Welcome to Charlotte Latin School!
Choosing the best school community for your children is a critical decision. We all want a school with dedicated teachers who bring learning to life and stretch our children’s minds to achieve their full potential. At Latin, crafting an education that is individualized and personal is important to our faculty. In addition, we want our students to grow up with strong character to be leaders with confidence. Leadership, honor, work ethic, friendship, teamwork, inclusivity, empathy, and compassion are taught not only in the classroom, but also on the athletic field, the stage and in clubs, and organizations. The diverse breadth of experiences to be tried, honed, and developed at Latin are enhanced even further by the diversity of its people. There is no better school in Charlotte to partner in parenting and raising your children than Charlotte Latin School.
Charlotte Latin is a community that is intentionally designed to capture every teachable moment as each year builds on the next, pedagogically and personally. The words Honor Above All are above the doors in every classroom raising each student’s sights, both literally and figuratively, to grow into his or her full potential as a student and a person. Our 128 contiguous acres provide a setting with plenty of green space for children to explore, while state-of-the art facilities like our new Inlustrate Orbem Building, world-class Horne Performing Arts Center, nationally-known Fab Lab, Beck Student Activities Center, and eight athletic fields provide the space for children that enhances their educational setting.
While facilities and technology are critical today, they don’t replace excellent teaching that sparks curiosity and inspires a lifetime love of learning. At the end of the day, it is our students, faculty, coaches, and staff that make Charlotte Latin a great school.
The only way to understand Latin’s most important element — its people — is to schedule a visit and come see for yourself. Our campus community is a happy place — one which is best experienced firsthand than read about online.
Come visit Charlotte Latin!
Head of School
I was initially attracted to Charlotte Latin because of its national reputation for academic excellence, but the reason I fell in love with the school is its strong sense of community.
Head of School
Meet the Administrative Team
- Chuck Baldecchi, Head of School
- Fletcher Gregory, Associate Head and Chief Financial Officer
- Rod Chamberlain, Associate Head for Academic Affairs
- Mark Tayloe, Head of Lower School
- Todd Ballaban, Head of Middle School
- Lawrence Wall, Head of Upper School
- Fredrik Akerblom, Director of Development
- Susan Carpenter, Director of Marketing & Communications
- Bill Freitas, Chief Technology Officer
- David Gatoux, Director of Athletics
- Beth Lucas, Director of Human Resources
- Mary Yorke Oates, Director of Admissions
- Sonja Taylor, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
A seasoned independent school leader, Chuck Baldecchi comes to Charlotte Latin School from The Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky, where he served as the Head of School for 15 years (2004-2019). To Latin, he brings a broad understanding of independent schools and was instrumental in leading The Lexington School in strategic planning and execution, developing innovative curriculum and programs, and notably increasing the school’s annual fund, capital, and endowment campaigns.
Baldecchi also served previously as Director of Admissions at The Asheville School, a co-educational 9-12 boarding and day school in Asheville, North Carolina. He taught English and coached at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia (also his high school alma mater), and served as Summer Programs Assistant Dean of Students at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.
A Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University, Baldecchi received his Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English Literature.
Chuck and his wife, Erin, have three children — Bella ’21, Alex ’23, and Cade ’25. He enjoys sailing, skiing, philosophy, and time with his family, especially in Maryland at the family’s summer home.
Dr. Chamberlain and his wife, Anne Findlay-Chamberlain, relocated to Charlotte from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served as the Head of Schools for the Kamehameha Schools (KS). With more than 7,000 students in pre-school through Grade 12, KS is the largest independent school system in the country. He was previously the Vice President for Campus Education as well as the founding Headmaster of the KS Maui Campus from 2001 to 2006. Before going to KS, Dr. Chamberlain was the Head of School for University Lake School in Heartland, Wisconsin. He also served for more than 20 years at the Milton Hershey School as a teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning, and finally as the Dean of Scholastic Affairs. Dr. Chamberlain earned a BS in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College, and holds an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum and a D.Ed. in Curriculum and Supervision from Penn State University.
