Thursday , 22 February 2018
Breaking News

NC Bright Ideas Grant Window Opens

Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation, your local Touchstone Energy cooperative, is proud to offer educators at your school the opportunity to win grant funding through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Teachers can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000 to fund creative, hands-on projects that would not otherwise be possible. The grant application and more information can be found

Since 1994, teachers statewide have received more than $10.2 million in Bright Ideas funding for 9,800 grants benefiting well over 2 million students. Help your school get in on the action by displaying the attached poster and encouraging your teachers to apply!

Educators who apply by the August 15 ‘early bird’ deadline will be automatically entered in a drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards. The final deadline to turn in an application is Friday, September 23.  North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are committed to local communities, and we believe there is no more important investment than in the education of our youth. Please contact Chad Bailey if you have any questions about the program or application procedures at  (800) 521-0920, (828) 245-1621 (ext. 450), or

Thank you for helping us reach the many great educators who are committed to making a difference for their students and have ‘bright ideas’ for creative approaches to learning!


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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