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Moore County Board of Education District IV

The Moore County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members either represent districts or the county at large. All are elected in nonpartisan, countywide elections and serve staggered 4-year terms.The 7-member school board has 5 primary responsibilities:1. Employ the superintendent2. Establish policy3. Determine annual operating and capital budgets4. Approve student assignment boundaries5. Oversee the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services

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    Betty Wells Brown

  • David Hensley

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Contact Phone (910) 280-8079
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Position/philosophy statement With 45+ years experience working with students, educators, and parents, I believe that all students will learn given the support and tools needed.
I have 45 years’ experience in education at the elementary, middle, secondary, and university levels and will be completing my first term as a Moore County Board of Education member, serving in a variety of roles. I retired from the University of NC Pembroke as a Professor and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2020. While at UNCP I served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Department Chair, and Director: Graduate Reading Education Program. I have also served as the Director: Military Off Campus Program, St. Leo University, Ft. Eustis, VA. I have training areas in Foundations of Reading (NC DPI) thru NC School Improvement Plan; Peer Reviewer Course for Quality Matters (online teaching); Department of Public Instruction Program Evaluator; National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and am certified in NC through 2025. My professional and community activities: Moore County Board of Education, policy and legislative; President, NC DKG – Gamma Sigma Chapter (Moore County); Board of Directors – Mill Prong House Preservation, Inc.; Co-Chair, AIG/IHE Consortium, NC; President, North Carolina Reading Association. I have my Ph. D. & M. Ed. from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC – Reading Education; Ed. S. The Citadel, Charleston, SC – School Administration and Supervision; and B. A. Lander University, Greenwood, SC – Elementary Education. In my jobs, I have managed multi-million dollar budgets, grants, and worked with a variety of personnel.
The most important responsibility of a school board member is to be knowledgeable in the policies, procedures, and responsibilities of the Moore County Board of Education; the requirements mandated by the state; and to maintain communication with our community; specifically, our parents, administrators, and teachers.
The top three critical state funding needs for Moore County Schools are: 1. To provide adequate funding for teachers, especially for grades 4–12. In the 2018-19 school year grades 4-12 had 188 classes with over 30 students; 16 classes with over 35 students. Legislators must understand that the “balloon effect” in the upper grades is unwieldly. Legislators are presented research for the upper grades that demonstrates that smaller class sizes in ALL grades are beneficial to our students and teachers. 2. To reinstate teacher assistants in all classes in grades K – 3. Moore County Schools has lost over half of our teacher assistants since 2008. Our legislators have been emphasizing other educational priorities. I continue to talk and offer research that documents the success of having classroom teacher assistants. Research in Early Childhood Education and Development (2011) indicated that student's benefit from assistants/teachers working together. As a former classroom teacher, I have first-hand knowledge of the benefits of having an assistant. 3. To allocate adequate funding for nurses, psychologists, social workers, and counselors.These "frontline" personnel are necessary for the safety/well being of our students.These professionals protect our students' physical, emotional, and mental health.The goal is to have ratios (professional/student) of 1:750 nurse; 1:250 counselor; 1:400 social worker; 1:700 psychologist. MCS is working toward these goals, but has not met them.
Every two years NC asks teachers to complete a Teacher Working Condition Survey. In 2014 MCS was last in our region; by 2018 MCS moved to 3rd out of 12 schools. In the 2020 survey the one area that continues to show a concern/lower rating is: "Class sizes are reasonable such that teachers have the time available to meet the needs of all students." Teachers do not feel that class sizes allow them to meet the needs of all students. I continue to communicate with state legislators and commissioners to advocate for more state funding for smaller class sizes in our 4-12 grades. The Board of Education, with teachers and administrators, have revised the MCS's vision, mission, and strategic plans due to insights given by MCS stakeholders. This collaboration has demonstrated the continued overall satisfaction in MCS's working conditions. Professional development is promoted and encouraged by supporting on-going learning for all educators. Professional Development focuses on student learning and growth, district and school priorities, and curricular collaboration among educators. Besides the in-school workshops, a number of other conferences and trainings are offered free of charge to teachers and other classified staff. Each year at the beginning of school, teachers and administrators offer workshops for new and returning teachers to promote professional learning. I have been fortunate to participate in the last three years to support Moore County teachers and administrators.
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Pre-Kindergarten is very important because it helps prepare children for success in kindergarten and further in their educational development. Research from the National Institute for Early Education Research indicated that early childhood education has a positive effect on early literacy. Activities that are encouraged in pre-kindergarten have shown to encourage speech and language development and enhancing vocabulary skills in all demographic (gender,age, income level) areas. Playing games offer children opportunities to learn teamwork, practice sharing, and problem-solving skills. Pre-K enhances children’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and language development, as well as reinforces skills that they learn at home. Laying a foundation at an early age for successful experiences in education is essential for a child’s growth. NC is one of four states that meets national benchmark standards, but Moore County is lacking the available qualified teachers and funds to meet the needs of all our eligible four-year-olds. I whole-heartedly support pre-kindergarten and continue to keep our legislators aware of the benefits and needs for our students and community.
Over the past ten years, I observed teacher education programs experiencing difficulty recruiting people to become teachers. North Carolina public universities report that enrollment in Teacher Education Programs have dropped almost 40% since 2010. With the difficulties in recruiting people into the teacher education programs, MCS is experiencing the same difficulty recruiting teachers. Moore County Schools is working on a variety of areas to recruit new teachers. The Communications Department is working with the Office of Human Resources to get information out through different media outlets. Human Resources continues to attend Recruitment Fairs at in-and out-of-state colleges and universities. A new website for MCS offers information on available positions. The school system also supports teacher assistants with tuition assistance for courses that lead toward teacher certification to “grow our own.” MCS has a number of areas of support for retaining teachers. They offer mentoring programs for new teachers; professional development opportunities – both courses and workshops – to improve and strengthen teachers’ knowledge and capabilities; and the positive reputations of the MCS schools enhance the retention of our teachers. The reputation of each school is entwined with the Teacher Working Conditions Survey. The positive work that has been accomplished through administrators, the administration, and teachers benefits the District’s teacher retention.
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