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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!

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