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Free English Classes Provided for Newton-Conover ESL Parents

teacherApproximately 12 parents of Newton-Conover ESL students have been attending English classes free of charge at North Newton Elementary this school year. Although we began this program last school year with a teacher from CVCC, the classes have been taught since Oct. 14, 2013 by Jamesia Brown, an ESL teacher at North Newton.

Last semester the parents convened once a week, but their desire to learn English more quickly was evident when they asked if the classes could take place twice a week instead. This semester, classes have been carried out on Mondays and Thursdays.  During this after school class time, their children are assisted with homework, given a snack, provided with some playtime, and then either a craft or movie is shared with them. The only way that many of the parents are able to attend the classes is the availability of childcare, which is also offered free of charge.

The ESL teachers have generously donated their time to making this program a success for our families because they know that if the parents can communicate more fluently in English, they will be in a better position to facilitate the future success of their children.  We could still use some volunteers to cover the remaining Mondays and Thursdays through March 13, so please contact Revae Bostwick at828-464-1973 or email revae_bostwick@nccs.k12.nc.us to sign yourself up or even a high school volunteer.

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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