Sunday , 18 February 2018
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Brian Smith Joins NCCS Family

cliffAs NCCS shifts from the Instructional Consultative model to Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI), the goal was to find an RtI expert who could lead our district through the transition.  Brian Smith has not only been an RtI Coordinator at the district level, but he has also had opportunities to lead at the area, regional, state, and national levels.  In addition to his background in exceptional children, autism, and literacy, Brian is in his second year of being a Scholastic Reading Club Teacher Advisor.  “I was one of three kindergarten teachers chosen from around the country to participate in this partnership in 2013 and was invited back (only the 2nd time in the history of the company that they invited back previous Teacher Advisors) for 2014.”  Brian was able preview and share books that Scholastic may love.  He has offered to help anyone in the district who needs help with the Scholastic Club order. If any of the elementary schools need a Reading Club Coordinator for their school, Brian will be more than happy to help.
Brian also writes a weekly blog for Scholastic.  This is his second year​ blogging for them. His blogs go live on Mondays.  Access to his blog posts are available in the header menu of The Compass.  Look for some Newton-Conover faces on Brian’s blog.  He will be partnering with Leah Hayes at South Newton this year!  Check out his blog here:  Brian was featured in the September issue of the K Reading Club catalog!  He was also recently named to Scholastic’s National Advisory Board and helps with piloting new ideas and webpage updates.  The latest project is their Month-by-Month which is a great resource!
In addition to Scholastic, Brian has an extensive background in mental health, exceptional children, autism, and literacy.  Brian will work primarily with elementary schools this year.  Our middle and high school folks who are working on their National Boards will have an opportunity to work with Brian as well.  He will be providing our district-wide support for National Boards this year.
Please welcome Brian to the NCCS Family!

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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