Brian Bettis is a native of Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Through volunteering through his church and community, he learned of his passion of working with children and serving his community. As a high school student, he recognized his calling to become an elementary school teacher. He attended Appalachian State University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2005. He has also earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education (‘08), a graduate certificate in School Leadership (‘15), and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership (‘16), all from Appalachian State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at East Tennessee State University and is conducting research on collaborative planning in small, rural schools. Brian taught third grade and kindergarten in Cleveland County Schools before serving as a Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Principal and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Brian currently serves as Principal of Bethel School in Watauga County. He loves his students, his school, and the Bethel community. Throughout his career, Brian has served as an adjunct instructor at Cleveland Community College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and currently teaches at Appalachian State University. For the past 20 years, Brian has volunteered at summer camps for children with serious or chronic medical conditions.