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Antina Avery

I am excited to be a part of the Roadrunner family. I am a graduate of Livingstone College where I earned my bachelor’s in accounting and Strayer University with a master’s in finance. After spending several years in the business sector, I took a huge leap into education. I started my educational career in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, teaching mathematics. My educational career expands to charter, private, and public schools, including alternative. After several years, I transitioned to Career and Technical Education and taught business classes (Career Management, Personal Finance, and Accounting). The last two years have been focused on obtaining my second masters in School Administration, which brings me to my current position and home. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, watching Hallmark, or reading. I am eager to get to know each of you and look forward to the impact we will make on our students' lives.

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Judith Ayala

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Stephanie Crump

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Mrs. Karen Smith

Mrs. Smith is very excited to join Southwest Middle School!

Mrs. Smith is a native New Yorker, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education Grades 7-12 from The College of Saint Rose. She moved to Charlotte in 2012 to pursue her career in education with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She taught math at Mallard Creek High School from 2012-2021, as well as coached swimming, tennis and golf. She received her Master’s degree in School Administration from UNC Charlotte in 2021, and transitioned into administration as Dean of Students at Hough High School, where she worked until she moved to Gaston County Schools in January 2024. 

In her spare time, Mrs. Smith spends time with her husband and their two dogs, and can always be found with a good book. She is currently working on earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership at UNCC. 

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