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BT Spotlight – Jennifer Smierciak, Newton-Conover Middle School

Jennifer Smierciak is the 7th grade EC Teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. In 2014, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in Special Education (PK-8) and Early Grades (PK-4). She was born and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and just recently moved to North Carolina last summer. Previously, she taught all subject areas to a 4th grade class in the Northeastern district of Thailand. Teaching abroad provided her with an authentic experience in teaching a diverse population. It also strengthened her desire and creativity when it comes to serving students with a variety of needs. When she returned, she began working at a preschool in New Jersey where she taught for about one school year. Her professional enthusiasm is geared toward making learning fun by using technology and hands-on activities. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, cooking, traveling and hiking.

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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