Nov. 24, 2014
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) announced Monday that Gwen Austin, Ocracoke School’s middle school teacher of social studies and health, has been named the first recipient of the Mary D. McDuffie Honored Educator Scholarship.
The scholarship covered all costs associated with Gwen’s attendance at the seminar, “Teaching the Holocaust: Resources and Reflections,” Nov.16 to 20, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She will also receive $250 for use in her classroom.
This scholarship honors the lifelong dedication of the late Dr. McDuffie to the profession of teaching and education. With a career spanning over 35 years, her educational achievements included Teacher of the Year at Terry Sanford High School; Cumberland County Principal of the Year; Wachovia Southeast Regional Principal of the Year; North Carolina Principal of the Year; and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the office of the Governor of North Carolina. After serving as a North Carolina Superintendent, Dr.McDuffie also served as NCCAT’s executive director from 2002 to 2011.
For more information about NCCAT’s Honored Educator Scholarship program, contact its Development office at 828-293-5202.