In recognition of the critical role alumni, school, and community partners play in pursuit of its mission, the Cato College of Education is pleased to announce a series of organizational moves to strengthen these relationships.
Office of School and Community Partnerships
The newly created Office of School and Community Partnerships (OSCP) provides support services to education candidates for clinical and internship experiences in local schools, districts, and agencies. By fostering collaborative relationships between the college and community, the office seeks to enrich the experience of the college’s pre-service educators and faculty. OSCP is led by veteran Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teacher and administrator Dr. Tisha Greene.
“We must ensure that we have a strong network of P-12 partners that can provide us with guidance, support and house our candidates to provide them with early and on-going clinical and field experiences,” Greene said. “Our office will help bring the faculty and school community together to support the mission and vision of the college.”
OSCP wields the combined resources of what were formerly the Office of Educational Outreach and Office of Field Experience to create a more comprehensive, streamlined approach to connecting students, faculty, schools and community partners. Prior to accepting the position as Assistant Dean for School and Community Partnerships, Greene was principal of Oakhurst STEAM Academy. She has also served as Executive Coordinator for CMS’s Chief Academic Officer, and began her career as a high school English teacher. Greene has a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s in English Education from UNC Charlotte, and a doctorate of education from Wingate University.
The college has named longtime faculty member Dr. Misty Hathcock its first Director of Alumni Affairs. In her new position, Hathcock will serve as the primary contact for all alumni and coordinate with communications and events staff across the university to strengthen the college’s connections with its graduates.
“Our alumni represent our university and all that it has to offer - they are our Niner ambassadors!” she said. “The college makes its biggest impact through the teachers it producers, and their experiences in the classroom should inform our teaching.”
Hathcock has been with the college since 1998, serving in various roles including director of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, coordinator of the Teacher Education Learning Community, and Regional Director of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. She is a five-time graduate from UNC Charlotte, receiving all of her degrees in education.
Cato College of Education alumni will have the opportunity to reconnect this fall when Charlotte 49er football hosts Educator Appreciation Day. The 49ers will take on Florida International on November 17th while alumni enjoy a pre-game tailgate, scoreboard shout-outs, commemorative t-shirts, discounted tickets and much more! Any tickets purchased for the rescheduled Educator Appreciation Day on September 15th vs. Old Dominion will also be valid for the November 17th game.
by: Wills Citty