Author Archives: Tim Markley

It’s Not the Same Old Teaching Job

When I began my career in School Administration, I always wanted to make sure that I never lost the connection to the classroom and teaching. One way I keep that connection is by constantly visiting classrooms. Another way that I … Continue reading

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No Summer Slide by Cynthia Shields, Language Arts Supervisor, NHCS

It’s summer and the Ceratopogonidae are here! What’s that? You can’t see them? Well, that’s because they are no-see-ums! As much as we love summer, we don’t like those annoying pests. We also don’t like another summer phenomenon: the loss … Continue reading

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Virgo: What’s Next?

Most of you are aware by now that our application for a charter school at D.C. Virgo has been denied. While I am disappointed, I do not see this as the end of our efforts. I believe the plan we … Continue reading

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Board Amends Tenure Policy to Improve Teacher Performance by Dr. Tim Markley

A recent news headline states that New Hanover County Schools has adopted a new teacher evaluation system; however, this is not quite accurate. We are not creating a new evaluation process, but are currently in our second year of using … Continue reading

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A Must-Read Message to Parents from Ron Clark

Many of you are already familiar with the nationally-reknown educator Ron Clark. In case you are not, Ron Clark began as a teacher in Aurora, North Carolina and left four years later to teach at an inner-city school in Harlem. Clark’s … Continue reading

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Census: Education Has Greater Effect on Earnings than Race, Gender

By Sarah D. Sparks on September 9, 2011 5:15 PM  The below article is from Education Week and stresses how education, above all other factors, directly impacts your future income.  It is a powerful reminder of the importance of staying in school … Continue reading

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Explanation of What Budget Cuts Mean for Our Schools

On Thursday, students will return to school for the 2011-12 school year. I have a lot of hope for this year. There were continued signs of progress last year. Overall student proficiencies and our graduation rate increased and we had … Continue reading

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Reach, Equip, Achieve

It is hard to believe, but the official first day of school for traditional calendar students is fast approaching. I am excited about this year because it will be my first full year with New Hanover County Schools. Last year, … Continue reading

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Life Lesson from a Winning NHCS Student

Anh Tran is a rising junior at Wilmington Early College High School who recently competed in a national student competition in Orlando, Florida. Our local Chamber of Commerce was generous enough to help Anh and other students from WECHS attend … Continue reading

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Chairman’s Comments on the Senate Budget

This week the Senate passed their version of the budget. From here it moves onto the State House of Representatives for approval and finally, it will head to the Governor’s desk for her approval. I have deep concerns about this budget … Continue reading

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