• Mentors

Mrs. Heather Puhl

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Mrs. Heather Puhl

Heather Puhl is a Beginning Teacher Mentor for teachers in grades Pre-K through 12 in the Caldwell County School System. She has been working in the field of education for over 20 years. She was born and raised in Gastonia, NC, where her family still resides. She was awarded a NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship to attend East Carolina University. She received a BS in Middle Grades Education (with concentrations in math and science) and a Master's degree in Science Education from ECU in 1996 and 1999, respectively. She also completed the licensure requirements for School Administration from Appalachian State University in 2010.
She has earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Math and has completed the renewal process to maintain certification. Heather leads district-wide sessions for National Board Support during the school year for any Caldwell County teacher who is pursuing certification.
Throughout her career, she has taught at the middle school level in several areas across the state. She has also worked as an Instructional Coach and a Math Content Specialist before becoming employed as a Beginning Teacher Mentor in Caldwell County Schools in 2010.
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Email: hpuhl@caldwellschools.com
Office Phone: 828-728-8407 ext. 140167

Mrs. Traci Waters

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Mrs. Traci Waters

Traci Waters serves as a PreK-12 Mentor for Caldwell County Schools. She has worked in the Caldwell County school system for the past 24 years.
In addition to serving as a mentor, Traci serves as the AIG Coordinator for Caldwell County Schools.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in K-6 Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, a Master's Degree in K-6 Elementary Education from Gardner Webb University, and is a licensed school administrator through Appalachian State University.
She also has licenses in K-12 Academically Intellectually Gifted and K-12 English as a Second Language.
Mentoring teachers is her passion. She loves teaching students and creating a nurturing environment in the school setting.
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Office Phone: 828-728-8407 ext. 140113
Email: twaters@caldwellschools.com

Mrs. Nancy Phipps

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Mrs. Nancy Phipps

Nancy has 24 years in education as a teacher, literacy specialist, coach and mentor.
After 17 years as a kindergarten teacher, Nancy became a literacy specialist. In this role she received specialized training and served on various teams and committees at the local and regional level. She has extensive experience in curriculum design, leading professional development, K-2 assessment administration and interpretation, data analysis, and literacy domains. In her professional roles, she has worked closely with beginning teachers, veteran teachers, administrators and district leaders.
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Office Phone: 828-728-8407 ext. 140112
Email: nphipps@caldwellschools.com