• Welcome to the Beginning Teacher Support Program!

    If you are a beginning teacher and new to Brunswick County Schools, we are excited to have you start your teaching career here with us!

    Brunswick County Schools’ Vision is to have “a community of well-educated, employable, and socially responsible citizens.”  Our Mission is “to produce college and career ready high school graduates.” With our focus on growing students from crayons to college and career readiness, we take pride in supporting and growing our faculty and staff.  It takes a village to raise a child, and every child in Brunswick County Schools matters!

    In our Here We Grow! 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, Goal 3 states that “Every student, every day has excellent educators.”  The District Beginning Teacher Support Team and every school Beginning Teacher Support Team is here to help every new teacher grow into an effective teacher who changes the lives of every child in his/her class.  

    The Beginning Teacher Program begins with a 3-day professional development induction designed to welcome new teachers to Brunswick County Schools, promote strong instructional and classroom practices and to grow every educator where he/she is.  Each Beginning Teacher is provided an on-site mentor to support their professional growth journey.  In addition, each school site has a site coordinator who organizes monthly site specific growth opportunities. And, the district BT coordinator is here to support every beginning teacher, mentor and site coordinator.  Our Beginning Teacher Support Team is here to support beginning teachers in their professional journal as they work to provide personalized learning for the students in Brunswick County.  

    Brunswick County Schools has digitized much of its BTSP program with the primary learning management system being housed in Google Classroom.  This allows both face-to-face and online collaboration, training and professional learning.  While the Beginning Teacher portfolio, files and information are uploaded to Google Classroom, it is highly recommended that each teacher maintain individual files.  BTs should see their school BT Coordinator for information on accessing your school's BT Google Classroom.


Department Staff

  • Central Office BTSP Staff


    Jen Damin

    Executive Director of Professional Development and Elementary Education

    District Coordinator, Beginning Teacher Support

    District Director, AVID

    Title II Coordinator

    Office: 910-253-1066





    Stephanie Shytle

    Administrative Assistant, Professional Development

    Administrative Assistant, Beginning Teacher Support

    Office: 910-253-1053



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  • School BT Coordinators




    Brandi Dobo


    Allison Wilkens

    Jessie Mae

    Jennifer Parton


    Savanna Helms


    Spring Richardson


    Kathy Keifer

    Town Creek Elem

    Samantha Ward

    Town Creek Middle

    Cortni Lemon


    Shannell Caulder


    Tricia Padgett


    Kim Hawkins


    Sarah Maykish


    Kayla Crocker


    Sandy Creech


    Marisa Thomas


    Alexis Saunders (8/21-10/21)

    Laura Carley Tadder (10/21-EOY)


    Erica Sypole


    Carol Desmond


    Sarah Osborne

    The COAST

    Ashanda Grissett



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Department News

  • The 2021 Virtual North Carolina Beginning Teacher Summit, “Growing to Greatness: Policies, Practices, and Impact”,  is June 16 & 17.  The NCBT Summit is a two day FREE professional development opportunity specifically designed to address the needs of novice teachers. Through a blend of live opening and closing sessions, live Teacher of the Year panels and pre-recorded breakout sessions, beginning teachers will be able to self-select sessions on key instructional practices to positively impact student learning. In addition, they will have the opportunity to learn how to use policies and data to enhance instruction and will develop understanding on how to make social emotional learning part of the daily classroom experience. 

    *Please note that CEU credits for the live and pre-recorded breakout sessions may be given at the discretion of your Public School Unit (PSU) or non-Public School Unit. 


    Check out the sessions being offered by great educators from all across the state on the BT Summit website  at a later date. Register for the BT Summit using this Google Form link: https://forms.gle/1ocGRXVVPb6e6Yhu8. 


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