Lauren Elder is currently teaching at Shuford Elementary School in 3rd Grade. She recently graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She is also currently pursuing her Master’s Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Online Teaching and Instructional Design. Lauren resides in Alexander County and will be getting married in October. She will soon to be Lauren Hefner. Lauren has a strong passion for children and inspiring the lives of her students inside and outside the classroom. She has grown up playing sports, primarily softball, throughout high school and college for LRU. She enjoys watching sports and being active. She also enjoys being able to spend time with her family and friends.
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.