On January 30th, a team of middle school teachers and administrators traveled to The Ron Clark Academy (RCA), a renown, non-profit middle school (5th – 8th grade) located in Atlanta, Georgia. RCA’s vision is to deliver the highest quality educational experience where global citizens are born through advanced rigor, engaging teaching methods, and a passionate climate and culture. The team experienced a day in the life of a student at the RCA. It was unanimous from the NCMS team, that each gained a renewed excitement for teaching and kindled the passion to grow upcoming generations. From learning how to get students engaged, diving deeper into rigorous activities, to movement strategies, there were loads of techniques the team can share with NCMS staff. Each member of the team was grateful for the experience. Click here to learn about the Ron Clark Academy vision and mission.
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.