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NHCS Teachers Receive the UNCW Promise of Leadership Award

New Hanover County Schools is pleased to announce that Bianca Brodie-Hunt of Anderson Elementary School, Loryn Casas of Hoggard High School, Katy Leonard of Trask Middle School, and Hayley Meadows of Codington Elementary School received the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) Promise of Leadership Award.

The UNCW Promise of Leadership Program is comprised of a group of new teachers who show leadership in the classroom. Teachers are nominated by their school system and formally recognized by UNCW for their commitment and expertise with the Promise of Leadership Award. These teachers also have an opportunity to work with a UNCW Master Teacher and provide professional development to other beginning teachers during spring workshop sessions at the Beginning Teacher Professional Development Days.

As award recipients, the teachers receive free registration for Beginning Teacher Professional Development Days on November 3, 2017, February 9, 2018, and April 20, 2018. In addition, they are invited to attend the Master Teacher Collaboration Dinner on November 11, 2017, and participate in the Teacher Resiliency Professional Development and Book Study on December 12, 2017, January 25, 2018, and March 20, 2018.

Bianca Brodie-HuntMrs. Bianca Brodie-Hunt is a fourth grade teacher in her fifth year of teaching and second year of teaching at Anderson Elementary School. She received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Master's degree in Educational Technology from North Carolina Central University. Mrs. Brodie-Hunt’s goals for this year are to develop a healthy relationship with each student and parent as they work together to ensure each student has academic success.



Loryn CasasMs. Loryn Casas is in her second year of teaching Social Studies at John T. Hoggard High School. Ms. Casas has taught American History, Civics & Economics, and World History at Hoggard. Ms. Casas received a Bachelor’s degree in History and English with a focus on technology and design in 2013, and a Master’s in Secondary Social Studies Education in 2016 from UNCW. Ms. Casas hopes to inspire all of her students to appreciate history and to share her love of traveling and understanding diverse cultures.



Katy LeonardMs. Katy Leonard is a seventh grade Social Studies teacher at Emma B. Trask Middle School. Ms. Leonard received a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education and a minor in Spanish in May 2015 from UNCW, and is currently working on a Master's degree in History also at UNCW. Ms. Leonard has a passion for history and social studies and is very excited about sharing that with her students this year. A few of her favorite things are reading, traveling, and dogs.



Hayley MeadowsMs. Hayley Meadows is a Special Education teacher and she teaches Specially Designed Academics- Daily Living for students with severe and profound disabilities at Codington Elementary School. This is her third year teaching and second year at Codington. She has also worked in Cary with students with Autism in a self-contained classroom. She attended the UNCW Watson College of Education Adapted Special Education Program. Ms. Meadows’ goal is to make her classroom successful and positive for all her students so they can grow and learn.


For more information on the UNCW Promise of Leadership Award, visit their website at

Posted: 10/24/17