Dewees Named ECSU’s Student Teacher of the Year

Michelle Dewees

Michelle Dewees has been named Elizabeth City State University’s 2017 Student Teacher of the Year.  She will advance to the North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year Competition where five finalists and the North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year will be named. 

The North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year Initiative is sponsored by NC-ACTE with an award of $2,500, presented to the Student Teacher of the Year, and $500 awards to each of the five finalists.  As ECSU’s Student Teacher of the Year, Dewees will receive a $500 award, sponsored by Natasha Holley, an ECSU graduate, and clinical director for Integrated Family Services.

Following an accounting career working with national corporations, and small local businesses, Dewees found her true calling after moving to Edenton, North Carolina and volunteering at her son’s school.  Dewees says the big corporate salaries paled compared to the fulfillment that she experienced while working with children and White Oak Elementary School.  She quickly switched her career to education and began working toward earning a degree in elementary education.

After graduating from College of the Albemarle with honors, Dewees continued her education at ECSU where she will graduate this spring with a 3.91 grade point average, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with a psychology concentration.

Dewees was nominated for the Student Teacher of the Year Award by her cooperating teacher, Lee Powell, a second grade teacher at White Oak Elementary School in Edenton. Near the end of her yearlong internship,  Powell said working with the Dewees was more like working with a co-teacher rather than a student teacher. White Oak principal, Shelia Evans, described Dewees as the best student teacher that she has observed during her 29-year career as an educator.           

In addition to taking advantage of all available training opportunities at White Oak Elementary, Dewees completed training with Sonya Rinehart on the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System and Differentiated Instruction, and recently completed a five-day Reading Research in Classroom Practice Series sponsored by the Perquimans County and Pasquotank County School Systems. 

Michelle Dewees is the wife of Lyle Dewees, mother of Lyle III, Jennifer and Matthew, and grandmother of Landon, Betsy, Lyle James, Ryleigh, and Hadley.