The Richmond Observer – UNCP’s Early Americans Educational Leadership Program Celebrates Third Year of Success

PEMBROKE – The Early Americans Educational Leadership Program at UNC Pembroke recently hosted a social event to celebrate the 2020-2021 academic year.

The celebration, held in the UNCP Chancellor’s Dining Room, allowed program participants to come together to celebrate a year unlike any other, but a year that participants felt better prepared due to of their registration in the FAEL program.

“The camaraderie within this group is incredible! Said Dr. Camille Goins, project director and assistant professor in the master’s program in school administration.

The First Americans’ Educational Leadership Program is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance and professional development to assist Native American students seeking a master’s degree in educational administration or complementary license to practice. ‘UNCP.

UNCP guest speaker and alumnus Katie Eddings delivered a powerful speech on the value of culturally relevant education and transformational leadership. Eddings is the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Central Region Teacher of the Year and current Sun Valley Middle School educator. She is originally from Robeson County and a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe. While sharing his passion for education, Eddings encouraged program participants to “know their students” and to build a bridge between school and community.

At the celebratory dinner, Dr Goins paid tribute to recent MSA graduates and add-on graduates as well as mentors who have worked with participants throughout the academic year.

The graduates of the 2021 program are Patience Allen, Sammie Barnes, Rebecca Chavis-Nolley, Lakola Cook, Kayla Hunt, Brandy Jacobs, Philip Oxendine, Wynona Oxendine, Oliver Tapaha and Tiffany Tyler. They were honored for their academic achievements and transformative leadership throughout their time in the MSA program.

Dr Goins said: “Participants worked tirelessly throughout the program through coursework, professional development and leadership in their schools through transformative practices. Tonight we celebrate their successes. ”

Mentors before service Drs. Sheri Dial Herndon, Tanya Head, Jill Hathaway, Darlene Cummings, Bridget Johnson and Wenona Mishue provided mentoring support to FAEL program participants. To close the celebration, Patience Allen program attendees Rebecca Chavis-Nolley and Jeremiah Moore honored Goins and FAEL staff member Leslie Locklear with an eagle feather.

“On behalf of the FAEL attendees, we would like to pay homage where honor is due, and we pay homage to Dr Goins and Dr Locklear tonight. My mom always told me to honor leaders because the weight they carry is so heavy. Dr Goins and Dr Locklear have really helped us transform into assertive Indigenous leaders who know the importance of telling our story, but also understand how crucial it is to empower others to tell their story, ”Allen said.

A Spring 2021 graduate, Chavis-Nolley said, “Being part of the FAEL program has given me every opportunity to grow as a transformational and culturally sensitive leader. In addition, together, we have developed a network of professionals eager to collaborate. and see each other achieve their vision and succeed. Thanks to the leadership of Dr Goins and Dr Locklear, I am eager to take the next steps as a leader as they have demonstrated what leadership should look like. Find your voice, know your vision, create your mission and work together to achieve that mission and vision. ”

Project FAEL is funded by a five-year $ 1.1 million grant from the US Department of Education to address the shortage of Native American administrators in public school districts across the state with large Native American student populations.

Janice G. Ball