Robin Mara

CTI Welcomes Outstanding 2020 Fellows

CTI welcomed 104 outstanding and irrepressible Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers to our new cohort of 2020 CTI Fellows this Spring (see the full list of Fellows here). These 104 Fellows represent 55 different CMS schools, average 11.3 years of teaching experience, and teach 12,418 students in grade PK – 12.

Pressing on in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the committed support of CTI’s educational partners and teacher leadership, CTI is using...

CTI Celebrates 2019 Fellows and Their New Curricula

See their Engaging New Curricula Published on the CTI Website

CTI celebrated its 2019 Fellows’ achievements during the Fellows’ Finale Celebration at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in December. 88 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers were recognized as Fellows for successfully completing CTI seminars and designing engaging new curricula for their students.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston welcomed Fellows, Leaders and guests...

The Effect of CNF on Storm Water Remediation (SRET 2019)


Juanita Purdy, Science Teacher, J.M. Alexander Middle SchoolMaya Foxworth, Krystal Wilson, Chyna Bly and Carrie Lowe, JCSU Student ResearchersTodd Coolbaugh, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Johnson C. Smith UniversityTracy Brown, Ph. D, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Johnson C. Smith University

Project Focus

Stormwater runoff is a serious pollution concern at construction sites and is an emerging concern in urban areas with large coverages...

MAKERSPACE: Making for STEM Learning and Engagement (SRET 2019)


Nakisha Cornelius, Pre-K Teacher, Ashley Park SchoolLaKeesha Henderson, Media Coordinator, Ashley Park SchoolJohanna Okerland, PhD Student, UNC CharlotteDavid Wilson, Professor, Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte

Project Focus

In this project, teachers will be taught basic principles of digital design and fabrication through hands-on lab activities in the college Makerspace (e.g., 2D/3D modeling, 3D printing, laser cutting, manipulatives,...

CTI Fellows Present New Curricula at National Council on Black Studies Conference in New Orleans

CTI Fellows presented new curricula they developed at the National Council on Black Studies (NCSB) Conference in New Orleans, March 6-9, 2019. The five Fellows, joined by CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Director of Diversity and Inclusion Chiquitha Lloyd, included:

Larry Bosc, American History Teacher (retired), East Mecklenburg High School Eli Davis, Special Education, Lincoln Heights Academy Latonda Mitchell, 5th Grade,...

CTI Hosts “Just Mercy” Movie Screening for CMS Teachers

As part of our commitment to racial equity and social justice, CTI co-hosted a screening of Just Mercy, the new film based on the powerful memoir by Equal Justice Initiative Founder Bryan Stevenson, starring Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx. Former CTI Fellow Larry Bosc is organized the event for 60 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers at the Cinemark Bistro on Jan. 10, the movie’s opening date in Charlotte.

CTI plans to host a follow-up conversation...

Examining the Role of University Research Labs in Secondary Teacher Education (SRET 2019)


Erika Williams, Career & Technical Education Teacher, Phillip O. Berry Academy of TechnologyHannah Phykitt, Student, Biochemistry Queens University of CharlotteAaron Socha, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Chemistry, Queens University of Charlotte

Project Focus

Summer research at the Queens Chemistry lab will be focused on using plants as replacements for petroleum for the production of chemicals. Specifically we use lignin,...

Examining the Rheological Properties of 3-D Fiber Infused Gels with Silver Nanoparticles (SRET 2019)


Tiara Davis, Science Teacher, Sedgefield Middle SchoolZa’qoya Richardson, JCSU Student ResearcherTracy Brown, Ph. D, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Johnson C. Smith UniversityTodd Coolbaugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Johnson C. Smith University

Project Abstract

The synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) can yield particles ranging in size from 1 to100 nm. Silver NPs have major applications in the medical field including diagnostic...

Temperature Sensor Measurement (SRET 2019)


Robert Jackson, Principles of Engineering Teacher, Olympic High SchoolDalton Cooper. Mathematics & AP Statistics Teacher, West Charlotte High SchoolAna Hizaramirez Andrade, PhD Student, UNC CharlotteKonstantinos Falaggis, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, UNCC

Project Focus

Freeform Optics are expected to revolutionize an entire field of optics. It is predicted, that they will soon replace 80% of all manufactured...

2019 CTI Seminar Applications Open Now – Apply Today!

Applications for the eight new 2019 CTI Seminars are open now until Sunday March 10 at midnight. All Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers who instruct students full-time are eligible. Here’s where to find info on how to apply.