Education rests at the center of so many fruitful endeavors—and stands the test of time. Likewise, the Kathy Taft Center for Excellence and Leadership in Education serves as a hub for educators to collaborate and learn themselves. The Center officially opened its doors in Greenville last month.
What does The Center do?
Outfitted as a multipurpose space, the Kathy Taft Center for Excellence and Leadership in Education provides a place where educators, administrators, and school staff can brainstorm together. It’s operated by Pitt County Schools, but aims to train educators from across the state.
The Center boasts multiple rooms designed for groups of varying size, paying homage to local treasures in the process. Rooms in The Center owe their names to various local and state icons. For instance, the 96-person Carolina Room salutes The University of North Carolina, the U.S.’s first public university. The Appalachian and Blue Ridge rooms recognize the mountain ranges in western North Carolina.
Each room in the Kathy Taft Center for Excellence and Leadership in Education is equipped for congregation and collaboration. Modern technology furnishes the spaces, such as projection screens, floor-to-ceiling whiteboard walls, and a powered conference table. Two of the rooms, the Appalachian and Blue Ridge, can be combined into the Mountain Range room if needed. To do this, the state-of-the-art Sky Fold wall is pinned up.
Why’s The Center in the news?
Beyond its importance as a community resource, the Kathy Taft Center for Excellence and Leadership in Education realizes a vision. The Center’s namesake comes from Kathy Taft, a lifelong education enthusiast who tragically passed away in 2010 because of a brutal assault. At the time of her death, she still served on the North Carolina State Board of Education.
The Center, along with further accolades and posthumous scholarships, honor her memory. Her passion for education, which typified her life, can continue on through the generations.
Its stories like the Kathy Taft Center for Excellence and Leadership in Education that warm the heart. We’re glad that this new education center also calls Greenville, North Carolina home.