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The November Team of the Month: Beginning Teacher Mentors

DSC_0477This year, N-CCS has started an initiative in which staff members nominate ​a team who they feel is deserving of being named ​Team ​of the Month. This ​team​ will be awarded with district recognition and a $100 stipend. Throughout the month, ​teams are nominated through a Google form, and a committee votes on the winner of the ​Team​ of the Month on or around the 15th of each month.  In November, the Beginning Teacher Mentors were voted by schools in the district to receive this honor!

Our Beginning Teacher mentors are out and about in every one of our schools making sure that our Beginning Teachers make the transition into their teaching career with grace and support.  Our BT Mentors are:

Brenda Harbinson: Middle and High School Beginning Teacher Mentor
Debbie Saunders:Elementary School Beginning Teacher Mentor

​Among the many accolades that they all received, one individual said “​​We are so fortunate to have two AMAZING and successful teachers serve our beginning teachers as mentors. Brenda and Debbie travel all over this district working tirelessly to ensure our beginning teachers are supported and have the resources they need.” 

Another note shared that ​“​Just as we expect teachers to differentiate their instruction, these ladies are masterful at differentiating for our young teachers. This year, in particular, they serve 22 BT 1s that they see every week as well as 30 additional BT 2s and 3s. Our beginning teachers and our administrators are so lucky to have these amazing ladies providing support, guidance, and resources to our beginning teachers in Newton-Conover.​”​

​On behalf of N-CCS, we congratulate Brenda and Debbie on being ​selected as the ​Team​ of the Month for​ ​November. ​ You are both a beacon of light in our schools, and your impact on our BTs has enlivened learning environments in Newton-Conover Schools!

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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