Vol. VII Issue 1
Contributors: Karen Forster,
Charles Wilson, Brenda Robinson,
Tracey Thompson, Steve Jackson
Contributing Editor & Design: Program Highlights
Corner Burma Wilkins was honored achieve an ESOL teaching down.” Her future plans
at a retirement party in De- certification and two Masters include tutoring at Gillespie
cember to celebrate her degrees, one in reading and Elementary School, water
Have you ever entered a room many years of service as an another in world history. aerobics, being with family,
full of people and immediately instructor. and traveling. We wish Mrs.
felt the excitement all around After retiring from the Guilford
you? That’s what I felt upon Wilkins all the best in this
Wilkins began her career in County School System in
walking into the “Teacher- new chapter of her busy life!
1962 as a world history 2000, Wilkins wanted to con-
Made Materials” workshop
teacher at Dudley High tinue helping students learn.
conducted by our CED faculty.
Participants were busy work- School. Between 1966 and She joined the Greensboro
ing feverishly to design mini 1985, she taught geography, Basic Skills program as an
bulletin boards. This flourish world history, and earth sci- ESOL instructor and later
of activity had followed one ence at Bennett College and taught ABE reading and lan-
workshop lesson that illustrat- served as the placement co- guage classes.
ed how attention-grabbing
ordinator for the student
bulletin boards can be used Our program is blessed to
as a teaching tool. When eve- teachers majoring in educa-
have had Mrs. Wilkins share
ryone finished, each design tion. Later, Wilkins taught at
her skills and wealth of
had captured the author’s Gillespie Alternative School
unique creativity and interpre-
knowledge with our students
and at Aycock where she spe-
tation of the theme: “The for so many years. Even in
cialized in teaching reading
Learning Tree.” (See story on retirement, she does not
and ESOL classes. Along the
pg. 2.) know the meaning of “slow Burma Wilkins
way, she found time to
Teachers from all program
areas of the High Point and that he moved to Greensboro test from ESOL instructor,
Greensboro campuses came It’s Never Too Late! to better learn to speak Eng- Susan Perez.
out on a Saturday to partici- Tomas Chavez took the oath lish because, “everyone in
pate in the training. This Chavez and his family love
to become an American citi- Miami speaks Spanish,” he
workshop brought out the GTCC. His daughter, Miriell,
zen on January 12th. The cer- explained. Chavez first en-
child and the talent in every- worked for several years in
one. It also modeled what emony was one of a long se- rolled in an ESOL class in
Greensboro’s Basic Skills
students should experience in ries of new beginnings for 2007. He later received help
office and later received an
a learning environment. Once Chavez. As a young boy grow- to prepare for the Citizenship
we’re able to get students associate degree from GTCC.
ing up in Cuba, he learned Even at nearly 70 years of
excited about learning, like
the workshop attendees were, how to start a garden and age, Chavez is finding new
I’m convinced persistence went on to become an agent opportunities to learn at
and completion rates will sky- for the Cuban Ministry of Agri- GTCC. He looks forward to
rocket! culture. Another new begin- helping with our Basic Skills
CED faculty, thanks for re- ning was when he and his Community Garden project
minding us of ways to make family immigrated to Miami in and has already signed up for
teaching and learning a joy. 2004, and later moved to another English class.
North Carolina. Chavez says
- Pat Freeman Tomas Chavez It’s never too late to learn.
February is Black Our Mission
To empower students to set goals
History Month and overcome barriers that could
interrupt their learning and desire
In honor and celebration of Black History to succeed.
Month, Basic Skills classes will incorpo- To create an atmosphere (a culture)
rate lesson plans that explore the rich that promotes a “mind-set” for suc-
heritage of black Americans. An essay cess in every student.
writing and poetry contest is also planned. To unlock the brilliance in each
Guilford Technical Community College student.
Adult Education Center Part of that heritage are the numerous
3505 E. Wendover Avenue black Americans responsible for inventing
many of the things we use today, such as
Greensboro, NC 27405
the traffic light, laser probe, gas mask,
Testing Center Highlights
www.gtcc.edu blood bank, the potato chip and over 300 2011
ways to use the peanut. Details on two of
Phone: 336-334-4822, Ext. 53031
Fax: 336-358-2181 these important inventors include:
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Charles Drew’s system for storing
blood plasma (blood bank) revolutionized
the medical profession. He also estab- Assessment # of Students
Preparing Students to lished, and was the first director of, the
American Red Cross Blood Bank. For the TABE Placement 3,200
Achieve their Dreams! first modernized version of a traffic-
stopping device, we have Garrett Augus-
tus-Morgan to thank. Morgan’s numerous ESOL 1,051
other inventions include a zigzag device NC Competency 0
Fall Enrollment: 2,083 for sewing machines and the gas mask,
which he used to rescue several men GED Graduates __107
trapped in a tunnel after an explosion. Total: 5,362
Create Your Own! shared examples of teacher-made materials
On-site CED instructors kicked off the new she had created to reinforce specific les-
year by presenting a workshop entitled, sons. Materials demonstrated ranged from
“Teacher-Made Materials.” The objective interactive bulletin boards to file folder
was to give instructors ideas on creating their games and activities.
own materials to be used as tools to individu- The final presentation was, “Using Work-
alize lesson plans and activities. Peggy Rierson, ever-
sheets and Transparencies,” Sometimes it patient Basic Skills Receptionist,
Workshop facilitator, Tracey Thompson, pre- can be difficult to find a source for appropri- welcomed her second grandson
sented “How to Create an Attractive Bulletin ate printable worksheets and workbooks on January 8th. Payton Cole Rier-
Board Display.” Attention-getting displays are that meet the students’ needs. Reanna son weighed 7-1/2 lbs. and was
a great way to encourage students to do their Coleman offered ideas on how to create 18-1/2” long upon his grand en-
best and celebrate their accomplishments. your own. trance into the world.
After discussing guidelines for creating bulle- Instructors from all areas of Basic Skills
tin boards, participants were given materials attended. Each shared that the workshop
to use in creating their own miniature boards. was both fun and rewarding and they were
anxious to take what they learned back to Confirmed bachelorette, Titania
Finding ways to motivate your students can
their classrooms. Nix, married long-time beau Chris
sometimes be a challenge. Okay,
maybe it can often be a challenge! Thompson on December 18th.
Angela Tripp acquainted attendees She may have felt pushed just a
with “Motivational Techniques”. little after co-workers threatened
to get her on the next season of
Remaining positive, providing oppor-
“The Bachelorette!” Titania is our
tunities for success, and providing
Senior Records Technician.
a variety of student experiences
were among the methods dis-
In her presentation, Wilma Murphy