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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.

NCCS Welcomes Chasity Bolch to Newton-Conover Middle School

Mrs. Bolch sitting at her kidney table

Mrs. Chasity Bolch is teaching 6th grade math and science at Newton-Conover Middle School. For the past 9 years she has taught 7th grade math and science at River Bend Middle School. Chasity received her Bachelor’s degree in middle grades math and science from Western Carolina University in 2008. In 2013, she earned her Master’s degree in middle grades education ... Read More »

National Board Support Sessions Underway

National Board Logo

Newton-Conover City Schools provides both financial support and mentoring/coaching for staff who select to achieve their National Board Certification.  We are fortunate to have in our district Dr. Amanda Bridges and Mrs. Angie Sigmon who lead the support of our National Board candidates.  Support sessions, online resources, mentoring, and timelines are just a few of the services our team – ... Read More »

Instructional Core Modules Available in Canvas

Instructional Core logo

The Instructional Core Framework was developed by the NCCS Curriculum Team in conjunction with the NCCS Curriculum Council after a year of research, reading, and lengthy discussions about what all good teachers should know about pedagogy.  If you are new to Newton-Conover, you had the opportunity to get a broad overview of the Instructional Core during our New Hire Orientation. ... Read More »

NCCS Family Tailgate Slated for October 6

Dr. Stegall grilling hot dogs

Who doesn’t like the smell of the grill, hearing the marching band, and playing cornhole – all on a Friday evening.  Come out to our annual NCCS Staff and Family Tailgate at 6:00 pm on the Discovery High School blacktop, across the street from Gurley Stadium.  Enjoy burgers, chips, cookies, and the fixins.  Dr. Stegall and Dr. Gabriel will be ... Read More »

Genius Hour – Enrichment that Centers Around Student Interest

genius hour lightbulb and text

Genius Hour is a program that provides students with protected time during or after the school day to pursue “passion projects.”  This is based upon Google’s platform for providing their employees with an hour of uninterrupted passion time each week (from where 50% of their actual initiatives emerge).  The content of the projects can be related to a teacher’s curriculum, ... Read More »

Strategies for Providing Enrichment Opportunities to Advanced Learners

Students at North Newton

The purpose of enrichment is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges to students who have already mastered or can quickly master the basic curriculum.  Enrichment gives students more time to study concepts with greater depth, breadth, and complexity.  Enrichment also provides opportunities for students to pursue learning in their own areas of interest and strengths. Here are some general ... Read More »

NCCS Welcomes Ashley Wright to South Newton Elementary

Ashley Wright with students

Mrs. Ashley Wright is proud to be joining the Kindergarten Team at South Newton Elementary this year!  For the past 10 years, she has taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and served as a reading specialist at Claremont Elementary School in the Catawba County School System.  Mrs. Wright truly feels that Kindergarten is her calling and enjoys coming to work each day ... Read More »

NCCS Welcomes Jennifer Riddle to Shuford Elementary

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 ... Read More »

Discovery to Perform Harvey in December

Harvey Slider

Discovery High School Drama Department will present Harvey on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2 at 7:00 pm at Newton-Conover Middle School. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and staff. When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a dinner party, his sister, Veta, has ... Read More »

New to NCCS: Olivia Causby Joins the South Newton Team

Olivia Causby at WCU

Olivia Causby is a 1st grade teacher at South Newton Elementary School. She has previously taught 1st grade at Winterfield Elementary School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Olivia graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Carolina University. Her professional passions include helping children realize their potential and instilling positive outlooks and growth mindsets at a young ... Read More »