500 Cherokee Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Courier #: 379
P: 980-343-5505  |  F: 980-343-5524 
Principal: Susan Nichols
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Grades: K-5
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School Leadership Team
Members of the School Leadership Team (SLT) are directly involved in the development and monitoring of the School Improvement Plan, and as appropriate, some of the day-to-day operations of the school.

The School Leadership Team:

  • Facilitates the development of the School Improvement Plan.
  • Uses data as the driving force to create programmatic instructional change.
  • Monitors, assesses, and amends the School Improvement Plan, as needed.
  • Advances policies and procedures that enhance achievement and meet educational, safety and parent involvement goals.
  • Facilitates communication within the Professional Learning Community.
  • Builds the capacity of the school to address parent and staff concerns.

 School Leadership Team Members

Committee Position
​Name​Email Address​Date Elected
PrincipalSusan Nicholssusans.nichols@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Assistant PrincipalMelanie Bendermelanie.dunmire@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (4th)Sarah Keessaraha.moody@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (Specials)Michael Scotlandrobertm.scotland@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (Specials)Jerry Cliffordj.clifford@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (K)Cathy Duckettcathym.duckett@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (2nd)Tammy Castlemary.castle@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (3rd)Helen Hutchisonhelen.hutchison@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (1st)Monique Powellmoniquej.powell@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (5th)Heather Lucasheatherl.lucas@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Teacher Representative (Health/Safety)Darrin Sprankledarrin.sprankle@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
Instructional Support RepresentativeJudy Vallejudith.valle@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
School CounselorMaida Ciciarellimaida.welch@cms.k12.nc.us8/2019
PTA Rolled PresidentAnn-Miller Mattocksamattocks@me.com8/2019
Parent Representative Mary Leigh Ryanmaryleighgregory@gmail.com8/2019
Parent RepresentativeJames Johnson
Parent RepresentativeJoe Powelljoepowell17@gmail.com8/2019

School Leadership Team Meeting Schedule

LOCATION: Media Center
DATES: 3rd Thursday of the month

September 19, 20197:00-7:45am
October 17, 20197:00-7:45am
November 21, 20197:00-7:45am
January 23, 20207:00-7:45am
February 20, 20207:00-7:45am
March 19, 2020 (canceled)
April 30, 2020 (virtual/Zoom)
June 4, 2020 (virtual/Zoom)

SLT Meeting Dates:

September 19, 2019
October 17, 2019
November 21, 2019
January 16, 2020
February 20, 2020
March 19, 2020 (canceled)
April 30, 2020
June 4, 2020

To access our School Improvement Plan, visit www.indistar.org and use GuestS16749 as both the username and password.

Guest access will allow you, our valued stakeholders, to review the School Improvement Plan, School Improvement Team members (with the date of election), Agendas, and Meeting Minutes.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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