Rhonda Davis, an educator at Clinton High School, enjoys helping exceptional students and she’s looking forward to being a key part in a statewide organization.
Davis was recently selected to serve as a regional coordinator for the North Carolina Division on Career Development and Transition (NCDCDT). The mission of the group is to promote and support efforts to improve the quality of, and access to career development and transition services for exceptional individuals. At Clinton High School, Davis said her goal is to make sure students are prepared in high school to have a job after they graduate.
“That’s the focus or to get the right services if they want to go to college,” Davis said about her work at the local school. “The activities that we do will help them transition post secondary and be successful at what they do.”
NCDCDT’s secondary purpose is to encourage and promote professional growth, research, legislation, spread information to the public and promote technical assistance and interactions among group members and other concerned about the development of exceptional people. The organization’s advisory board includes members of the executive board and the regional coordinators, representing four regions in the state.
As a regional coordinator for NCDCDT, one of her goals is to increase membership
“That’s what I want to promote … having more educators be a part of it and be involved with the whole collaboration part of it,” Davis said in regards to the networking system.
The Maryland native started teaching at Clinton High School 16 years ago. Prior to Clinton, she educated students in the Sampson County Schools District.
“It’s challenge serving students with special needs, but I enjoy it very much,” Davis said. “I like being at the high school because I like being able to make sure those students are successful after they leave high school.”
It’s something she also enjoys doing within Clinton’s school system.
“I like Clinton High School and I like Clinton City Schools because it’s a small group of educators and you’re able to converse with the administrators and express views and people in the central office know who you are,” Davis said about receiving help from school officials.
Next year, Davis would like to host a fair focused on helping exceptional students in the Clinton and Sampson County school districts.
“I’m in the process of planning right now,” Davis said. “Being a part of (NCDCDT) will help me with that event.”
Also, Davis is currently applying for a competitive grant designed to help improve transition services for students with special needs. Funds will be used to purchase materials for students to make wood decorations, which will be sold at store. The overall project is still in the planning stages.
NCDCDT is sponsoring eight grants. Four $1,500 grants will be available for NCDCDT members and the other half, which are $500 each, will be available for non-NCDCDT members. She will be notified in early April about the status of her application. If approved, Davis will be required to make a presentation at a regional meeting during the 2016-2017 school year.
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