Jenn(ifer) Riddle is a 4th Grade teacher at Shuford Elementary School. Jenn has taught for ten years. She taught students at Viewmont Elementary School in the Hickory Public Schools district. She also taught for three years at Concordia Christian Day School. Jenn has a B.S.Ed Elementary Education/Psychology, Western Carolina University, 2007 where she graduated cum laude. Her honors include NC Outstanding Prospective Teacher (WCU Class of 2007), “Hometown Hero” winner awarded by Graystone Eye Associates in 2013, and Teacher of the Year Nominee multiple years while at Viewmont. Jenn’s professional passions include reaching the unreachable, instilling a love of learning in each child, and helping students find their place/discover their talents. In her free time, she enjoys doing civilian ride-alongs with her husband, Jan, while he is on duty as a Deputy with Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, spending time with her girls (Harper and Reese), and organizing, reading, painting/creating art.
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.