Wednesday , 21 February 2018
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NCMS Staff Prepare for EXTREME STEM Tour

extreme stem tourBig changes are coming to NCMS in the next few months!  On and February 27, NCMS teachers and administrators will have a first-hand opportunity to learn more about why NCMS is becoming a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) school and how this conceptual shift will benefit our students, our community, and families.  NCMS principal Kim Kaylor has been working collaboratively with Tracy Hall, Director of Education Matters in the Catawba Valley, to plan a full-day of touring local STEM businesses and industries.  Mrs. Hall has connected the school to businesses and industries in our area.

Right here in Catawba County, there are currently over 3000 manufacturing jobs available, and employers are looking for skilled workers.  These jobs pay from $14-$28 per hour, and many do not require four-year degrees.  By providing teachers the opportunity to see what types of skills students need, we can craft learning opportunities around both our curriculum and these skills.  Many of the jobs that are available today did not exist just a few years ago, so having the opportunity for teachers to see what these jobs are like will help them support our students and ensure they are future-ready.

NCMS staff will tour the following businesses and industries:

  • Corning Cable Systems
  • HSM Solutions
  • Conover Station/Manufacturing Solutions Center
  • Catawba Valley Community College Valley Sim Hospital

To learn more about the STEM initiative at NCMS, contact Kim Kaylor at NCMS – 828.464.4221.


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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