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Thankful for Our NCCS Family

nccsfam1As the holidays approach, I cannot help but be filled with gratitude for the home I have found in NCCS and for the amazing educators, students, and families that I have been given the opportunity to serve.  Like many of you, I have worked in a variety of different school districts and educational organizations, and I have always loved working with students and educators.  However, there is something very different about Newton-Conover.  Many of you who may have spent your entire careers here may not realize it, but NCCS truly functions as a family, and this is not always the norm.

I am so thankful to work in a place where the intention of every decision that is made is to do what is right for students.  I am grateful that in this district we genuinely care about each other.  I am blessed to walk into schools and be able to connect with kids, teachers, and administrators whom I know truly and genuinely want to make a difference.  I know the extra hours you put in beyond your work day, the extra money you spend on classroom supplies to meet student needs, and the extra prayers you say at night for our students who have needs you cannot meet.  Whatever your role, whether it be principal or teacher assistant, director or custodian, I have watched you put the face of your child or a child you love on the faces of our students who need you, and I am filled with gratitude for you.

So, as I reflect on the past year and for all that I have to be thankful for, at the top of my list is you, every single person in Newton-Conover City Schools.  Thank you for all you do for our kids, our families, and our community.  I hope each of you has a restful, warm, and loving Thanksgiving.

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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