SC State alumna, named area superintendent of North Learning Community

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gardner-WitherspoonSC State alumna, Dr. Monique Gardner-Witherspoon has been named area superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) North Learning Community.

Appointed on Oct.15, Gardner-Witherspoon will oversee the 18 schools in the North Learning Community. Prior to this appointment, she served as the executive director for the East Learning Community.

“I am excited about developing my relationship with the community and leaders in Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville and North Charlotte; this is a great group of schools and principals and a wonderful area of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County,” she said.

Gardner-Witherspoon began her career with CMS in 1997 as a guidance counselor and then an assistant principal at Olde Providence and Albemarle Road elementary schools. She also served as principal of McAlpine Elementary School. Before becoming executive director for the East Learning Community, Gardner-Witherspoon was executive director of staffing and licensure for CMS. 

Gardner-Witherspoon received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Seton Hall University (N.J.), a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education from SC State University, Orangeburg, S.C., and an education specialist degree in Education Leadership from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. She recently earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Her husband, Dr. Craig Witherspoon, is superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools in Tarboro, N.C. They have one son, who is in the third grade at Polo Ridge Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C.

For more information about Dr. Monique Gardner- Witherspoon, please contact Cynthia Robbins, media relations supervisor for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School at (980)343-1081 office phone or (704)634-5136 cell.