Teacher Leadership

CMS teachers serve in a number of CTI leadership roles: they recruit and select seminar participants, help faculty prepare for and facilitate seminars, and work side-by-side with the CTI director. Every teacher participating in CTI receives a stipend to cover Institute-associated expenses. The primary CTI Teacher Leader roles are: Steering Committee Members, Seminar Coordinators and School Contacts.

Teacher Steering Committee and School Contacts

CMS teachers serve as CTI Steering Committee members and School Contacts. They are responsible for informing, recruiting and linking interested CMS teachers with the Institute. Additionally, they work with the Institute Director to provide important guidance to the Institute and its programs.


CTI welcomes the following individuals into these important roles:

Steering Committee

2015 CTI Local Steering Committee (left to right): Beth Lasure, Gloria Brinkman, Matt Kelly, Alex Edwards, Torrieann Dooley Kennedy, Miesha Gadsden, Deb Semmler, Cindy Woolery and Connie Wood. Not pictured: Barbara Wesselman.
2016 CTI Local Steering Committee (left to right): Miesha Gadsden, Deb Semmler, Julie Ruziska Tiddy, Gloria Brinkman, Teresa Strohl, Matt Kelly, and Connie Wood.

School Contacts

Seminar Coordinators

Each seminar has a Seminar Coordinator who works closely with the Institute throughout the application process and handles the administrative responsibilities of the seminar. Coordinators also work with their respective Seminar Leaders as co-facilitators to make sure the seminar appropriately meets the needs of all involved. Listed below are the coordinators and the seminar that they are assigned to:

  • Brad Baker, History, Hough High School (Literacy and Literacies in the 21st Century)
  • Rosa Bockian, 3rd Grade, Collinswood Language Academy (Tracing the Legacy of Hispanic Cultures-1492 to Today)
  • Annie Calloway, Literacy, Olde Providence Elementary School (The Many Faces of Capitalism around the Globe-Past and Present)
  • Katelyn Gardepe, 5th Grade, David Cox Road Elementary School (How Science is Done: A Behind the scenes Look at Scientific Research)
  • Connie George, Math, Quail Hollow Middle School (FUNdamental Ideas in Math for Grades PreK-12)
  • Nikki Guevara, 1st Grade, Bain Elementary School (Exploring Memoir-From Picture Book to Digital Story)
  • Robin McLennon, 4th, Davidson Elementary School (Writing with Power: No Fear Here)
  • Jackie Smith, Science, Hough High School (It’s a Small World! Exploring Science at the tiniest Scale)