EDUCATION ADVOCATES


ANN BLAKENEY CLARK

Superintendent
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Ann Blakeney Clark brings a deep institutional knowledge to her role as Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in CMS since joining the district in 1983 as a teacher. She has been named a Broad Fellowship finalist, a First Lady of Charlotte, a Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Alumnae by U.Va., and National Principal of the Year (1994) by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.

BARBARA ANN TEMPLE, Ph.D.

ASC Vice President of Education
ASC

Dr. Barbara Ann Temple is the Vice President, Education at the ASC in Charlotte, NC. Serving in this role for four years, Barbara Ann has implemented a Cultural Education Blueprint that positions ASC as a broker between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and the Arts, Science, History, and Heritage cultural sector. Prior to joining ASC, Barbara Ann was the Director of Teacher Professional Development in CMS. Her research interests include arts-based educational research, social justice, literacy, and the notions of social, cultural, and linguistic capital. Her personal interests include marathon training, plant-based nutrition, photography, documentary filmmaking, poetry, community-based projects through the arts, and naturalistic-based experiences.

BILL STRICKLAND

PRESIDENT & CEO
MANCHESTER CRAFTSMEN’S GUILD

Bill Strickland is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG), and Bidwell Training Center (BTC). Strickland is nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility, and integrity.

CAROL QUILLEN, Ph.D.

PRESIDENT
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Award-winning author and renowned journalist Richard Louv stresses the importance of reconnecting with nature in a digital age. Author of Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life and Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.



CRAIG LINDVAHL

Executive Director
MIDLAND INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Craig Lindvahl is a nationally recognized educator and filmmaker. In more that thirty years of teaching, he has taught every grade K-12 and is a recipient of the prestigious Milken National Educator Award and the Jefferson Award for Public Service. He has also twice been recognized as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year. His television work has been seen nationally on PBS, and his most recent documentaries, including a behind-the-scenes look at the Cincinnati Reds, have enjoyed a run on the Major League Baseball Network. He has been recognized with multiple awards, including twelve Mid-America Emmy Awards, the Studs Terkel Award for contributions to the humanities, and the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Service.

JOE FATHEREE

TEACHER
EFFINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Joe Fatheree is an award-winning educator, author, and filmmaker. As a teacher, he has received some of the nation’s most prestigious educational honors. In 2009, he was named the recipient of the NEA National Award for Teaching Excellence and The Horace Mann Award and was honored by the cable industry with the Leaders in Learning Award. Joe was named Illinois Teacher of the year in 2007 and the Illinois Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2012. Most recently, Joe was chosen as one of the top ten teachers in the world. He currently teaches multimedia and web design at Effingham High School.



SANDRA RUPPERT

FORMER DIRECTOR
ARTS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

Sandra Ruppert was formerly Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) which is part of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a Washington DC-based nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organization representing the top leaders of state education agencies. Sandra led AEP’s national network of 100+ organizations dedicated to ensuring every young person in America receives a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. Currently, Sandra is working as an independent consultant specializing in arts in education policy, research, and practice.

STUDIO 345 SCHOLARS


EDSON ALVAREZ

Phillip O. Berry High School
Class of 2018



DUSTYN BRIGHAM

East Mecklenburg High School
Class of 2018



NIA DRAINE

East Mecklenburg High School
Class of 2016



ISABEL FAJARDO

Myers Park High School
Class of 2017



LEAH GRAY

West Charlotte High School
Class of 2016



CIARA MADDOX

Harding High School
Class of 2016



KETSANA THEPPHASONE

Phillip O. Berry High School
Class of 2017



MORELIA TRINIDAD

Harding High School
Class of 2016



COLLEEN J. WATSON

Phillip O. Berry High School
Class of 2016



MARQUISE WISE

Phillip O. Berry High School
Class of 2017



DAVIDSON EDUCATION SCHOLARS


KASSIM ALANI

CLASS OF 2015
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Kassim spent the past summer participating in the labor movement fighting for economic and social justice as an employee of Working America. The Education Scholars program has informed his future aspiration to get involved with social entrepreneurship and also bettered his understanding of the intersectionality of the numerous social injustices that still exist in our society.

