The Newton-Conover Academically/Intellectually Gifted elementary students now have a greater understanding of the judicial branch of government after their month-long study of the legal system. District Court Judge BJ Mullinax, Major Tim Hayes of the Newton Police Department, and Assistant DA Kyle Smith visited the schools early in the study to share judicial procedures and legal protocol. Their presentations extended students’ knowledge and provided groundwork for the unit. On Friday, March 6, students culminated their study by touring the Catawba County courthouse and participating in a mock trial. Students were excited to play various roles in the trial.
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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