Alpha Beta Chapter

Johnston County, North Carolina


Meeting 2019

Like Mother Like Daughter

I have always heard the highest form of flattery is for someone to copy you. Well, I think that Amy Stanley would be the first to share that having her daughter, Anna, follow in her footsteps and become a middle school teacher in her same district is one of the highest forms of flattery for her.

Amy has been an educator in Johnston County Schools for 28 1/2 years. She has held several roles in the school system to include in the classroom and at the district level. Today, Amy is the Director of Digital Learning. One of the things Amy loves to do and is really good at is working with new teachers. This year she has had the opportunity to have her daughter participant in her workshops.

Anna graduated from East Carolina University (ECU) and was able to get a position as a language art teacher at Swift Creek Middle School. I had the pleasure of talking with Anna about her first year. What I took away from our conversation was how important it is to support our beginning teachers. Anna shared that she has enjoyed building relationships with her students, but realized that it takes a lot of time and she was not sure that she acquired that set of skills in her undergraduate studies. Just like her Mother, Anna wants to instill the love of reading in her students. Some of the things Anna loves about her first year is the people she works with and especially the new curriculum.

She has been given the opportunity to provide feedback to ECU about her first year experience. She hopes this will help the university better prepare the teachers in their program.

What I am so proud of is the emphasis DKG puts on beginning teachers. Our chapter has a strong Beginning Teacher Committee. Anna reminded my how difficult it is to start out. I don’t want to forget that! 

Amy and Anna Stanley

Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Dr. Johna Lee Faulconer, an associate professor in the College of Education Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education. She received the Max Ray Joyner Award for Excellence in Teaching Distance Education. She was selected for her commitment and enthusiasm in teaching and mentoring off-campus student and demonstrated excellence in the delivery of courses offered through distance education. 

To received this award, she received  recommendations, including peer and student reviews, and provide representative samples of course syllabi, tests and teaching materials.



Pictured L to R: College of Edu. Dean, Grant Hayes; Dr. Johna Faulconer; and Dr. Kristin Gehsmann.

Innovative Teacher and Students

Congratulations to one of our Alpha Beta Sisters, Stacy Holloman, Pine Level Elementary, who was one of several recipients of a Johnston County Schools (JCS) Grant for $16,000. The grants were awarded in December to use in innovative practices in JCS classrooms and schools.The JCS department of Academic Innovation funded the grants from within their budget. The department awarded $500 grants to 32 students and teachers who submitted proposals detailing why they needed the funds to be innovative.

Another Alpha Beta Sister, Amy Stanley, JCS Director of Digital Innovation, shared that the idea for the grants came from a national conference she attended. The grants would be given to students and teachers who had innovative ideas that could improve their community or school. Once the teachers and students were identified, the grant was presented to them to bring their ideas to reality.

Amy also shared that this is the first year that JCS has offered this type of grant to its students. Proposals from students ranged from wanting money to buy drones to simulate how bees pollinate flowers to new audio/visual equipment to improve a school’s news broadcast.

Before receiving the grant money, students used their mentor’s smart phone to record their broadcast. With the awarded funds they plan to buy a camera, a microphone, and other materials to enhance their newscast.

Innovative ideas behind the teacher’s grants ranged from creating flexible learning environments in the classroom to purchasing STEM supplies for students. Stacy plans to use the grant funds to promote collaboration, communication, and high order thinking through games and morning meetings. Way to go, Stacy!                                        

Information courtesy of Johnston County Schools


Stacy Holloman and several of her grant winning students.

DKG Members Present Chromebooks to Partnership for Children 

The Literacy Committee of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma presented two Chrome books to the Partnership for Childrens' newest center located in Benson. Evelyn Aranda is the instructor/director for Tutoring 4 Success.

Pictured from left to right are members of Alpha Beta Chapter, Noela Woodall, Evelyn Aranda, Ann Parrish, chairperson, Yvette Davis and Mary Ann Lee. Students are Marina Perez, Jonathan Baruch, and Edwin Aparicio.

