Board approves three new appointments

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the appointments of Wendy D. Harris as principal at Trillium Springs Montessori, Courtney L. Mochan as principal at Statesville Road Elementary and Kristi Trangsrud as principal at Oaklawn Language Academy at its March 13 meeting.

Harris has been the assistant principal at Trillium Springs since 2014. She was an assistant principal from 2012 to 2014 at Winterfield Elementary and dean of students at the school from 2010 to 2012. Harris was a literacy facilitator at Hickory Grove Elementary from 2008 to 2010 and at Mallard Creek Elementary from 2006 to 2008, where she taught from 2003 to 2006. Prior to joining CMS, she taught in Richland School District 2 in Elgin, S.C., at Pontiac Elementary from 1998 to 2003. Harris earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., and a master's degree in school administration from Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, N.C.

Mochan has been the assistant principal at Thomasboro Academy since 2012 and was the academic facilitator at the school from 2011 to 2012. She was the academic facilitator at Bishop Spaugh Community Academy from 2010 to 2011 and a teacher at the school in 2010. Prior to joining CMS, Mochan worked in the Bethlehem Area School District, Bethlehem, Pa., as an administrative intern at Nitschmann Middle from 2009 to 2010 and a teacher at the school from 2005 to 2010. Mochan earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Millersville University, Millersville, Pa., and a master's degree in educational leadership from LeHigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

Trangsrud has been assistant principal at Oaklawn since 2016. She was an academic facilitator at Newell Elementary from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining CMS, Trangsrud was the assistant administrator at Community Charter School, Charlotte from 2012 to 2014, taught at the school from 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2012 and was the Title I director/English as a second language coordinator and physical education teacher from 2008 to 2010. She also taught in the Iredell-Statesville School District from 2005 to 2006. Trangsrud earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.