CMS principal tapped for new state commission

Meaghan Loftus, a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is one of 16 people chosen for the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission, a new advisory group created by the North Carolina General Assembly.

The commission will make recommendations to the North Carolina State Board of Education on how to best prepare educators to be effective. Loftus, who is the principal at Ashley Park PreK-8 School, is one of two members from Mecklenburg County; the other is Dr. Ellen McIntyre, dean of the College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lend my voice to this commission," Loftus said. "I support some exemplary educators at Ashley Park; I look forward to sharing my experiences and insights related to our teacher preparation, and learning more from the other voices at the table, too."

Loftus joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2008 as a Teach For America corps member assigned to Cochrane Middle School (now Cochrane Collegiate Academy). She was named the school's first-year teacher of the year in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, she was the school's special education department chair. She worked from 2010 to 2011 in central administration for CMS as an executive coordinator for planning and project management, and also as a teacher selector for TEACH Charlotte candidates. She moved to Ashley Park in 2011 as an academic facilitator, became an assistant principal in 2013 and principal in 2015.

A native of Ridgefield, Conn., Loftus is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where she majored in psychology. She has completed the CMS Leaders for Tomorrow program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and the Turnaround Principal Program at the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York.

"I am certainly passionate about recruiting and retaining the best for North Carolina's public schools," Loftus said. "Strong training programs and continuing education are critical in making this happen."