School Leadership

Welcome to Charlotte Latin School!

When my family moved to Charlotte in 2001 and I joined this school community, I was touched by the warmth and support that we received from the students, parents, alumni and faculty. Of course, I expected nothing less for the new Headmaster; however, I have found this experience to be the rule, not the exception, for newcomers to the Latin community.

We are a school where families of diverse backgrounds, races, religions and nationalities share the common value of respect for themselves and for others, and an enduring dedication to the opportunities that will enrich our children’s educational journey.

We educate both the mind and the heart at Latin. Our expert teachers, counselors, coaches and staff form strong bonds with students that make a difference in their educational experience.

Our academic program is balanced with robust arts and athletics programs. Service to others starts in Lower School and continues through graduation and is part of the fiber of Latin. Leadership is modeled and taught through our Hawks’ Quest experiential program and the new Leads with Honor program. Personally, I am particularly proud of Latin’s emphasis on our Honor Code. “Honor Above All” is proudly displayed in every classroom as a beacon of the behavior we wish to model and instill in our students.

At Charlotte Latin, we work together with parents to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. It’s an important partnership and we value our parents and their participation at the School.

I invite you to visit our spacious 128-acre campus and experience the Latin Difference. You’ll see everything from children learning to properly hold a pencil in kindergarten to rapid prototyping in our Upper School’s Fab Lab. It’s an exciting environment full of exploration, appropriate risk-taking, challenge and a-ha moments. I hope to see you on campus.

Arch N. McIntosh, Jr.

Meet the Administrative Team

Arch N. McIntosh, Jr., Headmaster

Arch McIntosh brings more than 40 years of educational experience as a teacher, coach and administrator to his role as Headmaster of Charlotte Latin School. Under his leadership, Latin has achieved its highest enrollment, beginning the 2017-2018 school year with 1,445 students in TK through grade 12. He currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) and is the past Board Chair for the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS). A co-founder and Vice President of the Arkansas Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association, Mr. McIntosh has also served on the Board of the Arkansas School of Math and Science and as Chairman for the State Board of Communities in Schools of Arkansas. In addition, Mr. McIntosh is an elder at Forest Hill Church and was an active Rotarian for more than 30 years.

Mr. McIntosh earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Marshall University, a Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of South Alabama and a Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision certification from the University of Arkansas. He was a Klingenstein Fellow at the Columbia University Teachers College.

Fletcher Gregory, Associate Headmaster and Director of Finance

Fletcher GregoryMr. Gregory joined Charlotte Latin in 1991 as Assistant Athletic Director, coach and history teacher. He became Head of Middle School in 1993 and then Director of Finance and Operations in 1995. The Assistant Headmaster title was added in 1999 and changed to Associate in 2011 when his duties were expanded. Mr. Gregory has a BA in Education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MS in Athletic Administration from Penn State University and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Rod Chamberlain, Associate Headmaster for Academic Affairs

Rod Chamberlain

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.

Mark Tayloe, Head of Lower School

Mark Tayloe

Mr. Tayloe is the Head of Lower School at Charlotte Latin. The Lower School is the largest division at Charlotte Latin with over 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.

Todd Ballaban, Head of Middle School

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.

Lawrence Wall, Head of Upper School

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.

Fredrik Akerblom, Director of Development

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.

Susan Carpenter, Director of Marketing & Communications

Susan Carpenter

Mrs. Carpenter is the Director of Marketing and Communications. She previously lived in Mendham, New Jersey, where she served as Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications at Far Hills Country Day School. 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 and is a Certified Financial Planner.

Bill Freitas, Chief Technology Officer

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 – a son, who is a senior at The Lawrenceville School, and an adult daughter, who lives in Boston.

David Gatoux, Director of Athletics

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.

Beth Lucas, Director of Human Resources

Beth Lucas

A native North Carolinian, Charlotte Latin’s Director of Human Resources Beth Cox Lucas attended 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 countless 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.

Mary Yorke Oates, Director of Admissions

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.

Sonja Taylor, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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.

Other Leadership

Board of Trustees

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.

2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Thad M. Sharrett ’89, Board Chair
Denny S. O’Leary ’90, Vice Chair
Joycelyn C. Lavelle, Secretary
Mike D. Freno, Treasurer

William C. Adams (Clay)
Lynn G. Crutchfield
Jean E. Davis
Adaora A. Eruchalu
Heather S. Finke
Debbie S. Frail ’88
Israel K. Gorelick (Rael)
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
R. Mitchell Wickham ’87

Arch N. McIntosh, Jr., Headmaster
Fletcher H. Gregory III, Associate Headmaster & Director of Finance
Katharine Cowan, 2018-19 Parents’ Council President
Michael Parks ’07, 2018-19 Alumni Governing Board President

Board of Visitors

Mr. Louis C. Stephens III, Chair
Mr. William B. Barnhardt, Vice-Chairman

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. William B. Barnhardt
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
Mr. David Crane
Mr. E. E. Crutchfield
Mr. Richard M. Davies
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. 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
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
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
Mr. B. Franklin Skinner
Mrs. Jan Stedman
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

Legacy Leaders

Founding Board of Trustees
Frank R. Thies, Jr., Chair
Mrs. Irwin Belk, Vice-Chair
Cameron Faison, Secretary
Robert V. Knight, Jr., Treasurer
Patrick N. Calhoun
Thomas C. Creasy, Jr.
Alan T. Dickson
Mrs. Cameron Faison
Mrs. Robert V. Knight, Jr.
Dr. John R. Pender, III
W. Howard Pitt, Jr.
John B. Stedman
Mrs. Frank R. Thies, Jr.

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

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 -

Teaching our senior leadership class is one of the highlights of my year. We study and discuss the many forms of leadership and what it means to be a leader. It's an engaging all-in experience that stimulates deep thinking and conversation.

Arch McIntosh, Jr., Headmaster

Headmaster's Recommended Reading

  • Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, Frank Bruni
  • The Big Disconnect, Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.
  • If You Can Keep It, Eric Metaxas
  • The Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey
  • Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek
  • Excellent Sheep, William Deresiewicz
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth