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WCU Recognizes 3 BCS Educators
WCU Recognizes 3 BCS Educators
Posted on 05/19/2021
Western Carolina University (WCU) recently honored three BCS rock stars who are making a difference in student lives. High school math coach Karen McPherson, Leicester Elementary School (LES) third grade teacher Sally Taylor, and LES instructional coach Rebekah Dodd all received accolades from the university. These educators emphasize equity and effective instructional practices to prepare students for their tomorrow.Pictured (from left) are Karen McPherson, Sally Taylor, and Rebekah Dodd.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Western Carolina University (WCU) recently honored three BCS rock stars who are making a difference in student lives.

High school math coach Karen McPherson, Leicester Elementary School (LES) third grade teacher Sally Taylor, and LES instructional coach Rebekah Dodd all received accolades from the university. These educators emphasize equity and effective instructional practices to prepare students for their tomorrow.

Karen McPherson, Peak Performer

The WCU College of Education Allied Professionals named Ms. McPherson to the college’s Honor Roll of Peak Performers in March. A congratulatory letter praised Ms. McPherson as “an inspirational role model to our students currently pursuing a degree in the program in which you were enrolled as a WCU student.”

Ms. McPherson consistently advocates for underserved communities to have equal opportunities to excel in mathematics. She wants all students to have math classes focused on grade level content, rich in discussion, and centered on student learning.

“Teachers must be empowered to provide these experiences being competent in their own math knowledge and equipped with effective instructional practices and quality resources,” she said. “It is wonderful to be recognized for work that I am passionate about, and I am thankful I get to do what I do.”

Sally Taylor, Outstanding Courageous Leadership Award

Ms. Taylor received WCU’s Outstanding Courageous Leadership Award after being nominated by WCU faculty. She was described as a “reflective learner” who “leads by example, is action oriented, and supports learning of others.”

Ms. Taylor was drawn to WCU’s Master’s in School Administration program because of its emphasis on equity and social justice. She wants to root out the inequities present in education so every child gets the education they deserve.

“I am passionate about my profession and I believe that access to quality public education is paramount,” she said. “I am proud to share that I was a student of Buncombe County Schools. My education and the dedicated teachers throughout my lifetime provided me with opportunities that I otherwise would not have had. I look forward to giving back to my community and striving for continuous improvement. My work doesn't end here, but merely begins.”

Rebekah Dodd, Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership

Ms. Dodd received WCU’s Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership after being nominated by WCU faculty. Colleagues described her as someone who “excels in scholarship and demonstrates promise in the field of school administration.”

“I was surprised, and honored, to receive WCU's Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership,” Ms. Dodd said. “When I was in the classroom, I believed that all of my students were amazing and could do their best to achieve. As an instructional coach, I know my teachers, and my students, are phenomenal. I always want my students and teachers to work together, to learn together, and to grow together.”

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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