Chief Dan Trainor is a Naval Science Instructor at Newton-Conover High School. He spent 20 years in the United States Navy. Duty stations included NCTAMS Guam, USS Tarawa (LHA-1), NNPTC Charleston, USS Vicksburg (CG-69), Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL, and USS Halyburton (FFG-40). Dan also spent four years as a Maintenance Manager at Plastic Packaging, Inc. He received his associate’s Degree in General Studies at Columbia College of Missouri. He also received Navy Commendation Medal (1), Navy Achievement Medal (7), and Master Training Specialist. Professional passions include training, educating, mentoring and professional development of individuals, while preparing them to meet career or educational goals. Chief Trainor enjoys family and friends and the fellowship that spending time with them entails. He enjoys cooking, eating and helping others. He also enjoys concerts and sporting events.
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.