PCS CONNECT Podcast

  • Episode 15: 2024-25 PCS Teacher of the Year Rachel Candaso

    by Length: 25:39
    The 2024-25 Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year - Rachel Candaso - joins us on Episode 15 to talk about her unusual but rewarding journey as an educator. In her fourth year at Wellcome Middle School, Ms. Candaso, currently serves as an AVID teacher and site coordinator after earning her certification two years ago via a non-traditional route - an alternative pathway to licensure. She initially arrived in Pitt County through the Teach for America organization after earning bachelor degrees in political science and criminal justice. Hear about her experiences growing up in Guam and Arizona, and how she's now making an impact in eastern North Carolina.
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  • Episode 14: PCS Director of IT Cory Rankin

    by Length: 29:18

    Episode 14 offers listeners an opportunity to learn about information technology, a critical operating aspect of our district that many might either take for granted or are intimidated by in our ever-evolving and advancing world. The only constant in the technology industry is change, so we are fortunate to have PCS Director of IT Cory Rankin provide us with comprehensive insight on where we were, where we are and where we're headed to as a district which places a premium on utilizing cutting edge technology. Also, as a cybersecurity specialist, Cory will discuss some of the preventative and security measures he's implemented and how those have enhanced both user and data capabilities and protection across our district.

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  • Episode 13: Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Trent McGee

    by Length: 34:46
    Find out why Pitt County is such a desirable place to work, play and raise a family by listening to Episode 13 featuring Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Trent McGee. One of the centerpieces of the quality of life we enjoy in our area is a rich and multi-faceted partnership between our school system and the Chamber - one that is firmly committed to grow minds and invest in our future. Among the many highlights discussed include Grow Local, Teen Leadership Institute, a newly-established scholarship for a PCS graduate and support for the Pitt County Educational Foundation Teacher Executive Institute. 
     
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  • 9 Thematic Schools including schools of the Arts, Global Health and Wellness, STEM, Leadership and 2 Dual Language Immersion programs
  • 2000+ students receiving documented skill credentials yearly through CTE courses
  • Fact 3 38 sections of advanced courses offered to 674 middle school students in 2020-21. (Earth/Environmental Science, Math 1, World History)
  • 7 Industry Partners committed to paid student pre-apprenticeships through Tradesformers
  • 290+ sports team opportunities for middle and high school students
  • 443 Teachers in Leadership Development Programs through the Division of Excellence and Equity in Leadership
  • 18 School Psychologists, 26 School Resource Officers, 21 Social Workers, and 18 School Nurses cover 38 PCS schools
  • 100+ businesses participating in Grow Local, connecting students to community and career options
  • 3 High Level Extension Programs for students such as the Health Sciences Academy, Pitt Technical Academy, and Pharma K-12
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