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BT Spotlight: Jessica Dortch – South Newton Elementary

Photo of Jessica DortchMrs. Jessica Dortch is the speech-language pathologist at South Newton Elementary School.  Jessica is a two time graduate of Appalachian State University.  In 2015, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  More recently, in 2017, she graduated with a  Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  During her time at ASU, Jessica assisted a professor with her research on Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  Specifically, Jessica helped with the composition of a literature review regarding whether or not children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech are able to auditorily perceive the errors in their speech.  Additionally, Jessica spent some time as a Graduate Assistant in her department.  Jessica is passionate about incorporating functional tasks in her speech and language therapy sessions.  It is very important to Mrs. Dortch that every individual is able to carry over therapy instruction into activities and environments that are meaningful to them.  Mrs. Dortch lives in Mooresville, NC with her husband, Carson, and their puppy, Tensee.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with the children’s ministry at her church.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. 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. 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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