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Leonor Pizarro – Teacher at Graham Elementary

posted Nov 30, 2017, 7:23 AM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History

I was a first grade student teacher at Graham Elementary in 2008. Immediately after completing my student teaching, I took an interim position as a first grade teacher. I then went on to teach third grade for one year. I was one of the new teachers who was cut when the economy got bad, but I interviewed for an opening at Bethware where I taught fourth grade for two years before returning back to Graham Elementary. I have been a fourth grade teacher at Graham ever since it transitioned to a K-4 school.

Education
I am originally from New Jersey but was raised in Murphy, North Carolina. I graduated from Murphy High and attended college at Gardner-Webb University. I received a bachelor degree from Gardner-Webb and a master’s degree from Walden State University.

Family
I have a loving husband, a two-year-old son, and a two-month-old.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
My favorite thing about Graham is the support I receive from my team members and the administration. Our administration team is very supportive and encouraging. I also love that the students see Graham as a safe haven and they understand that as teachers - we love and understand them and we are here to provide support and help during difficult circumstances.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
I would tell my students to reach for the stars and always dream big. Hard work pays off, and you can be anything you want to be as long as you put in the effort and never give up the dream.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools is special because it was the place where my dreams came true as a teacher. Ever since I was five years old, I always dreamed of being a teacher. CCS made that dream a reality for me. Also, I love working for a school system that really puts the needs of kids first and looks at ensuring that our children are prepared for the future where they will become successful, contributing citizens to our society.

Kristie Roberts – Choral Director at Crest Middle

posted Nov 30, 2017, 7:05 AM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History

I have worked in Cleveland County Schools for 6 years in both elementary and middle school level. I began employment as an elementary school teacher assistant at Washington Elementary, then an assistant coordinator at the Title I Parent Center at Graham Elementary School, elementary music teacher at both Washington and East Elementary schools, and now a middle school choral director at Crest Middle. I am a Shelby High Alumnus.

Education
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music from Gardner-Webb University and just completed the Lateral Entry Program.

Family
I have a fourteen-year-old daughter, who is currently a student at Shelby Middle School.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I get to do work with other music teachers who share the same passion for music that I share!

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Never give up on your dreams and pursue whatever it is that you desire to become- No matter how difficult it is!

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
It is my hometown, and I am blessed to be able to give back to the community in which I was raised in!!

Dr. Nellie Aspel – Director of Exceptional Children

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:52 AM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History
I began at North Shelby School as the principal in 1987 and moved to my present role in 2009.

Education
~ Ed.D 1992 UNC-Chapel Hill Educational Administration and Supervision
~ M.Ed. 1984 Winthrop University Special Education – Summa Cum Laude
~ B.A. 1980 Sacred Heart College Special Education – Magna Cum Laude

Family
I am married to Mike Aspel. We live in Kings Mountain, NC with our two rescues, Ginger and Edie. We have one son, Houston, who is an architect in Atlanta, Georgia.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I love working under the direction of Dr. Stephen Fisher, Superintendent of Cleveland County Schools because he provides support for ideas and programs that help students. At Central Services we are always focused on what is best for students. That is the basis on which all decisions are made. As a special educator, having a supervisor and co-workers that want the best for ALL students means a great deal to me both professionally and personally. At Central Services, I can walk in any office, anytime and get help, advice, and support. I love the collaborative nature of the working environment.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Find something in life that you are good at and that you love to do and learn everything about it that you can. Become an expert in something you love, and you will go far in life.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools has been my second home for 30+ years. I have stayed here the majority of my career because I was always supported in doing what was best for my students with special needs. I grew up here professionally and over the years have met many remarkable and wonderful people that have taught me many life lessons. I LOVE Cleveland County Schools. It is my team!

Ashley Gilmore – Second Grade Teacher at Graham Elementary

posted May 16, 2017, 9:17 AM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History 
I am a product of Cleveland County, and after graduating college, I decided to return home to give back to my community. 

Education 
I graduated from Kings Mountain High School and am a graduate of Western Carolina University with a major in Elementary Education and minor in sociology. 

