LNC Administration

Ms. Shannon Stein: Superintendent

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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.

Email:  SStein@lncharter.org

Mr. Craig Smith:  Principal, High School

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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

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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

Ms. Michelle Holland: Principal, Elementary School

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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 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.

Email:  MHolland@lncharter.org

Mr. Marcus Funchess: Assistant Principal, High School

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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. Personal situations brought him to the Charlotte area in 2013 where he has spent the past 4 years as an Assistant Principal at East Lincoln HS. Marcus and his wife, Amanda have a blended family with 3 children, Marcus, Ethan, and Madison. He enjoys watching sports and movies. Marcus is passionate about preparing our youth for life once they leave HS.

Email: MFunchess@lncharter.org

Mr. Brian Bauer: Assistant Principal, Middle School

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Mr. Brian Bauer: Assistant Principal, Middle School

Brian came to Lake Norman Charter School in July of 2017.  He is a native of Middleburg Heights, Ohio and spent his K-12 years in the public schools of Montgomery County, Maryland. A 1999 graduate of East Carolina University, Brian also holds a Master’s Degree in School Administration from UNC-Wilmington. Prior to his arrival at LNC, he spent a decade serving in various administrative roles in the New Hanover and Brunswick County Public Schools. Mr. Bauer manages LNC’s carpool system as well as all student discipline for grades 5-8. He is also tasked with the oversight of LNC’s State Testing & Accountability program. Brian and his wife Penny are proud parents to their son, Forrest.

Email: BBauer@lncharter.org

Mr. Scott Abel: Director of Facilities

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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

Mr. Lon Chang: Director of Technology

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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

Ms. Lori Hughes: Exceptional Children's Coordinator

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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 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 at the high, middle and elementary schools.

Email:  LHughes@lncharter.org

Ms. Sara Lay: Director of Community Relations

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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

Mr. Matt Schlegel: Athletic Director

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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

Ms. Hayley Wilson: Director of Business Services

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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 non-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