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Mandy Best - Reading Intervention Specialist/PST Coordinator at Fallston Elementary

posted May 15, 2017, 2:27 PM by Greg Shull
CCS Work History 
I have taught at Fallston Elementary for all 16 years I have been in the teaching profession. I taught 1st grade for 2 years before moving to kindergarten for 9 years. I have been a reading interventionist and our school's PST Coordinator for the past 5 years. I am a graduate of Burns High School. I also attended Burns Middle School and Fallston Elementary. 

My wonderful husband, Brad, is a captain with the City of Gastonia Fire Department. I have two beautiful stepdaughters. My oldest, Kelsey, is a senior at Highland School of Technology and my 11-year-old, Kailey, is a 5th grader at Costner Elementary School in Gaston County.

After graduating from Burns High School, I attended Gardner-Webb University, graduating in 2000 with my B.S. in Elementary Education (K-6). In 2008, I earned my Master's degree in Reading Education K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I love working in the community where I was born and raised. Although I now live over 45 minutes away, I still love to come to work at Fallston every day. The teachers I had throughout my education from this community have helped make me the person and teacher I am today. My Fallston co-workers are like a second family to me and, for that, I am grateful. 

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
A little kindness goes a long way...you never know what obstacles others are facing in their lives and how much a simple smile or word of encouragement could mean to them. 

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you? 
Cleveland County Schools will always be dear to my heart because I grew up here as a student, and now work in the school system as a teacher. I believe in, and have experienced first-hand, the high caliber educators we have in our school system and the genuine care and concern they have for their students. Our system strives to improve the quality of education for all students in Cleveland County.