Sunday , 23 July 2017
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The Challenge to Lead

limsnOur district is in the midst of exciting changes and growth. We have a thriving Leader in Me school at South Newton, our middle school is transitioning to an exciting STEM school, North Newton will open next school year as an Internationally focused school with a Dual Language tract for students. In fact, we have great things happening at all of our schools, from STEM education at Discovery High School, to exciting college credit earning programs coming to N-CHS through Career and College Promise, to Blended Learning at Shuford and of course to student-centered nurturing programs at Conover School. Our district is focused on giving every student a personalized instruction in specialized, themed schools that all are focused on not only strong curriculum, but also on “soft skills” such as perseverance, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, responsibility and effective communication.

mathWe are focused as a district on providing students and staff opportunities to accomplish great things. To that end, we continue to promote student and staff choice in finding their best fit. We have so many talented staff who have so much to offer our students, and we want to make sure that staff members have the opportunity to help each school and student thrive in their personalized, magnet programs.
gonoodleWe need great leaders to make all of our plans succeed. The great thing is that we have tremendous leaders (both students and adults) at every school. Titles don’t make a leader, they convey who’s responsible for specific areas, but leaders come in all ages and levels of the district.  As we move forward through these exciting changes as a district, I challenge everyone to utilize your strengths to lead in some way. You may lead through your actions. You may lead through your inspiration or through your guidance to others. You may also lead through your empowerment of others. You don’t need a title to be a leader- lead where you are.

About David Stegall

Dr. David Stegall is the Superintendent for Newton-Conover City Schools. He previously served Newton-Conover as the Associate Superintendent, and previous to that as the Director of Elementary Curriculum, ESL (English as a second language) and AIG (academically and intellectually gifted). In February, 2012 he was named the Outstanding Young Educator for North Carolina by NCASCD and was a National Finalist for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award. In 2016 Dr. Stegall was named a National Superintendent to Watch by NSPRA. Dr. Stegall joined the Newton-Conover City School system from Iredell-Statesville Schools in July 2007. He has presented at the state, national and international levels on professional learning communities and teacher empowerment. Dr. Stegall received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a master's degree in education from Gardner-Webb University; an education specialist degree in education administration from Appalachian State University; and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from ASU.

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