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.

Saturday Workshops

You will pick three (3) when you register.

Workshop Code: S2-201
Title: Don't Forget to Be Great!
Presenters: Chad Beam, High School ELA Teacher
Co-Presenter: Terri Beam, School Social Worker/Counselor
Category: Motivational/Inspirational
Target Audience: All Grade Levels

Description: This workshop is designed to INSPIRE educators to unlock their own unique and potential greatness

Bio: Mr.  CL Beam is a man who is a divinely passionate and INSPIRED inspirationalist, educator, and writer. He has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a bachelor's degree in secondary English education. Terri is his wife.

Workshop Code:  S2-202
The Water Princess
Presenter:  Tammy Larrick, Elementary Art Teacher, Guilford County Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year, National Board Certified Teacher
Category: Art
Target Audience: All Grade Levels

Description: Participants will learn an engaging service-learning project with art, science, and literacy components. Participants will create a water bottle sculpture inspired by Seattle artist, Dale Chihuly. Please BRING SCISSORS and A GROCERY BAG (for carrying) and get ready to have FUN! This project can be modified to include small groups, whole classes, and multi-grade level. While classified as k-5, this project can be completed PK-High School. You will see samples, gain resources, hear first-hand classroom examples, and leave with either a finished artwork or the materials to complete your sculpture independently. This project has been presented at the NC Art Educators Association Conference in the past and is always a great hit.

Tammy Larrick has a Bachelor of Art and Design degree from North Carolina State University and has completed additional art and art education coursework at High Point University. She has taught art to pre-school through middle school children. She is currently in her 13th year teaching art with Guilford County Schools. Tammy has presented at the North Carolina Art Educators Association multiple times and enjoys sharing her art lessons with others.

Workshop Code:  S2-203
Title: Teaching a Child to Read Underwater
Presenter:  Pam Sutton, 1st Grade Teacher
Category: Exceptional Children, Reading
Target Audience: Grades K-5

Description:  Higher demands for success and fewer resources in the classroom have created an environment where the waves are high and there are no sunken treasure of gold to support our budgets. Each time a letter is written, a word is posted on a word wall or a book is placed in front of struggling readers, they have a feeling of slipping further underwater. During this session, participants will discover an ocean of resources available at little to no cost that will engage readers, support literacy instruction at all levels and make the most of your time spent with students.

Bio:  Pam Sutton has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education K-6 from East Carolina University as well as Reading Certification K-12. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction K-12. She taught fourth grade in Bladen County for three years before returning home to Whiteville City Schools where she has taught first grade at Whiteville Primary School for the past 19 years. Pam has recently re-certified her National Board Certification and has experience meeting the needs of all learners with a great concentration on struggling readers and special needs students. She has served as a mentor to various beginning teachers including a middle school special needs teacher. She is known for her love of life long reading and her love of teaching little people to read!

Workshop Code:  S2-204
Title: Change Has Come!
Presenter:  Erika Richmond, Program Creator
Category: Brain Breaks, Motivational/Inspirational, Behavior/Discipline
Target Audience: All Grade Levels

Description:  As the times change in this world, students come to us with lots of emotional burdens that can hinder our effectiveness and delay their accomplishments. Change has come is a workshop focusing on how we can help students in getting their basic needs met as we care for ourselves as educators to optimize the potential of all that come into contact with us for optimal functioning.

Bio: Erika Richmond is a certified educator with a specialty in enrichment and empowerment using social emotional skills practice. She has a Bachelor's in Social Work from North Carolina A&T State University and a Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education for K-6 with a passion to equip all with empowering knowledge and rich experiences that cultivate a wealth of opportunities.


Workshop Code:  S2-205
Title: Structure Support in Classrooms
Pamela Day, EC Chair, Caeli Richards, EC Teacher, and Joanna Hunt, Principal
Category: Classroom Management, Exceptional Children, Autism, Dyslexia, Math, Science, Reading, Social Studies, Behavior/Discipline
Target Audience: Grades K-1, Grades 2-5, Middle School

Description: Participants will learn how to provide accommodations as well as visual, academic, and behavioral structures to students with diverse learning needs.

Bio: Ms. Pamela Day is a National Board Certified Teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. Her undergraduate degree in Special Education was completed at Southwest Texas State University. Ms. Day also has an associates in educational Interpreting for the Deaf and a masters in Special Education with a focus in behavior from Fayetteville State University. She serves as a presenter for the district on Positive Behavior Intervention & Support and as an autism consultant.

Bio: Mrs. Caeli Richards is in her 8th year as an EC teacher and serves students in the EC self-contained setting. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Missouri and her masters in Special Education from Drury University. Mrs. Richards is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership and learning in organizations. Her background is in autism and behavior management.

Bio: Mrs. Joanna Hunt is an elementary school principal and is in her 21st year as an educator. She served in the classroom for 12 years and in an administrative role for 9 years. Mrs. Hunt earned her undergraduate degree and masters in Administration and Supervision & Curriculum from the University of North Carolina Pembroke. Under her leadership Tanglewood Elementary has earned exemplary recognition in PBIS and a report card grade of B for EOG scores.

Workshop Code:  S2-206
Teacher Assistants: Leading from the Bottom Up!
Presenter:  Asia Cunningham, Assistant Principal
Category: Motivational/Inspirational
Target Audience: All Grade Levels

Description: Imagine a school day without Teacher Assistants! Your impact is far beyond the title you have been given. What you give effortless to our students, families, and schools has an impact. Leading from the bottom up is what you do daily! This session is designed to motivate you to keep giving and making changes for your school and community It is designed to inspire some teacher assistants that want to become teachers or even principals! One Vision, One Reality, One Teacher Assistant at a Time!

Bio: Asia Cunningham has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration and a Masters Degree in School Administration from North Carolina Central University. She began her education career 11 years ago as a Teacher Assistant in Durham Public Schools. She has taught grades 2-5 in Vance County and Durham County. Asia is a North Carolina Principal Fellow. She is currently serving as an Assistant Principal in Wake County School System. Asia believes all students will learn with an intentional focus on student engagement, teacher empowerment, and parental involvement. She is known for her energetic and motivational speaking, professional development sessions on equity and instructional practices.

Workshop Code:  S2-207
Title: The Waves of Change in Solving Math Problems
Presenters:  Pam Gilliard, 5th Grade Teacher
Category: Math
Target Audience: Grades 2-5

Description: MATH - My how it's changed. The waves roll in and when they go back out nothing is the same. How do we teach students to engage in their math problems today and solve for understanding not just a solution? Learn the new strategies and skills needed to help students as they solve math in way that helps them understand the steps, what they mean, and how they work together. Teach students to be able to explain how they solved the problem using the proper math terminology so they can then teach others.

Bio: Pamela Gillard has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education with a focus in reading from East Carolina University. She teaches 5th grade at Western Union Elementary in Union County, NC where she also served as a teacher assistant for 14 years. Pam has been a member of NCATA for 15 years and is still a member. Pam graduated in 2013 with her teaching degree after 13 years of attending school part time while working full time and taking care of her family. She knows the value of teacher assistants and enjoys presenting at the conference.

North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants
PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone Toll Free: 1.800.979.2077
Fax: 1.800.979.2077

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