Cumberland County Educator to Receive Prestigious Professional Development Award from the N.C. Association of Educators

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June 5, 2015                                                                                  800-662-7924, ext. 212


Cumberland County Educator to Receive Prestigious Professional Development Award

from the N.C. Association of Educators


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Brian Freeman, a K-5 instructional coach at C. Wayne Collier Elementary School in Hope Mills, is the winner of the 2015 NCAE Linda Rader Professional Opportunity Award, given to an educator in support of developing their leadership responsibilities and/or professional growth. The award of $1,500, along with a plaque, will be presented to Freeman during a special celebration on Friday, June 5, at the Education Resource Center (395 Elementary Road, Fayetteville). The event begins at 6 p.m.

The award is named in honor of Gaston County educator Linda Rader, who served as an instructional leader and NCAE president. She was instrumental in the merger of the predominately African-American North Carolina Teachers’ Association (NCTA) and the predominately white North Carolina Education Association (NCEA), which came together to form NCAE in 1970.

An educator for 19 years, Freeman says there are three significant professional development events that have positively impacted his abilities as an educator – obtaining a master’s degree in elementary education, achieving National Board Certification (NBC), and earning NBC renewal. The icing on the cake, so to speak, he says was being selected as a Fulbright Fellow to study abroad in Japan. “This opportunity lit a spark and passion that helped me analyze myself under a new lens. I think during those two years, I probably grew the most, especially having to move from teaching second grade for 12 years to kindergarten.”

Freeman said he wants to continue to increase his leadership abilities as well as continue to grow in his professional development. Currently he is enrolled in the School Administration Program at UNC-Pembroke. “As a future administrator, it will be my responsibility to lay the groundwork for a successful public school by setting a clear direction and tone, investing in high-quality professional development, setting up mentors for new teachers, giving teachers the authority to make key instructional decisions, and elevating the importance of academic achievement. I have made a difference as a teacher, as an instructional coach, but the extent of a difference I can make as a ‘leader of leaders’ is beyond my wildest imagination!”

Described as a national award-winning teacher, Freeman has an extensive line of professional accomplishments. He served on the NCAE Board of Directors and as an NEA alternate director for three years, is a former commissioner for the Town of Red Springs, was the recipient of the NEA Magna Carta Fellowship to the UK, and was a Disney Teacher Honoree. His work has been featured in Our State Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day. He is a graduate of Pembroke University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

NCAE is the state’s largest education advocacy organization for public school employees and represents active, retired and student members.



Published on June 5, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd