The North Carolina
Association of Teacher Assistants



The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants promotes
the important role of teacher assistants in the public schools,
provides professional training opportunities, and works to
improve salaries and employment security.

Members benefit from

* invaluable PEER NETWORKING





* opportunities for RECOGNITION and AWARDS.

The 1st Conference 1983

Dr. A Craig Phillips, State Superintendent of Education, and Mr. Robert Boyd, Assistant State Superintendent of Personnel Services, were guest speakers recently at the first annual convention of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants. The convention was held at the Ramada Inn, Fayetteville, NC.

Dr. Phillips spoke about past North Carolina state-level action regarding kindergarten program and the primary reading program; and about the impact, past and present, of teacher-with-aide classrooms in the State. North Carolina is presently the only state having both a state-wide kindergarten program and state-wide teacher- with-aide classrooms in Grades one through three. He emphasized the fact that children's average achievement levels in North Carolina have risen from below the national average to slightly above the national average during the past six years. This coincides with the implementation of instructional aides in the classroom.

Dr. Phillips then addressed concerns of aides regarding job security, state educational funding and the budget process from the State Department of Education through the General Assembly.

Mr. Boyd spoke of how his department, Personnel Services, relates to teacher aides (assistants). He discussed at length the salaries and the work constantly going on to keep abreast of needs. He also mentioned bills before the General Assembly affecting support personnel salaries.

Following a short break, Dr. Phillips and Mr. Boyd answered questions for about 30 minutes before the luncheon buffet which closed the convention.

The first order of business for the convention was installation of officers for 198301984. Reva Regenhardt, Fayetteville, outgoing president, administered the oath of office to:

President: Margaret Hill, Charlotte-Mecklenburg
1st Vice-President: Marian Phillips, Goldsboro City
2nd Vice-President: Barbara Thompson, Cumberland County
Corresponding Secretary: Edith Harris, Goldsboro City
Treasurer: Evelyn Bowden, Wayne County
Parliamentarian: Hilma Smith, Vance County

1983 Convention chairman was Barbara Thompson, Cumberland County Schools.

North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants
PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374

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