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Research fellowship

An East Garner Middle School teacher will take part in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers fellowship program this summer.

Brian Cole will spend July 14-26 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.

The two-week fellowship is designed to empower teachers to bring the excitement of authentic research into their classrooms. During the program, Cole will work alongside some of the nation’s top scientists on short-term projects based on today’s most current and innovative scientific research.

In addition to research, he will benefit from a number of facility tours and seminars aimed at helping teachers effectively incorporate research into their science and math classrooms. He will also receive a grant to purchase equipment for his classrooms.

Kaplan SAT course

Kaplan Test Prep will offer free instruction on the SAT from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner. A follow-up test review will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Registration is required at 919-662-2250.

Educators recognized

The Johnston County school system has named its latest employees of the month. They are Mary Rhyne, a science teacher at McGee’s Crossroads Middle School, and Michele Brewer, a teacher assistant at Princeton Elementary.

Here’s what Rhyne’s nominator had to say: “I am a parent who has a child who struggles with communication while at school, and this affects his grades. Mrs. Rhyne rose to the challenge and told me if he needed help that he could email her daily and ask or say whatever was on his mind. She even said he could write it down and hand it to her during class. I am watching my son’s grades improve due to this, and Mrs. Rhyne, in my eyes, has taken teaching to a new level by going above and beyond to help a child.”

Here’s what Brewer’s nominator had to say: “The administration at Princeton Elementary consistently pairs Michele with the first-year teachers because she is able to take them under her wing and guide them throughout the year. She is forever bragging about her students’ accomplishments in class during conversations outside the classroom.”

Scholarships available

Students entering certain technical programs at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro are eligible for scholarships through the college’s Top 10 Scholarship program.

The scholarships provide in-state tuition and fees for students in the following programs: accounting; air conditioning, heating and refrigeration; criminal justice/latent evidence; electronics engineering; emergency preparedness; medical laboratory, medical office administration/medical coding; networking; pharmacy technology; and turfgrass management.

Applications are due by Friday, June 28. For more information and an application form, go to or contact the WCC financial aid office at 919-739-6735 or