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DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Kacie Hester – Mental Illness and Homelessness

Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world.  Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue.  Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight several DHS senior projects in The Compass.  To learn more about the DHS Senior Project experience, please contact Geoff Crosson –

Name:  Kacie Hester
Making homemade candyDriving Question:  “ Why is America dealing with the problem of homelessness among the mentally ill?”
I chose this project because homelessness and mental disorders are two massive problems America is facing.
About this Project:  Going into this project I was only looking for the reasons that America was still plagued with this problem. I found out there was more than one reason that people with mental disabilities became homeless. In my conclusion, I found that the lack of affordable housing, affordable treatment, employment difficulties, and the lack of general education all contribute to homelessness among the mentally ill. A combination of these problems are factors in Americans living on the streets. My product was a donation to The Corner Table, Christian Ministries (ECCCM) and Connections. In order to get the money for the donations, my mother and I made peanut butter balls and chocolate covered pretzels. We were able to raise $3,600. I was able to donate $1,500 to both The Corner Table and Christian Ministries.  I also donated $500 to Connections.

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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