May I take a few minutes of your time to let you know what NCCAT means
to me? I had decided to go back to school at age 48 to become a teacher for
I have a passion for children and their education. I currently work at
Lincoln Charter School in Denver, NC. I am a mother of two and grandmother
When I applied to NCCAT I was excited to be chosen as one of 25 other
North Carolinians. What an honor and thrill it was to share experiences with
like-minded teachers from all over the state of North Carolina. I came back
from my time at NCCAT with a plethora of material on the Cherokee People,
for that was the seminar I attended, "Cherokee, The Principle People".
Since my return I have shared power point presentations with my
students, we have filled our classroom with books by Cherokee authors and we
have made contact with Cherokee men and women who want to come to our
classroom and share with our students.
Many families from Lincoln Charter School, where I work, have helped NC
economy by going on family trips to the Smoky Mountains and visiting
Cherokee all because of the excitement and interest that I had stirred in my
students about these gentle, kind people.
NCCAT was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever encountered
in teaching. The folks at NCCAT understood the teacher's plight to be the
best they can be. It is getting more difficult and stressful as we go on,
for there are job cuts and teachers are given more and more administrative
work to do with the same pay and more hours.
We have the future of your children in our hands and it is a joy to be
appreciated like NCCAT appreciates and helps educate its teachers.