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Meet the GSA Board

GSA teachers and staff receive ongoing training on: evidence-based best practices for engaging students, thoughtful use of benchmark assessments, behavioral support, and progress monitoring among others.

Teachers’ sustained engagement in and disciplined execution of strategies that improve student readiness for learning are the hallmarks of GSA’s education philosophy. The entire staff is equipped to act on GSA’s brand promise to parents: students are guaranteed protection, affection, correction, and connections; and these core values are integrated in a school-wide model of collective ambition to succeed academically and in other walks of life.

GSA is the only laboratory school in North Carolina focused on developing teachers that can meet the unique needs of vulnerable youth and encouraging holistic student achievement through personal health, academic, and entrepreneurial education.

Dr. James Johnson

James H. Johnson Jr. is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

Dr. Tawannah Allen

Tawannah G. Allen, is an associate professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at High Point University. Her areas of research include recruitment and retention strategies for successful teachers and administrators, early literacy skills for vulnerable children, and turnaround strategies for failing schools.

Dorothy Hairston-Mitchell

Dorothy Hairston Mitchell is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Supervising Attorney of the Juvenile Law Clinic. She served as an adjunct professor for many years with North Carolina Central University School of Law but joined the full time faculty in 2016.

Kirk McCoy

Kirk McCoy II is a principal in the firm of Stewart, Martin & McCoy, LLC a North Carolina based real estate firm. Kirk is a State Certified General Appraiser with over 10 years of commercial real estate appraisal and brokerage experience.

Dr. Linda Bass

Linda received her master’s degree in biology from North Carolina Central University and Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to coming to NIEHS, she worked as a biologist in the Biological and Economic Analysis Branch with the Office of Pesticide Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C.

Product Manager at ViiV Healthcare

Brian Wilson

Dr. Zakiya Whatley

I believe in science education for all, formal or informal, across multiple platforms. My efforts focus on broadening access to and persistence in STEM careers. Much of my work targets populations historically underrepresented in the sciences.

William Smith

Mr. Smith currently serves on the campus of North Carolina Central University, as Director of Development for BRITE institute. He is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift prospects. Smith has served his community well in various roles over the years.

Dr. Sandra White

Dr. Sandra L. White, is Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, Center for Science, Math and Technology Education, NC Central University. She serves on various scientific boards. She is the author of 40+ publications. She has a long standing interest in the development of innovative and comprehensive STEM programs.

Tammie Hall

As Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Tammie leads business inclusion efforts for the State of NC. Responsible for statewide certification of diverse businesses; creating policy and guidelines that lead to increased supply chain inclusion; and advocating within state agencies to provide opportunities for small minority and women owned businesses.

Shelton Gore