Each 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.