Family 
I have one brother, George, a sister, Havyn. I am the daughter of Henry and Wanda Gilmore. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I LOVE the staff at Graham Elementary; we are truly a team that has come together to do what's best for our students. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Do everything with a sprinkle of love. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
It raised me and made me who I am. I am glad to say I am from this wonderful county!

Katie Cornwell – Language Arts Teacher at Burns Middle

posted May 15, 2017, 2:54 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 24, 2017, 9:47 AM ]

CCS Work History

I attended Union Elementary, Burns Middle School and graduated from Burns High in 2005. I was a Title I Teacher at James Love Elementary for three years and served as an interim teacher at Casar Elementary for a year. This will be my third year teaching at Burns Middle.

Education
I earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.

Family
Many of my family members are teachers in Cleveland County Schools as well. I have three dog-children and a pet pot belly pig!

What do you like best about your school/work location?

I love working at Burns Middle because it is where I attended middle school. I also get to work with the best students, teachers, administrators, and staff in Cleveland County!

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?

My advice would be to READ as much as you can. Reading can take you anywhere you want to go and can open your mind to endless possibilities.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

Because it is home!

Michelle Mack - North Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher

posted May 15, 2017, 2:46 PM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History

I started working in Cleveland County Schools as a teacher assistant at the former Elizabeth Elementary for 2 years. I met great educators there that encouraged me to add on my teaching certificate. The teachers at Elizabeth had a positive impact on my teaching career. I then was placed at North Elementary School for my student teaching experience in second grade. I have been teaching kindergarten at North for a while now and have been working for Cleveland County Schools for 20 years.

Education

I received a Child Development and Family Relations degree from UNC- Greensboro and a teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Belmont Abbey College. I later received a Master’s of Elementary Education from Appalachian State University and have earned a National Board Certification.

Family
I have been married to my soul mate and biggest cheerleader, Bruce for 21 years. He is a graduate of Crest High School. Bruce is employed at Cleveland Community College as Dean of Engineering. We have 2 wonderful children, Cameron and Carmyn. Cameron is a senior at KMHS and Carmyn is in the 8th grade at Kings Mountain Middle.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I am proud to be a North School Tiger! I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to work with an amazing, awesome, and gifted staff that enjoys teaching students and helping them succeed. We are a close-knit family, and we always take care of our students first as well as each other. Everybody at our school is all about teamwork and collaborating with each other. Our staff also has a strong work ethic and great customer service. North School is a great place to grow and learn!

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Stay positive in life. Be kind and share your smile with others. "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." This is advice my mother has given me as well as a quote from the great late Maya Angelou; two wise role models.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

Cleveland County Schools is very special to me because my husband is a product of Cleveland County Schools and our children are currently being educated here as well. Our school district has high expectations for our students and staff. We believe ALL students can learn and be successful.

Dustin Morehead – Assistant Principal at Kings Mountain High School

posted May 15, 2017, 2:36 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 15, 2017, 2:39 PM ]

       

CCS Work History

I have worked in Cleveland County Schools at Kings Mountain High for 10 years. During this time, I have served as a Social Studies Teacher, Assistant Football Coach, Assistant Softball Coach, Assistant Track Coach, Assistant Athletic Director, and Athletic Director. I am currently in my second year as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction and am a product of Cleveland County Schools having attended Township Three Elementary, Crest Middle School, and Crest High School.

Education
After graduating from Crest High School in 2002, I attended Cleveland Community College before transferring to UNC Charlotte. I graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2005 with a bachelor's in History. In 2012, I earned my National Board Teacher Certification. In 2013, I graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Master's in Executive Leadership. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education through Gardner-Webb University.

Family
I have been married to my beautiful wife Erin for 10 years. We have two children, Dax (7 years old) and Addy (5 years old).