Mr. Tayloe is the Head of Lower School at Charlotte Latin. The Lower School is the largest division at Charlotte Latin with more than 570 students. Mr. Tayloe has been in education in several capacities for 30 years, primarily at The Darlington School in Georgia. Mr. Tayloe has a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the State University of West Georgia.
Mr. Ballaban is the Head of Middle School. Todd has a rich background in education having spent years as an English and Debate teacher as well as serving in administrative capacities in both middle and upper school. Todd came to Latin from La Jolla Country Day School in California as the Upper School Dean of Academics and Student Life and the Assistant Upper School Director. Todd has a BA from Amherst and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from California Lutheran University. Todd and his wife, Amy, have their own 21st Century learner, Keegan.
Mr. Wall became Charlotte Latin’s Upper School Head in 2000. Prior to that he served as Headmaster of St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh. At Charlotte Latin, Mr. Wall continues to teach both Latin and Greek to Upper School students amongst the myriad of administrative duties. Mr. Wall has a BA in Latin from Sewanee: The University of the South and an MA in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Akerblom is the Director of Development and leads the school's philanthropic efforts. Akerblom joins Latin with a long history of service in education and the nonprofit sector in the areas of major gifts, fundraising, operations, and project management. Before he came to Latin, Fredrik served at Uppsala University in Sweden, where he was the Major Gifts Officer and Manager of Development. Prior to Uppsala University, he was a management consultant in Connecticut and Director of Operations for the fundraising office of a North American global nonprofit, also in Connecticut. Akerblom holds a BA in History from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and is an active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Swedish Network for Development Professionals in Higher Education.
Mrs. Carpenter is the Director of Marketing and Communications. She previously served as Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications at Far Hills Country Day School, in Far Hills, NJ. Susan has more than fifteen years of experience in marketing and communications, including multi-channel marketing, technical expertise in web advertising, analytics, and educational content management systems. Her broad portfolio reflects effective messaging, communications coaching, training, support, and relationship management. Prior to her role at Far Hills, Susan served as a Marketing Executive for a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including Jim Henson Productions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Art History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and holds an MBA in Marketing from Baruch College. Susan is a Certified Financial Planner™ and is also certified at the Leadership level by the ISM (Independent School Management) International Advancement Certification Program.
Mr. Freitas is Charlotte Latin’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He has more than 30 years of experience leading educational technology initiatives which ensure that current and future technologies support and expand styles of teaching, learning, and assessment. Before coming to Latin, Bill spent 21 years at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he also taught, lived in a dorm, and was the coach of the internationally award-winning Big Red Robotics team.
Embracing the ever-changing nature of technology, Bill consolidates his years of experience with ongoing professional development. This includes becoming a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL), focusing on leadership, vision and managing technology support resources, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE). Being cognizant of the increasing need for cybersecurity, in 2017 he earned the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), which covers all areas of privacy, security, and risk management related to the IT field. He contributed to the NAIS PGP Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century and the ATLIS Guide to Cybersecurity for Independent Schools.
Bill and his wife Julie, a writer and photographer, live close to the School and have two children.
David has more than 20 years experience as an athletic director and has directed Latin Athletics since 2012. His past experience includes Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY, St. Mary's School in Raleigh and the Galloway School in Atlanta. David earned a BA from Denison University and an MA from Ohio University.
A native North Carolinian, Charlotte Latin’s Director of Human Resources Beth Cox Lucas attended an independent school in Winston-Salem. She not only is a product of the UNC system as a student in Greensboro, but much of her career before joining Charlotte Latin in 2014 was also spent working in the UNC system – specifically in Human Resources at UNC-Chapel Hill and at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. In addition, she taught a master’s level Human Resources Management course at UNCSA. She heads a department of three and together they manage a team of faculty and staff numbering close to 300. Her professional experiences and accomplishments are vast and her certifications include: Senior Professional in Human Resources, Society for Human Resources Management, Certified to administer Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument, and Certified/Trained Mediator.
