Dr. Melinda E. Ratchford

Associate Professor of Education


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  • B.S., Appalachian State University
  • M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Ed.S., Appalachian State University
  • Ed.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Education Department
  • North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar – travel state presenting Titanic and Kennedy Family presentations
  • Presenter at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching – weeklong symposiums in April of 2008; April 2009, August 2009, April 2010, June 2010, June 2011 presentations on Titanic: Ship of Dreams and Camelot: The Myth and Mystique of the Kennedys
  • Staff Development Workshops Taught or Directed:
    AV in Your Classroom; The Kennedy Assassination; A Raleigh Legislative Experience; Teaching for Thinking: Creativity in the Classroom;
  • Abacus and Model Curriculum Database
  • Assessment Training; Distance Learning; Emerging Technologies; Dealing with Opposition Groups; Information Age Agenda; Use of
  • Instructional Management Systems;Telecommunications; Society and Ethics; Future of the Communication Age; Computer Skills
  • Curriculum; Cyberethics; Great Britain and Its History; Filtering; The Titanic Expedition; Halifax and the Sinking
  • NEA/NCAE Lifetime Member
  • ASCD Membership
  • North Carolina Association of School Librarians – state president 1997-99
  • North Carolina Library Association – Intellectual Freedom Committee 1996-99
  • First Union Non-Teaching Educator of the Year 1998 – Gaston County
  • Outstanding Gaston County Woman of the Year – nominee – 1998
  • National Education Association – member since 1972
  • Delegate to eight national conventions since 1975
  • North Carolina Association of Educators – member since 1971
  • Delegate to sixteen state conventions since 1975
  • Editor The Gaston County Navigator – Winner of the State School Press Award – 1982,1985,1986,1988 for Local district newsletter
  • President – Gaston County NCAE 1981-1982
  • Held all major elected office positions in local NCAE