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Coaches and Fairy Tales

Hello NEAAAT, do you remember when you were younger? Did you read or believe in fairy-tales? Well, I know that you don’t have to be young to love them! I know that some of our middle grades coaches are still in the fairy-tale spirit, like Coach West, who likes Cinderella because she “wanted to be the one who grew up and had the chance to dress up in a beautiful ball gown and meet my Prince Charming and live happily ever after in a castle”. Or even like Coach Spruill who was always fond of Beauty and the Beast because he believes “in the innate goodness of humanity, even if that goodness is covered up by our baser nature”. (more…)

Valentine’s Day at NEAAAT

Happy Valentines Day NEAAAT!! I hope everybody had a wonderful Valentine’s day with their friends or just staying home and watching Netflix. Either way, I hope everybody had a wonderful day! Anyways, Valentine’s day is supposed to be a day that is filled with love and friendship. Our coaches usually fill their day with love by following simple traditions or just celebrating the day with their friends and family. For example, Coach Spruill usually takes his wife out to dinner and then goes to see a movie (depending on what’s playing). Coach Luther and Coach McNeill normally do something similar and have a nice dinner with their family. Coach Luther loves making goodies, so her family gets a lot of desserts, along with handmade goody-bags that she makes for her kids. (more…)

Coach Scurria: Valued Volunteered

Coach Norman Scurria, a retired engineer, helps tutor students after school in math and assists Coach Alcott in her math classes. Coach Scurria says about NEAAAT, “This educational initiative at NEAAAT is a model for what all education will become, so it is rewarding to be involved in building the models within an educational system. I can’t think of anything more rewarding to me than helping a student learn, especially in this environment where students seem to have an above average desire to learn and a good attitude about learning in general. I think it is doubly rewarding for me: to help someone learn who wants to learn. I don’t think it gets better than that. Just being involved with NEAAAT, regardless if it is mathematics or in any other capacity, is exciting because this is the next generation of how to learn and what to learn.” Coach Scurria is a valued member of the NEAAAT family and his continuous support is welcome and appreciated.

Interview of NEAAAT’s SGA President, Grace Bassett

NEAAAT SGA President

Question 1: How does it feel being the SGA President of NEAAAT?

Grace answered this question with an amazing and enlightened attitude, which made me feel better about my first interview. She began with how she didn’t really feel like she would win, and when she was told on that day in class, she began jumping up and down. “I was elated,” Grace told me, “…The other campaigns were very good, and I was very surprised to have won.” Grace got a lot of love from her coaches and student body, and she is very grateful. (more…)

Coach Hedley’s Super Power

NEAAAT's Newest Middle School Coach

Coach Joseph Hedley is the newest middle school coach, teaching design principles. Coach Hedley was born here in North Carolina, and then after a couple years moved with his family, including his younger brother and sister,  to Macon and Athens Georgia. While Hedley lived in Georgia, he went to college at University of Georgia for 4 years (GO DAWGS). After spending 15 years in Georgia, he then decided to come back home to North Carolina and has lived here ever since.
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