We love to highlight the wonderful things our members are doing in their classrooms. If you are a PENC member and would like to be highlighted on our website and social media pages, please submit your accomplishments to

Congratulations are in order! Board member, Valencia Abbott has been accepted in the 2020 TED Contemporary Voices Fellowship! What an incredible achievement and contribution to education. We are so proud of you and the heights that you continue to reach, Valencia. Everyone, join us and give #PROPS to Valencia.

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🤩PENC member, Letisha Kirby, recently graduated (December 2019) from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  She received  her master’s degree in Professional School Counseling. PROPS to you—we’re so proud of you! Everyone helps us congratulate Ms. Kirby!
#OurEducatorsRock #teamPENC

🤩PENC Board Member James Nolen participated in the North Carolina senior games and won state champion in swimming🏊‍♀️ 50 to 54-year-olds 200 m freestyle, 50 m freestyle, and 100 m backstroke. In all three events, he achieved personal record times. He plans to go to the national competition in June 2020. Congratulations James we’re so proud of you! Everyone helps us congratulate Mr. Nolen!
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PENC member, Nicole Byrd-Phelps, of D.F. Walker Elementary School shares her achievement of a musical program she created at her school.

“Last year, I started a program called “Monday Morning Music.”  On Monday mornings, we have live music in our school cafeteria as breakfast is served to our students.  This gives students something to look forward to & enables them to be exposed to a wide variety of musical styles.  Student behavior usually is improved on those Mondays, due to the focus on the music.  Community musicians are featured, as well as our own students.  Students & community members alike have an opportunity to showcase their talents.  The performers are videoed, & the performances are shared via Facebook, school e-mail, & the D.F. Walker Music website.  We are proud to see this become a positive part of our school environment, each week.”

Link for the D.F. Walker Music website:

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Nicole Byrd-Phelps: “Last year, I wrote a musical called We’re Riding On The Bus to showcase pieces of African-American history in Edenton & Chowan County.  I featured the third-grade class in which I worked with reading groups, mainly featuring those students, plus faculty/staff members, school system members, & community musicians.  This year, I wrote a sequel to that musical called Here We Go – What’s The Big Deal?  This time, I featured a musically-gifted fourth-grade class &, once again, faculty/staff members, school system members, & community musicians.  Other people, places, & events concerning African-American history unique to the area were expanded upon.  I was even able to take the cast members to most of the sites touched upon in the musical, which gave relevance & depth to what the students were doing to pull off this musical production.

Both musicals are on YouTube & can be found by entering the musical titles in the search box.  These musicals have helped our students & community members to have a greater sense of pride in the rich history of the county in which I teach.  Enabling them to be able to have access to these productions any time, anywhere, is a blessing to the citizens of Chowan county & those connected with it in other areas.”

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Scholarship & Grant Recipients

We have awarded the following scholarships and grants thus far in the 2018-19 membership year:

We recognized the scholarship and grant recipients at our Annual Meeting on September 21, 2019. View a few photos here.

Congratulations to the following recipients: 

Children of PENC Member Scholarship 

  • Alexander Ruff – East Carolina University
  • Brenton Balser – West Virginia University
  • Cayman Parker – College of Albermale
  • Abigail Reeves – Appalachian State University
  • Katie Joplin – Appalachian State University
  • Katilin Koons – Catawba College
  • Mary Byrd – North Carolina State University
  • Wade Creech – Appalachian State University

New Teacher Grant 

  • Jill Currin

Continuing Education Scholarship

  • Jeremy Cauley –  Western Carolina University
  • Solomon Willis – Nova Southeastern University

Professional Development Scholarship

  • Amanda Browning
  • Amanda Byrd
  • Cindy Martin
  • Linda Carrillo
  • Nonya Chesney
  • Sonna Jamerson
  • Terry Simpson

National Board Scholarship

  • Amy Smith
  • Kari Dixon
  • Amy Lambe
  • Eva Sodano

NCCAT Subs on Us Grant

  • Amanda Ward
  • Velivia Everett
  • Bronwen Guthrie
  • Diane Marx
  • Jack Law