Friday , 19 January 2018
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New North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program Announced

A proposed new North Carolina Teaching Fellows program was unveiled Thursday. The program focuses on attracting students who excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to North Carolina classrooms.  It also seeks to attract teachers to specialize in special education.  The event, hosted by North Carolina State University, was attended by prominent figures in education, including UNC system President Margaret Spellings and State Superintendent Mark Johnson, along with legislators and members of the press.  This proposal represents a joint effort between senators and representatives.  College students and those already with Bachelor’s degrees would be eligible to participate in the program, along with high school students who are applying to college.  Recipients of the scholarship would receive up to $8,250 per year to finance their education. In exchange for every year of money received, Fellows would be expected to teach for two years in a public school or one year if the school is designated low-performing.

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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