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.

CTI Steering Committee

Teacher leaders on the CTI Steering Committee work with the Executive Director to provide important guidance to the Institute and in setting policies and developing seminars and other CTI programs. 2019 Steering Committee Members include:

  • Carla Aaron-Lopez, Art, Whitewater Middle School
  • Mariella Fernandes, ESL, Whitewater Middle School
  • Monica High, Science, Cato Middle College High School
  • Deb Jung, Media Skills, Winding Springs Elementary School
  • Matthew Kelly, Spanish, Independence High School
  • Jennifer Ladanyi, Language Arts, Bailey Middle School
  • Deb Semmler, Physics, East Mecklenburg High School
  • Jackie Smith, Science, W.A. Hough High School
  • Pam Shembo, 5th Grade, E.E. Waddell Language Academy
  • Teresa Strohl, Visual Art, Barringer Academic Center
  • Jessica Young, 2nd Grade, Davidson Elementary School

2019 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. 2019 CTI Seminar Coordinators and their seminars include:

  • Geneva Bell, Science, James Martin Middle School (Climate Science and Solution Strategies)
  • Emily Burrell, Math, Piedmont Middle School (Writing in Mathematics)
  • Christie Johnson, Exceptional Children, Northridge Middle School (Africa: Beneath the Headlines)
  • Kim Mayes, Science, Cochrane Collegiate Academy (How to Build a Human)
  • Latonda Mitchell, 5th Grade, Mountain Island Lake Academy (Frankly Speaking: White Privilege)
  • Zach Sanford, Exceptional Children, W. A. Hough High School (Time Travel: Using Music to Explore Past, Present and Future Messages)
  • Lecia Shockley, 1st Grade, Selwyn Elementary School (Childhood and the City Space in Literature)
  • Pia Townes, Social Studies, Wilson STEM Academy (Children in War and Conflict)

School Contacts

CTI School Contacts are responsible for informing, recruiting and linking interested CMS teachers with the Institute, and providing important feedback and recommendations related to CTI seminars and programs. CTI School Contacts include: