Alice Wellborn has spent most of her life in public schools as a student, a parent, and a professional. It’s been a joy and a privilege.
As a child, Alice attended six different public schools in three different states. She earned a psychology degree from Scripps College in 1974 and a master’s degree in child development from George Peabody College in 1976.
Alice began her professional career at the Duke Developmental Evaluation Center. She took a school psychology job in Transylvania County Schools in Brevard, North Carolina in 1978, and she has been there in one way or another ever since. Alice retired from Transylvania County Schools in July 2013.
Alice’s auxiliary career as a public school parent began in August 1990 when Sam entered kindergarten, and ended in June 2006 when Frederick graduated from high school. Three boys x 13 years of school = a lot of time and a lot of teachers. She appreciates everyone who helped her boys on their journey through public education.
Alice is a nationally certified school psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists and a licensed psychological associate through the North Carolina State Psychology Board. She has been active in the North Carolina School Psychology Association for many years. She participated in writing a position paper on High Stakes Testing, and she was a major contributor to a position paper on Grade Retention. Alice was awarded a NCSPA Presidential Award of Honor in 2002 for her advocacy on behalf of children.
Currently, Alice has a weekly blog post on FlyLady.net and SchoolSavvyParents.com, and a bi-monthly article on educational topics for the Transylvania Times. She posts questions and comments on her Facebook page, No More Parents Left Behind. Her book, The Savvy Parent’s Guide to Public School, is available on Amazon and on this website.
Alice believes that public schools are the cornerstone of a strong democracy and a community responsibility. To paraphrase John Dewey, one of the fathers of American public education, “What the best and wisest parents want for their child is what we should want for all the children of the community. Anything less destroys our democracy.”