My name is Chassidy Lawson and I am 26 years old. I have one brother and one sister, Jimmy and Anndrea, both of which are older. I was born and raised in Harlan, Kentucky, where I attended Harlan Elementary, Middle and High School. I graduated from high school in 2009 and attended Eastern Kentucky University immediately after with a declared major in Psychology. After 4.5 years of hard work, I graduated from EKU in December 2013 with my B.S. in Psychology. In August 2015, I enrolled into the Professional School Counseling program at Appalachian State University. I completed both my practicum and internship at Wilkes Early College High School, where I worked with 9th-13th graders. It was at Wilkes Early College that my love for counseling older students grew. I have a background in coaching volleyball and basketball, both of which, I played in high school. I am also a lover of traveling. Just this year, I have visited New York, Florida and Colorado. While this is my first year as a school counselor, I have experience working with people of all ages and look forward to incorporating my past experiences into my career. I feel blessed to begin this journey at Newton Conover High School.
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.