NCAE News Bulletin -- May 2021

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NCAE North Carolina Association of Educators

News Bulletin May 2021

Vol. 51, No. 9

May 4 is National Teacher Appreciation Day: Let’s Celebrate!

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May … A Month Filled with Much to Appreciate During May 2-8, celebrations for National Teacher Appreciation Week will take place all across the country, especially on May 4, which has been set aside as National Tamika Walker Kell Teacher President Appreciation Day. I personally want to thank each of our educators for the jobs you do each day to educate our students, especially this year, which was unusually difficult due to the pandemic. It was one filled with challenges and unknowns, and it was one also filled with sadness for the educator losses we incurred because of COVID-19. Each of them served as a bright light to the many lives they touched and transformed and deserve to be honored. Each of you proceeded through this time of uncertainty with grace and strength, even when you didn’t feel strong. It is with much gratitude that you should be celebrated, not only just for one week, but for all 52. Gratitude should not only come in the form of words, gifts, and discounts (even though we all know how much teachers enjoy receiving gifts and discounts), but by actions taken. One show of gratitude that our lawmakers in particular can bestow upon teachers, and all educators, is to implement policies that support public education and help them once again find joy in being educators in North Carolina. Also, they can come together to craft and write a budget that shows they respect educators; one that fully funds public education. Not only does it show


Safety Concerns Over COVID-19 Driving Some Educators

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appreciation for the work that teachers do, but it shows a love for our students and communities. In addition to National Teacher Appreciation Day, there are two other significant dates in May of which we should be mindful – May 25 and May 31. May 25 will mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. Although a guilty verdict was reached, this unfortunate but significant event was a turning point in our nation’s history and should lend itself to more conversations about how people of color are affected by encounters with law enforcement. To bolster those conversations, we as educators, must lend our voices to help find solutions that will ensure all of our citizens are treated fairly and just by those who have sworn to protect and serve our communities. These actions are having a profound impact on our students’ health and well-being, and we must commit ourselves to reforming a system filled with institutional racism and bias. We all deserve to feel safe. We all deserve to be respected. We all deserve to feel valued! On Memorial Day, May 31, I encourage you to set aside time to pay homage to the many men and women who gave their lives to protect this country. It’s much more than a day off from work to attend parties and cookouts! As you prepare to honor each other and the teachers who made a difference in your lives, remember to also thank those who continue to serve in our Armed Forces, especially those who are part of our education family. Lastly, as we prepare to wind down this last full month of the school year, continue to reflect on the lessons learned and begin planning for 2021-22. Slowly, we are regaining some sense of normalcy, but some things are forever changed. And that’s okay. The newness we are experiencing is stretching us in a direction to help us become better educators. We now know, as well as the rest of society, how flexible we truly can be, how resourceful we can be, and how very much we love the jobs we have committed ourselves to doing. Continue to take care and stay safe!

In a nationwide poll of educators last year, NEA found that 28 percent said the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more likely to retire early or leave the profession, a rate that could far worsen the U.S.’s shortage of qualified teachers. That number includes a significant number of new or young teachers -- one in five teachers with less than 10 years’ experience. It also includes 40 percent of teachers with 21 to 30 years’ experience, who are presumably leaders and mentors on their school campuses, and 55 percent of those with more than 30 years. Click here to read more.

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NCAE Announces Newest Slate of Officers for 2021

LeAnna Delp Region 1-A director

Eyanna Lessan Region 2 director

Tripp Jeffer Region 2 director

Cherie Feemste Region 3 director

Jassmin Smit Region 7A director

Symone Kiddo Region 5 director

Yolanda Freema Region 6 director

James Hopkin Prin/Admin Div President

Dr. Michael Putne Prin/Admin Div Region 5 director

Laina Stapleto Student Service Region 1A director










































Jason Kubot Student Service Region 1B director

Dr. Hillary Boutwel Prin/Admin Div Asst. Principal Rep.

Michelle Hons Student Service Region 2 director

Tim Bir ESP Counci Region 1B director

Tammy Smit ESP Counci Secretary

Dr. Cathy Tomo Prin/Admin Div Region 7B director

Michelle Burto Student Service President

Joanna Pendleto Student Service Region 4 director

Mamie Davi ESP Counci Region 3 director

Shana Richard Student Service Vice President

Gerri Hawkin Student Service Treasurer

Keisha Horto Student Service Secretary

Margaret Putne Student Service Region 7B director

Beverly Eatmo ESP Counci Region 7A director


Chapel Hill-Carrboro NCAE Credits Organizing for its Growing Success!

