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CCS Employee Spotlight

posted Jun 2, 2016, 11:35 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 12:22 PM ]

Monty Deaton – Health/Physical Education Teacher at Kings Mountain Middle

CCS Work History
I attended West Elementary, Central School, KM Junior High and KM High School. I began teaching in 1995 at Kings Mountain High in the Exceptional Children Program teaching Earth Science and Algebra I. I transferred to Kings Mountain Middle the next year to teach Health and Physical Education, and I have been there 21 years. Along with my teaching duties, I have also coached multiple sports such as baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, and golf. I am currently coaching golf, girls basketball, and baseball.

Education
I graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with an endorsement in Physical Education and Science.

Family
My wife of 20 years is Amanda, and she works for Dr. Mockaitis Orthodontist. I have a 9th-grade daughter, Makena, who is in the KMHS band and plays volleyball and softball. I have a 6th-grade son, Camden, who is in the band and plays basketball and baseball.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
Every day presents itself with new challenges in working with middle school students. Kings Mountain is a great place to live and work. After all - it is the Center of the Universe.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Turn their life over to Jesus Christ and stay focused on doing God's will instead of their will - and give him the praise and glory for all things.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
CCS has given me the opportunity to have an impact on students and athletes and to help shape their future as well as our community.



Titus Hopper – Principal at Cleveland Early College High School


CCS Work History
After graduating from NC State University in 1998, my first job was at Garner Senior High School in Wake County as a Biology Teacher. Cliff Wilson and Jim Atkinson, former Shelby City Schools administrators, were in Raleigh, NC for a conference and reached out to me about returning to Cleveland County. I returned to Shelby and worked at Marion Intermediate as an administrative assistant prior to moving on to teach 8th-grade science at Shelby Middle School. After a few years at Shelby Middle School, I was asked to help launch C-STOP (currently TPA). After a few years at C-STOP, I accepted a position to teach math at Shelby High School. In 2011, as a North Carolina Principal Fellow, I started the pursuit of my administration degree and after graduating from UNC Charlotte in 2013 I took a job as assistant principal at Hickory High School. An opportunity presented itself in 2014 to return to Cleveland County as an assistant principal at Shelby Middle and at the end of that year I was presented with the opportunity to become principal of Cleveland Early College High School.

Education
I am a proud graduate of Shelby High School, NC State University, and UNC Charlotte.

Family

I am married to my best friend, Michelle Renee' Hopper. We have 3 dogs; Bentey (Shit-zu), Tobie Parker (Yorkie-Malteze mix) and Sampson (Yorkie). We reside in the great metropolis of Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

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

I love the challenge that leading Cleveland Early College High School presents. CECHS is an amazing school with awesome students and staff. I love being in close proximity to daily greatness whether it be the CECHS staff, CCC faculty members or LeGrand Center staff. I am in a position to influence influencers. I am proud to be a CECHS Viking, and I want the world to know who we are!

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
I want every student who encounters my presence to know that "if they think right, they can do right." I want our students to know that every decision has a consequence, and we always have the power to influence the outcomes in our lives.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools is special to me because after losing my parents at a young age many of my surrogate parents were Cleveland County School staff members. CCS helped raise me, and I'm honored to have been given the opportunity to return and serve!



Trent Marty – Technology Facilitator at Burns High School

CCS Work History
I originally came to Cleveland County Schools to teach math at Kings Mountain Middle. I spent 3 great years there working with 7th and 8th graders on their math skills. I spent the next 5 years at Cleveland Early College High School working with students at all math levels. I am now a Bulldog. I have been at Burns for 2 years now and love the role that I play with both teachers and students. Every day is a new challenge for me here, and it keeps me excited about what each day will bring.

Education
I graduated from Kent State University with degrees in Integrated Mathematics and K-12 School Leadership.

Family
I am married to Maggie Butler, and we have a crazy beagle named Sam.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
Burns has been a very welcoming home for the last two years. It has a great staff, which is very supportive of members who join it.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Always research what you are told, and make sure to consider the source that is giving you the information. As a math-minded person, it is good to be reminded that facts and statistics can tell a variety of stories if not understood.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
I have had the privilege of getting to know many young people and teachers during my time in Cleveland County. I feel that many of both groups make and will continue to make this area a great place to live.



Elaine McKinney – Custodian/Bus Driver at Springmore Elementary


CCS Work History
I have worked as a custodian at Springmore Elementary for 9 years and also drive a bus for Crest Middle.

Education
I have an associate degree in Early Childhood, and I am in the process of getting my teaching degree.

Family
I have been married for nearly 23 years to Greg McKinney and have a 13-year-old son, Elijah, who attends Crest Middle, and a 9-year-old daughter, Miranda, who attends Springmore Elementary.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I love working with the children and letting them know that they are loved! My work location is great because I'm only a few minutes from home.

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

Always give it your all!

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
It allows me to be at the same school as my children attend/attended.



Christy Scism – Teacher at James Love Elementary

CCS Work History
This will be my 2nd year with Cleveland County schools teaching 3rd grade at James Love Elementary. GO KNIGHTS!

Education

I graduated from Robbinsville High School and moved toward the Shelby/Gastonia area. I attended Gardner-Webb University and obtained my degree in Elementary Education. I will begin Graduate school in August at Gardner-Webb University to pursue my masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

Family
My family is my rock! I have been married 14 years to my sweet husband, Les Scism, a Crest Charger graduate. We have two beautiful children, Peyton, an eighth grader at Crest Middle, and Laney, a fourth grader at Boiling Springs Elementary. We love baseball, gymnastics, and dance. We spend our weekends at dance competitions or on the baseball field and honestly wouldn't have it any other way.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
James Love Elementary is extremely blessed to have passionate teachers who work together to achieve student success. We believe in every student and are determined to overcome any obstacle we may face. James Love students and staff are the best Cleveland County has to offer :)

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Work hard, respect those around you and never give up. The only one who can determine your future is YOU!

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools is a place where all students are given the same opportunities for success. Highly-qualified teachers are in the classrooms making a difference daily.
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