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January Edition of Employee Spotlight

posted Jan 19, 2016, 6:49 AM by Greg Shull

Angela Black – 7th Grade Math Teacher at Crest Middle School

CCS Work History
I was a student at Gardner-Webb University, student taught at CMS, and was hired the following school year. I am currently in my 29th year at Crest Middle School.

Family
I am originally from Greenville, South Carolina. Most of my family lives in Greenville. I have two nieces that I consider my own. One is a sophomore in college, and the other is a senior in high school. I am blessed to have a great family, and they are extremely important to me.

Education
I have a BS in Mathematics Education (6-9) and a Masters (Administration); Both from Gardner-Webb University.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
Crest Middle has been a great place to work. We are a family and are invested in one another. We have a common goal of providing the best education for each young person who walks through our doors. We collectively do our jobs and do it with great effort.


If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
"Hard Work Pays Off" is advice I give all my students. I try to demonstrate hard work every single day and try to inspire my students to acquire a strong work ethic.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools is important to me because of the care and concern our system has for all of its stakeholders. Our system is not satisfied with the status quo but is always striving to improve.


Caitlin Cole – Biology Teacher at Kings Mountain High School

CCS Work History
I am currently in my 3rd year of teaching at Kings Mountain High School. I am from Georgia and was attending East Carolina University when I heard wonderful things about this school. I knew I wanted to a part of the success here, and I feel lucky to be here.

Education
Bachelor of Science from North Georgia College & State University, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from East Carolina University

What do you like best about your school/work location?
There are good teachers and students here that put forth their best effort every day. This creates an environment of success. Despite what is happening to the education system in this country, we are fighting to maintain a quality education.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Your work ethic and actions now will contribute greatly to your quality of life in the future. If you put forth a lot of work now, you will hopefully have a good career to support yourself and a family.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
The people in Cleveland County Schools and Kings Mountain High have gone above and beyond to be supportive and foster my success as a beginning teacher. Their guidance means a lot to me. Without it, I may not have become the teacher I am today.


Melinda Corry – Teaching Assistant at Township Three Elementary

CCS Work History
I have worked at Township Three since November of 1991. I have served on the Evelyn Cumberlander Scholarship Committee, as president, secretary, and treasurer of the Cleveland County Association of Teacher Assistants, on the Township Three School Improvement Team, the Fair Booth Committee, NCATA Professional Development Committee. I also attended Shelby Jr. High and Shelby High schools as well as Cleveland High School.

Family
Husband, Noah J Corry;  two sons, Chavis and Walter;  and a daughter, Tamarra.



Education
  •  Two-year degree 
What do you like best about your school/work location?
One of my passions is to see our students excel to their greatest potential and strive to be the best at what they do. I believe the children of Township Three need love, compassion, and want an education.

|If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Use each day as a learning tool, gain as much knowledge as possible, and use it to be successful.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
I have talked with a lot of people in and out of the state of North Carolina. We have great concern for our children and that makes me proud to be part of the Cleveland County School system.


Linda Odom - Title I Reading Interventionist and Parent Involvement Coordinator at Graham Elementary


CCS Work History
In 2005-2006, I completed my student teaching in a 1st-grade classroom at James Love Elementary. I began teaching in a third-grade classroom at Graham Elementary School in August 2006 where I remained through the 2014-2015 school year. This school year, I have the awesome position of Title I Reading Interventionist and Parent Involvement Coordinator at Graham Elementary. Let me just say, "I Love My Job!" I wear different hats throughout the day as I work with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Every day brings a new challenge, and I am so thankful for having the tremendous support from my school family, as well as from Central Office.

Family
I am the most blessed wife and mother! My husband of 36+ years, Derrick, has given our sons an incredible education on how to treat their future wives and has also given our daughter an invaluable picture of what she used to decide her husband. Derrick has and continues to be my biggest supporter and advocate.

