The CMS management team is comprised of executive staff, learning community superintendents and other CMS leaders. To contact a member of the management team, click on the appropriate contact link and complete the form, including your name, address, phone number, email address, e​​tc.

Earnest Winston


Cabinet Members

Dr. Frank D. Barnes

Chief Equity Officer

Akeshia Craven-Howell

Associate Superintendent
Student Assignment and School Choice
Northwest learning community superintendent

Dr. Matthew Hayes

Deputy Superintendent of Academics

LaTarzja Henry
LaTarzja Henry

Chief of Staff

Brian Kingsley

Chief Academic Officer

Christine Pejot 

Christine Pejot

Chief Human Resources Officer


Derek Root

Chief Technology Officer


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Patrick Smith

Assistant Superintendent for Communications

Sheila W. Shirley

Chief Financial Officer

Executive Staff and Learning Community Superintendents


Dr. Raymond Barnes

Central 1 Learning Community Superintendent

Angie Bartles

Executive Director of Strategy Management


Michael Chilcutt

Assistant Superintendent of Fine Arts Education

Acquanetta S. Edmond

Acquanetta Edmond

Northwest Learning Community Superintendent

Dr. Stephen Esposito

Southwest Learning Community Superintendent

Laura Francisco

Assistant Superintendent of Operations Support Services

Sonja Gantt

Executive Director of CMS Public Schools Foundation

Lisa Mangum

Chief of CMS Police
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Eve White

Executive Director of Communications

Avery Mitchell

Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools

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Dr. Cotrane Penn

Executive Director of Student Services


Kathleen Sunseri

Executive Director of Federal Programs

Dr. Kondra Rattley

Associate Superintendent of High Schools

Trish Sexton

Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools


Dr. Ann White

Associate Superintendent of Exceptional Children

Tara Lynn Sullivan

Central 2 Learning Community Superintendent

Charlotte Nadja Trez

Executive Director of Learning and Language Acquisition


John Wall

Northeast Learning Community Superintendent

Tangela Williams

Dr. Tangela Williams

Southeast Learning Community Superintendent



P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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