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posted Mar 31, 2016, 6:38 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 7:26 AM ]

Bernadette Byars – Kindergarten Teacher at Bethware Elementary

CCS Work History 
I graduated from Crest Senior High, and I worked several years with Gaston County Schools until I became a Teacher Assistant with Cleveland County Head Start. Years later, I started my career as a teacher with Cleveland County Head Start where I taught for ten years. Eleven years ago, I accepted a teaching position as a kindergarten teacher at Bethware Elementary - where I presently teach.

Education
I currently hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in elementary education, a masters degree in reading, curriculum, and instruction, as well as a National Board Certification in teaching. 
Family
I am the wife of a very supportive husband, Larry Byars. We have five children and four grandchildren. Several of our children graduated from Cleveland County Schools. Currently, we have one grandchild in first grade and an upcoming kindergartner - both in Cleveland County Schools.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I enjoy having strong administrative support that focuses on student achievement. Our school’s staff team exemplifies rich resources that facilitate student achievement.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Our mentality of how we grew-up should not be our future. Those challenges should be our stepping-stones to our success.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

Cleveland County's philosophy of "No Child Left Behind" has been my encouragement. This has motivated me to have high expectations for "all" students.


Denise Burdick – ABA Tech at Graham Elementary

CCS Work History
I worked at Grover as an Exceptional Children’s assistant for three years and at North Shelby School for 2 years as a pre-k assistant. I am currently in my first year at Graham as a Preschool ABA Tech in an Exceptional Children’s class.

Education
I graduated from Piedmont High School and earned an associates degree from Cleveland Community College.

Family
I have been married to Dell Burdick for 11 years. We have four children – Payton, who is 11 years of age and attends Crest Middle; Tucker, who is 10 years of age and Braxton, who is 8 years of age – both attending Springmore Elementary; and Adalyn, who is currently a year old. I also have a brother, Jonathon Greene, and sister, Angie Guffey.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I love the children that I work with. The smiles they have on their face after accomplishing something new makes it worth everything we do!

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Never give up!

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
I love working in Cleveland County Schools. It is very special to me because of the wonderful education that I know my children are receiving daily. I am very thankful for that, and I believe CCS provides an excellent education to all children of Cleveland County, no matter what their circumstance. We believe all children can learn.


Patty Grigg – Math Teacher at Burns Middle

CCS Work History
I am in my 17th year of teaching and Burns Middle School has been my home for all 17 years. I worked part-time at the Central Office during my senior year of high school as well as my first two years of college.

Education
I bleed blue! I attended Burns Junior High and graduated from Burns High School in 1987. I graduated from Cleveland Community College in 1990 and Gardner-Webb University in 1992. I later attended Appalachian State where I received my Masters in Middle Grades Math.

Family
I have been married to my husband, Robert, for 23 years. Robert works for the City of Gaffney as a captain with the fire department. We have a son, John, who is 17 years old and attends Burns High. John will be attending Lenoir-Rhyne University in the fall.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
Burns Middle School is home. The faculty and staff are very caring and supportive of each other.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Work hard and believe in yourself.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
It is home to me. I was raised in Cleveland County Schools, and I later returned to work in the same place. I would not want to work anywhere else.



Chris Hall – Assistant Principal at Township Three Elementary

CCS Work History
This is my first year with Cleveland County Schools. My previous years in education were spent working as a third-grade teacher and assistant principal with Cumberland County Schools.

Education
I earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Family
My wonderful wife, Lindsay, and I met while studying at UNC Charlotte. This year we will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. In June 2014, we received our greatest blessing with the birth of our identical triplet daughters Sophie, Harper, and Bristol.

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

It is always a joy to work with a staff that is so dedicated and passionate about the students they serve. The dedication of the staff at Township Three is second to none.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Mistakes are meant for learning, not repeating. We all make mistakes, so learn the most from the ones you do make.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
With this being my first year with Cleveland County Schools, I appreciate the warm welcoming and support I have received in making this transition. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve students alongside the great educators of CCS.


Julie Kamlade – English IV and British Literature Teacher at Burns High

CCS Work History
I started my career at Kings Mountain High School in 2008 teaching 12th grade. I worked there for about a year and a half before moving to Burns High. I have taught 12th grade at Burns for about five years now. It is now my second home, and I love my teaching career!

Education
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Family
My family is amazing! I have a little girl who will soon be four years of age, and a little boy, who just turned one. My husband and I enjoy our small town life in Polkville. We enjoy being part of our wonderful church family at Big Spring Baptist, as well as the community.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I love the location of Burns. It isn't far from home, and the staff members are amazing! I have met some lifelong friends at Burns, who are now like family. We are a very close staff, and we care about each and every person at Burns.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Put God first in everything you do, and you will always be alright.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools is very special to me because I was given the opportunity to begin as a lateral-entry teacher and achieve my dream of becoming a teacher, and for that I am very grateful! I was new to the county; they took me in and helped me to achieve something great. As a teacher, I only hope that I can help students realize that they can achieve greatness as well!

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