4-8-20 Students, supplemental work has been posted on Google Classroom. New instruction will commence on 4-20. No work will be given next week due to spring break. My google classroom code is "sqcgdoz". Please join if you haven't already. I will have virtual "office hours" on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 AM if you need to reach me. Send me a message using Google classroom and/or email. Thanks. Wishing everybody the best.
Degrees and Certifications:
National Board Certification Bachelor's degree in History, Fredonia State University, 1991 Teacher Certification coursework completed at North Carolina Central University, 2001
Mr. Doug Pawlak
Mr. Pawlak began teaching at Riverwood Middle in 2002 and is the current Social Studies Chairperson at Riverwood Middle. Mr. Pawlak is happily married to his wife, Shannon, who also works for Johnston County Schools, and is the proud parent of two Riverwood Middle School students. A lifelong history fanatic, he loves teaching and discussing all aspects of history, especially military history. When not in the classroom, Mr. Pawlak enjoys visiting the many historical places in North America, especially the battlefield of Gettysburg. A National Board Certfied teacher, Mr. Pawlak has also been nominated twice as Johnston County Teacher of the Year, making it to the semifinals in 2014 as well as being selected to the Governor's Teacher Network in 2014. Students in Mr. Pawlak's class can expect to experience a more interactive history class, with classroom participation and role playing, a focus. Students can expect to do two big projects over the course of the year, a fall NC Fair, and a spring Ancestry project utilizing the school's free access to Ancestryclassroom.com. Mr. Pawlak also runs the school's History Club, which last year visited various Civil War area skirmish sites and battlefields while utilizing grant obtained metal detectors in the search for historical artifacts.
At this time, all traditional high school graduations are still planned for May 29. Graduation ceremonies for Johnston County Early College Academy and Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy will now take place on May 16th, rather than the original date of May 15th.
The Johnston County Board of Education will hold a budget work session on Tuesday, April 27. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. and be held in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield.