Knight Spotlight: Career & College Promise

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Spencer Andrews, academic support and writing consultant to upperclassmen, is a licensed English teacher who taught at Lee County High School for three years and Chatham Central High School for four years. Also, he is a graduate of High Point University. Mr. Andrews challenges upperclassmen in their communication for college and beyond.

“I thoroughly enjoy troubleshooting problems that arise as students seek to excel in their respective classes, especially when it comes to CCCC or NCVPS class writing components. Writing is communication and is an art which must be attained and transferred into the next level for every student’s academic success; therefore, I know how important it is to instill good habits and shore up grammar, syntax, punctuation, and formatting. I truly delight in seeing light bulbs come on for students as they are in the midst of essay formulation! We all can be better communicators, but it is a pleasure to get to be a small part of that in the life of our students here at Chatham Charter in the Internet Cafe!”

Dale Bunch, 11th & 12th grade transition/online learning facilitator, began her teaching career in 1985. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. Ms. Bunch has worked at Chatham Charter for over 28 years (the first two years as Chatham Academy). Ms. Bunch was the 2015-2016 Chatham Charter Teacher of the Year. She enjoys helping the upperclassmen perform to their highest potential in their online and distance classes.

“The favorite part of my job is seeing the fruits of our collective labor. The enthusiasm and faithfulness in focusing on study skills, organization and the ‘unwritten curriculum,’ including time management, and navigating college level courses has been very successful. Chatham Charter School has the unusual distinction of having 100% of its students enrolled in at least one dual enrollment course while in high school. I am extremely proud of how our school has grown, from when we were a private school to being in the first group of schools in North Carolina. I will always be honored to have my signature on the original charter granted from the state. I work with the best people in the world!”

Rynn Nicks, the College Liaison, came to Chatham Charter in 2014 after having worked in Admissions at UNC Greensboro. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. 

“My favorite part of my job is the connections I get to make with students, which often last beyond graduation. I enjoy seeing their progression from freshman to senior year and getting to witness their growth as they become more confident in their abilities and build skills that will benefit them in the future. Helping students find courses that fit their interests and sharing in accomplishments such as college acceptances and scholarship awards are other highlights. I also love when graduates come back and share advice with current students or just let us know how they are doing. It’s exciting to see the variety of experiences our students have been able to take part in and the diverse career paths they’ve been able to pursue.”

Morgan Peterson, academic support and writing advisor to juniors and seniors, is a licensed English teacher who taught at Southeast Guilford High School for nine years. She is a graduate of Guilford College. Mrs. Peterson engages upperclassmen in one-on-one meetings, keeping students on track in their college classes.

“I really enjoy seeing the students work independently on so many different classes all while sitting in the same room.  I am impressed by the established self-sufficiency that Chatham Charter has initiated at such a young age.  Witnessing this growth first hand while also getting to know the students and their ways of organization aids in how smoothly I am able to help students in their college courses.  Walking alongside students as they navigate communication skills is one of the best aspects about my support role.  Reminding students they are their own best advocate; a skill they will undoubtedly use for the rest of their lives, so playing even a small part is rewarding!”

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