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The December Team of the Month: Leadership for Innovation Team, Conover School

DSC_0364This 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 December, the Leadership for Innovation Team at Conover School was voted by schools in the district to receive this honor!

The Leadership for Innovation Team at Conover School is responsible for many initiatives in the school, but one shining example is the planning and execution of the annual Bikers’ Run for Conover School!  The Team Members are:

Michael Townsley
Meghan Stripling
Charlene Thomas
Janet McMillian
Brenda Powell
Tina Yandle

​Among the many accolades that they all received, one individual said “​​I cannot even begin to explain how invaluable this committee has been to Conover School this year. They all showed the leadership necessary to coordinate the Biker’s Run–the largest fundraiser for Conover School–and worked absolutely brilliantly together.

Responsibilities were delegated, no one complained, and the event was a smashing success. Approximately 300 motorcycles–and nearly 600 riders/participants–showed up to support our students and deliver presents to each and every one of them.”

Another note shared that ​“​This team/committee worked tirelessly for over 3 weeks organizing the event, and came in early Saturday morning to set-up for it. They also stayed to clean up until 4 pm. I could not be prouder of this group of teachers, and am begging that they be considered for the Team of the Month.​”​

​On behalf of N-CCS, we congratulate the Leadership for Innovation Team at Conover School on their most deserved recognition. ​ Without your leadership, Conover School would not be the same!  Thank 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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