Eastern Region Candidates

Candidates for Eastern Region Vice Presidents

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Elementary: Courtney Newberry and Karen Walker

Courtney Newberry Courtney Newberry

Courtney Newberry is a mathematics teacher at Wayne Christian School in Goldsboro.  She currently teaches students in fifth, sixth, and seventh grades.  She has experience in public schools (Wake County and Lenoir County) and charter schools (Durham County and Wayne County) and this is her 14th year in education.  Courtney is an alumna of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., where she earned a degree in Communication.  As a lateral entry teacher, she completed the requirements for a teaching degree while attending North Carolina Central University.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in mathematics education from East Carolina University.  Courtney has been very involved in each school that she has worked at.  At each school that she has worked, Courtney has been very involved in activities that support, not only her specific learning environment, but has participated in collaborative interactions with colleagues that promote the total school community.  She has been on numerous committees such as the Yearbook Committee, Fundraising Committee, Black History Month program committee, and Sunshine Committee.  She has also been grade level chair and a member of the School Improvement Team (SIT).  She believes that students learn best from experiences, and has tried to give her students many unique ones such as traveling to the zoo, the aquarium, Shackleford Banks to see the wild horses, Fort Macon State Park, and other historic sites, and many local museums near the schools.  By writing grants, Courtney has also been able to take students to The Biltmore in Asheville, NC and also introduce her students to a classroom without chairs.  Her Donors Choose project was a huge success that allowed her students to sit on stability balls instead of chairs.  She also enjoys incorporating technology and virtual manipulatives in her math lessons.  By teaching mathematical foundation in a fun way using critical thinking skills and appropriate discourse, she hopes to plant a seed of expectations in her students to enjoy it enough to pursue a career in mathematics. 

Karen Walker Karen Walker

My name is Karen Walker and I have been teaching mathematics for 20 years in the  Brunswick County School System. I have a BS and a MA in Mathematics Education, with certification in AIG,  both from Appalachian State. I have been working with adult learners for 25 years, traveling the state of NC conducting professional development on adolescent behavior, risks and mathematics.  I have written curriculum, manuals, and state questions. Teaching math is my God given gift and I am truly blessed to work with teachers and children everyday. I have established the math departments at 3 different schools, served at Math Chair, Math Lead Teacher, District Teacher of the Year, written state questions, writing prompts, written curriculum and served on State Adoption Committees.  Being part of NCCTM has always been an important part of my career and served me well as a professional. I present at our State conferences frequently. It is always exciting to share ideas and network with other math minds. Currently, I am an Instructional Coach where I work with Math foundations for all teachers and play a role in bridging the gap between elementary and middle school.

Middle Grades: Julie Bacak and Allison Landry

 Julie Bacak

As a graduate of UNCW, I started my teaching career in nearby Brunswick County Schools in 2008.  In my time in Brunswick County Schools, I have served as a middle grades classroom teacher and a school-level instructional coach, with most of my experience in middle grades mathematics.  I regularly provide professional development for K-12 math teachers in my district at local PD events. I strive to help teachers see that all students can engage in deep mathematical thinking if we provide them with opportunities to explore mathematics in creative, challenging, and collaborative ways.  As an active member of NCCTM since 2016, I have presented at both the state and Eastern Regional conferences. I look forward to the opportunity to become even more involved with NCCTM as the Middle Grades Vice President for the Eastern Region.

Allison Landry Allison Landry

Allison Landry is currently the K-12 Director of Mathematics and Data Analytics for Carteret County Public Schools.  Using her experience from teaching middle and high school mathematics, serving as a middle school curriculum specialist and building level administrator for elementary, middle, and high, Mrs. Landry brings a genuine passion for collaborative relationships and learning mathematics to her district position. She graduated from ECU in 1998 with a BS in Middle School Mathematics and in 2005 with a MAEd in School Administration. Her primary responsibilities are to support the instructional leaders (principals to students) in continual improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.  Allison was involved in the standard revision and rewriting processes, as well as the preparation of instructional resources and materials for teachers around the state through a partnership with NCDPI.  Her involvement in NCCTM began over 19 years ago when she attended her first annual math conference as a student at ECU.  NCCTM has provided valuable opportunities to connect with others in our profession by sharing, motivating, collaborating, and leading in mathematics education. She has presented at several conferences, and at times, worked behind the scenes to assist in the planning and organizing of events. Allison serves the Boys & Girls Club of Coastal Plains as an advisory board member.  This provides an opportunity to build partnerships that support the students of Carteret County. As Eastern Region Vice President for Middle School, Allison Landry would be honored to serve and support the members of our organization and help create opportunities to foster valuable connections for all mathematics teachers across our state.

High School: Maggie Nesbitt and Bill Worley

 Maggie Nesbitt

My mathematics teaching career began in Alabama.  After teaching there for a year, I moved to Florida where I taught for 7 years; however, I have been teaching in North Carolina for the last 6 years.  In 2017, I obtained my Master's degree from ECU.  Currently, I teach at Greene Early College High School in Snow Hill and am the 2018-19 teacher of the year for our school.  I teach Math II and AFM, and I am the Senior Beta Club sponsor.  I have been a member of NCCTM for 4 years and NCTM for 15 years.   Finally, I have presented at the NCCTM State Conference for the past 4 years, the Eastern Regional Conference twice, and most recently helped with the Regional Math Fair. 

Bill Worley Bill Worley

I've been a high school math teacher with Johnston County Public Schools since 2010, having begun my career in 1996.  My work at JCPS has included curriculum development, member of Competency Based Education team, member of Standards Based Reporting team, and leading various professional development. I have been a member of NCCTM since moving to North Carolina in 2010, attending annual and regional conferences, including the Leadership conference some of those years.  In 2016 I received the NCCTM Secondary Math Teacher of the Year for Johnston County. I have participated in a three year research project called Project LEAD, which led to creating a delivering summer professional development for DPI.  I was named a Kenan Fellow in 2017.

College: Maureen Grady and Cece Toole

 Maureen Grady

I am excited to be running for NCCTM Eastern Region College Vice President.  I have been a math educator since 1985.  I taught high school and college math in New Hampshire and Vermont before going on for my PhD at the Pennsylvania State University.  I joined the Mathematics Education faculty at East Carolina University in August 2013 where I work with both in-service and pre-service mathematics teachers. Since coming to North Carolina, NCCTM has played an important role in my professional development and in the growth of my students.  Many of my students are involved in the local Gamma Student Chapter at ECU.  I assist by being sure word spreads about events, being present for meetings, presenting on special topics, and assisting with fund raising.  Beyond our local involvement, students from my courses attend the State and Eastern regional conferences, developing relationships with colleagues, expanding their professional knowledge, and trying out their skills as presenters.  NCCTM has been so helpful for me and my students that I would like an opportunity to serve the Eastern Region by coordinating efforts among the institutions in the region and helping keep the region connected with larger state efforts.  I believe that this could help strengthen networking opportunities for teacher candidates across the region and help develop the next generation of NCCTM members.

 Cece Toole

Cece Toole is a Professor of Education at Meredith College where she teaches elementary math methods courses.  She has been a long term member of NCCTM, first as a classroom teacher and now as she works with pre-service teacher candidates and graduate students. As a member she has presented several workshops and has worked with student teachers to present their research and other topics related to teaching mathematics.  She also works with teachers in area school districts to implement best practices in teaching mathematics.