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Thinking about National Board Certification? You are in the Right Place!

Jessica Fitzgerald NBCT BannerDuring the 2016-17 school year, Newton-Conover received a 2 year grant worth over $140,000.  The purpose of the NT3 Grant is to develop a greater understanding of accomplished teaching across our district through refocusing on the five core propositions of accomplished teaching, the architecture of accomplished teaching, and infusing these elements into our professional development and the fabric of our support for teachers.  A by-product of this work is that we will help teachers develop greater readiness for becoming National Board Candidates.

In an effort to demonstrate our deep commitment to National Board Certification in Newton-Conover, we have created several support structures, both in terms of financial support and content support.  Dr. Amanda Bridges heads up our National Board support.  She has developed amazing resources, timelines, and support for candidates.  You can check out her Edlio page to learn more about support sessions and review valuable resources for getting started.

Angie Sigmon leads the implementation of our NT3 Grant. She also provides coaching support and a wealth of knowledge around National Board.   Jessica Fitzgerald, one of our teachers at Shuford Elementary, has also agreed to provide coaching this year.

Teachers who wish to pursue National Board Certification are encouraged to apply for a $500 Lilian Jones Scholarship to help offset the cost.  Furthermore, upon successful completion of the National Board process, Newton-Conover City Schools will reimburse teachers up to $450 for their fees.

This year, you will see National Board posters of our accomplished teachers around the district.  We celebrate their successes, and we value National Board.  If you have questions or want to know more, contact Dr. Amanda Bridges or Angie Sigmon.

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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