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.


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 Steering Committee members (left to right): Miesha Gadsden, Deb Semmler, Julie Ruziska Tiddy, Gloria Brinkman, Teresa Strohl, Matt Kelly, and Connie Wood.

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. 2017 Steering Committee Members include:

2017 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. 2017 CTI Seminar Coordinators and their seminars include:

  • Deena Aglialoro, Language Arts, Ranson Middle School (Cultivating Visual Literacy)
  • Franchone Bey, 3rd Grade, English, West Charlotte High School (Media and Minorities: Unpacking Stereotypes)
  • Amethyst Klein, 5th Grade STEAM, University Creative Arts School (From Self to Students: Canvassing Art to Explore Identity)
  • Wendy Potter, CTE/Apparel Development, David W. Butler High School (Memorials, Memories, and American Identity)
  • Rima Solh, Math, Southwest Middle School (Using Mathematics to Understand Social Issues)
  • Amy Strong Pasko, History, North Mecklenburg High School (The Rise – and Fall – of Democracies around the World)
  • Amy Thomas, 1st Grade, Reedy Creek Elementary School (Doing Science: Hands-On Learning in the Laboratory)
  • Kassie Woodard, Chemistry, W.A. Hough High School (Chemical Interactions in the Body)

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: