Saturday , 24 February 2018
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Two N-CMS Teachers Hear Neil deGrasse Tyson Speak

tyson - rayfield and smithAlicia Rayfield and Kristy Smith, two teachers at Newton-Conover Middle School, were generously presented with tickets to hear Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, famed Astrophysicist, speak in North Carolina.  Thanks to Mr. Joel Leonard, who won them and had them donated to the school!  Alicia Rayfield reflects on their experience below:

“What a wonderful surprise to be presented with two tickets to hear Neil deGrasse Tyson after being selected as Teacher of The Month. The award winning astrophysicist Tyson captivated the audience with a fast moving discussion starting with Pluto “still not a planet/get over it”, then moving to the origins of man, and at one point analyzing old European currency. He continuously engaged the audience with questions and answers on the various topics he covered. At one point the young 5th grader seated beside me yelled out an answer to one of his questions, “Ben Franklin!”, and he was right!  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to hear such a dynamic speaker and scientist.”

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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