Hello! My name is Katie Coleman and I’m the new editor for Lake Norman Magazine. I’m originally from the North Carolina coast and have a professional background in regional publications, much like this one. I’m excited to explore the communities surrounding Lake Norman and plan on spending quite a bit of time getting to know this beautiful area and the people that make it a one-of-a-kind location. If you have any questions or comments about the magazine, please contact me. I want to hear from you—this is, after all, your magazine.Welcome to our back to school issue. This time around, we’re all about the kids and those who shape their lives. Look for profiles on standout students from the Lake Norman area (page 34) and the story of one Davidson mom who, amongst other things, is modernizing cotillion classes (page 30). If you’re looking for one last vacation before the kids start classes, pack up the family and head to The Homestead Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, Va. Schedule spa treatments that utilize the Virginia hot springs while the children have a blast exploring the outdoors with the KidsClub offered by the resort (page 58).In the coming months, we’ll be starting a new series highlighting small towns that are worthy of a day trip, and first up is Hickory. Our September issue is all about the arts, with a preview of the fall arts scene around the lake, a profile on an art group that utilizes sustainable practices, and a look into how some local talent sell their wares online.While Lake Norman is a pleasure all year long, this is the last month of true summer vacation. Take advantage of these final weeks of relaxation—and enjoy the issue!