President's Welcome

LauraCandlerGreetings Elementary Educators!

It is such an honor to be a part of the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators! This amazing organization is in its 11th year of providing high quality professional development to all elementary educators. I remember attending my first Elementary School Conference  when the organization was first founded. When I returned to my school, I told everyone that it was the BEST conference in the state! The sessions were high quality, the presenters were inspiring, and I felt like a sponge soaking up new ideas. I returned year after year, and every year I felt energized and renewed by the experience. So when I was asked to join the NCAEE Board a few years later, I welcomed the opportunity to become part of the organization that I had long admired. Now I’m especially honored to be serving as your 2013 -2014 NCAEE President.

Professional Development Opportunities

Through the years, NCAEE has continued to uphold this standard of excellence in professional development, and this year we are proud to celebrate 11 years of making a difference. Our Annual Elementary School Conference is the highlight of our year, and it will be held at the Embassy Suites Resort in the Charlotte/Concord area from October 19 – 21. Check back for more information about the conference around the first of the year.

NCAEE also offers professional development in each of the eight regions across the state. The participants of these workshops will not only gain valuable knowledge but also have an opportunity to win some fantastic door prizes. Prizes may include a Nook, a Kindle, or conference registration for our annual conference. We'll have more details about these regional meetings soon.

Scholarship and Newbie Awards

As in the past, NCAEE will continue to award a $1000 scholarship during the conference. In order to qualify, applicants must be in pursuit of an advanced degree from an accredited college or university and teach in the state of North Carolina. A scholarship application form must be submitted no later than September 15, 2014. We will also continue to offer Newbie Awards at the conference which are ten $100 awards to beginning NC teachers who are in their first, second, or third year of teaching. Click the Awards link in the menu to learn more.

Connect with Us!

One goal of NCAEE is to create a connected network of elementary educators who will collaborate, share ideas, and support each other. With this in mind, we’ve launched a presence in several social networks, and we hope you’ll connect with us on those sites. We were already on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ve added Pinterest boards and a blog. You can use the icons at the top of the right sidebar to find us and follow us on those sites.  

We also invite you to sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you posted about professional development opportunities in our regions and at our annual conference. Just click the newsletter link and enter your email address to sign up.

Best wishes for success this school year, and we look forward to connecting with you in our social networks, at a regional workshop, or at our annual conference in October. Thanks for all you do for the children of North Carolina … remember that teachers touch the future by changing lives today!

Laura Candler, President, NCAEE

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