Monday , 25 September 2017
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Brian Smith Named one of Hickory’s Top 10 Young Professionals

brian smithBrian Smith, RtI and Professional Development Facilitator for NCCS, was named one of the top 10 young professionals in Hickory by the Hickory Daily Record on Sunday.  This is Brian’s first year in Newton-Conover.  Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer stated, “When we decided to make the shift to RtI, I knew there was no one better than Brian Smith.  He brings so many gifts and talents to our district.  He is already making a difference in classrooms and in after hours programs.”  Tammy Brown, Director of Elementary Education also weighed in on Mr. Smith by stating, “Brian Smith is an exceptional leader who gives 110% in everything that he does on a daily basis.  His smile is contagious and he brings out the best in others.  NCCS is extremely honored to have him serving our staff and students.”  Learn more about Brian’s contributions to education and ways he is serving our students in Newton-Conover by clicking here to access the online article.

smith 1If you have been watching Fox 46, you may have seen Brian recently.  He has made two appearances in the past month.  First, he visited to discuss how parents and educators can support students with dyslexia.  Then, he visited to discuss one of the two Innovative Grants he received from NCCS this fall.  Dr. Betsy Rosenbalm, Director of Exceptional Children shared, “Brian Smith humbly approaches teaching and learning with a child-like wonder and enthusiasm that is rare and unique for a seasoned educator. He continues to stretch the boundaries of his knowledge and resources by being open, receptive, and purposeful about learning new things and meeting new challenges. He is an excellent source of encouragement and inspiration for all those he collaborates with.”

Check out both newscasts:  Dyslexia Awareness Month and All Boys Book Club.

Congratulations, Brian!

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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