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Exceptional educators Bouldin, Speas exemplifying excellence

PITTSBORO — An educator as passionate about his work as Melvin DiggsMelvin Diggs wasn’t about to let a pandemic steal the shine from his staff. 

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction hosts an annual conference focusing on exceptional children (EC), explained Diggs, the executive director of EC and academically or intellectually gifted programs for Chatham County Schools (CCS). School districts select an EC educator or related service provider to receive recognition at that conference, which usually is in Greensboro. COVID-19 cut in on that date, limiting the conference to a virtual format, which meant no nice dinner and other perks of acknowledgement for the honorees. 

“Unfortunately, those opportunities were not available this year,” Diggs said. 

So Diggs did what he does he innovated, gathering his leadership team, who put a local twist on what's done at the state level and recognized both Becky Bouldin and Beth Speas for jobs well done. 

“Since we were recognizing our teachers locally, and we were not forced to only select one district representative, we chose to honor them both as CCS Co-Educators of Excellence," Diggs said.  

Speas is an occupational therapist for the school system. Bouldin is an EC educator at Virginia Cross Elementary School.


The passion of Beth Speas


In class with Becky Bouldin


Published Dec. 18, 2020