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E-Chowan school board names Sasscer assistant superintendent

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Dr. Michael Sasscer

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education has tapped a middle school principal in the Dare County Schools to be the district’s new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Michael Sasscer, principal at Manteo Middle School, will begin his new duties with Edenton-Chowan on June 20, according to a press release.

Prior to going to work in Dare County, Sasscer worked in the Currituck County Schools, first as an assistant principal at Currituck High School and later as principal at Jarvisburg Elementary School. He also has worked as an assistant principal at Marvin B. Smith Elementary School in the Alamance-Burlington Schools.

A National Board Certified Teacher and a former North Carolina Teaching Fellow, Sasscer taught high school math, including advanced placement calculus, for 10 years before becoming an administrator. He also is a former varsity and jayvee baseball coach.

Sasscer earned a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a master’s degree in school administration and a master of arts in teaching, also from UNC-CH. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and a bachelor of arts in psychology, also from UNC-CH.

Sasscer was also the valedictorian of his graduating class at Manteo High School.

Spear earns Winborne Beginning Teacher Award

Casey Spear, a health sciences teacher at John A. Holmes High School, is the recipient of the 2018-19 Brenda B. Winborne Beginning Teacher of the Year Award. 

Spear, in her second year of teaching in the Edenton-Chowan Schools, decided to become a teacher in fall 2017 following a career in the health care profession that included 14 years in school health as a school nurse (eight of which were at White Oak Elementary School) and a school health nurse consultant.

The Brenda B. Winborne Beginning Teacher of the Year Award is given in honor and memory of Winborne, who retired from the Edenton-Chowan Schools after a 30-year career that included her work as a teacher, a teacher evaluator, and assistant principal and principal at Chowan Middle School. After retiring, Winborne served as the district’s beginning teacher coordinator. She also worked as supervisor of student teachers for East Carolina University for several years.

Edenton-Chowan officials described Spear as dedicated and willing to meet her students’ “emotional, social, and educational needs.”

“She has the passion and love for teaching and for the students in her class that makes her stand out among her peers,” the district said in the statement. “She has an impeccable attitude of professionalism. She understands that all students need individualized time and attention to be successful through efforts like modifying course blueprints to staying after school to help struggling students.”

Spear was named the Career Technical Education Teacher of the Month in October 2018. She’s also credited with revitalizing the health science program at Holmes.

According to the district, her students’ scores on CTE post-assessments have been above the region and state averages, and last year, seven out of 10 of her students successfully passed the certified nursing assistant’s exam for licensing. Spear serves as adviser for the Career and Technical Student Organization HOSA-Future Health Professionals group at Holmes.

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