Olivia Kowalewski is a first-year Exceptional Children’s teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. Upon arriving, it did not take her long to make a positive mark on both school and district leadership. Her interactions with parents and staff are always professional, she meets every deadline given to her, and her instructional techniques are geared, first and foremost, to the individual needs of her students. She goes above and beyond the typical call of a first-year teacher, demonstrating leadership outside the classroom by being a member of the Autism Society of North Carolina, a member of Newton-Conover City School’s Core Autism Team, and serving as Lead Coordinator of the Catawba County Special Olympics this year. In addition to this, she also received the 2017 Beginning Teacher Award from the UNC Charlotte College of Education. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Olivia Kowalewski as May’s Exceptional Children’s Teacher of the Month!