June 12, 2012 - Pitt County Schools is proud to announce the yearly Media Program Awards for 2012. The winners are Laura Mangum of North Pitt High School for Media Coordinator of the Year and Principal Marty Baker of Ayden-Grifton High School for Media Administrator of the Year.
Mangum has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Library Science. She has been the media coordinator at North Pitt for eight years and was previously the media coordinator at G.R. Whitfield School. She serves on the School Improvement Team, the School Improvement Grant Team, and the Family Engagement Team. She is truly dedicated to helping the school reach its instructional goals by coordinating professional development for her staff on cutting-edge technology, providing a flexible and thriving learning environment, and collaborating with teachers to support 21st century teaching and learning projects. Mangum is continuously seeking out ways to increase her professional knowledge and skills, which she then takes back to share at her school.
Baker holds two graduate degrees in Educational Leadership and a B.S. in History Education. He has been principal of Ayden-Grifton since 2010 and was previously principal of North Pitt. Baker has also worked as a teacher at Farmville Central High School and Wellcome Middle School. He was twice named Farmville Central's Teacher of the Year. Mr. Baker has initiated a vision statement that aims to "grow and nurture students by making learning student-centered." He sees the media program as more important than ever and believes it should be a primary focus of instructional funding, because effective media programs help to bridge the technological divide and touch every child in the school.