Beth and her husband Charlie (a Latin alumnus) are parents to Nicholas, who attends The Nest, as well as her three step-sons – Charlie, Hardin, and Pearse. If Beth is not spending time with family (or at work) you will find her on her horse, Razz, a Hanoverian dressage horse.
In her role as Latin’s Director of Admissions, Mary Yorke Robison Oates holds Latin’s commitment to child-development and readiness to heart. Through ongoing study of cognitive, social, physical, and emotional milestones of the young child, Mary Yorke and her team of Kindergarten experts work diligently to assess a child’s readiness to begin school. With an equal emphasis on normed assessment results, current pre-school success, and a vetted readiness snapshot, the team is committed to capturing a full, balanced picture of every young applicant. And while there is no one “ideal” portrait of a Kindergarten student, there are many predictors of success that can be captured through a play-based, science backed, best-practice method.
Mary Yorke is a Charlotte Latin alumna from the class of 1983. She went on to her undergraduate work at Sweet Briar College (English and Creative Writing) and Auburn University for her Master’s in English. In addition to being a Latin grad, she has served countless roles on this campus. She has taught English, substituted, coached field hockey, volunteered, served as Parents' Council president, and parented three Latin lifers (Harris, John and Annabelle) with her husband David.
Her hobbies include reading, fishing, travel, walking, fitness, art and antiques, and cheering for the Carolina Panthers.
Mrs. Taylor was previously at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), where she was the Diversity Recruitment Manager. Her role included directing all initiatives to attract and retain underrepresented students, building and managing outreach and school district partnerships, and collaborating with civil rights, social, and community organizations to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) interest and participation among racial minorities. Prior to her work at GSSM, she was a science curriculum writer for CPO Science, in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she wrote physics, chemistry, biology, and other scientific content for inquiry-based secondary science education textbooks, created model lesson plans for teachers, and managed curriculum and assessment projects in several states. Taylor was also a public high school science teacher in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Orlando, Florida, and a chemist at the start of her career at the Flowers Chemical Laboratories.Taylor earned a B.S., in Chemistry from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, an M.Ed., in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, and an Ed.D. at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
Charlotte Latin School is governed by a Board of Trustees, composed of volunteers, drawn from the School's constituent groups, who determine the policies that govern the School. The Board is the guardian of the School’s mission, oversees the School’s strategic planning process, and has fiduciary responsibility for the annual budget. Latin's Board of Trustees endorses and subscribes to the Principles of Good Practice established by the National Association of Independent Schools for its member schools. These principles define the high standards and ethical behavior expected in key areas of school operations and help guide schools in becoming the best education communities they can be.
2019-2020 Board of Trustees
Thad M. Sharrett ’89, Chair
Denny S. O’Leary ’90, Vice Chair
Joycelyn C. Lavelle, Secretary
R. Mitchell Wickham ’87, Treasurer
William C. Adams
Lynn G. Crutchfield
Mary Katherine Dubose
Adaora A. Eruchalu
Debbie S. Frail ’88
Mike D. Freno
Rael K. Gorelick
Jonathan S. Halkyard
Courtney P. Hyder
Joy M. Kenefick
Eric J. Lloyd
John T. McCoy
A. Coy Monk IV
John G. Norman
Robert A. Schleusner III
Walker C. Simmons
Charles D. Baldecchi, Head of School
Fletcher H. Gregory III, Associate Head and Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Hill, Parents’ Council President
Christine 'Chrissy' Lucas ’04, Alumni Governing Board President
Mr. William B. Barnhardt, Chair
Mrs. Kelly L. Katterhagen, Vice-Chair
Mrs. Rose Mary Achey
Ms. Martha B. Alexander
Mr. Gary J. Anderson ’75
Mr. H. Perrin Anderson
Mrs. Lucy O. Anderson
Mrs. Mariam Andrews
Mrs. Catherine M. Armstrong
Mrs. Nancy Leist Atwell
Mr. James Harper Barnhardt, Jr.
