• Episode 7: Community Partner, Great Harvest Bread Co.

    by Length: 24:28

    Pitt County Schools values our community partners as they provide support and resources to help our students and teachers grow and thrive. Gregg Green, owner of Great Harvest Bread Co., has been a tremendous collaborative partner with the Pitt County Educational Foundation and established a Community PTA in 2022. Join Gregg and Joy Strayhorn (operations manager) as they elaborate on their dedication to PCS, community engagement, and share tips for a healthy work environment and healthy living.


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  • Episode 6: PCS Director of Athletics Rob Maloney and Isaiah Crumpler

    by Length: 47:58
    In Episode 6, we'll talk about a topic that builds both affinity and community. It has been often said that athletics is similar to a front porch - not the most important part of a house, but undoubtedly the most visible. Pitt County Schools is proud of its rich past, exciting present and promising future on the fields and in the arenas of competition. The recent past includes a combined 13 state team and individual state championships since the start of the 2022 calendar year, and we delve into present and future with our two guests - PCS Director of Athletics Rob Maloney and D.H. Conley High School student-athlete Isaiah Crumpler.
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  • Episode 5: Pitt Pirate Robotics

    by Length: 32:40

    Meet Pitt Pirate Robotics, founding lead mentor, Ann McClung and J.H. Rose High School student, Carson Fraley, as they share information regarding Pitt Pirate Robotics programs and STEM opportunities throughout Pitt County. Ann McClung is a former veteran PCS science teacher who continues to work with interested students pursuing their STEM interests through the FIRST Robotics Program. 

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  • Episode 4: Tom Kulikowski and Clinton Todd, PCEF

    by Length: 28:36
    Episode 4 of the PCS CONNECT podcast features an organization that is at the heart of Pitt County Schools, the Pitt County Educational Foundation (PCEF).
    Guests Tom Kulikowski (PCEF Board chair) and Clinton Todd (PCS Talent Acquisition Coordinator) joined Beth Ulffers (PCEF Executive Director) to gain an understanding of the multifaceted programs that support PCS teachers and students throughout the district. 
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  • Episode 3: Dr. Kristi Rhone and Ms. Tinisha Banks, HR

    by Length: 34:58

    While there has been no shortage of headlines over the last few years, the same can't be said for teachers, administrators and other staff in schools across the nation. Unfortunately, Pitt County Schools is not immune to vacancies within its system and that is a topic that will be discussed in this episode of PCS Connect with Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Kristi Rhone and Certification Specialist Ms. Tinisha Banks. Both will address the shortages, but more importantly, explain strategies and solutions to help PCS in its recruitment and retainment efforts.

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  • Episode 2: Mrs. Allison Setser & Mr. Wynn Whittington, Principals

    by Length: 26:02
    With the first week of a new school year underway, it is fitting that this edition of PCS Connect features Eastern Elementary School Principal Mrs. Allison Setser and Pitt County Early College High School Principal Mr. Wynn Whittington. Both have served top leadership positions at schools in our district for a combined 19 years and we're hopeful their collective experience will answer questions parents might have, help promote relationships between school and home, and perhaps most importantly, prepare children for academic and emotional success.
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  • Episode 1: Dr. Ethan Lenker, Pitt County Schools Superintendent

    by Length: 32:21
    Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker, who is currently the longest-serving district leader in North Carolina, discusses the upcoming school year and the state of public education locally, regionally and nationally in this inaugural edition of PCS Connect. In this podcast, Dr. Lenker shares what makes PCS and Pitt County communities unique, along with creating opportunities for students, discussing advanced teaching roles and his long-standing influence on educational leadership.
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