Schooling briefs: Schultz chosen to NCDPI’s Instructor Management Council – Salisbury Submit

SALISBURY – Knox Middle School Teacher and 2020-2021 Rowan-Salisbury Schools Teacher of the Year Sally Schultz was recently named to the new Teacher Leadership Council of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction.


Schultz has been invited by NC Superintendent Catherine Truitt to be part of the new council, which will provide an opportunity to connect with fellow teacher guides, provide input and feedback on initiatives that have an impact on education, and examine how Leading educators in the state.

Schultz was chosen because of her recognition as head of education. Her participation in this council gives her the opportunity to represent her students, colleagues, school and community. In addition, as a council member, she has the opportunity to contribute both virtually and in person to meaningful discussions and activities on educational issues.

“The Rowan Salisbury School System is excited that Sally Schultz will help transform public education
exceptional opportunity, ”said Superintendent Tony Watlington.

RCCC students work with campers at the Wings of Eagles ranch

SALISBURY – Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College worked with campers at the Wings of Eagles Ranch in Concord as part of a clinical fieldwork rotation this summer. The Adventure II Camp of the non-profit ranch serves children and young people with special needs as well as typical campers in development.

The students supported the campers with activities such as horse riding, ziplining, canoeing, climbing and handicrafts. As camp counselors, they were put one-on-one with campers with a variety of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.

“Having the Rowan-Cabarrus OTA students here was beneficial to both the campers and the ranch. We only rely on volunteers to support our summer camps, ”said Christine Cronin, Founder and CEO of Wings of Eagles. “The camp offered the students the opportunity to deal with various medical issues.”

Students were able to apply the information and skills learned in the classroom to this nontraditional field research experience that benefited people with a range of disabilities, and some said they had been inspired to continue volunteering at Wings of Eagles and similar community organizations.

“My favorite part was training in therapeutic riding and the high ropes course,” said student Crystal McNeely. “Seeing the children overcome obstacles that frightened them or that they didn’t trust was very rewarding.”

OTA students who participated in the camp experience along with McNeely and Auayang were Dana Barnhardt, Anna Humphrey, Rachael Jordan, Ashlynn McDonald, Catherine Neblett and Ashley Purser.

Rowan-Cabarrus and Wings of Eagles hope to continue the partnership to provide students with more opportunities to conduct field research with the nonprofit agency.

Students typically do field research in community-based settings, including traditional places like outpatient clinics, home nursing, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled care facilities, independent residential centers and schools, and non-traditional places like pediatric day care centers, programs for people who are homeless – , Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, specialty schools, day programs for older adults, and programs for people with brain injuries.


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