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Ms. Shannon Stein: Superintendent

Shannon has served as a school leader at Lake Norman Charter for over a decade (since 2010). Prior to that, she has experience as the High School Principal at Lomira High School and Associate Principal at Baraboo High School, both schools located in Wisconsin. In addition to her administrative assignments, Shannon has six years of classroom teaching experience (Broad-field Science/Biology).

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 Ed.S in District Administration and licenses in both Wisconsin and North Carolina, and has completed licensure requirements for Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services.

Shannon is passionate about serving the community through Charlotte Loaves & Fishes, Huntersville Rotary, Lake Forest Church, Hands On Charlotte, and Charlotte LoveINC.  She has performed Board service through the North Carolina Coalition of Charter Schools, the Portage Co. Board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) & Sauk Co. Girl's & Boy's Club Board of Directors. Shannon has been recognized with the Charlotte Woman Extraordinaire award by Business Leader Magazine (2011) and as “One of the Most Powerful Women” in Lake Norman (Huntersville Herald, 2013 & 2015). She lives in Cornelius with her husband, Adam, and has a son, Ryan, a 2015 graduate of LNC, who currently serves his country in the US Air Force as a pilot. 

Email:  SStein@lncharter.org

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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.

Email:  CSmith@lncharter.org

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Dr. Cherié Graham: Principal, Middle School

Cherié, 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.

Email:  CGraham@lncharter.org

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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 we prepare to move into our brand new elementary school building in the fall of 2019, Michelle will continue to instill the LNC school culture in all aspects of school life, align the school’s goals with our strategic areas of focus, supervise all staff, and make all the preparations to welcome our youngest, newest, and returning Knights to learn, lead and serve. Michelle lives in Cornelius with her husband and daughter. Her son is an LNC alum and will be attending University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall.

Email:  MHolland@lncharter.org

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Mr. Marcus Funchess: Assistant Principal, High School

Marcus is a graduate of NC School of Science and Mathematics and earned a Bachelor’s in Biology from NC Central University. He entered education in 2003 as a middle school Science teacher in Durham, NC, and eventually got his Math licensure and was able to teach both Math and Science in Raleigh, NC. While teaching in Raleigh, Marcus attended NC State University to obtain a Master’s in School Administration. He did a full-time Principal internship at C.E. Jordan in Durham and then secured an Assistant Principal position at Northwood HS in Pittsboro, NC. He spent 4 years as an Assistant Principal at East Lincoln HS. He has been a part of the LNC family since 2017. Marcus' duties include scheduling, 504’s/IEP administration, College Board testing and discipline along with assisting Mr. Smith with other high school duties. Marcus is passionate about preparing our youth for life once they leave HS.

Email: MFunchess@lncharter.org

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Mr. Tyler Mavity: Assistant Principal Middle School

Tyler joined the LNC family in June of 2021. He began his teaching and coaching career in Wake County Public Schools. Prior to his arrival at LNC, he served as Advancement Placement Instructional Facilitator at Ardrey Kell High School and Dean of Students at Myers Park High School in CMS. He holds degrees from University of North Carolina Greensboro (Secondary Education Psychology), University of North Carolina Charlotte (Masters School Administration) and he is currently working to obtain his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

Tyler is committed to advancing the middle school’s work with global diversity and inclusion, social-emotional development and high level of academic excellence for all students. His responsibilities include managing LNC’s carpool system as well as all student discipline for grades 5-8.

Email: TMavity@lncharter.org

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Ms. Melanie Latza: Assistant Principal, Elementary School

Melanie joined Lake Norman Charter Elementary as a 2nd grade teacher during its inaugural year and serves as the elementary school representative on the School-Life Balance Committee. Prior to joining the LNC family, she taught in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for 16 years and served as the Director of Camp Invention at Torrence Creek and Grand Oak Elementary. Melanie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia State University and a Master's degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. As the assistant principal, Melanie will serve as the district MTSS coordinator, direct the mentor/mentee program for new staff, and collaborate in developing and implementing school policies, programs, curriculum and budgets. She is committed to building relationships with all stakeholders and instilling a love of learning, leading and serving in children. Melanie lives in Concord with her husband and two children, Bronson and Makenna.

Email: MLatza@lncharter.org

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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.

Email:  SAbel@lncharter.org

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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.

Email: LChang@lncharter.org

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Ms. Lori Hughes: Exceptional Children's Coordinator

Originally from Upstate New York, Lori attended the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She has over 25  years of experience working with students with special needs in both Texas and North Carolina. Her major responsibility at LNC is to oversee the Exceptional Children's program at the elementary, middle, and high school.

Email:  LHughes@lncharter.org

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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.

Email:  SLay@lncharter.org

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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.

Email: MSchlegel@lncharter.org

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Ms. Hayley Wilson: Director of Business Services

Hayley joined Lake Norman Charter in May 2017. Prior to joining LNC, she served as the Senior Accountant for Harris County Department of Education in Houston, TX. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s of Science in Professional Accounting from Strayer University.

Hayley has worked in the professional accounting industry for the past 12 years, specializing in governmental and not for profit. In her role as Director of Business Services, she is responsible for all aspects of the financial and accounting functions at LNC. Hayley lives in Concord with her husband Steven and two daughters Chloe and Kennedy.

Email: HWilson@lncharter.org