You make a difference.
Live a life you will always be proud of. Don't let yourself give up.
Don't let alcohol abuse YOU!
RISE ABOVE THE NORM
"Rising Above the Norm" means success, strong values, and a life you will always be proud of. Strive to be mentally tough; don't allow negativity to be a part of your success. Live and lead with positive values and morals. Motivate yourself and develop a pride in your achievements. Respect and discipline yourself, and you will gain self-esteem. You may experience failure, but get up and try again. Be determined. Do not ever give up! Do not allow your experiences in middle or high school to be the pinnacle of your entire life. Do not allow alcohol to abuse your life. You are priceless!
"Rise Above the Norm"
Alcohol Abuse Education
Alcohol Education presentation is focused on educating the adolescent about the health aspects, pitfalls, delay the drinking age and dangers of alcohol at a young age. Our materials have been collaborated from accurate resources that provide coherent alcohol education in different ways. Our programs consists of:
Small group presentations
Pre- assessment of knowledge
Post- assessment of knowledge
Follow-up data provided for participating ABC Boards
Three or more 45 minute sessions to serve 7th, 8th, and 9th grade classes
Article in local paper
Resource card for students
Incentives for students (T-Shirts: RISE ABOVE THE NORM)
Teacher workshops or seminars
Radio Spots: Public Service Announcements/Monthly Facts
After obtaining a masters degree from Appalachian State University, I continued my professional development by receiving National Board Certification for Professional Teachers and then was admitted to the NBPTS assessment team. I have served as a facilitator at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teachers (NCCAT).
I became a certified driver’s education instructor, teaching in several counties for more than 15 years. As a department chair in my school I have written and received many grants totaling over $30,000. Much of my career was spent emphasizing to students a healthy life style which included information about the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and drug abuse, and the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise. I have organized and coached a variety of sports. Contributions in students’ health and life choices have been based on my specializing in drug and alcohol and anti-gambling education. Multiple grants in these specialties have allowed me to expand students’ real life experiences.
I have discovered that by providing innovative teaching techniques, my students not only understand, but apply their knowledge and make positive life choices.
The Alcohol Abuse Education program serves to educate our youth about the health aspects, pitfalls, and dangers of alcohol use at a young age. This program was founded in West Jefferson, North Carolina and will offer education to both adolescents and adults.
As an educator, my career has been spent emphasizing to students a healthy lifestyle including information about the physiology and psychological effects of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as career and life skills needed for success. Drinking mesmerized many young people causing them to make poor decisions and engage in risky behavior.
Our goal is to help prepare adolescents with knowledge of the harmful effects of alcohol. We seek to reach students early, that the age of drinking may be delayed and so students may understand that with the appeal of social drinking comes responsibility and consequences.
Rise Above the Norm
Dr. Kim Elliott
Superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools
We are very proud of the program in our school district to prevent alcohol abuse. The alcohol abuse education program, “Rising Above the Norm”, our students have received has truly made a difference. The educator, Mary Howell provides a professional, yet personal presentation for students. She is a lifelong educator and coach who believes every child can succeed and be the very best they can be.
Mrs. Joyce Edwards: Former DSS Director Caldwell County NC
Mrs. Pam Barlow: Clerk of Superior Court - West Jefferson, NC
Dr. Pam Scott: Professor at East Tennessee State University:
Chair Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education
Mr. Bill Blair, Jr: Member of The Muscle Car Hall of Fame, implemented Nostalgia Drag Racing
Serves on the North Carolina Drag racing Hall of Fame
Mr. Jim Hartley: Former Sheriff of Ashe County NC
Mr. Sam Yearick: Former Ashe County Manager
Mrs. Suzanne Taylor: NC Literacy Trainer/Teacher Academy, National Board Certified, and NC
McDonalds: West Jefferson, NC locally owned by Don & Mary Anne Moore