Charlotte was born and raised on Jacksonville’s westside. She attended Joseph Stilwell Jr. High (now known as the Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership) and graduated from Edward H. White High School (now known as the Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership).
After graduating from the University of North Florida, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Charlotte began her teaching career at Joseph Stilwell. In 2014, when Stilwell became a dedicated magnet school, Charlotte was asked to add to her classroom responsibilities by taking on the position of Magnet Coordinator. Charlotte’s service in these dual roles provide her with a unique perspective on policy decisions made by our School Board.
As an educator, Charlotte has a first-hand appreciation for the joys and challenges that are common to all students and teachers. As Magnet Coordinator, Charlotte has developed an in-depth understanding of academic and discipline data, the budget process, market development, ESE training, student incentive promotions, and the need for parental involvement.
Because of Charlotte’s experience as a “magnet school mom” – her own children attended Duval County magnet schools – she knew that successful schools require invested parents. She founded the Leadership Booster Club at Stilwell to develop community support and raise money for the magnet program. The Booster Club plays a vital role in funding the school’s leadership program. As parent liaison, she also oversees parent groups such as SAC and PTSA.
Charlotte has five children of her own and, from her youngest (a proud Stilwell Cadet) to her oldest (a Paxon graduate now serving as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force), she has learned that each child is unique and may need a specialized program to maximize the likelihood of success. For this reason, Charlotte is a champion for school choice. She has witnessed, in the transformation of Joseph Stilwell, how Duval County’s magnet school program has changed communities and lives and she understands the heart of the parent who is determined to make certain their child has the opportunity to receive a world-class education.
Together, these experiences provide Charlotte with tremendous insight into the means and methods that generate positive improvements, in both the academic performance of our children and in the work environment of our teachers, administrators, and staff.