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NCMS Students Experience Local Government Policy Making First Hand

cole bridgesNCMS is proud to partner with the City of Conover to establish a “Youth Council.”  Under the direction of Bryan Dellinger and Kim Kaylor, twenty middle school students attend the City  Council meetings each month and explore a topic of interest that relates to some aspect of Conover city government.  The idea for the council started as a conversation between Kyle Hayman and Ms. Kaylor.  The students applied for a position on the council and provided a teacher reference to support their candidacy.  Twenty students were selected from all three grades and have explored thus far the topics of Community/ School Policing and Recycling.


group bridgesAt each council meeting one student serves as the “Mayor ” of Conover with six others acting as councilpersons.  Three students present a view of the topic that is countered by another group of three students.  The debate is lively, and the actual members of the council provide additional background and critiques of the presentations.  This experience has been a tremendous learning experience for all of the students.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. 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. 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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