This past October, East Carolina alumnus Dr. Brock Womble ’94, ’96, ’01 was selected to become the next executive director of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT).
Despite being executive director for only a month and a half, Womble already has a vision. He plans on using his position to help improve teacher appreciation and give teachers more opportunities for professional development.
“Teachers need to be reminded of how thankful we are to have them educating our children. Teachers are tremendous role models and leaders for our students,” said Womble. “The goal is to provide high quality professional development to teachers in an environment that values teaching profession.”
Womble’s appointment comes as no surprise, as his body of work and education makes him a perfect candidate for the job. Womble attended ECU after graduating from Appalachian State University. During his time he was able to receive his masters, educational specialist, and doctorates degrees.
“I began my professional teaching career in Hertford County and the proximity and reputation of the educational program led me to choose East Carolina University,” said Womble. “The educational leadership faculty had a wealth of experience in public school leadership and the value of those experiences provided me with insights to lead various schools and school districts.”
Womble has a decorated resume, bringing 22 years of education in numerous local, state and national leadership roles. Some positions he has held include serving as a member of the NCAT Board of Trustees and as a superintendent in four different regions of North Carolina.
Despite the experience, Womble also credits his success to the relationships he formed at ECU.
“My fondest memories at East Carolina University are the relationships I established with classmates and professors,” said Womble. “The friendships established at East Carolina University have helped me become successful in my professional career.”
By Michael Avila