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September 17, 2012

Teacher performs at all-agency meeting for DPI

TARBORO — Angie Ruffin, eighth-grade language arts teacher at West Edgecombe Middle School, was chosen to follow State Superintendent June Atkinson during the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s  (DPI) All Agency meeting on Sept. 10 at the McKimmon Centre in Raleigh.

Ruffin, who was once the music teacher at West Edgecombe, told stories about her early days as a teacher learning how to copy tests, or rather learning how to hand-write 27 copies when she couldn’t figure out the copy machine. She went on to remind the crowd of more than 700 people that you embrace changes that occur with lesson plans or technology because, as a teacher, you don’t just touch children’s minds, you touch their heart as well.

The performance ended with a hilarious rendition of “I’m Scared to Teach in a Public School” to the tune of “I’m Proud to Be An American.” Ruffin sang two verses about molding older teaching styles to the new technology and the challenges of a seasoned teacher learning to work with Smart Boards and new software and how scary, but necessary and innovative, change can be.

The crowd of educators, superintendents and other DPI staff gave Ruffin a standing ovation for her performance before the business portion of the meeting commenced.

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