DKG Members visit General Assembly to Discuss with Legislators - June 2016

Members of DKG visited with legislators to discuss education concerns as well as the budget.  

Photo includes (L to R): Kennan Eaddy, Lynn Ragsdale, Senator

Brent Jackson , Linda Little, Elaine Jenkins , and Cheryl Wright.


Alpha Beta Chapter Represented at Eta State Convention April 2015


Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Officers, 2014-2016

Pictured (L to R): Mary Helen Sills - Recording & Corresponding Secretary, Karen Parker- First Vice President, Lorine Davis - President, Karen Creech - Second Vice President, Rebecca Kuszmaul - Treasurer, and Mary Helen Wyatt- Parliamentarian.

Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honor society that recognizes and supports outstanding women in education, installed their new Johnston County Alpha Beta Chapter officers for 2014-2016.  The installation occurred on April 29th at First Presbyterian Church of Smithfield.

The mission of Delta Kappa Gamma is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators who exhibit excellence in education.

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Eta State Leadership Development Seminar

Pictured above are members from across the state who attended the Eta State Leadership Development Seminar.

On June June 20-23, 2013 Eta State sponsored a Leadership Development Seminar at William Peace University. seminar was entitled, "Leadership for All Ages and Stages." The following three strands woven throughout the seminar; leadership, technology and beginning teacher.  Guest speakers included, Dr. Kathie Harned, Xi (Tennessee) State President, Darcy Grimes, North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Dr. Paula Hildebrand, the recently retired Chief Health and Community Relations Officer for the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Four Alpha Beta Chapter members were able to attend the seminar, Karen Creech, Mary Lorine Davis, Nell Ferguson, and Amy Stanley. A report from the seminar will be shared at the September meeting.


Pictured (L to R): Yvette Davis, Ann Brown, Sonia Kiser

Johnston County Beginning Teacher Institute

Terri Simmons, Chairman of the Alpha Beta Chapter Beginning Teachers Committee and several committee members participated in Beginning Teacher Institute being held for Johnston County's  150 plus first year teachers. Terri shared she and several committee members had a fabulous experience meeting, greeting, and eating with these new teachers.

The institute was held on August 14th at Selma Elementary. Alpha Beta provided lemonade and chocolate chip cookies for the new teachers. The Alpha Beta brochure and collection of teacher tips and stories were passed out to these new teachers as they were welcomed to the profession!

A photograph was taken of several new committee members as they prepared to serve our newest group of educators in Johnston County Schools.

Pictured (L to R): Mary Helen Wyatt- Parliamentarian, Jennifer Moore- Second Vice President,, Lynn Ragsdale- President, Debra Avery- First Vice President, Rebecca Kuszmaul- Treasurer, and Glenda Toler- Recording & Corresponding Secretary.


Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Officers, 2012-2014


The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional society of women educators, recently elected officers for the next biennium.   The local chapter has a strong focus on improving literacy resources for Johnston County Schools students, provides a scholarship for local female graduates who are pursuing a teaching degree and supports teachers who are beginning their careers in education.

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Delta Kappa Gamma Society New Chapter Leaders Training Session


A day long New Chapter Leaders Training Session of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education globally, was held on June 22, 2012 in Goldsboro, NC.  Five members of the Alpha Beta Chapter, which represents Johnston County, attended the Eta State (North Carolina) meeting.


Lynn Ragsdale, President; Becky Kuszmaul, Treasurer; Jennifer Moore, Second Vice President; Cathy Cox, Membership Chair; and Debra Avery, First Vice President received tips on preparing for chapter meetings and setting long and short-term goals for the next biennium.


Delta Kappa Gamma members are committed to advancing the professional interest and position of women in education and staying abreast of current economic, social, political, and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society. They support annual scholarships for students graduating from Johnston County Schools, encourage literacy by purchasing books for children, and support beginning teachers with mentorships and supplies.


