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New Chief Academic Officer at CMS

June 23. Nancy Brightwell is the new Chief Academic Officer for Charlottte Mecklenburg Schools. She has been the executive director for the Southwest and Central 1 learning communities since 2018.


She was a superintendent for the East Learning Community from 2016 to 2018, school superintendent for instructional support from 2015 to 2016, superintendent for the Northeast-Vance Learning Community from 2014 to 2015 and Beacon Shepherd from 2014 to 2016.

Brightwell was also a principal at Mallard Creek High from 2011 to 2014, Ranson Middle from 2008 to 2011, Carmel Middle from 2005 to 2008, Beverly Woods Elementary from 2000 to 2005 and Nathaniel Alexander Elementary from 1996 to 2000. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


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