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Ms. Antina Avery

I am excited to be a part of the Greenwave 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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Laura Benson

Laura J. Benson is a native of Gaston County and a product of Gaston County Schools. She is a graduate of Ashbrook High School and attended North Carolina Central University and Belmont Abbey College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Ms. Benson was selected to participate in the inaugural Gaston County Schools Superintendent's Leadership Academy and received her Master’s in Executive Leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

As an elementary teacher, Ms. Benson taught second, third, and fourth grades in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She gained experience on the middle school level by teaching sixth grade Social Studies and Science and serving as the Behavior Support Teacher at Grier Middle School. Ms. Benson also has experience in alternative education serving as the Innovative Partnership Grant Coach at Warlick Academy.

Ms. Benson has a professional philosophy of children first. She brands herself as an educator who challenges students to be the best version of themselves and to live out their purpose. In her free time, Ms. Benson enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her two dogs, Barker and Coco. She also loves house plants of all kinds and learning about them. Ms. Benson is actively involved in her community and surrounding area through her sorority.

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Dr. Alecia Roberts

A proud native of Gaston County and a product of Gaston County Schools, I have deep roots in the community. I attended Ashbrook High School from freshman to junior year and proudly graduated from Forestview High School. After graduation, I embarked on my educational journey, attending, and graduating from Hampton University (Bachelors & Masters), George Washington University (Masters), and Gardner Webb University (Doctorate).

With 17 years of experience in the field of education, I began in the classroom, where I honed my teaching skills and developed a passion for empowering students through knowledge. Driven by a commitment to academic excellence, I transitioned into the role of a literacy facilitator, bringing my wealth of teaching experience to support and guide both new and veteran educators in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. In addition to my work in K-12 education, I also support undergraduate students as an adjunct professor at Gardner Webb University.

Beyond my professional endeavors, I am a military wife and proud parent to four sons and a daughter. Family life is characterized by lively activities, including impromptu pillow fights, fort-building adventures, and the occasional couch-jumping session. Each day is an exciting chapter filled with the joys and challenges of raising an active and vibrant family.