BizEd 2012 luncheon announces new initiatives

Nov. 24, 2012 @ 02:08 PM

About 150 local Union County “movers and shakers” were treated to lunch Thursday (Nov. 15, 2012) during the first BizEd 2012 Luncheon sponsored by the Union County Education Foundation.
            
“We are taking the time to recognize our administrators, our teachers and our educational professionals who play such an important role in our community and in the lives of our children,” said the foundation’s immediate past chairman Jeff Bass.
            
“We also want to better tie in our business leaders to the school system,” he added. “Our Education Foundation is relatively new, so we’re trying to better educate people in the community as to who we are and what we’re trying to accomplish.”
            
The luncheon, held in conjunction with American Education Week, recognized two UCPS educators – UCPS Principal of the Year Steve Wray (Weddington Middle School) and UCPS Teacher of the Year Maxie Johnson Jr. (East Union Middle).
            
UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis spoke about the future of academies in UCPS high schools. “These academies will be based on student interest,” she said. “For example, we have a certified nursing assistants programs in our schools. And we’re starting advanced manufacturing academy.”

Ellis said the one-size-fits-all mentality no longer works in the educational environment. “Our goal for our children is to have, ‘My size fits me,’ ” she said. “We will do this through SEM (science, engineering and math) technology.”
            
The BizEd 2012 luncheon is not only designed to honor outstanding educators, it’s also slated to create opportunities for area business and community leaders to directly connect with the teachers in the classrooms.
            
Union County Education Foundation Executive Director Dick Baker announced that the foundation would begin awarding $200 to $500 grants to local teachers to recognize outstanding educational initiatives and innovation.
           
 
            --This article was provided courtesy of the Communications Office of the Union County Public Schools.