Carrie Pratt is a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. Previously, she taught 7th grade ELA and Social Studies at River Bend Middle School and Northview Middle School. She also worked as a program manager for Hands On: Real World Lessons for Middle School Classrooms, a national interdisciplinary curriculum based at The University of Tennessee. Carrie holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Meredith College where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. Carrie completed her Master’s degree in Reading Education at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In 2016, Carrie was awarded River Bend Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, and was a finalist for Catawba County Teacher of the Year. As a teacher, she has presented twice at the NC Middle Level Education Conference with fellow Newton Conover new hire, Chasity Bolch. Carrie has also presented at various national and state conferences and delivered teacher professional development with the Hands On program. Her professional passions include developing interdisciplinary lessons and units, and presenting effective professional development for teachers. In her free time, Carrie enjoys being a new homeowner, playing with her two dogs, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
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.