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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.

Dr. David Walker – Principal at Casar Elementary

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

CCS Work History 
I am a product of Cleveland County Schools. I attended Casar Elementary School, Burns Junior High School, and Burns Senior High School. I began work as a teacher and coach at Burns High School in 1990. I taught math and coached soccer and baseball. In 1994, I switched roles and became a driver education teacher. In 2002, I changed jobs again and became an assistant principal at Burns High School. I was very fortunate to become principal of Casar Elementary School in 2014. 

Education 
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Secondary Education and certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education from Appalachian State University in 1990. In 1994, I earned a Master of Arts degree in School Administration at Gardner-Webb University. I completed a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Gardner-Webb University in 2006. 

Family

I am married to Tonya Walker who works as an EC Compliance Manager with Cleveland County Schools. We have two daughters. Morgan is in eighth grade at Burns Middle School, and Jordan is in second grade at Casar Elementary School. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
It is an honor to return to Casar Elementary School as principal since this is where I began my education many years ago. We have wonderful students, a very caring staff, and a supportive community. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Always work hard and never give up. I guess that's really two pieces of advice, but they go hand-in-hand. When there are stumbling blocks in the road of life, don't quit. Don't give up. Keep working hard, and you will find ways to overcome the difficulties. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

Cleveland County Schools provided me with a quality education while I was a student. I've spent my entire career working in this school system, and I've seen the hard work and dedication from employees here. I'm proud to be a part of Cleveland County Schools.

Miguel Angel Rivera – Plumber with Maintenance Division II

posted May 15, 2017, 2:29 PM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History 
I began my career with Cleveland County Schools as a custodian at Marion Elementary and worked there for 2 and a half years. I accepted the opportunity to work in the Maintenance Department with yard maintenance, and am now a plumber with the school system. I appreciate the opportunity - afforded me by the leadership in Plant Operations - to work with a very good group of people in Maintenance Division II. 

Education 
I graduated from high school in 1990 and have completed a variety of electrical and welding certification courses.

Family 
I have been married for 22 years to my beautiful wife, Mayda Rivera, and have a son, Jose Miguel. We currently reside in Shelby. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
The people I work with. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Stay in school and all your dreams will come true. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
I have been afforded the opportunity to grow as an individual.

Erin McWhirter – Social Studies Teacher and Volleyball/Basketball Coach at Crest High

posted May 15, 2017, 2:28 PM by Greg Shull

CCS Work History 
I am a product of Cleveland County Schools. I went to Boiling Springs and Springmore Elementary schools, as well as Crest Middle and Crest High (Class of 2008). This is my 4th year teaching in Cleveland County. I began at Crest Middle School teaching 8th grade language arts and social studies. I then taught 9th grade English for a year. During my third year, I taught Civics and Economics, and I am currently teaching World History and American History to high school freshmen and juniors at Crest High.

Family 
My parents are Alan and Lena McWhirter. My dad is the Finance Manager for Cleveland County YMCA and my mom owns her own cleaning service. I have one sister, Kendyl, who is a Physical Education Teacher in Guilford County Schools. My boyfriend, John, works at FMC Lithium. My grandparents, Carl and Carolyn McWhirter, were both teachers at Kings Mountain High Schools. 

Education 
I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2012 as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow with a degree in History Secondary Education. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I work at one of the best schools in the state! Crest High School truly is an amazing place. My coworkers are like family. I get to work with an incredible student body who is constantly keeping me laughing and pushing me to innovate in the classroom. My students are creative, inspiring, and bring so much joy to my life. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Thomas Edison famously said that "genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." No matter where you came from, who your parents are, what you look like, or your history, working hard will ALWAYS get you far in life. It's all about your attitude! My students know McWhirter's classroom motto of "peace, love, and positivity." If you show those 3 things, you're going to be alright. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
Cleveland County Schools has helped mold me into the person I am today. I credit my decision to become a teacher to the inspiration I received at Crest High School as a student. CCS also took a chance on me and has given me the opportunity to work with wonderful young people on a daily basis.

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