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BT Spotlight: Tanya Barrymore – Newton-Conover Middle School

tanyabTanya Barrymore is a 7th grade English language arts teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School.   She is thrilled to rejoin Newton-Conover City Schools. Previously, she worked in the healthcare field, where most recently her duties included managing the day to day operations of a large family practice. She also served as a training coordinator and enjoyed assisting the physicians and mid-level providers.  Although Mrs. Barrymore enjoyed all aspects of the medical field, her passion was training (teaching) both employees and patients.

 In 2014, her passion led her to Conover School, where she worked as a teacher assistant for grades 3-6 and high school. Her experience working with the students at Conover School was life changing and compelled her to pursue her Master of Arts in Teaching from Lenoir-Rhyne University. After completing her student teaching at NCMS, she graduated in May 2016.

Mrs. Barrymore was awarded Middle School Student Teacher of the Year by Lenoir- Rhyne University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ashford University and an Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Management Technology from Catawba Valley Community College. Experience working as a supervisor for many years fuels her passion for helping students develop 21st century skills and teaching students the skills necessary to succeed in work, life, and citizenship specifically problem solving, communication, and leadership.

Mrs. Barrymore loves to read, cook, spend time with her family, and all things softball.  Nine months out of the year, she supports and cheers on her husband (coach) and two youngest daughters, ages eight and nine, on the softball field.  

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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