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In the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP), we are all about making a difference in the lives of others. We endeavor to develop #changemakers who impact the region as educators, administrators, and other professions, both in schools and other professional community settings.

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Denise Morgan named Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Early Literacy

In January, Morgan was hired as the Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Early Literacy at WCU.   

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WCU and Cherokee County Schools join national network to strengthen new teacher efficacy

On Thursday, April 25, WCU announced its participation in the third cohort of the Learning by Scientific Design Network.  

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From anthropologist to educator, alumna shares unconventional journey

Alumna Camille Casses had an unconventional path to becoming an educator, but her journey to becoming a middle school principal in Mexico has proven she was on the right path all along.  

Alvin Malesky

Psychology professor lauded for teaching excellence

Professor Alvin Malesky has received the 2024 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.   

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Additional donations boost estate gift, enable patron to see impact on parks, rec students

Michael G. Paysour, a 1974 graduate of WCU, wanted to see firsthand the impact of his philanthropy and meet the young people he was helping.  

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Alumna is North Carolina’s Beginning Teacher of the Year

Abby Bentley worked as a research scientist after her undergraduate studies. In the field, she was concerned with environmental toxicology – she would test water near agriculture sites for certain pollutants.   

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Recognizing Excellence: Dr. David McCord's Dedication to Suicide Prevention Training in Ukraine

Dr. David McCord, Professor Emeritus, receives recognition from the APA for his exceptional dedication to training Ukrainian psychologists in suicide identification, showcasing his enduring commitment to mental health advocacy.  

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WCU Elementary Ed Grad Selected as NC Western Region Teacher of the Year

Heather (Chastain) Smith, an alumna of Western Carolina University, has been honored as the NC Western Region Teacher of the Year.  

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CEAP Graduate Student, Emily Grace Nytko, Shares Capstone Research at NAEYC's National Conference

Former Elementary Education undergraduate and graduate student, Emily Grace Nytko, presented her Capstone Research findings with former instructor, Dr. Barrett-Tatum, at NAEYC's annual national conference. Her research supports hands-on, problem-based Mathematics instruction in the primary grades. Emily Grace is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Cullowhee Valley and continues studies related to multi-age PBL Mathematics instruction.   

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