• Episode 17: PCS Director of Data, Research & Accountability Shannon Wainright

    by Length: 38:14
    As we near the end of another school year, it also means we're approaching the testing period - a time that often produces anxiety and angst for both students and parents. Pitt County Schools Director of Data, Research & Accountability Shannon Wainright offers insight to the process, how data is analyzed and used to sustain efforts to improve student achievement, and perhaps most importantly, offer helpful tips how to manage stress, properly prepare and implement strategies for those days. Additionally, we talked about opportunities which exist AFTER testing from a support and retake standpoint.
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  • Episode 16: PCS Student Services Focused Inquiry Team (FIT)

    by Length: 35:51
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a perfect time to connect with the PCS Student Services Focused Inquiry Team (FIT):
    Corrine Davis - School Counselor, Bethel
    Jessica McIntyre - School Social Worker, WMS, NPHS, Bethel
    Laura Bennett - School Counselor WGP
    Rene Lee Bryan - School Social Worker GRW, Pactolus, Stokes
    This podcast will explore resiliency practice within our schools and equip students, staff, and families with strategies and resources to overcome stressful situations.
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  • 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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  • 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
  • PCS is currently observing its summer schedule, which includes office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.