Katie Hester is a second grade teacher at South Newton Elementary School. She graduated from Appalachian State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in May of 2016. While at Appalachian she participated in Appalachian Educators club and was on the Dean’s List. She graduated from Catawba Valley Community College in May of 2013 with an Associate Degree in Arts. At CVCC she was the vice president of the biology club and participated in cleaning up the local parks in the greater Hickory area. She has worked for Rite Aid Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician for the past seven years. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends going shopping, experiencing new adventures, traveling and and playing with her three-legged dog, Hollie. She is very excited to be starting her career with Newton-Conover City Schools!
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.