•  Dr. Kevin Plue, Forest Hills High Principal, exhibits the pride of Union County Public Schools.

    The Pride of Union County Public Schools

    Dr. Kevin Plue, Forest Hills High Principal, exhibits the pride of Union County Public Schools during a career fair at Western Carolina University. Dr. Plue and other administrators volunteer to serve as recruiters for UCPS. Recruiting on college and university campuses is one of several strategies used to assure that teaching candidates are aware of the career opportunities and amenities of Union County Public Schools.

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  • Congratulations to Mrs. Vernell Palmer O'Leary!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Vernell Palmer O'Leary!

    Mrs. Vernell Palmer O'Leary is pictured with Mrs. Sabrina Pinion, who reigned as "Mrs. Universe" in 2014. Mrs. Pinion presented a session on "Courage to Hope" during the NCAEOP Conference in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Mrs. Pinion was gracious enough to share her crown with Mrs. O'Leary and other conference participants after concluding her presentation. It's not only "hats off" to Mrs. O'Leary, but "crown off" as well. (Click the title link for the full story.)

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  • North Carolina Public School Forum - Beginning Teacher Network

    North Carolina Public School Forum - Beginning Teacher Network

    Beginning teachers are taking advantage of leadership opportunities by participating in the Public School Forum of North Carolina Beginning Teacher Network (BTN). Here, UCPS Beginning Teachers are involved in a leadership activity at Wingate University.

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  • Substitute Teaching Program

    Substitute Teaching Program

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  • Beginning Teacher Support Program

    Beginning Teacher Support Program

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  • UCPS National Board Support Program

    UCPS National Board Support Program

    The UCPS National Board Support Program is alive and well due largely to the efforts of Anita Melton, NBCT District Coordinator. Monthly guest speakers and assigned mentors are just two of the support features that are now available to NBCT Candidates in Union County Public Schools. Here, Mr. Troy Burns, NBCT from Marvin Ridge High School, shares information and insights with NBCT Candidates. Mrs. Marni Menkin, NBCT from Marvin Ridge Middle, presented at the previous meeting. For more information about National Board Certification, click on the "National Board Support" link to the left.

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  • There's no cat like a snowcat...

    There's no cat like a snowcat...

    HR Staff Members possess a litany of artistic talents as demonstrated by this work of art by Melanie Belk, HRMS Analyst. This snow sculpture of a cat lying on its back with its paws stretched to the sky may cause even the mighty Panthers to concede that there is no cat like a "snowcat". As for the Panthers' impressive win in Charlotte, North Carolina after the snow... there's no business like "snow" business.

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  • James E. Ford, 2014 NC Teacher of the Year, presents to 106 UCPS Beginning Teachers

    James E. Ford, 2014 NC Teacher of the Year, presents to 106 UCPS Beginning Teachers

    James E. Ford, the 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, encouraged UCPS Beginning Teachers to stay in the profession and make the greatest difference in society. Mr. Ford spoke from the heart as he shared his journey from disengaged student to ambassador for education. He imparted to beginning teachers that each of them could potentially be the counterpart of the teacher who inspired him to use his gifts and talents in positive, meaningful ways.

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  • James E. Ford, 2014 NC Teacher of the Year and 2014 Charlottean of the Year

    James E. Ford, 2014 NC Teacher of the Year and 2014 Charlottean of the Year

    "You can be that teacher who turns a student's life around."

    "Teaching is a call to the social good of society."

    "The economy rests on the ability of teachers to do their jobs."

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  • Four UCPS Principals participate in the Southwest Region IHE/LEA Collaborative Conversations Meeting

    Four UCPS Principals participate in the Southwest Region IHE/LEA Collaborative Conversations Meeting

    Mr. Ken Roess, Walter Bickett Education Center; Dr. Wendy Gravely, Wesley Chapel Elementary School; Dr. Brian Patience, Porter Ridge Middle School; and Dr. Kevin Plue, Forest Hills High School, are leading a new initiative on behalf of the 409 beginning teachers in Union County Public Schools by serving as Principal Liaisons for Beginning Teacher Support. To jump start this new initiative, the four UCPS Principal Liaisons attended the Southwest Region IHE/LEA Collaborative Conversations Meeting at Queens College on December 7, 2015. Dr. Lillian G. Rorie, Director of Human Resources Support Services, also attended the meeting. The meeting's major focus was principal engagement in the support of beginning teachers. The guest speaker for the occasion was Mr. Steve Lassiter, 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. (Readers may access Mr. Lassiter's website by visiting the BT Principal Support Resources Website at the left of this page.)

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  • National Board Celebration Month

    National Board Celebration Month

    Dr. Sonja Brown, NCDPI National Board Certification Coordinator, has announced that the National Board will begin a month-long celebration of NBCTs and current candidates pursuing National Board Certification. Throughout NBCT Celebration Month, the national office will be engaging teachers through online events and sharing various facts via social media, such as top states and districts with the highest number of NBCTs, the number of NBCTs in leadership roles, and other statistics that represent the current status of NBCTs and candidates nationwide. Friday, December 4, 2015 is Certification Day!

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  • HR Support Services Staff hosts historic event

    HR Support Services Staff hosts historic event

    The UCPS Human Resources Support Services Licensure Section hosted the first Southwest Region Licensure HR Roundtable Network Meeting on October 30, 2015. The meeting was held at the UCPS Professional Development Center in Monroe, NC. Representatives from across the Southwest Region visited UCPS to participate in discussions on topics of concern pertaining to licensure services and legislated mandates. Mrs. Penny Powell, Director of the Regional Alternative Licensing Center (RALC), was the guest speaker for the occasion. Mrs. Powell is pictured above in the center.

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  • Four principals to serve as Principal Liaisons for the Support of Beginning Teachers

    Four principals to serve as Principal Liaisons for the Support of Beginning Teachers

    Dr. Lillian G. Rorie, Director of Human Resources Support Services and Compliance Administrator for the UCPS Beginning Teacher Support Program, announced that four principals have been commissioned to serve as Principal Liaisons for the Support of Beginning Teachers in Union County Public Schools. UCPS is the sixth largest and fastest growing school district in North Carolina, and has one of the largest populations of beginning teachers in the Southwest Region. Mr. Ken Roess, Walter Bickett Education Center; Dr. Wendy Gravely, Wesley Chapel Elementary School; Dr. Brian Patience, Porter Ridge Middle School; and Dr. Kevin Plue, Forest Hills High School, will lead this new initiative on behalf of the 409 beginning teachers in Union County Public Schools.

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