Ms. Shannon Stein: Superintendent
Prior to accepting the position as Superintendent, Shannon served as the High School Principal at LNC, High School Principal at Lomira High School for six years, and Associate Principal at Baraboo High School for four years, both schools located in Wisconsin. In addition to her administrative assignments, Shannon has six years of classroom teaching experience.
Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (MS/HS) from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Master’s Degree of Education–Educational Administration from Edgewood College. She has earned her NC Professional Educator’s License, District Administrator Licenses for Wisconsin and North Carolina, and has completed licensure requirements for Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services.
In 2011, Shannon was recognized with the 2011 Charlotte Woman Extraordinaire award by Business Leader Magazine & as One of the Most Powerful Women in Lake Norman (Huntersville Herald, 2013 & 2015). She is passionate about volunteering & has served through Lion's Club, on the Portage Co. Board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) & Sauk Co. Girl's & Boy's Club Board of Directors . She continues to be active in her local community, volunteering with Lake Forest Church, Hands On Charlotte, Huntersville Rotary, and numerous other activities. She lives in Huntersville with her husband, Adam, and has a son, Ryan, a 2015 graduate of LNC, who currently attends NC State University.
Mr. Craig Smith: Principal, High School
Craig joined Lake Norman Charter in 2015. Prior to joining LNC, Craig served as assistant principal at Ashbrook High School and dean of students at Hopewell High School. Before entering administration, he was a high school math teacher and coach. Craig holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Western Michigan University and was an Honor Graduate when he received his M.A. in K-12 School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. His main responsibilities as principal include supervision of teachers and staff, management of curriculum, and staff development. He is also charged with growing the high school, particularly in the school’s three strategic focus areas: College Counseling, Technology, and Global Diversity and Inclusion.
Ms. Terri Costa: Assistant Principal, High School
Terri has been with LNC since the high school opened in 2007. Prior to coming to LNC, she worked for 14 years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, first as a teacher and then as an Instructional Accountability Facilitator. Terri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from East Carolina University and a Master's of School Administration from UNC-Charlotte. Her responsibilities include supervision of the teaching staff, licensure, management of curriculum, scheduling, and staff development.
Dr. Cherié Graham, Principal, Middle School
Dr. Graham, a native of Portsmouth VA., joined the LNC family in September 2016 after serving the students of Cumberland County for 19 years. She holds degrees from Fayetteville State University (B.S. in Psychology), UNC-Pembroke (Masters of School Administration) and East Carolina University (Doctorate of Educational Leadership). Her primary responsibilities at the middle school include serving as the instructional leader, direct supervisor of staff, student scheduling, assessments and staff development. She is committed to maintaining the middle school’s standard of academic excellence as well as its whole-student approach to education. She is married and is the proud mother of twins, Logan and Nia.
Mr. Mike McAlpin: Assistant Principal, Middle School
Mike has been with Lake Norman Charter since the school was founded in 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware (BS) and Rowan University (MA). Mike was a math teacher at LNC until assuming the position of Director of Teaching Staff in 2004. He continued in that position until being named the Assistant Principal of the Middle School in 2008. His responsibilities include student discipline, teacher licensure, the Beginning Teacher Support Program, and carpool procedures.
Ms. Michelle Holland: Principal, Elementary School
Michelle has been with Lake Norman Charter since 2008. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Houston, and a license in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. As she prepares to open our new Elementary School in the fall of 2017, Michelle will be responsible for hiring the staff, instilling the LNC school culture, aligning the school’s goals with our strategic areas of focus, and making all the preparations to welcome our youngest Knights to learn, lead, and serve.
Mr. Scott Abel: Director of Facilities
Scott was born and raised in Orange County California and relocated to the Charlotte area in 2005. He holds a certificate in electronics and is a North Carolina Licensed General Contractor as well as a licensed home inspector. Scott has 15 years experience in IT administration and over 10 years experience in construction and maintenance. His main responsibilities as Director of Facilities are to oversee building and grounds maintenance.
Mr. Lon Chang: Director of Technology
Lon moved to Charlotte, NC from Pittsburgh, PA in 2006. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College and a graduate degree in Information Systems Management from Strayer University. In addition to his formal education, he also holds 2 IT certifications: CompTIA Project + and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Lon has been in the educational industry for over 16 years, starting as a technician who worked up to a management role. He is part of the IT team who manages the school’s technology infrastructure. In his free time, Lon loves to participate in half/full marathons with his friends.
Ms. Lori Hughes: Director of Student Services
Originally from Upstate New York, Lori attended the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She has 24 years of experience working with students with special needs in both Texas and North Carolina. Her major responsibility at LNC is to oversee Exceptional Children's services/504's at the high, middle and elementary schools.
Ms. Sara Lay: Director of Community Relations
Sara has 18 years experience in marketing, development, communications and branding in both for-profit and non-profit entities. Born and raised in southeastern Michigan, she is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in marketing. Sara’s main responsibilities at LNC include communications, development, sponsorships, volunteer programs and relations with our families, alumni and local communities.
Mr. Matt Schlegel: Athletic Director
Matt was born and raised in Webster, New York where he attended Webster Schroeder High School. Matt graduated from Greensboro College where he earned a degree in Exercise, Sports Studies. Matt joined English Lacrosse and spent one year in London as a Local Development Officer where he taught physical education courses in several elementary and high schools. Matt was also the head lacrosse coach at London University and Canterbury University. In all, Matt has over ten years of coaching experience. His major responsibility as Athletic Director is overseeing the athletic programs at both the middle and high schools.