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G'briel Stackhouse

Veteran educator has deep roots in Charlotte Mecklenburg School District

KANNAPOLIS, NC (May 10, 2018) – The North Carolina Charter Educational Foundation (NCCEF) has hired a new principal for Kannapolis Charter Academy. Gabr’l Stackhouse, a veteran educator with extensive experience working at the school, district, and state level, will take over leadership on May 14, 2018. Founding Principal Katrina Samuels will remain through the transition period until the end of the year. Samuels is returning to her original home in Florida to be near family. Prior to joining Kannapolis Charter Academy, Stackhouse provided leadership, professional development, program evaluation and management for teachers, administrators, and students as an education specialist for Pearson Education. Prior to that, she served 106 elementary schools and more than 85,000 students as the elementary math specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She was a regional professional development lead for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, an elementary assistant principal of instruction, K-8 Title I math coach, K-5 math facilitator, and K-5 classroom teacher.

Stackhouse received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and an Education Specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She also achieved National Board Certification as a middle childhood generalist.

“Although we are sad to see Ms. Samuels leave, we are so pleased that she had an opportunity to help select her replacement,” said Barbra Bryan, president of the NCCEF governing board. “Ms. Stackhouse has tremendous academic and leadership experience as well as solid local community ties that we believe will make for a very smooth transition.”

Kannapolis Charter Academy is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. During the 2018-2019 school year, students will be accepted in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is governed by the North Carolina Charter Educational Foundation which consists of local community leaders: Barbra Bryan, Talitha McGuinness, Beth Allen, Beth Compton, Wayne Turner, Ivonne Reed, and Jessica Rainstein. CSUSA, the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through AdvancED is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. CSUSA currently manages 84 schools in seven states serving more than 70,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It currently manages eight schools in North Carolina. CSUSA innovative educational advantages include advanced technology, meaningful parental involvement, student uniforms, consistent and fairly-enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus, integrated character education and high academic growth and performance.