Derrick and I have two sons, Tommy and Cameron, and we have one daughter, Tasha. Tommy and Cameron work with Derrick as surveyors in North and South Carolina. Tasha is married and lives with her husband, also named Derrick, in Indian Trail. My children have grown into confident and dependable adults, and I am so incredibly proud of how they have faced the many struggles of growing up to become such honorable adults.

Education
When I graduated high school in 1977, I briefly attended Western Piedmont Community College. At the time, I felt it more important to devote my efforts to my marriage and starting a family. It was not until after a life changing event that I decided that I wanted and needed to return to college. I attended South Piedmont Community College for a year before transferring to UNC-Charlotte, where I graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and graduated summa cum laude for which I am very proud and blessed.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I work with some amazing people at Graham, who do extraordinary things just to make a small difference in the life of a child. I have had the honor of watching and learning from my teammates over the years as they rise to go beyond their call of duty to attend to the many needs our children present. Our staff has become a family, and we work together to support each other through the many obstacles we encounter.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
As students would enter my classroom year after year, they were told, "You will be forever known as one of Mrs. Odom's kids." I wanted them to know that they belonged, they were cared for, and that I was their biggest advocate. One year, a former student of mine who lives nearby and was in middle school at the time, got off his bus, and no one was home for him to get inside. He felt uncomfortable just hanging around outside his house. So, he came to find Mrs. Odom at Graham because he knew I would take care of him.

My advice for students and teachers, as well: Get to know each other. Find out why the other person thinks or behaves the way they do. It is in the relationships we make with our students and teachers where we find common ground, we can understand each other, and have true respect for one another. Then, and only then, can true learning take place.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Growing up in Burke County, my parents would occasionally drive all the way to Cleveland County to eat at Red Bridges BBQ or at Jackson's Cafeteria that used to be open in Shelby. Derrick's grandmother would travel to this area to buy cloth many years ago. It was a treat to come to this area. As an adult, those memories are still near and dear to my heart as my husband and I have chosen this area to live and work. It helps to have such a supportive school system to work for. Cleveland County Schools took a chance on me, and my abilities in 2006 and I feel indebted to them for the opportunity.



Jeremy Shields - Assistant Principal at Crest High School.


CCS Work History
I taught and coached at Crest High School for 12 years before taking an assistant principal role at Kings Mountain High School. I spent two wonderful years there before returning home to Crest. I am a proud member of the class of 1996 at Crest High School. I also attended Crest Middle School and Boiling Springs Elementary School.

Family
My wife, Dixie, is a second-grade teacher at Boiling Springs Elementary. My oldest daughter, Caroline, is in the seventh-grade at Crest Middle School. Rachel, who is 10-years-old, and Jack, age 6, are both students at Boiling Springs Elementary. I know I am partial, but I think they are just about the finest group of people in the world.

Education
After graduating from Crest High School, I attended the University of North Carolina. In 2000, I graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, I worked in public relations before realizing my calling was in working with young people. I began my teaching career in 2002 at Crest High School in social studies. In 2008, I earned my National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification. I received a Masters in School Administration from Western Carolina University in 2011. This summer, I will begin the pursuit of an Educational Doctorate at WCU.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
The Crest community is where I was born and raised, and this school and community helped make me into the person I am today. I relish the opportunity to repay the debt I owe to my school and community, and I work hard every day to make the Crest High community a better place for everyone.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
The great thing about my job is that I get to give advice to teenagers each and every day. Sometimes the words of wisdom teachers and coaches impart are received more so than advice from parents. That is a big responsibility, but not one that I take lightly. I encourage kids to see the big picture in life as it is easy for them to be impetuous and short-sighted.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Having worked in a different part of the county for the last two years really gave me perspective. I have a lot of pride in the Crest community, but while I was at Kings Mountain High School, I learned that it is a very special place too. The students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members surrounding that school are wonderful to work with and for. It was great to see first-hand that there are people all over Cleveland County working hard for our kids, and putting their best effort into making a brighter future for all of Cleveland County.
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