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Since 2015, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Association of Educators (CHCAE) has increased its membership by 80 percent. This year alone, even with a pandemic raging all around us, it netted a growth rate of 30 percent. As a result, the local has earned the title of the fastest growing NCAE affiliate in the state, moving from one of the top 25 locals to cracking the top 10 list! The NCAE News Bulletin reached out to CHCAE leaders President Sally Merryman and Vice President Brian Link to talk with them about their secrets to success. Both stressed how proud and honored they are to have the local recognized by NCAE for its efforts. NB: What is the secret (or not) to the growth of your local?

Merryman: There is no secret and it’s not magic. It’s organizing! When we came on board back in the fall of 2015, we had no idea what we were doing. We didn’t have a full complement of ARs and many of them weren’t yet actively engaged. The load fell primarily on us and our fellow officer Kimberly Manning (former NCAE Black Caucus state president). Boy was it a lot of work! Slowly but surely we found our sea legs and learned to identify committed leaders who would amplify our collective voice at each of our sites. With a little bit of gentle but prolonged encouragement/nagging, we now have a district-wide set of team leaders as well as ARs at most of our worksites. This has helped us have a direct connection and increased visibility to most of our established members and prospective members too.


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Link: Cause, communication, courage, commitment and a little bit of craziness! NB: In addition to the 30 percent membership increase since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, share another accomplishment the local has achieved during the pandemic that you are most proud. Link: If I had to pick one moment, it would be when our interim superintendent used data from a district-wide staff COVID survey that we independently developed and circulated to make the case to keep schools closed at the start of the second semester. Comprising of more than 1,100 employee responses garnered in less than a week’s time, the survey persuasively conveyed staff’s many concerns about COVID and having to potentially return during the onset of a third wave. We listened to our members and colleagues, organized their voices, and worked to have their opinions elevated, heard, and respected! We also ensured that our district followed the science to keep us all safe. Our district did not vacillate. Instead, it was the first to

keep schools closed and one of the last to begin reopening schools, keeping student, staff, and community spread low. When the decision was made to return to in-person learning, we worked with the superintendent and school board to spend federal relief money to upgrade HVAC ventilation, secure N95 masks for staff, place portable air purifiers in many building spaces, and maintain social distancing requirements. We also worked with them and the community health partners to get COVID vaccines at a school site so that most staff could have at least one, if not both, shots before returning. NB: Obviously your leadership has a lot to do with the success of your local. Share how the two of you work together as a team and what each of you brings to the table. Merryman: We didn’t know each other before becoming officers. I’m the one who handles most of the day-to-day details, manages our calendar, runs meetings, and sends internal and public comments to the board. Brian drafts most of our comments. He’s the brains (Continued on page 5)

CHCAE is the Association’s Fastest-Growing Local Affiliate (Continued from page 4)

opportunity to lead our local association.

behind the strategy. He’s the one who fields most of the phone calls with the school board members and drives most of our discussion with our superintendent and other districtlevel folk.

Link: I’ve served as vice president since August 2015. Kimberly Manning, who was elected as secretary, came to me and said the local needed a vice president since Sally had taken on the presidency. Like Sally, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! But I trusted Kimberly and answered her call to serve. She saw that I, as a young educator, was ready for the next challenge. She knew even if I didn’t yet. I, too, feel so thankful and blessed to have had this opportunity to serve. It’s led to so many new friendships, so many lifechanging experiences, and so much personal growth.

Link: It starts with trust. You can’t be a team without it and it’s amazing to be able to say I trust Sally completely. She is a consummate professional who always puts her best foot forward for the organization, an ideal quality for a president. She’s always cool, calm, and unflappable when the spotlight is on. Her moral clarity is inspiring. She is warm, gregarious, and has a great sense of humor. CHCAE works because our strengths complement each other. And there are some important traits we share – strong work ethic, sense of duty, empathy for others, and a commitment to public education.

NB: Everyone’s schedule is super busy and now with COVID-19 the way we used to conduct many activities has changed. How have you managed to keep members engaged and working during the pandemic?

NB: What prompted you both to step into leadership roles?

