Local educator attends NCCAT


Cullowhee — Robert L. Jones of Sampson Middle School attended a program held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.

Jones was named the NCCAT 2014–15 Jean P. Powell Honored Educator Scholar. This scholarship honors Jean Powell, the North Carolina teacher of the year in 1983 and a retired Clinton City Schools English teacher. While teacher of the year, it was her active voice and vision that prompted North Carolina leaders to create a center for public school teachers. Powell’s idea became a reality two years later when the North Carolina Legislature officially established the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Mrs. Powell’s four children established this scholarship in honor of their mother. It pays tribute to her lifelong commitment to the teaching profession.

NCCAT’s Honored Educator Scholarship Program gives tribute to outstanding individuals and educators by providing scholarship funds in their names.

Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. NCCAT conducts interdisciplinary, topic-specific programs for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. For more information about NCCAT’s professional development programs, visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.