What do you like best about your school/work location?
Kings Mountain High is a special place because of the rich tradition of academic success that has been established. From our teachers to custodians, to support staff, everyone at Kings Mountain High School is dedicated to promoting student learning.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Be nice and show respect to everyone - even when they don't deserve it - for that shows your true character and helps you build your legacy.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

I have many fond memories from my time in school at Township Three Elementary, Crest Middle, and Crest High. The staff members/students of Cleveland County Schools in which I have had the pleasure of learning from and working with, have shaped and continue to shape my life as a professional educator. I am forever grateful to the awesome teachers I had throughout my educational journey in Cleveland County Schools.

James Baker – Crest High Math Teacher and Asst. Football Coach

posted May 15, 2017, 2:32 PM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History 
I worked four years at Shelby Middle and this year came to Crest high. I have always taught mathematics and coached football. I graduated from Crest in 2003. 

Education 
I graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in religious education with a minor in mathematics. I graduated from the Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb in 2010 with a Master’s in business administration with a concentration in human information systems. I received my teaching license through a program from the TNTP organization, Teach Charlotte, which allowed me to teach my first year in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. 

Family 
My wife, Lindsey, is a certified tutor at Boiling Springs Elementary. We have a 2-year-old daughter, Julia Marie, and a newborn son, AJ. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I love teaching at Crest because of a couple of reasons: it is where I graduated from, so there is a sense of pride and tradition; and I get to coach football at the best program in the state of North Carolina. The Crest community invested a lot in me when I played here in the early 2000's, so being able to give back is a pleasure in itself. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Being a math teacher, I say it all the time: "Show your work." This piece of advice is useful in all types of educational settings. Showing your work proves that you understand the processes that are needed to find a solution to a problem. Showing your work also allows you to see where flaws might exist when trying to find the solution. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
Cleveland County Schools is special to me because it has provided jobs for a number of people in my family. My mother taught in the system for 30 plus years; my wife teaches, my mother in law teaches and I teach, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and community which make up Cleveland County Schools.

Angie Knapp – Title I Administrative Assistant at Central Services

posted May 15, 2017, 2:32 PM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History 
I have been at Central Services as the Title 1 Administrative Assistant for a little over a year. 

Education 
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Advertising from Appalachian State University. 

Family 
My husband, John Knapp, and I have been married for 19 years and have two children, Reagan and John Michael. Our children keep us very busy with their many extracurricular activities. Reagan is in 9th grade at Crest High, and John Michael is in 3rd grade at Boiling Springs Elementary. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
The relationship that has grown between the staff in the Title 1 office is the true meaning of comradery. Tamara Goforth, Laura Beaver, Gina Gold, Lisa Stachowicz, and Cindy Witherspoon are amazing women that give their all every day. I am blessed to work with such a motivated and experienced group of people that I have learned so much from. These ladies are my friends, and it is a pleasure to work with them. Together, we work hard and laugh hard. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Be a blessing to others. Be a friend to all. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound. John and I try to encourage our children to conduct themselves in this manner. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
CCS is special to me because my son attends Boiling Springs Elementary and my daughter is a student at Crest High School. CCS provides my children and others with a superior education along with making a positive impact on their lives. My kids have received first-rate love and care over the years. CCS has also afforded me with a job I love and a group of women who have become my friends.

Margaret Spangler Thomas – Teacher at Kings Mountain Middle

posted May 15, 2017, 2:31 PM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History 
I am in my 8th year as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Kings Mountain Middle School. I have been a member of the School Improvement Team team, Professional Learning Community leader for my department, and participated in many workshops throughout the county. I am a 2004 graduate of Crest Senior High.

Education 
I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education with a focus in History and English. 

Family 
I am newly married to my wonderful husband, Robbie Thomas. He and I grew up together even going to college together, and that friendship grew to love. We have two sweet puppies, Sadie Mae, a toy schnauzer, and Shelby, a German short-haired pointer. My family is from Cleveland County and very active in our community. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I love my co-workers and the level of love and support at KMMS! We have great support from our parents and community. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?

Be kind! You never know what someone is carrying with them as they walk through the day. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

This is my home. I have spent my life in Cleveland County Schools and couldn't imagine any other place.

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