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Learning Community Superintendents

Dr. Raymond Barnes

Central 1
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Tara Lynn Sullivan

Central 2
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John Wall


John A. Wall, Jr. was named Northeast Learning Community –Vance in 2015. He has worked in education for more than 26 years, the last four in Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools.

“To lead, you must serve,” Wall said. “It is my goal to have a positive impact on the life of every student in my schools and my learning community.”

Wall began his educational career as a teacher in the New York City public schools in 1988. After two years, he moved to Wake County Public Schools, where he taught social studies, then became a dean of students, assistant principal and principal. In 2009, he was named Wake County Public School Principal of the Year and the North Central Region Principal of the Year by North Carolina.

In 2012, he joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as the principal of West Charlotte High School. Under his leadership, the graduation rate improved at West Charlotte, which he said was “one of the highlights of my career.”

A native of New York City, Wall holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina Central University and a master’s degree in educational administration from North Carolina State University.

He is married with one child. His wife is a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Northwest learning community superintendent

Acquanetta S. Edmond

Acquanetta S. Edmond was named superintendent for the Northwest Learning Community. She has been the executive director for the Central 2 Learning Community since 2018. Edmond was also an executive director for the South Learning Community from 2016 to 2018 and the Central Learning Community from 2014 to 2016. She was a principal at Hickory Grove Elementary from 2011 to 2014, River Gate Elementary from 2009 to 2011 and Lake Wylie Elementary from 2005 to 2009. She was also an assistant principal at Lake Wylie Elementary from 2002 to 2005, a principal intern at Nathanial Alexander Elementary from 2001 to 2002 and a teacher at Greenway Park Elementary from 1996 to 2000. Edmond has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. She has a master’s degree in school administration, curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Dr. Tangela Williams


Dr. Tangela Williams was named CMS Southeast Learning Community Superintendent in February 2019. She began her career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1998. She brings over 20 years of CMS experience to the role of leaning community superintendent, giving her a unique perspective from which to lead.

“I believe school leadership is both head and heart work. Working with school leaders to employ critical and strategic thinking skills to move student achievement is an important part of leadership, but it is not the whole story,” Dr Williams said. “We also must make sure school staff, parents, and students are treated with respect, honored for the gifts they bring to the table, and are made to feel valued in the school improvement process. That’s where the heart work comes in.”

After serving seven years as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the elementary, middle and high school levels, Dr. Williams was named Assistant Principal of Shamrock Gardens Elementary where she served for four years. In that time, she was instrumental in the school being moved from a Priority School to a School of Progress by the state of North Carolina. The school also met high growth and increased student achievement in both literacy and math.

In 2009, Dr. Williams was named principal of University Meadows Elementary and led the school to increase math and literacy proficiency rates as well as meet 100% of the school’s Annual Yearly Progress targets within two years. She was then strategically staffed to lead Statesville Road Elementary in 2011. Statesville Road was recognized for earning consecutive years of high growth, making significant improvement in literacy, math, and science proficiency over four years, and being named a Magnet School of Distinction. Dr. Williams most recently served as Executive Director of the West (2015-2016), Central (2016-2018), and Southwest Learning Communities (2018–2019) before being named Southeast Learning Community Superintendent.

Dr. Williams is from Goldsboro, NC and graduated from Goldsboro High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in English Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She then earned a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She holds doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wingate University.


Dr. Stephen Esposito


Dr. Stephen J. Esposito was named learning community superintendent for the Southwest Learning Community in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School in March 2018. He brings 16 years of classroom and administrative experience in CMS, and a proven ability to increase academic achievement, to his role as leader of the 27-school learning community.

“As an educator I strive to create the conditions in which all students have an equal and equitable educational experience in an effort to provide every child with limitless opportunities and possibilities,” Dr. Esposito said. “The best part about my job is taking the time to build relationships with other leaders and staff to address the needs of our students and schools.”

Dr. Esposito served as the interim learning community superintendent of the Northeast Learning Community from November 2017 to July 2018. He began his career in CMS as a fourth-grade teacher at Elizabeth Lane Elementary in 2002, teaching there for six years. He spent a year as assistant principal at two schools, Lake Wylie and River Gate elementary schools, before becoming principal at Highland Creek Elementary. He was principal there for three years. Under his leadership, Highland Creek was named an Honor School of Excellence by the state.

He then became principal at Francis Bradley Middle. In his two years there, Dr. Esposito moved the school from not meeting expectations to exceeding them, based on the state’s EVAAS data. From 2015 to 2016, he served as executive director for the Vance feeder schools in the Northeast Learning Community and was named executive director of the Northeast Learning Community in 2016.

Dr. Esposito was born in Chicago, lived in Indiana from age 6 to age 12 and lived another two years in Chicago. His family moved from Chicago to Waxhaw, North Carolina, and Dr. Esposito graduated from Sun Valley High. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Appalachian State University. He also holds an M.A.T. in school administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

Dr. Esposito and his wife, Kristen, have three children who are 10, 8 and 5. The two oldest children attend a CMS school.


Dr. Ann Stalnaker

Exceptional Children

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