Cutshall, Chris - AIG


Mrs. Chris Cutshall
family photo creative
AIG Specialist

(828) 645-7944 NBMS

Monday and Tuesday 

Lead AIG Facilitator
High School AIG Specialist

(828) 225-4761 at BCS Central Office

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

BA, Secondary English Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholar
(9-12) English
(6-9) English/Language Arts
 (K-12) Academically/Intellectually Gifted
- National Board Certified Teacher -
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
North Buncombe Middle School
Teacher of the Year 2003-2004

tar heels  k  creativity

Who Is Mrs. Cutshall?
Who I am is quite a work in progress! I'd love for it to be an easy answer but, just like many of the students I teach, I'm a jumble of amazing bits of creativity, disorganized sparkles of hilarity, LOUD snipets of song, quirky particles of trivia, dark patches of emotion, profound contemplations of facts, and intense passion of heart.

I am the 7th of 9 children, was indeed "raised in a barn," and looked forward to family reunions with my 35+ first cousins every summer.  I graduated from Madison High School and spent four wonderful years learning about myself and my future career at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  My husband and I are very thankful to be raising our two children close enough to Mars Hill University to be able to enjoy its multicultural population. 


Educational Philosophy:

I recently found a blog post that describes the type of teacher I work to be.  I'm sure I don't succeed every day, but if I succeed at least more often than I fail, I know my students will become better learners, leaders, and humans.  Enjoy!


The Heart of Teaching:

What It Means to be a Great Teacher

By: Rusul Alrubail, Educator-in-Residence at Design Cofounders

Posted 01/14/2015

What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence.

What lies in the heart of a great teacher?

You are kind: a great teacher shows kindness to students, colleagues, parents and those around her/him. My favorite saying is “kindness makes the world go around”. It truly changes the environment in the classroom and school. Being a kind teacher helps students feel welcomed, cared for and loved.

You are compassionate: Teaching is a very humanistic profession, and compassion is the utmost feeling of understanding, and showing others you are concerned about them. A compassionate teacher models that characteristic to the students with her/his actions, and as a result students will be more open to understanding the world around them.

You are empathetic: Empathy is such an important trait to have and to try to develop in ourselves and our students. Being able to put yourself in someone’s shoes and see things from their perspective can have such a powerful impact on our decisions and actions.

You are positive: Being a positive person, is not an easy task. Being a positive teacher is even harder when we’re always met with problems with very limited solutions. However, staying positive when it’s tough can have such a tremendous positive impact on the students and everyone around us. Looking on the bright side always seems to help make things better.

You are a builder: A great teacher bridges gaps and builds relationships, friendships, and a community. Teachers always look to make things better and improve things in and outside of the classroom. Building a community is something a great teacher seeks to do in the classroom and extends that to the entire school and its community.

You inspire: Everyone looks at a great teacher and they want to be a better teacher, they want to be a better student, even better, they want to be a better person. A great teacher uncovers hidden treasures, possibilities and magic right before everyone’s eyes.