CMS Superintendent Ann Clark ’80 Shares Ideas at Coffee Chat
Though she will step down as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in June, Ann Clark ’80 is not slowing down yet. One of her activities has been hosting “coffee chats” with parents and staff at various schools to share information and ideas about the state of the school system. A visit to Davidson Elementary School was on her agenda this week.
After graduating from Davidson as an English major, Clark earned a master’s degree in special education and in 1983 joined CMS as an elementary school teacher of children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She has held a variety of high profile teaching and administrative positions in CMS, including assignments as a principal at elementary, middle and high schools. She most recently served as the system’s chief academic officer, overseeing curriculum, professional development, classroom instruction and learning communities. She was named superintendent in January 2015. Clark has received many honors in her career, including selection as National Principal of the Year 1994 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals
Dressed in Wildcat black and red while addressing about 50 constituents at Davidson Elementary, Clark admitted she holds her alma mater dear. She has served the college as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors.
Among those parents whom Clark addressed at DES was her personal friend and Rosie Molinary ’96, whose son attends second grade at the school.
Clark began the session by listing the issues she views as most urgent for the school system. They included increasing teacher compensation, implementing a system of student assignment that the public can support and taking advantage of new bond funds to build new schools to replace those that are badly in need of repair and/or overcrowded. Among the 28 projects bonds will support are building an addition to Davidson Elementary School to convert it into a K-8 facility.
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- February 3, 2017