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May Team of the Month: Newton-Conover High Administrative Team

DSC_0478This 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. With special thanks to our sponsor Prodigy Voice and Data, 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.  For the final Team of the Month award, given at the end of May, we have our Newton-Conover High School Administrative Team!

The Newton-Conover High School Administrative Team serves our community as a unified front in the largest school within the N-CCS District.  In the wake of May’s emergency lockdown at Newton-Conover High School, the skill and efforts of our N-CHS Administrators to lead with grace under pressure shone brightly, and our community responded well to their efforts to protect our most vital and precious resource: our students.  The Principal Leadership Team is composed of:

Chris Penley, Principal
Billy Cannon, Assistant Principal
Elizabeth Bustle, Assistant Principal

The front office staff are:

Paige Smith, Receptionist
Julie Kisser, Treasurer
Lynne Stasiak, Data Manager

​Among the many accolades that they all received, one individual said, “Success is all about building relationships and making learning relevant. The personnel at the high school are obviously doing great things for kids.”

Another note shared that, ​“Through weather, outages, and testing, the days are running super smooth. We have been through many changes and have faced numerous schedule interruptions (out of human control) but the leadership team has maintained a great atmosphere. The students are active and happy, the staff is turning out to support the teams. It is a great environment to work in. This is made possible by the outstanding leadership of our Administration team. The three of them are working like a truly united team, each of them deserve an award.”​

An earlier nominator wrote, ​“This team has not been together very long, yet as a new member of the staff of NCHS myself I feel that they have worked long hours to get ready for the start of school. The start of school has had a fresh feel to it. Students and staff have been receptive to new ideas that the administrative team put together because it provides structure for all. I think that they are working well together and keeping our school safe and structured.”​

​On behalf of N-CCS, we congratulate the Newton-Conover High School Leadership Team on this most deserved recognition.  We are excited to see the great things you continue to do as you serve our students!

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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