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Focusing on Gifted Education in NCCS

brainpowerSeveral educators in NCCS have had an opportunity to focus on our academically gifted students this year.  With two different training opportunities, sixteen teachers in our district will be learning new skills to meet the needs of gifted students.
First, four NCCS teachers, Theresa Roth (Shuford), Matt Mitchell (South Newton), Rebecca Lockwood (North Newton), and Sheridan Summer (NCMS), are attending AIG professional development sessions throughout the 2013-14 school year to become locally endorsed to teach gifted students.  Catawba County Schools’ AIG program is hosting the series of trainings.  Linda Robinson, AIG is facilitating each of the eight sessions.
Linda Robinson is Director of CONNECTIONS-NC, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in gifted education and differentiation. For the last 23 years, she has conducted professional development and program evaluation for gifted and Title I programs across North Carolina. In addition, Linda has served as Coordinator of Gifted Programs for multiple school systems, taught gifted learners K-12, presented at state and national conferences, and conducted courses for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, University of Virginia, and East Carolina University. Check out her resources on Learn NC.
NCCS teachers attending AIG PD with Linda Robinson -  From left to right: Theresa Roth (Shuford), Matt Mitchell (South Newton), Linda Robinson (Connections), Sheridan Summer (NCMS), and Rebecca Lockwood (North Newton).

NCCS teachers attending AIG PD with Linda Robinson – From left to right:
Theresa Roth (Shuford), Matt Mitchell (South Newton), Linda Robinson (Connections), Sheridan Summer (NCMS), and Rebecca Lockwood (North Newton).

On February 24, 2013, the NCCS AIG Program is facilitating a Kindergarten – third grade “Nurturing for Giftedness” training.  Twelve NCCS primary teachers and select CCS teachers will attend the session.  The presenter will be Sarah Hennessey from Cumberland County.

For more information about academically gifted services, contact Jan Freeman, AIG Coordinator or Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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