Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE) has a new team member for their North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. Dr. Adreian M. Pitts joined the team this August as a new instructional coach.
As an instructional coach, Pitts provides non-evaluative observations, weekly feedback, and goal setting support to beginning teachers as they navigate their first years in the field of education. .
“I also work with district and school leaders with customizing professional development based on their initiatives to support the growth of educators,” Pitts added. “All of this support is offered in an effort to help retain teachers in this very rewarding profession!”
When asked why Pitts joined Appalachian, she said, “Appalachian State has one of the BEST education programs in the nation! I am honored to be a part of the Mountaineer Family.”
According to Dr. Betsy Rosenbalm, RCOE’s Director of the Public School Partnership and the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program Regional Director at Appalachian, "The North Carolina New Teacher Support Program in our region has grown from serving an average of 27 new teachers a year with one instructional coach to serving over 60 teachers this year with a need for 2.5 coaches!”
“We are now serving new teachers at the North Carolina School for the Deaf, the Appalachian State Academy at Middle Fork, the American Renaissance School, and several other school districts in our area, including Alleghany County Schools, Ashe County Schools, Avery County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Elkin City Schools, Watauga County Schools, and Yadkin County Schools!”
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Adreian Pitts join our team this school year as a ‘coach on loan’ from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” continued Rosenbalm. “Dr. Pitts has an impressive resume of experience as a teacher and administrator, and we love her positive attitude and ability to be flexible! She is a true team player and valuable addition to the App State family!"
Pitts has a B.A. in English with a psychology minor from Winston-Salam State University. She also has an M.A., Ed.S., and Ed.D in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University.
Previously, Pitts taught high school English, and most recently, she was a middle school administrator.
Pitts noted that she is excited about “getting to know the beginning teachers and working with them as they discover the joys of the profession!”
She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and going to the beach. She has aspirations of becoming a school superintendent.
“I love serving, in any capacity, as an educator,” exclaimed Pitts. “I always aim to make a difference in the lives of others, to be a positive representative for my community, and to live out God's Earthly purpose for my life.”