Mr. John Marion Barry
Mrs. Joanne O’Brien Beam
Mrs. Pat Q. Beck
Mr. Carl Grotnes Belk ’78
Mr. H. W. McKay Belk
Mr. William A. Bowen, Jr.
Mrs. Cathy Bradford
Mrs. Linda Brown
Mrs. Frances deWitt Browne
Mr. B. Bernard Burns, Jr.
Mr. Robert G. Calton, III
Mr. David Milton Carroll
Mrs. Cheryl Samson Carson
Dr. Lowell Rayburn Combs ’95
Mrs. Katharine Cowan
Mr. David Crane
Mr. E. E. Crutchfield
Mr. Richard M. Davies
Mrs. Jean E. Davis
Mr. Thomas Grant Derham
Mrs. Marilyn Mullen Dougherty
Mrs. Mary Edwards
Mrs. Leah M. Ensor
Ms. Barbara Russell Erb
Mr. John C. Fennebresque
Mr. John C. Fennebresque, Jr. ’89
Mrs. Heather S. Finke
Mrs. Debbie McMahan Frail ’88
Mrs. Ruth K. Gammon ’77
Mr. Kodowo Ghartey-Tagoe
Mrs. Kathryn Adams Gately
Mr. Donald Short Gately
Mrs. Ann Glover
Mr. Benjamin Kelly Graves, Jr.
Mr. William H. Grigg
Mrs. Claudette B. Hall
Mrs. Sandra Nash Hamilton
Mrs. Frances Fennebresque Hankins ’97
Mr. John William Harris
Mr. Kevin Alan Henry
Mrs. Barbara Blair Henson
Mr. Steven Carr Hinshaw ’89
Mr. Boyd Holland ’92
Mr. Cresful William Horne, Jr.
Mr. Thomas A. Hunter IV ’86
Mrs. Katie Miller Iams ’01
Mr. Edward Imbrogno
Mr. Mark P. Johnson, Jr.
Mr. Robert Arthur Jones
Mrs. Johanna Powers Kane
Mrs. Kelly L. Katterhagen
Mrs. Carolyn Killingsworth
Mrs. Chris Skinner Kirkland ’77
Mr. Robert V. Knight, Jr.
Mrs. Louise B. Lucas
Mr. George M. Mackie IV
Mrs. Wandra Elks Mackie
Mr. Eric Norman Madara
Mr. Joseph John Caylor Mark, Jr.
Dr. Edward S. Martin
Mrs. Robin Stinson Maxwell
Mr. Neill G. McBryde
Arch N. McIntosh, Jr.
Dr. James T. McDeavitt
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Medearis
Dr. Jenny E. Meiselman
Mrs. Kimbrel B. Morris
Mrs. Linde Mullis
Mr. Compie Newman ’78
Mrs. Aggie S. Niess
Mrs. Mary Yorke Robison Oates ’83
Mrs. Jill E. Olmstead
Mrs. Tiffany Raley Orndorff
Mr. John Michael Papadopulos
Mr. Michael Parks ’07
Dr. Glenn Bradford Perry
Mr. David Harmon Pharr ’05
Mrs. Janice W. Privette
Mr. Michael O’Herron Rankin
Mr. Ernest William Reigel
Mr. Patrick N. Rivenbark ’02
Mr. John H. Robison, Jr.
Mr. Robert F. Robinson
Mrs. Margaret Mary Roche
Mrs. Hilda P. Rutherford
Mrs. Martha Higgins Schmitt
Mr. Thad M. Sharrett ’89
Mrs. Edith Ewing Sharrett ’88
Mrs. Margaret Brinkley Sigmon
Mr. William Daniel Simerville, Jr. ’84
Mr. David Vincent Singer
Mrs. Jan Stedman
Mr. Louis C. Stephens III
Mr. Paul A. Stroup III
Mrs. Melissa M. Stroup
Mrs. Jan Scott Owen Swetenburg
Dr. Raymond Lee Swetenburg, Jr.
