Rachel Spencer is the EC Pre-K teacher at Conover School. She graduated from Appalachian State University in December 2013 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Birth through Kindergarten with dual licensure in Special Education. She is currently attending Liberty University where she will graduate in December with a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education. She is also enrolled for the Spring semester at Liberty University to complete the Graduate Certificate in Autism Education. Ms. Spencer was employed at American Child, Inc. for 14 years where she taught preschool. Ms. Spencer has a strong passion for working with young children and children with exceptionalities. When she is not spending time with her two children, Chloe (21) and Nelson (14), or reading (her favorite past time), she can be found spending time with her 3 cats and 2 dogs; Meow, “Luke” Skywalker, Norma Jean, Darth “Vader”, and Hazel.
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.