Meet Your Principal
Brian Slattery, principal of Endhaven Elementary, has 21 years of experience working in an elementary school setting. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, where he majored in Elementary Education. Early in his teaching career he earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), where he concentrated in learning disabilities. Later in his teaching career he went back to UNCC to earn an add-on certification in School Administration.
Mr. Slattery started his career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System (CMS), teaching literacy while working with kindergarten through 6th grade students. When he became a 4th grade teacher he met his wife Katie, who was a 1st grade teacher at the time. Together, the couple decided to move abroad to teach overseas on a military base. While living in Germany, Mr. Slattery took on the role of Special Education Resource teacher while also teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. When the couple welcomed their first child, Will, they decided to move back to Charlotte to raise their son and expand their family.
From Teaching to Administration
When the couple returned to the U.S., Mr. Slattery taught 5th grade for two years before becoming a CMS administrator. Mr. Slattery has a clear passion for education and making school decisions based on the children’s best interest. As an administrator, Mr. Slattery thoroughly enjoys working with all school constituents, including students at his school, parents, teachers and fellow administrators. As an administrator, Mr. Slattery frequently leads school-wide staff development to encourage best teaching practices such as implementing new technology, encouraging Professional Learning Communities and focusing on student learning while building 21st century skills.
Preparing Students and Teachers for the Future
Overall what Mr. Slattery enjoys most as an administrator is working closely with the classroom teachers. He mentors teachers, models lessons and uses observations and teacher evaluations as opportunities to grow teachers in their profession. As Mr. Slattery analyzes the ebb and flow of public educational reform, he says one thing is clear: Students today must learn 21st century skills in order to be successful in life. He feels that Endhaven Elementary provides children in the Ballantyne area the 21st century skills they need to be successful, while growing academically to take on life’s challenges in tomorrow’s changing world.
Family and Community
Mr. Slattery and his wife Katie have been married for seventeen years. They have three children: 13-year old Will is in the eighth grade, 11-year old Matthew (Matty) is in fifth grade and 9-year old Sara is a fourth grade student. The Slattery family is active in the Ballantyne community. Katie volunteers to serve in student ministries for middle school and high school students. Similarly, Mr. Slattery volunteers his time to help coach baseball. On Saturdays you may see the family at the baseball field, the neighborhood pool for a swim meet, or riding bikes on the greenway.