Gene Freeman is currently the executive director of support services for the Public Schools of Robeson County. At the time of his Milken Educator Award, Mr. Freeman was a mathematics and language arts teacher at Carroll Middle School in Lumberton, where he helped students meet or exceed state achievement goals year after year. While at Carroll, he developed a program called the M.A.S.T.E.R. Educator Approach to Effective and Affective Teaching, which focused curriculum objectives around a central theme, linking creativity with accountability and making learning relevant. Mr. Freeman presented on M.A.S.T.E.R. at conferences and also developed the Schematic-Link Approach to Writing, which expanded students' writing capability. As teacher coordinator and initial licensure coach, he created staff development opportunities, facilitated workshops, mentored new teachers and assisted them with the licensure process. Mr. Freeman, who is National Board Certified, has visited Japan on a Fulbright scholarship, and writes on education for both the popular and academic press. He is working toward completing his doctorate in education at Fayetteville State University by December 2004. When not at PSRC, Mr. Freeman serves as an adjunct professor for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Along with a colleague, he is writing a book concerning science and literacy integration for Scarecrow Publishers. The book will be available during the 2005-2006 school year.
1989 University of North Carolina - Greensboro, B.S.
South Carolina State University, Ed.S.
Fayetteville State University, Ed.D.