Wilhelm Receives McClure Award
Nicole Wilhelm, Art teacher at Central Elementary School and Riverbend Elementary School, has been named the 2013 James G. K. McClure Award winner from Haywood County Schools. Nicole Wilhelm will serve on a delegation of teachers from North Carolina who will travel to India this summer to study.
India has a rich tradition of scientific and technological innovation while also facing a number of social and environmental challenges. The study is designed to allow the North Carolina delegation members to meet, learn from, and collaborate with colleagues and experts in India.
The delegation will explore global challenges with implications for both North Carolina and India. Participants will explore ways to utilize technology to incorporate global experiences into the classroom. Teachers who participate in the program will be able to use their first-hand experiences to increase student understanding of India and the world.
The McClure Award will cover the full cost of the program and travel fees of approximately $4,750. Program costs include international round-trip airfare from Raleigh or Charlotte, airport taxes, health insurance during the international portion of the program, hotel accommodations, most meals, ground transportation abroad and program costs in India. The program also includes an orientation, speakers, facilities, some meals, materials and an information handbook.
Dr. Anne Garrett, superintendent said, “We are very fortunate The University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding and the James G. K. McClure Award Program allow us to participate in this wonderful professional development activity. Our teachers always use their experiences to help students improve global awareness.”
Dr. Bill Nolte, associate superintendent said, “This is always a competitive award among our teachers. High quality applications are submitted from across various teacher groups. Nicole’s application was unusually strong, ranking first among 80 percent of the reviewers.”