Anson County School District educator, Dr. Kaye Davis-Mangum, is one of 20 students in Wingate University’s charter class to complete the doctoral program at the Matthews Campus and earn the Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership.
Dr. Davis-Mangum graduated on Aug. 5, and will participate in Wingate University’s commencement exercises on May 12, 2012. Dr. Davis-Mangum is a native of Badin, and the daughter of Mildred Davis and the late Melton Davis. She has over 30 years experience in the public school systems earning degrees from North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina Charlotte and Wingate University. She has worked in numerous leadership capacities in Durham Public Schools, Stanly County Schools and the Anson County School District. She is currently employed at Ansonville Elementary School.
Her final doctoral research project addressed the issue of school readiness based on kindergarten teachers’ perceptions. “Although school readiness is of significant concern to teachers, administrators, parents and communities, documentation of kindergarten teachers’ perceptions of school readiness is lacking in the research field, especially at the local level,” Dr. Davis-Mangum explained.
She identified weaknesses in the areas of social and emotional development, and language development for students entering kindergarten for the first time. Her research also shows that a child attending a pre-kindergarten program has fewer problems and presents less problems for the teacher. Her research project will be most valuable to pre-kindergarten programs, community agencies, and parents seeking strategies to help strengthen students’ skills and character traits before they enter kindergarten.
“With the Common Core Standards full implementation in all of North Carolina’s public schools in 2012, the standards and expectations for kindergarteners are significantly higher. If students are to be successful in K-12 and beyond, the process must start before they enter kindergarten,” Dr. Davis-Mangum explained in her research.
Wingate University’s doctoral program currently has more than 80 students enrolled from nine counties. For more information about the doctoral program and other graduate programs at Wingate University, contact Linda Morris at 704-321-1470.