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Holiday Cheer Spreads at December 2015 Board Meeting

DSC_0698Holiday cheer was spread by Board and Community Members alike at Newton-Conover City Schools’ December 2015 Board Meeting.

South Newton Elementary student leaders Harper Dixon, Fatima Errami, Amira Errami, and Devan Ortega led a packed Board Room in the Pledge of Allegiance.  We thank them for their leadership!

Tonight marked a very special occasion for four members of the Board of Education, past and present.  2014-15 Board Member Bernard Coulter was recognized and thanked for his time of service to the Board.  Mr. Coulter took DSC_0702charge when it was needed most, as he stepped into the vacant seat of a Board Member who had moved out of district.  Mr. Coulter is a man of many talents, ranging from his ability to work bilingually with clients out of Greensboro as a leader at Pepsi Co., to his dynamic leadership as a father of three children and N-CCS Board Member.  We thank him extensively for his dedication to our schools.

DSC_0728Moving into Mr. Coulter’s seat on the Board of Education is Mr. Mark Pennell.  Mr. Pennell is no stranger to Newton-Conover City Schools, as he spends a great deal of time as a parent volunteer in our system.  Mr. Pennell begins his time of service immediately as he has been sworn in tonight, by witness of his family and the Honorable Judge Mullinax.  We are looking forward to working with Mr. Pennell!

DSC_0718Also taking the Oath of Office for vacancies on our School Board are Mr. Jim Stockner and Mrs. Jeanne Jarrett, both continuing to serve renewed terms following a vote of the Newton and Conover communities.  We could not be more optimistic about the future of Newton-Conover than with the service of our current Board Members!DSC_0712

DSC_0733With regard to recognitions, today marked a monumental announcement in Newton-Conover City Schools.  South Newton Elementary’s own Leah Hayes was officially announced as having been chosen as the Northwest Regional North Carolina Teacher of the Year!  Out of 95,000 teachers across the state of North Carolina, Mrs. Hayes is now one of 8 teachers (one from each region of the state) who will be competing for the title of North Carolina Teacher of the Year.  We could not be any more proud of our most deserving Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Hayes!

DSC_0747Mr. Chris Penley, Principal of Newton-Conover High School, recognized his support staff for the pivotal role they play in the success and dynamic of the school.  Of Mrs. Julie Kisser, Mrs. Lynne Stasiak, Mrs. Paige Smith, and Mrs. Amy Johnson, Mr. Penley said that it was each of their efforts, first and foremost, that made it obvious to him that Newton-Conover High School really was as incredible as its lauded reputation suggests.

DSC_0751Mr. Shane Whitener, Principal of North Newton Elementary, took time to recognize two vital parent volunteers before our Board.  Mrs. Camelia Rudisill and Mrs. Sandie Loyer were acknowledged for their service to our youngest students.  Mr. Whitener remarked that it is obvious by the gleam in their eyes when in the classrooms how important the success of our students is to them!

Another prestigious honor was recognized by Mrs. Amber Humphrey, Principal at DSC_0753South Newton Elementary.  Mrs. Julianne Surratte, teacher at South Newton Elementary, was named a Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Digital Teacher Leader by HMHCo this fall.  This honor is one received by only 11 teachers statewide (out of 50 applicants!), and comes with it access to premium professional development opportunities, as well as free access to digital learning resources for her classroom.

As you can see, Newton-Conover has much to be thankful for this season, and hope that each of you has a safe, happy holiday spent with those you love and who love you!

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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