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Smith’s “Build a Better Teacher” Receives a Standing Ovation at TEDx Hickory

briansmithbuildThere were few dry eyes in the house, and the crowd gave their first and only standing ovation of the day at the conclusion of Brian Smith’s TED Talk, “Build a Better Teacher.”  Smith, Newton-Conover’s RtI Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator, developed the talk around the idea that great teachers become better by picking up on needs of their students that they don’t really know how to address.  By seeking out support, focusing on learning how to best meet the needs of each individual student, teachers become better for students in subsequent years who have the same unique needs.  Smith discussed specific students who had unique learning needs that challenged him to hit the books, seek out guidance, and even return to graduate school in an effort to help each student grow.  Students with reading difficulties, high IQs, and sensory issues all help Smith build a better teacher in himself.

NCCS is proud of Brian Smith.  The talk should be on YouTube in 6-8 weeks.

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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