A+ Liaisons

A+ Liaisons are selected from our cadre of highly-qualified A+ Fellows to serve as a connector, cheerleader and communicator between each A+ school, the A+ staff and the broader A+ Network. The Liaisons, through school visits and conversations with school leadership, help to bring the successes, great ideas, challenges and needs of each school to the attention of A+ staff and provide an encouraging and personal point of contact. There are some schools in the A+ Network that are in transition or that need more focused attention. A+ staff works directly with each of these schools to provide on-going support. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions about the A+ Liaisons and their role in supporting your school, please contact Michelle Burrows, A+ Schools Director, at michelle.burrows@ncdcr.gov.

2018-19 A+ Liaisons

Jan Adams will serve:

  • Benton Heights ES, Union County
  • China Grove ES, Rowan County
  • Diggs-Latham ES, Forsyth County
  • GW Carver ES, Kannapolis City Schools
  • Mineral Springs ES, Forsyth County
  • Royal Oaks ES, Cabarrus County

Noël Grady-Smith will serve:

  • Davenport ES, Caldwell County
  • Greenway Park ES, Mecklenburg County
  • Hickory Career and Arts Magnet HS, Hickory City Schools
  • Long Creek ES, Mecklenburg County
  • Scotts ES, Iredell County
  • United Community School, Mecklenburg County


Joe Appleton will serve:

  • Clarkton MS, Bladen County
  • Creedmoor ES, Granville County
  • EK Powe ES, Durham County
  • EM Rollins ES, Vance County
  • Mary McArthur ES, Cumberland County
  • The Capitol Encore Academy, Cumberland County

Diane Petteway will serve:

  • Comfort ES, Jones County
  • Douglas ES, Wake County
  • New Bridge MS, Onslow County
  • Rochelle MS, Lenoir County
  • White Oak ES, Carteret County
  • Meadow View ES, Onslow County


Joan Certa-Moore will serve:

  • Global Scholars Academy, Durham County
  • Raleigh Oak Charter, Wake County
  • RN Harris ES, Durham County
  • Sylvan ES, Alamance County
  • Wendell ES, Wake County
  • Donna Lee Loflin ES, Randolph County

Kristin Smith will serve:

  • Arts-Based Charter, Forsyth County
  • ArtSpace Charter, Buncombe County
  • Audrey Garrett ES, Alamance County
  • Black Mountain Primary, Buncombe County
  • North Graham ES, Alamance County
  • Reynolds HS, Forsyth County



Lori Cozzi will serve:

  • Avery MS, Avery County
  • Banner Elk ES, Avery County
  • Brevard ES, Transylvania County
  • Cranberry MS, Avery County
  • Mabel School, Watauga County
  • Saluda School, Polk County

Tom Nevels, A+ Professional Development Manager, will serve:

  • First Ward ES, Mecklenburg County
  • University Park ES, Mecklenburg County


Paige Everett will serve:

  • Aulander ES, Bertie County
  • Elizabeth City MS, Pasquotank County
  • Gatesville ES, Gates County
  • Sheep-Harney ES, Pasquotank County
  • TS Cooper ES, Gates County
  • ZECA Charter, Onslow County