Merryman: We created school-based CHCAE Members & Allies Facebook groups for many of our sites. We also have an active Facebook group for members only. Traffic on the site has picked up substantially since going remote last year. We’ve held school board meeting ‘watch parties’ and we’ve met consistently at least once a month with ARs. A few mass member meetings were also held to address our members’ concerns regarding remote instruction and the move to hybrid learning. All these things were a reminder to our members that we’re still here and working for them, even if they don’t see us in person.

Merryman: When longtime CHCAE President Chuck Hennessee retired at the end of the 2014-15 school year, we needed to find folks who could serve as president and vice president the next year. I agreed to run for vice president and Turquoise Parker (who was working in the district at the time) ran for president. However, she found a job in Durham over the summer, so I was thrust into the role of president. It was definitely a trial by fire! But I wouldn’t change a thing. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am to have had the


I joined the association as soon as I started working. I knew it was important, but I sat back for the most part. In 2012, I was asked to come to a meeting just to see how things run. Soon after, I became the treasurer of my local. And the more meetings I attended, the more I saw how unfair things were, and I wanted to be more of an advocate for my profession. The way we test students and fund our schools; the way students learn and teachers work in crumbling school buildings; the way governments fail to provide a living wage for ESPs while giving tax cuts to corporations … all unfair. When some parents or others start to say public education isn’t working, it isn’t because public school educators are not giving their all. It’s because public schools are being starved of resources. It’s because the powers that be take and take, while giving out more requirements without any support. This is what compels me to be an active member and advocate for the resources students need and the respect educators deserve.

‘I want … ESPs to know their value’ By being a part of my local, state, and national associations, I learned to use my voice more effectively. I learned that my voice as an ESP was just as critical as the other voices in the room. What I appreciate most about my association is that I’ve never been made to feel that I’m “just” an ESP. Everybody’s job is important. When students enter our schools with the weight of the world on their shoulders, the first adult they meet is often an ESP. I want other ESPs to know their value and that some student is looking up to you, waiting for you to be the voice that they cannot be. (Reprinted from NEAToday)


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What Public Schools Should Be … Quotes From the We

Public Schools Tour

The We Heart Public Schools Tour continues to make its way across the state, celebrating the great work of educators and highlighting the wonderful ways public schools are working in our communities. Throughout the tour, members have shared their stories and their thoughts on what public schools should be and what needs to be done to make them the top tier learning environments our students deserve. Here are a few of the many comments that have been collected:

"I want public schools to be fullyfunded places that pay a competitive salary to teachers and staff. I want my students to know that they can count on their schools to support them. I want our curriculum to be modern, inclusive, and antiracist. " -- Wake County member

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“I want to see smaller class sizes (funded), instructional assistants in every K-3 classroom, living wages for all public school workers, nurses in every building, emotional/mental health support for students, educators, and families (multilingual), high-speed internet for all, increased time for play and social learning (particularly in lower elementary), better health insurance benefits (some people really got screwed on their prescription prices this year). Also, our mental health benefits are terrible, expansion of Medicaid (or better yet, Medicare for all). I'm sure there's more but that's a starting point.” – Durham County member

“I want public schools to be the first choice for families. I would like to see them offer what families need and not be the "scraps" of education. – Weldon City NCAE member


“From surviving to thriving, prioritizing students in public schools by putting their needs first. Stop the high positions and put more on the classroom so that students get all the support they need!!!! Education is the great equalizer and ALL STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES should have access to a valuable education!!!” – Nash/Rocky Mount member

“I hope they become safe places where students are excited to enter and eager to learn. A place where teachers are excited to be because they can thrive and not be overworked and oppressed.” – Johnston County member

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A Showcase of Excellence

Two NCAE members are 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year finalists. Jennie Bryan of South Brunswick High School in Brunswick County is the Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year and Susanna Cerrato of Ira B. Jones Elementary School in the Asheville City School System is the Western Regional Teacher of the Year. Both will serve as members of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Team. The North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program is facilitated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The flagship sponsor of the program is the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.

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The Impact Aspiring Educator Leaders Are Having on the Profession The Association’s aspiring educators, those who are

members of SNCAE, have always been a vital part of the public education narrative. Those who serve in positions of leadership within their school chapters – students like Theresa Davis-Nathaniel -- are chartering a path for the next generation of educators because “it’s important to the success of all educators and the students they serve.” A sophomore at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, Davis-Nathaniel has been a member of SNCAE since her freshman year. She is the political advocate for her chapter and secretary for the state organization. She is also the 2021-22 SNCAE president-elect. Davis-Nathaniel said SNCAE is one of the best organizations she has joined since stepping foot on A&T’s campus. “SNCAE gives you an opportunity to advocate for your voice as an educator, and advocate for other educators, students, and public education as a whole. As an aspiring educator, it is important to equip yourself with the tools and resources to understand why being an advocate is necessary for an equitable and quality education for every student.” Upon getting involved with SNCAE, Davis-Nathaniel understood the need to step up as a leader. She said she realized as a student in education preparation that aspiring educators are not receiving everything they need to be the best they can be in the classroom. She wants to work to change that. “We must work with the community as a whole to ensure that aspiring educators are getting the experience needed so that when we walk into the classroom on day one, we can do so with confidence and be ready to have a positive impact on our students. Also, I want to connect aspiring educators with mentors to give them the opportunity to have a support system that is needed for continued growth and success. “The work is not going to be easy, but it is necessary. As

At-Home COVID-19 testing is now available to NCAE members and their families/friends with no out-of-pocket cost. The CDC recommends essential workers, including educators, get tested on a regular and recurring basis in order to mitigate spread of the virus and ensure a safe work/learning environment. This testing program is provided by Inspire Diagnostics and is paid for by insurance and/or the CARES Act. There is zero out-of-pocket cost to NCAE members. NCAE members can, and are encouraged to, test on a regular and recurring basis. To learn more and to register to receive your test, visit


members of SNCAE, it is important that we have the opportunity to integrate with NCAE in order to help restore anything that negatively impacts public education. As members of the state’s largest education organization, and as aspiring educators, it is imperative that we partner with our fellow educators on equal access, diversity, collective action, professionalism, and shared responsibility. We are the next generation of educators and we must build on the vision of what public education should be.” Davis-Nathaniel, whose decision to become an educator was influenced by her second-grade teacher, Ms. Henry, said she has always considered teaching a “dream job.” She would play teacher as a little girl, generating lessons for her dolls. She had a drive for school and loved everything about it. “In second grade, I was too advanced for the specific class I was placed in. Ms. Henry took the initiative to get me placed in a classroom for gifted and talented students. She realized my ability and skills as a student and that I was not being challenged enough. She showed me that educators play a huge role in the lives of their students. I will always remember the impact she had on me as a student and I, too, want to have an impact on students’ lives.” Life as an educator will one day extend beyond the classroom, said Davis-Nathaniel, who first wants to teach history or math to grades five and up. She is also interested in the political side of education, either as a superintendent or a member of a school board, helping to reconstruct and reform the education system. Her ultimate goal is to open a performing arts school focused on incorporating students’ creative talents into their learning in an effort to build lifelong leaders. Davis is studying elementary education and political science and will graduate in May 2023.

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MLK Scholarships Awarded to Four High School Seniors Four North Carolina high school seniors are recipients of 2021 NCAE Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships. Presented by the Human and Civil Rights Commission, each student will receive $1,500, which will provide financial assistance to further their education beyond high school. Money for the scholarships was donated by NCAE members, staff, and public education supporters. Selection criteria for students include scholastic achievement, character, and personality. In these brief descriptions, the candidates share how their lives have been influenced by the ideals and philosophies of Dr. King. A senior at East Forsyth High School in Forsyth County, Baisha Bignall has been accepted at North Carolina A&T State University and plans to major in finance. Ranked in the top five percent of her class with a 4.41 GPA, Bignall is a member of the National Honor Society, is founder and director of Wanna Be College Scholars at her school, and is president of the East Forsyth Senior Girls Club. She said Dr. King’s philosophies challenge her to embrace and form strong relations with people who may not look or think like her. “I moved to North Carolina the summer before my eighth-grade year. Once school began, I was the only one who looked like me in my classes. My peers consistently made offensive comments about immigration, not knowing my parents were from Jamaica. I despised being the only minority in my class. I was too shy to speak and too angry to listen to any of the explanations behind their opinions.” Bignall said she was prompted to do research about the world we live in and discovered that she enjoyed learning about the fight to reduce social injustice through activism. She realized that even when people have different points of view, they can still have similar goals. Chloe-Olivia Gloston is a senior at Queens Grant High School in Charlotte. She has been accepted to Catawba College and wants to study journalism. Described as incredibly passionate about learning, dedicated, and committed, Gloston completed her required schedule of coursework in three years while being heavily involved in community service. She is an advocate for civil rights and said her fight for civil rights has included battles against the school system, as well as helping victims of bullying, discrimination, and suicidal thoughts. “I myself was a victim of discrimination. Beginning in elementary school I was followed by bullies and could never fit in. By the time I was in the fourth grade I was kicked, slapped, punched, and pushed up against a wall. I went into a state of depression and even contemplated suicide.” Receiving the scholarship, Gloston added, will enable her to highlight stories of injustice and raise bullying awareness in addition to inspiring and motivating others on their journey to self-love and self-awareness. A senior at Clinton High School in Sampson County, Jalyssa Hobbs has received acceptance letters from six institutions of higher learning. She has not yet decided on which school to attend, but does know she wants to study either pre-law, political science, or psychology. Similar to Dr. King, Hobbs says she has a passion for human rights and advocating for those who feel they don’t have a voice. “I plan to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney. As someone who recognizes the prejudices, discrimination, and systemic racism prevalent in today’s society, I desire to advocate for victims of this distressing injustice. I aspire to make as big an impact as Dr. King and continue to serve as a role model for African-American children. His philosophies of eliminating the racial barriers and standing up for injustice has had a significant influence on my life and will continue to embellish all areas of my being.” Hobbs, who has a 4.75 GPA, said education has helped shape who she is as a person. She is a member of the National Honor Society, earned an AP Academic Excellence Distinction in 2020, and was accepted into the 2020 Governor’s School Session East for Social Science.

