Perspective

Person County Schools’ Beginning Teacher of Excellence, Austin Harris

The following article is from the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NTSP) May 2018 Newsletter. The NC NTSP provides support for beginning teachers during their first three years of teaching. The key features of the program include: instructional skills institute, professional development, and instructional coaching.

About the author

Kathy Fields is an Instructional Coach for the UNC-CH Region of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP) and currently coaches teachers in Person County. Fields previously taught Kindergarten in both Wake and Durham Counties, represented her school as a district finalist for Teacher of the Year in Durham county, served as a Mentor to beginning teachers, and as a Cooperating Teacher for teachers at UNC-CH, NCCU and NC State Universities. She holds Bachelor’s degree in English, a B-K add-on licensure and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Support, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fields enjoys working with teachers from the Preschool to high school level and champions the idea an early and strong educational foundation is an important component of a child’s learning.