CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Feb. 25, 2013 – The education leaders who will guide Charlotte Teachers Institute’s 2013 seminar season represent the inclusive and creative focus that distinguishes this unique professional development initiative.
“Our teacher leaders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and our faculty leaders from UNC Charlotte and Davidson College are the lifeblood of our work,” said Scott Gartlan, CTI executive director. “They offer a depth and breadth of experience and knowledge that is critical to our efforts to strengthen teaching in CMS.”
CTI is a partnership of UNC Charlotte, Davidson College and CMS working to cultivate content knowledge, creativity, leadership skills and collaboration within and among CMS teachers.
Two local educators will join committees at the Yale National Initiative, of which CTI is an affiliate. Yale named Torrieann Dooley, David Cox Road Elementary School second-grade teacher, to its National Steering Committee and named Ann Fox, English professor at Davidson College, to its National University Advisory Council for a fourth time.
Gartlan also announced leaders for CTI’s 2013 Local Steering Committee, drawn from CMS’ teaching force. “Classroom teachers are the driving force,” he said. “Teachers shape the direction of our programs and set goals based on their needs in the classroom.”
New members of the steering committee are: Tiffany DiMatteo, English, Myers Park High School; Nicole Fraser, fifth grade, Davidson Elementary; and Jashonai Payne, fifth grade, David Cox Road Elementary.
Returning Local Steering Committee members are: Intisar Hamidullah, language arts, Whitewater Middle School; Matthew Kelly, Spanish, Independence High; Beth Lasure, art, Mallard Creek High; Michael Pillsbury, math, Randolph IB Middle; Deb Semmler, physics, East Mecklenburg High; Barbara Wesselman, apparel/costume design, Northwest School of the Arts; Cindy Woolery, science, Elizabeth Traditional Elementary; Torrieann Dooley, second grade, David Cox Road Elementary.
CTI’s upcoming round of eight seminars for 2013 will be led by university faculty seminar leaders and CMS teacher seminar coordinators:
CTI also introduced a full cadre of school contacts. These school contacts are essential to the success of the initiative, as they act as advocates and liaisons within each of the schools, Gartlan said. The contacts can be found on the website: http://charlotteteachers.org/2013/02/cti-recognizes-cms-classroom-teachers-as-leaders/
CTI will host an open house on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City at 320 E. 9th Street to introduce its 2013 educator leaders and its seminars. Details and registration information are available on the CTI website at www.charlotteteachers.org. Teacher applications to participate in the seminars are online and are due March 13.
For more information, contact CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan, 704-687-2026, email@example.com
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools media contact: Tahira Stalberte, 980-343-0954 firstname.lastname@example.org
Davidson College Public Relations media contact: Bill Giduz, 704-894-2244, email@example.com
UNC Charlotte Public Relations media contact: Buffie Stephens, 704-687-5830, BuffieStephens@uncc.edu