Mr. Charles R. Thies ’90
Mrs. Parkie Gilliam Thomas
Mr. James W. Thompson
Mr. George Kennedy Thompson
Mrs. Anne Thrift
Mrs. Susan Johnson Tome ’79
Mrs. Melissa Holt Vandiver
Mrs. Kathryn Barnhardt Van Nort ’91
Mrs. Claudius E. Watts IV
Mrs. Kay M. Weatherspoon
Mrs. Jean B. Webb
Mrs. Jean Wilkinson
Mr. Laurens G. Y. Willard
Mr. Benjamin Franklin Williams, Jr.
Mrs. Nancy Lea Williams ’80
Mr. Charles M. Williams, Jr.
Mrs. Sophie Martin Wood
Mr. Ronald H. Wrenn
Mrs. Ruth Van Dyke Wyatt ’02
Mrs. Sally James Zoutewelle
Founding Board of Trustees
Frank R. Thies, Jr., Chair
Carol G. Belk, Vice-Chair
Cameron Faison, Secretary
Robert V. Knight, Jr., Treasurer
Patrick N. Calhoun
Thomas C. Creasy, Jr.
Alan T. Dickson
Catherine S. Faison
Betsy K. Knight
Dr. John R. Pender, III
W. Howard Pitt, Jr.
John B. Stedman
Janet R. Thies
Charlotte Latin School Board Chairs
Frank Thies 1970 - 1976
Frank Skinner 1976 - 1979
Hugh McColl 1979 - 1982
Ed Crutchfield 1982 - 1983
Perrin Anderson 1983 - 1985
Jim Thompson 1985 - 1987
John Fennebresque 1987 - 1995
John Robison 1995 - 1997
Jim Barnhardt 1997 - 2003
Dave Singer 2003 - 2005
John Barry 2005 - 2007
Ben Williams 2008 - 2009
Ernie Reigel 2009 - 2011
Kevin Henry 2011 - 2013
Eric Lloyd 2013 - 2015
Jean Davis 2015 - 2018
Thad M. Sharrett 2018 -
Jeremiah M. Splaine 1970 - 1973
G. Leslie Browne (Acting Headmaster) 1973 - 1974
Eric B. Moore 1974 - 1976
Edward J. Fox, Jr. 1976 - 2001; Read about Dr. Fox's legacy at Latin
Arch N. McIntosh, Jr. 2001 - 2019; Read about Mr. McIntosh's legacy at Latin
Charles D. Baldecchi 2019 -
Letters from Mr. Baldecchi
The Lexington School, Lexington, KY
Coed, Preschool - Grade 8, Day, 595 students
• Head of School (2004-2019)
Asheville School, Asheville, NC
Coed, Grades 9-12, Boarding/Day, 265 students
• Director of Admission and Enrollment Management (2001-2004)
• Director of Summer Programs (1998-2001)
• English Master, Dorm Parent, Coach (1996-2004)
Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA
Coed, Grades 9-12, Boarding, 435 students
• English Teacher, Dorm Parent, Coach (1994-1995)
Taft School, Watertown, CT
Coed, Grades 9-12, Boarding/Day, 579 students
• Summer Program Assistant Dean of Students (1997)
• Summer Program Intern (1993)
Chuck's Professional Leadership
- INDEX Group: Independent School Data Exchange; Secretary, Board of Trustees, President (Current)
- Elementary School Heads Association; Secretary, President, Past President (Current)
- Missions Skills Assessment; Steering Committee (Current), Founding Member
- Country Day School Headmasters Association
- Kentucky Association of Independent Schools; VP (2005-2008), President (2008-2010), Treasurer (Current)
- Visionary Heads Group; Original Member (2005)
- The Association of Boarding Schools: North American Boarding Initiative; Committee Member (2013-2016)
Columbia University, New York, NY
Klingenstein Summer Fellow, Teachers College
St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
M.A., Liberal Arts
Denison University, Granville, OH
B.A., Economics and English Literature
Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA