CFCI 20/21 Board of Directors
LaKeasha Glaspie graduated UNC Greensboro with a degree in Public Health and works as a consultant in Early Care & Education for Smart Start of NHC. She has spent the last 12 years advocating for young children and their families while working for a nonprofit. She and her husband, Jermaine, moved to Wilmington in 2007 and their daughter has attended CFCI since kindergarten. In her free time, LaKeasha enjoys reading, traveling, and spending the time with her friends and family.
Dr. Stephen Hill is starting his second year as a voting member of the CFCI Board of Directors. Before being on the board, he was a member of the CFCI Partnership. Stephen is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics in the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). A native of Alabama, Stephen received his doctorate in Operations Management from the University of Alabama in 2008. At UNCW, Stephen teaches courses in analytics, operations management, and supply chain management. He has received several awards in recognition of his teaching. He enjoys traveling, photography, and sports (especially college football). Stephen and his wife Heather are parents of two CFCI students (Riley, 4th Grade and London, 1st Grade).
Tiffany Erichsen serves as the Coordinator of the Center for Workforce Development in the College of Health and Human Services at UNCW. With master’s degrees in both social work and public administration, and a certificate in nonprofit management, Tiffany brings to the CFCI Board her knowledge of strategic planning and performance improvement, her ability to assess and capitalize on the strengths of organizations, and her skills in collaboration, communication, and project management. Originally from Massachusetts, Tiffany moved to Wilmington in 2003. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children--a CFCI third grader and a high school student.
Upon moving to the Wilmington area in 2008 and after 30 years of classroom and administrative experience in the field of special education, Nancy retired from CFCI in 2014. A military wife, mother, and advocate of all children, she has spent her years since retiring homeschooling a high school student, volunteering with StATUSA, a faith-based organization committed to serving victims of human trafficking, and traveling as much as possible! Finished with four years of homeschooling and the writing of a life skills curriculum, the time has come to return to serving the school that “will always have my heart!”
Steven Exum - CFCI Parent/Partnership
Chuck Jurich is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy at UNCW. He specializes in sociocultural and constructivist approaches to both conventional and new literacies practices with particular attention on digital, multimodal, and multi-authored texts. Prior to his work in higher education, Chuck was an elementary classroom teacher for 8 years and program director of a long running after-school video production club for elementary aged children.
Sarah McCorcle | 6th Language Arts/ Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah McCorcle is originally from Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from VA Tech in History and English. She began her career in education as a counselor/ teacher with the Eckerd Youth Alternatives Wilderness Therapeutic Program. After "camp life" she received her Masters of Education degree at NC State. She has taught middle grades language arts and social studies at CFCI since 2002.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters, being on the water, and reading.
Lisa Cole | email@example.com
Academic Intervention Specialist
Lisa Cole has been a classroom teacher since 2004 after realizing her love for working with children as a potter. She joined the CFCI team in 2016 as the Academic Intervention Specialist. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising/Art Direction from the University of Texas in Austin, where she grew up and worked for IBM for several years. Lisa received her teaching certification in San Diego, California where she began her career in bilingual kindergarten. In search of warmer waters, Lisa found Wilmington her next home, teaching in NHC schools for many years. She has also received her Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction and Supervision from UNC Wilmington.
Lisa enjoys time on the beach reading and swimming, working in the garden and kayaking with her husband, and traveling anywhere and everywhere! She also loves lazing around with her two fur babies when possible.
Joanne Brinkley- Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Brinkley has been teaching at CFCI, in the K-1 loop, since it opened in 2000. She is a founding teacher. Before that, she taught first grade in Wilmington for four years and Reading Recovery/Reading in Duplin County for four years. She has a masters degree in Reading Education.
Joanne came to CFCI because she was excited about the opportunity to begin a charter school that focused on inquiry and creating a community of learners among students, parents, and faculty. She served on the CFCI Board of Directors from 2002-2008.
Joanne and her husband Brian, have a ten year old daughter in 5th grade at CFCI. Joanne is looking forward to continuing to move CFCI forward and to making it a great place for learning for everyone!
Brandt Hart | 7th & 8th Grade Science | email@example.com
Brandt is a North Carolina native and has been happily tethered to the coastline for the last eight years. He earned a BS in Marine Biology and a Masters in middle grades science education, both from UNCW. After dabbling in kayak instruction, magazine writing, and veterinarian work, he’s pretty sure teaching is the most fun he’s had yet (less dog fur). If you can’t find him in the classroom, Brandt is usually in the ocean looking for waves or trying to convince his garden to give him vegetables.
Shannon Shanks | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Shanks is originally from Gloucester, VA, but has called Wilmington home for 13 years. She received her Master's degree in Elementary/Middle School Education from Old Dominion University. She taught 6th and 8th Language Arts, and served as the Reading Specialist/Coordinator for her middle school and was active on many county-wide Reading and Language Arts curriculum task forces. After taking some time off to raise her family, Shannon joined the CFCI staff as a teaching assistant. This year, she is excited to be back in the classroom full-time with an awesome group of third graders.
Shannon has been a member of the CFCI community for 8 years. Her daughters have both attended CFCI; Regan, a recent graduate who has just started high school, and Eryn, a 7th grader. In her spare time, Shannon loves to spend time with family, read, and go to the beach. She is looking forward to a great year!
I graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Art Education and went on to earn my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. I taught Integrated Arts for 9 years prior to becoming the Dean of Students in a PK-4 school in Massachusetts. I received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from Worcester State University. I was the Director of a PK-8 International Baccalaureate School in Provincetown, MA for eight+ years where I worked with teachers to prepare students to become open-minded, active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others. For the past 2 - 1/2 years I have been fortunate to be the Curriculum Coordinator here at CFCI. I love our CFCI learning community and feel very lucky to work with incredible educators who teach and support our children and families who have made the choice to embrace inquiry to better understand the world in which they live, learn, communicate, and work.
My husband, Brian, and I have two daughters, Hunter – who is a casting associate for film and television in Los Angeles (Elon ’16 graduate) and Sage – who is a nursing student at UNCW and CFCC. We enjoy spending time together traveling, cooking, kayaking and hanging out at the beach.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein