Friday , 19 January 2018
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Diego Mureno Named Beginning Teacher of the Year

diego1Each year, Newton-Conover District Leadership and district mentors select a beginning teacher of the year.  The award goes to a first year teacher who exhibits exemplary teaching, engaged in ongoing reflection, and develops meaningful relationships with students.  The 2015-16 Newton-Conover Beginning Teacher of the Year is Diego Mureno.  Mr. Mureno was selected for this award for many reasons, but one of the most significant is his true yearning for continuous improvement.  Mr. Mureno consistently asks for school, district, and outside observers to visit his classroom and provide feedback.  Every time, Mr. Mureno uses that feedback to improve his practice.  He is an outstanding young teacher who is already making an impressive impact on our students.

Diego Mureno is currently serving as a 6th grade ELA/SS teacher at Newton-Conover STEM Middle School. Diego holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Spanish minor from Lenoir-Rhyne University where he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Online Teaching and Instructional Design also from Lenoir-Rhyne. Diego completed his student teaching experiences in a 5th grade dual-language classroom at Eastfield Global Magnet School in Marion, NC. He was awarded a Student Teaching Award and the Joan L. Parkinson Award for the highest GPA in Elementary Education from Lenoir-Rhyne. Diego enjoys traveling to new places. His travels have taken him to Ireland, Italy, and many places in the United States. His favorite place in the world in Veracruz, Mexico where his grandparents still live. Diego loves spending time with his family, which include his 4 nephews and niece.

Mr. Mureno will be honored at the Newton-Conover Teacher of the Year banquet on September 29.

About Heather Mullins

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. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. 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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