Foundation forms fund in memory of teacher

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Maren Vazquez-Barreras (NHS), Board of Education members and Superintendent Cartner


From staff reports

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Education Foundation recently created the Judy Boyer Williams Literature Fine Arts Creative-Expression fund in memory of the popular English teacher.

A group of Judy's friends have helped create the fund in memory of Judy since her recent passing.

“Judy was a dedicated teacher for over thirty years and inspired creativity and a love of English in many students. The Foundation is honored to be a part of this special fund in her memory,” states a school district news release.

The fund will be part of the Martha Ann Ward Swain Innovative Grant program which offers Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools teachers the opportunity to receive funding for creative and innovative classroom instruction. Contributions to the fund may be mailed to: Education Foundation, Attn: Judy Boyer Williams Fund, P.O. Box 2453, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

For more information, please call Sharon Warden at 333-2672, Jennifer Jarman Lee at 335-4303 x277, or the Foundation office at 338-9115.

District announces employees of week

Crystal East and Ernest McDonald, both employees at Elizabeth City Middle School, were named employees of the week and Christie Paulie, has been named ECPPS Support Superstar.

East, a health and physical education teacher, was named certified employee of the week.  She has been employed with ECPPS since January 2015.

“Ms. East has embraced the Learning Focused Instructional Framework that is being implemented throughout ECPPS,” states a school district news release. “She has done an outstanding job engaging students in the gym with anchor charts and collaborative pairs. She is a team player and assists with covering other classes when needed.”

McDonald, a custodian at Elizabeth City Middle School, has been named noncertified employee of the week. He has been employed with ECPPS since September 2015.

“Mr. McDonald works well with the ECMS staff to maintain the building,” states a school district news release. “He takes pride in his work and in the appearance of the school. He works closely with the cafeteria staff to maintain cleanliness during meals and supports the ECMS athletics program by cleaning up after events.”

Pauley is a district instructional coach with ECPPS and is based at the Central Services office. She has been employed with ECPPS since August 1994.

“Mrs. Pauley is a team player and goes above and beyond to ensure tasks are complete and timelines met,” states a school district news release. “Mrs. Pauley has been given numerous responsibilities and she continues to meet the demands with grace and professionalism.”

Golden LEAF presents check

Mark Sorrells, senior vice president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, presented the ECPPS Board of Education and staff members with a check for $200,000 for a grant approved to support the Elizabeth City Pasquotank Early College. The check was presented on Dec. 19 during the Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Amber Godfrey, ECPPS Technology Director and Rhonda James-Davis, ECPPS CTE Director were also recognized as Employees Exceeding Excellence for their efforts in securing this grant.

ECPPS honors Holiday Artwork

The Board of Education and Superintendent Larry Cartner recognized Maren Vazquez-Barreras from Northeastern High School and Shyanne Burton from Weeksville Elementary School as Students Exceeding Excellence for their artwork contribution to the 2016 ECPPS Holiday Card. The students received a certificate and their framed artwork during the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 19.

Foods Club hosts Harlem Wizards

The Harlem Wizards Basketball Team is coming to Pasquotank County High School on Jan. 9.

“The Foods Club at the high school believes in giving back to the community as much as raising money for their own club,” states a school district news release. “The fundraiser they are holding on January 9th will help to benefit the SPCA and the Ronald McDonald Houses of North Carolina as well as the Foods Club.”

Tickets for the Harlem Wizards are available in advance or at the event. Student tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. General admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the PCHS gym Monday-Friday from 4-7 pm and Saturdays from 9-12, except for holidays. For more information on tickets, call 333.2254 or 312.0515. The night of the event, doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m.