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Alpha Beta Chapter Committee Planning Meeting

A very important lesson I believe we have learned from President Jennifer Swartz during her first year as President is the need for each Alpha Beta committee to have documentation of the committee’s purpose, goals and objectives.  Equally important, each member of the committee needs to know and understand the purpose of the committee and help define the yearly goals and objectives. 

This year, one of Jennifer‘s goals is to have each committee chairman plan a meeting with the committee members to develop a notebook outlining the purpose of the committee and plans for 2011-12.  If the membership of a committee changes, this notebook will provide new members with valuable information.   

Another one of Jennifer’s goals is to have committee members mentored before taking on the responsibility of a committee chairman so there is a smooth transition of information regarding roles and responsibilities. 


A group of committee chairman meet in September to begin this process. This is the beginning of a process that will help the organization become even more efficient.

Alpha Beta Chapter New Members Induction Ceremony

The Alpha Beta Chapter inducted 3 new members to our society, Amy Stanley, Carol Blakely, and Denise Byrd. We conducted a ceremony to induct these new members.

All 3 members are outstanding educators from Johnston County Schools. We are very fortunate to have such outstanding educators as members of our society.

Carol Jane Blakely of Pine Level, with a Masters and National Board Certification, has twenty nine years experience as a professional educator.  She has taught at Selma Elementary as both an EC teacher and a regular education teacher.  She is presently a third grade teacher in an inclusion classroom where she has looped up with these students for two years.  They were in first grade when she started with them.  She serves as both a mentor to new teachers and a mentor to her large third grade team.  Her experience has been vital over the years to this largely Title One school in Johnston County.  Carol is involved in both the Johnston County Beekeepers' Association and the First Methodist Church of Pine Level.

Denise Benson Byrd resides with her husband and two children in the McGee's Crossroads Community.   During her more than twenty years as an educator, she has been an elementary teacher and certified mentor at Cleveland Elementary, an assistant principal at Meadow, and is currently, as of this year, serving as principal of Selma Elementary.  Denise received her National Board Certification and Master of Elementary Education before completing work toward an administration degree.  Her resume would list many awards and honors.  She is an active church member and has been an avid supporter of her husband, Donald Byrd, who recently ran for Register of Deeds.  Her son is presently at West Johnston High School and an Eagle Scout.  Her daughter graduated in 2010 from West Johnston as the first student to receive the Joyce W.Wade Scholarship and is now attending Methodist University where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. 

Amy Hinson Stanley of Smithfield has helped to organize all of the professional development for technology in Johnston County Schools.  She also conducts professional development workshops across the county.  With twenty years of experience teaching language arts and math for grades 6-8, and computer skills for grades K-5 as well as serving as the Elementary Lead Technology Teacher, she has earned a Masters degree, mentor certification, AIG certification K-12, and certification in computer skills. She is currently serving on the Elementary Critical Issues Team and the Reading Focus Team for the county.  She is involved in her First Christian Church and the Johnston County Girl Scouts, having served as a leader for five years.

Dr. June Atkinson, NC State Superintendent Guest Speaker for Alpha Beta Chapter

State Superintendent June Atkinson, spoke to members of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma in Benson on February 2nd.  Dr. Atkinson, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, discussed concerns with the state budget and education cuts. 

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international honorary society of women educators that promotes professional and personal growth and excellence in education.  North Carolina has approximately 5,000 members; worldwide the society is 100,000 strong.


Wood, Cash, and Woodall

Pictured (L to R):  Sue Wood, Ramona Cash & Noela Woodall

Noela Woodall received the 2006 Frances Finch Hobart Award for Voluntary Community Service.


Cash, Herring, Woodall, and Whittington

Pictured (L to R): Ramona Cash, Dale Herring (President of Johnston County Community Foundation), Noela Woodall, & Betsy Whittington (Treasurer of the Johnston County Community Foundation.)

Ramona Cash and Noela Woodall received awards from the Johnston County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the NC Community Foundation.




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