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Passing the Torch to the next Generation


On Monday morning, February 10, 2020, retired Westover High School Principal, Brother John W. Smith, Jr., visited Dr. Smith-Burton’s EDUC 455 Classroom Management and Principles of Secondary Teaching class to discuss expectations of high school teachers, answer pre-service candidates’ questions and conduct mock interviews. Brother Smith dedicated 32 plus years to the Cumberland County School System (CCS) where he served as an intermediate grade (3-5) teacher, physical education teacher, assistant principal, and principal. In his retirement, Brother Smith continues to work with the CCS schools through the Cape Fear Region Chapter of 100 Black Men, where he serves as President, through the 100 Black Men mentoring program. EDUC 455 Classroom Management and Principles of Secondary Teaching students were actively engaged in effective 9-12 teaching practices and standards. The EDUC 455 students developed questions to ask Mr. Smith regarding what to expect during their first-year of teaching, what was his leadership style, what challenges did he face when trying to implement his goals and vision for his schools, and how did he promote physical and mental wellness for his faculty and staff. Mr. Smith and Dr. Smith-Burton also conducted mock job interviews for a health/ physical education teacher position and mathematics teacher position. Mr. Smith gave the EDUC 455 students interview pointers, tips and suggestions that would assist them in making a lasting impression on the interviewer(s).