The Ayden Chamber partnered with the Pitt County Educational Foundation and sponsored a day of professional development for the Teachers Executive Institute.
The Teachers Executive Institute program provides teachers opportunities to learn leadership skills and acquire resources through Pitt County Businesses.
The day started with breakfast provided by Andy’s Grill and Recreation and Gwendy’s Goodies. Commissioner Cindy Goff then lead the 18 teachers on a walking tour of downtown Ayden. The tour included stops at the Ayden Library, Coltrain Hardware, and Happy’s Emporium. Commissioner Goff lead the teachers through the pocket park where she spoke to them about the importance of community and how the businesses in Ayden connect with the community by providing fundraising, community events, and partnering with other local businesses to support each other.
Bailey Harris, Ayden Chamber Executive Director, then lead the group to the Ayden Museum where Andrea Norris and her staff of volunteers shared Ayden’s history with them.
The day ended with lunch at Bum’s Restaurant with a presentation by Dr. Cheryl Meola with Mane Source Counseling and Coaching and Malaika Albright with Freckles Farm. The teachers learned various breathing techniques they can teach their students or for their own mental health needs.
To view a video of the day, visit the Ayden Chamber Facebook page.