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HIC Grant Winners from NCCS Share Plans for Cultural Experiences

HICCongratulations to Revae Bostwick and Brian Smith for receiving HIC Community Grants.  Both educators have proposed projects to increase cultural understanding among our students.  The goals of the Hickory International Council (HIC) are to improve cultural understanding and increase awareness of the interconnectedness of the varied societies in the world.  Each year, the HIC provides opportunities for educators to write grants to provide cultural opportunities and experiences for students.  This year, both winners of the HIC Community Grant are NCCS educators.

Revae Boswick is the ESL Lead Teacher in Newton-Conover City Schools.  Her project will afford NCCS fourth and fifth grade students the opportunity to travel to the Hickory Museum of Art in October 2015 to experience the world through the eyes of those from other cultures.  Students will have an opportunity to learn about other cultures and then create their own works of art to understand the daily lives of people similar to and different from themselves. Steve McCurry is the artist whose work will be on exhibit. Click here to check out his work.  Students will also connect their learning to social studies and geography as they explore the art exhibit.

Brian Smith, RtI Facilitator and Professional Development Coordinator, will be writing a book about giving back to others, specifically about a local 7 year old who began sending umbrellas to Guatemala (because she was adopted from Guatemala).  The book will include the story of Ella and her umbrellas as well as provide facts about Guatemala.  Once the book has been published,  NCCS students will receive a copy for free.  If the book is published, any proceeds from the book will be used to purchase more books for NCCS students and for buying more umbrellas for Ella’s Umbrellas.



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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