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Mr. Burkett graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He brings over 15 years of experience working in multiple corporate positions and more than ten decades of experience managing other businesses. His passion for working with kids started in college. He worked as a work-study student at the Olde English Consortium (OEC), whose primary function was to provide resources to less fortunate districts through collaboration.
“The smiles we put on the kid’s faces year after year through our work are priceless.”
There was such an impact he continued working summers to help out even after starting a career. The business knowledge he’s acquired, coupled with his love for our kids, makes him a perfect fit as our Office Manager.
EC Director & Resource Teacher
This is Ashleigh Lanzone’s second year as a part of the Monroe Charter Academy family. Ms. Lanzone has been working in special education classrooms for the past ten years, in both the resource and self-contained settings. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, where she lived until 2014. Ms. Lanzone has previously taught in Union County in the public school and charter school systems and serves as an advocate for local families. Ms. Lanzone graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, in 2009 with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and then again in 2012 with her Master’s in Special Education. She also holds a certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 2018. Currently, Ms. Lanzone is a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Special Education Leadership from Capella University. When Ms. Lanzone is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, traveling, going to Disney, and riding her new Peloton bike. Ms. Lanzone was MCA's 2021 Teacher of the Year!
Art & Physical Education Teacher
Mrs. Harris loves Art and anything creative. She enjoys visiting museums, sewing, shopping, and doing arts and crafts in her spare time with her daughter. Her favorite thing to do is to teach Art to young children! Not only does she take pleasure in sharing her knowledge about creating Art with her students, but she wants all her students to experience Art and understand how much it affects their lives. Mrs. Harris is also the P.E teacher here at MCA. She loves to push students to do their very best in physical activity. She doesn’t believe in excuses, and she knows her students always try to do their best!
Teacher's Assistant & Yearbook Advisor
I graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science. I love working in education – promoting learning, creativity, and confidence. Outside of school, I like yarn crafts, tennis, coach swimming, and spending time with family. I love what I do and bring my whole energy to it every day.
I am excited to be a part of this wonderful family. I want to give you a little bit of a background of who I am. I began my musical education as a recorder student at the grand old age of 8. Next, I became a flute student at the age of 10 and played for over 30 years. Through college, I continued my musical education, receiving an Associate in Fine Arts in Music from Wayne Community College (1994) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1999). I have taught flute and recorder lessons, beginning piano, and have tutored in music history and theory with previous teaching skills. I was the Weekday School Music Specialist, Director of the GraceNotes Choir, Lead Teacher for Weekday Wonders at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. I was the Music Specialist, Character Education Specialist, and 1st Grade Teacher at Thales Academy in Waxhaw, NC. Also, I currently teach at Music Quarters in Charlotte, NC. My motto is to bring happiness and joy in your life by making and exploring music. I look forward to meeting you and your child here at Monroe Charter Academy.
I am Carla Jackson, and I fell in love with education many years ago. My first experience with the desire to teach education happened when I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina. While as a student at Morris, I was afforded the opportunity to volunteer in the campus daycare, where my love for teaching began. That love continued to grow as I studied Maria Montessori’s work and taught Montessori lower elementary students for ten years in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. During my time at CMS, I was selected as an honoree of Coca-Cola’s “Teacher of the Year” award. When I am not impacting the leaders of tomorrow, I enjoy gardening, listening to music, cooking, and travel. I am so excited to start the next chapter of my teaching career at Monroe Charter School.
Hello! My name is Myeisha Little. I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, and move to Charlotte, NC, in 2017. I am a mother of 4 boys. I am so excited to be a part of Monroe Charter Academy. I have been teaching Kindergarten at MCA for two years. I started off volunteering at a Head start preschool in Roanoke, Virginia, in my son’s classroom. I joined the team as a substitute teacher and was promoted to a teacher's assistant. Since then, I knew my calling and passion was to be a teacher. I love working with young explorers. I have over five years in helping mold young minds. I am a mother of 4 boys. One of my favorite quotes,“Eliminate the mindset of can’t, because you can do ANYTHING!" –Tony Horton.
Hi, my name is Shani Harris, and I am from Lancaster, SC, and I am the mother of one little girl. I began teaching first grade in October of 2019. I received my B.S. of Sociology degree from Lander University in Greenwood, SC, and I am currently enrolling to get my Masters in Elementary Education. I have worked with children for the past seven years. In my spare time, I like hanging out with my family and friends, shopping, riding dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and motorcycles.
Hi! My name is Sara Talley. This is my second year teaching 1st grade at MCA and my 5th year teaching. I LOVE MCA! I am originally from Wisconsin but have lived in Ohio, Florida, Idaho, and, of course, North Carolina. I have two sons, Jeremiah and Nathaniel. We also have 2 dogs, Truman and Sage. My background was originally in Political Science but I have always loved teaching so I went back to school and pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. My favorite subjects are all of them but I have a passion for reading because it is the key to unlocking a world of knowledge! In my spare time, I love to travel, cook and bake, read, hike and camp with my kids and dogs, and watch movies.
I am so excited to teach the scholars at Monroe Charter Academy. I am originally from a small town called Hartsville, S.C. I received my B.S. in Biology from Johnson C. University located in Charlotte, N.C. I’ve always had a passion for education and it is my personal goal to build that same passion in my students. In my free time, I enjoy binge-watching documentaries on Netflix, and spending quality time with my husband and daughters. I also love cooking meals I learned on the Food Network and taking road trips to various cities whenever possible.
My name is Arianny Redd. I was raised in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to North Carolina three years ago. I have a bachelor’s in elementary education and have been teaching for eight years. I have always enjoyed helping kids reach their full potential. I am humbled to work with students who are loving, determined, fun, creative, passionate, smart, and always smiling no matter their circumstances . I was MCA's Teacher of the Year in 2020!
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