GMS’s Ms. Spruill Recognized by NCDPI as a Teacher of Excellence
GMS English language arts teacher, Carolyn Spruill, was recognized as one of the state’s Teacher of Excellence, at the NCDPI’s Annual November 2014 Exceptional Children’s Conference in Greensboro last week. Ms. Spruill is a veteran teacher with 32 years of experience. She provides academic, collegial, and student leadership at The Governor Morehead School for the Blind (GMS).
According to Ms. Barbria Bacon, superintendent of the Education Services for the Deaf and Blind and GMS Director, “Carolyn is an exemplary mentor for initially licensed professionals, assisting new educators in developing and refining their instructional skills while simultaneously guiding them become accomplished teachers of the visually impaired. During her tenure at GMS, she has provided instruction to elementary, middle, and high school students, developing mastery in both the standard and occupational courses of study. She routinely expresses interest in increasing her knowledge specific to new curricula, subsequently providing instruction to students in those areas. Most recently, Carolyn broadened her instructional interests to include the occupational course of study, instructing students in that domain, as well as in academic high school language arts. For the last several years, she served as a reading coach to students, working with them to increase both their skills in and love of literature.”
Ms. Bacon said that outside of the classroom, Carolyn has been engaged in a significant number of extracurricular activities. She has been a cheerleading coach, girls track coach, goal ball coach, and she supported students at GMS in their participation in Eastern Athletic Association for Blind activities all along the east coast. She has been an active member in school improvement initiatives and plans, participated in accreditation exercises (serving in capacities of both chairperson and member), and has provided case management support to a large number of GMS students. Carolyn’s contributions to GMS are varied and many. She is a highly valued and respected colleague and mentor, dedicated to insuring learning and growth in her students. She holds incredibly high standards for students academically, personally, and behaviorally, and through those expectations, is a tremendous role model for her peers.
(From left, picture shows Mr. Bill Hussey, Director of the Exceptional Children’s Division at DPI; Carolyn Spruilll; and at right, Dr. Tracy Weeks, Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer at DPI)