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DPS Executive Director for Equity Affairs; staff members receive various NCMLE awards

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Durham Public Schools is proud to announce that Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock, the Executive Director of Equity Affairs for the district, was selected as the recipient of the Social Equity Educator to Watch Award by the North Carolina Association for Middle-Level Education (NCMLE). This award is given to an educator who goes above and beyond leading social equity advancements in a school or district.

“Durham Public Schools is very fortunate to have a leader such as Dr. Kelvin Bullock leading the Office of Equity Affairs,” said Tanya Giovanni, DPS Chief of Staff.  “He is passionate about the success of the students and the pursuit of excellence and equity. We are so proud of his work and are thrilled that he was selected as the Social Equity Educator to Watch by NCMLE.”

NCMLE exists to advocate for the middle school concept.  As a result, the organization actively promotes academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and effective organizational structures and processes.  One of the many ways they fulfill this mission is by recognizing dedicated professionals for outstanding and purposeful work with adolescent learners.   

The NCMLE Board of Directors accepted nominations to recognize educators for outstanding work with middle-level students in North Carolina from September to December.

In addition to Dr. Bullock’s award, three additional awards went to Rogers-Herr teachers and staff.

  • Digital Teaching and Learning Educator/Team to Watch (an educator or team who leads in providing engaging/innovative opportunities for students to learn in a digitally enabled classroom)  Winning Team from Rogers-Herr Middle School – 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher Dorothy Carr, 6th Grade Science Teacher Shaniqua Hood and Media Coordinator/Tech Champion Jennifer Umbarger 

  • Teacher to Watch (a certified full-time middle school teacher who goes above and beyond advocating for and leading the growth and development of middle school students) Winner from Rogers-Herr Middle School – Exceptional Children’s Teacher Elizabeth Gallegos-Moore

  • SEL Educator to Watch (an educator who supports and enhances the social and emotional learning needs of students) – Winner from Rogers-Herr Middle School – Guidance Counselor Ryanne Logan Peterson