Chloe Stanley is a senior at Cornerstone Charter Academy in Guilford County. She is a member of the Beta Club, is secretary of the Fashion Club, and is vice president of the College Prep Club. She is active in the community and has done volunteer work for the Distinguished Young Women’s Program, the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, and the Greensboro Performing Arts Center. In the fall, she will attend UNC-Greensboro to study dance. Stanley said Dr. King’s philosophies and ideals have greatly impacted her life and influenced her to advocate for the deaf community, prompting her to create the Deaf Dance Project (her mother is an American Sign Language interpreter). “I created this project to provide dance education in American Sign Language to deaf children and hearing children of deaf parents. Our first live event was scheduled for April 19, 2020, and then came the pandemic like a slap in the face. Just as Dr. King persisted in the fight for civil rights, I was determined to make dance accessible. Dr. King left us with a crucial call to advocate alongside those who are marginalized. I believe it is our duty to honor his efforts by living out the lessons he intended.”

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Tax Day for Individuals Extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS Extends Filing and Payment Deadline The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year has been extended to May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year that were due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This postponement applies to individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay selfemployment tax. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by May 17. Individual taxpayers do not need to file any forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the May 17 deadline can request a filing extension until Oct. 15 by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on Filing Form 4868 gives taxpayers until Oct. 15 to file their 2020 tax return but does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. Taxpayers should pay their federal income tax due by May 17, 2021, to avoid interest and penalties. The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds associated with e-filed returns are issued within 21 days. This relief does not apply to estimated tax payments that were due on April 15, 2021. Those payments were still due on April 15. Taxes must be paid as taxpayers earn or receive income during the year, either through withholding or estimated tax payments. In general, estimated tax payments are made quarterly to the IRS by people whose income isn't subject to income tax withholding, including selfemployment income, interest, dividends, alimony or rental income. Most taxpayers automatically have their taxes withheld from their paychecks and submitted to the IRS by their employer.

State tax returns The federal tax filing deadline postponement to May 17, 2021, only applies to individual federal income returns and tax (including tax on self-employment income) payments otherwise due April 15, 2021, not state tax payments or deposits or payments of any other type of federal tax. State filing and payment deadlines vary and are not always the same as the federal filing deadline. The IRS urges taxpayers to check with their state tax agencies for those details.

Collaboration Leads to Success in Trivia, Unlocking Codes to Escape Rooms for SNCAE Members The NC A&T University SNCAE chapter recently hosted a trivia game and escape room activity as a way for members to network and have some fun. Sponsored by the NCAE BTOP in an effort to support the chapter, the event was led by Leading to Change, a professional development teacher training agency. Eric Rowles, president and CEO, and his colleague Traci Pool, who was an NC A&T Teaching Fellow, served as moderators and guided students through the process. Students worked together and combined their knowledge to identify classroom techniques in order to unlock the eight escape rooms.

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