RASHAUN BENNETT

CLASS OF 2016
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Rashaun Bennett '16 just finished an internship with the Communications and State Advocacy Departments for the National Alliance for Public Charter. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in public policy. He reflects, "My time as an education scholar gave me a greater understanding of the state of education in NC and the best avenues to create a better education landscape."

ROBIN MALLOCH

CLASS OF 2014
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

During his senior year, Robin wrote his history thesis about the legacy of school desegregation in Charlotte by analyzing urban renewal and the lingering effects it left on the community. Through his research he became more connected to Charlotte and education justice, and decided to pursue a career in education through Teach for America.

MEGAN MAVITY

CLASS OF 2014
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Megan's summer internship through the Davidson Education Scholars program led to a fulltime position as the Director of Education at International House. She works to coordinate English as a Second Language programs, citizenship classes and does community outreach with the immigrant and refugee community in Charlotte.


EMILY RAPPORT

CLASS OF 2016
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

This fall, Emily will study youth empowerment and media literacy through a study abroad program in Nicaragua. She is excited to about the opportunity to study education cross-culturally.

MADDIE SMITH

CLASS OF 2015
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Maddie is a senior Sociology major and Educational Studies minor at Davidson College. After Davidson, Maddie hopes to pursue a career in the field of education that embraces both her love of teaching and working with children.

LAURA THRASH

CLASS OF 2014
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

After graduation, Laura Thrash '14 worked at the International House teaching adult English as a Second Language. This summer, she started training for Teach for America. She now teaches 7th grade science at Whitewater Middle School in Charlotte.

LINNEA NG

CLASS OF 2015
DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Linnea has continued learning about the educational process through as a Spanish teacher and English tutor at the local elementary school. She is thankful for her experience as an education scholar, and the understanding she gained of how all our different interests and skills can converge to improve our education system.

THE CREW


STEPHEN DEAVER

Editor
Nature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)

Stephen has been a professional editor for over a decade. He's crafted documentaries about a legendary artist, a changing education system, and students on the front-line of tragedy. He's even received two Emmy nominations for his work.

JEREMY OSBERN

Director of Photography
Nature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)

Jeremy Osbern has shot projects that have played at film festivals like Sundance, Slamdance, and Berlin, and have been sold for distribution all over the world. He has worked with some of the top names in the film business, including George Clooney, Lady Gaga, Jason Bateman, Zach Galifianakis, and David Mamet.

CHRIS BLUNK

Producer
Nature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)

For ten years Chris has produced narrative, documentary and commercial projects for your entertainment and enlightenment. He has produced content for cable, theatrical releases, and internet everywhere.

MICHAEL BUCHANAN

Writer
Nature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)

Michael Buchanan is a renowned screenwriter, author, and producer, known best for his book and film The Fat Boy Chronicles. Michael speaks nationally at schools, utilizing both of these works in anti-bullying curriculum. Michael has been teaching and coaching for over 30 years and has written other documentary works including Nature Matters, Last Bullet and Boxes.

NATHAN TOWNS

Sound
Nature Matters (2016) & Spiral Bound (2014)

Nathan Towns is a sound mixer and film composer who has worked under some of the biggest names in the film music industry, including Hans Zimmer, Christopher Young, Henry Jackman and Christopher Lennertz. He has composed scores of films for a variety of genres.

BARBARA ANN TEMPLE, Ph.D.

Director, Writer & Executive Producer Nature Matters (2016)

WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Spiral Bound (2014)

Barbara Ann has spent over three decades advocating for high-quality arts infusion and social justice in PreK-12 classrooms. Her passion for equity in education drives her passion for creating collaborative advocacy documentaries centered on children and youth. The Arts & Science Council (ASC) has produced two cultural education documentaries: Spiral Bound (2014) advocates for ensuring arts in education for all students every day, and Nature Matters (2016) advocates for the importance of ensuring children and youth engage with the natural world. Both film projects illustrate why making the arts, sciences, and history central to PreK-12 Education is key in preparing our students to be successful, contributing citizens in their respective communities.