Sunday , 21 January 2018
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Champion for Student Success Awards Applications Open

Do you know someone who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to student success? Someone who exemplifies leadership in education? Someone you believe has made a significant impact on students in NC?

Consider them for the Champion for Student Success Award. The Department of Public Instruction wishes to recognize those individuals during the 2017 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA).  The purpose of the Champion Award is to share our collective belief in the power of public education and to celebrate everything that is right about our local schools and the people who make it so.

Please take a moment to nominate that deserving teacher, administrator, support staff or volunteer.  Any individual supporting student success across NC is eligible for this award.  Please visit the CCSA Champion Awards page for information on submitting a nomination, nomination criteria, selection criteria, and application process. Completed forms are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

CCSA is March 20 – March 22, 2017 at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center. Feel free to send direct questions to Dr. Jody Cleven at

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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