with a specific set of educators, especially via this platform who would it be?

I would like to collaborate more with Elementary facilitators and ELA/ Science teachers

James Worthington 4 years, 4 months ago

My name is Jim Worthington and I am a social studies content coach for grades 6-12. I have been in this role for 2 years and work between 3 schools. 

I would like to work with other history content coaches who work with grades 6-12. 

Stacey Bush 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi My Name is Stacey Bush and currently I am the AVID coordinator and teacher at Phillip O. Berry Academy of technology as well as a CMS Avid Master Coordinator Professional Development and a National AVID staff developer.  I have been in education for the past 19 years as a middle school and high school English teacher, middle and high AVID teacher, mentor, and worked four years as the North and South Carolina AVID Program Manager.

I think this platform would really benefit all educators, but especially new teachers who may not have the access to a mentor or resources to help them survive the first few years of teaching.  I also think this is a great way to connect our AVID programs across the state but will have to see how that develops with copyright potential issues. 

ERIKA TYNDALL 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi! My name is Erika Tyndall. I teach 4th grade math in Sampson County schools. This is my first full year teaching because I started mid-year at another school in January. So starting from August is obviously smoother transitioning than mid-year. 

If I could collaborate more with other educators, it would be educators of the same background and content area with similar goals. 

DENISE SEARS 4 years, 4 months ago

Hello! My name is Denise Sears, and I am a K-5 Instructional Coach/AIG Specialist. I have taught Music K-6, 3rd Grade (all content) and 5th Grade (all content).

I would love to collaborate with other coaches across the state interested in supporting differentiation in all classrooms. I would also love to collaborate with other educators responsible for mentoring beginning teachers in an effort to provide effective and engaging support for these teachers.

DaQuita Pounds 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi Joanna,

My name is DaQuita Pounds.  My background is secondary mathematics and currently, I am a New Teacher Support Coordinator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

If I could collaborate more with a specific set of educators, it would be other new teacher support coordinators throughout the state.

MICHELE HICKS 4 years, 4 months ago

I am Michele D. Hicks, I have previously taught high school English, served as an Academic Coach and Beginning Teacher Coordinator. Currently, I am supporting students while they are temporarily reassigned to our center--in lieu of short term suspensions.

If I could collaborate with a specific set of educators, then I would work with Instructional Coaches to continue supporting students at the center.