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Distinguished Alumni Award

Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Watson College of Education’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni of the Year
Caroline Courter ’11M was recognized as the Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the year at the Alumni Chapter’s annual spring dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 30 at the Wise Alumni House.   She was chosen as the 2013 award recipient based on her achievements as an educator accompanied by her extensive educational research and involvement.

Caroline Courter received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 2004 from Western Carolina University.  She received her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Supervision from UNCW in May 2011.  Courter is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UNCW.

In addition to her studies, Courter is a First Grade Teacher at Malpass Corner Elementary School in Burgaw.  Courter has served on numerous committees, worked with the Department of Public Instruction and created Science and STEM programs for the betterment of her students, colleagues, and community.  Courter received a grant from the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington for the 2012-2013 academic year which provided funding to create a STEM materials resource center at Malpass Corner Elementary.

As a recipient of the Ralph Brauer Fellowship, Courter will travel to Boston, MA during the summer of 2013 to complete an educational internship in collaboration with Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She will study STEM education in urban classrooms and analyze research related to urban STEM outreach programs.
Additionally, Courter has volunteered on numerous committees for the betterment of the education system.  She served as a Title I School Improvement Team Member and Team Leader in 2004-2006 and 2009-2012, Science Leadership K-2 School Representative in 2009-2010 and 2011-2013, and “Energy Eagles” School Coordinator in 2012-2013. 


Chartered in 1996, the Watson College of Education (WCE ) Alumni Chapter has distinguished itself by serving UNCW, the WCE and the UNCW Alumni Association! Through its fundraising efforts, the chapter has established an endowed alumni scholarship, the naming of the student lounge on the ground floor of the WCE , and the awarding of two annual student scholarships. The annual awarding of the Distinguished Alumni Award is a way the chapter recognizes WCE alumni who have distinguished themselves in the workforce and community by their work and service while representing the Watson School of Education’s commitment to excellence. With the unwavering support of the Dean of the WCE , along with the faculty and staff, our chapter has provided valuable programs to student interns and veteran teachers alike.

Honor someone today by nominating them for the 2011 WCE Distinguished Alumni Award!

The one page form is easy to complete by providing a brief description of your nominee’s accomplishments. Re-submission of previously nominated candidates is encouraged. Download the nomination form here >

“It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live”
(Ethel Percy Andrus 1884-1967)

We invite you to nominate alumni who have made significant contributions to education and who have represented the Watson College of Education's commitment to excellence.

Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014

Please submit your form to:
WCE Distinguished Alumni Award
UNCW Watson College of Education
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5991