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NCMS Poetry Cafe Spotlights Middle School Students

poetrycafeNCMS English Language Arts teachers were beaming last night as several sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students shared their poetry with parents, staff, and students last night at the NCMS annual Poetry Cafe.  Eighth grade teacher John Griffin kicked off the event with a welcome to parents and visitors.  Refreshments were provided.  Students shared their poetry in the styles of Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe.  Their poems ranged from parody to dramatic.  Students demonstrated an understanding of poetic devices such as imagery, metaphor, simile, and symbolism through their poems.  Congratulations to all students who participated in the event!

About Heather Mullins

Dr. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. 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. 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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