Meet the Arts Faculty
I want students to have creative writing and creative thinking in their life no matter what they end up doing, because creativity is the key to finding solutions for life's obstacles.
Upper School English & Creative Writing
Richard Harris is a native of Charlotte and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. He teaches Upper School English, serves as an advisor for the Creative Writing Club, advises students entering the Scholastic Writing Competition and organizes Open Mic events to showcase student writing and encourage public speaking and performance. He also offers several writing camps for CLS Summer Day Camps.
His students annually win regional and national awards for their outstanding writing and have been published in Scholastic’s national publication Best Teen Writing. With his M.A. in English and Creative Writing, he has worked with many professional poets and writers and has both won awards and published poems in a variety of literary journals. Serving as the English department’s Latin Arts Association representative for Creative Writing, Harris regularly brings in professional poets and well-known writers for stage and screen to help him mentor our writers and keep them inspired. The Spring 2017 Latin Magazine article on Harris, as well as student-led Open Mic Readings, are a testament to the program's tradition of expertise and excellence in creative writing.
Lori Davis holds an M.A. in Teaching and Learning and has been teaching Upper School English (from AP to Shakespeare to creative writing) for almost two decades. She has mentored countless young writers and published both poetry and nonfiction in various literary journals. Her students have won National Scholastic Writing Medals and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards for their literary and arts magazine work. Davis has also been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English for Excellence in Teaching. As the Director of Publications, she advises the Eyry (yearbook), The Hawkeye (newspaper), Blue Review (literary and arts magazine) and Hawkeye TV (broadcast news).
Tiffany Fletcher grew up in upstate New York and has lived and taught in the Charlotte area for more than 17 years. Twelve of those years have been spent teaching Upper School English at Charlotte Latin. In addition to teaching, Fletcher co-advises the Latin literary and art publication, The Blue Review, and is a ninth grade advisor. Fletcher is married to Art Department Chair Richard Fletcher, and they have two boys in the Lower School.
- Alicia Long, Performing Arts Department Chair & LS Music
- Annette Morris, LS Music
- Emily Shusdock, Grade 5 & MS Choir
- Craig Estep, US Choir
- Pamela Sweer, MS Band
- Jocquin Fuller, US Band
- Sabrina Howard, Strings
- Laci Wargo, Strings
- Michael Grant, Music Theory & Accompanist
- John Herrick, Accompanist
Alicia Long is the Lower School music teacher for Grades 2-4 and serves as Chair of the Performing Arts Department. She joined the Latin faculty in 2008. An Orff certified music teacher (Level I and II), Long has more than 20 years of teaching experience in public and private schools. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina. Prior to teaching, Long was an education director for the Boston Lyric Opera and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C. Long graduated from Florida State University with a B.M. in Voice Performance and received an M.A. in Arts Administration from Boston University.
Annette Morris is the Lower School Music Teacher for The Nest, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1. She joined Charlotte Latin’s faculty in 2017 with more than 10 years of teaching experience in independent schools. Morris received her B.M. and M.A. in Music Education from Appalachian State University. She also holds certifications in Orff Level 1, Kodaly Level 1, Musikgarten and Music Rhapsody for Young Children.
Emily Shusdock, a Chapel Hill, North Carolina, native, joined Charlotte Latin School as the Grade 5 and Middle School Choir Director in 2018. She graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, with a B.M. in Music Education and an M.A. in Teaching, and has been teaching and singing in the Charlotte area since 2016. Emily sings professionally in The Same Stream, a choir based out of Philadelphia, PA, the Bach Akademie of Charlotte, and the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and Chamber Singers. She also serves as a section leader and soloist at Christ Church Charlotte. Shusdock and her husband, John, are proud parents of their dog, Susie, and their cat, Geoffrey.
Craig Estep, a graduate of Pfeiffer University with a B.A. in Music Education and an M.M.A. from Winthrop University, teaches Upper School Concert Choir and vocal music. He has extensive experience on the professional opera and concert circuit. A young artist-in-residence with the San Francisco Opera Company from 1987-1995, Estep has performed with Calgary Opera, Miami Opera, Long Beach Opera and Birmingham Opera Companies. He also has performed with Atlanta, San Francisco and Cleveland orchestras. A regional winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Atlanta, the Giusseppe di Stefano International Tenor Competition in Connecticut, and the Alfredo Kraus International Competition on the Canary Islands, Estep has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Currently conducting as an adjunct professor for Central Piedmont Community College, he taught part-time at Winthrop University for five years and has been a member of the Charlotte Latin music faculty since 2004.
Pamela Sweer joined Latin in the Fall of 2017 with more than 30 years of progressive experience as a middle school band director. Sweer completed her B.M. at the University of South Carolina. Her first position was as the Band Director at Long Junior High School in Cheraw, South Carolina, and was most recently the Band Director at South Middle School in Lancaster, South Carolina. She currently serves as a NBPTS Trainer which includes training and monitoring a team of assessors. Sweer's accomplishments include Teacher of the Year, guest clinician, recipient of the South Carolina Band Directors’ Association Outstanding Performance Award and a member of Phi Beta Mu.
Jocquin Fuller joined Charlotte Latin's faculty as Assistant Band Director in August 2014. He came to Charlotte Latin from Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC, where he served as band director. He graduated from Winthrop University with a B.M.E. in Music Education and advanced his studies at Winthrop with a M.M. degree in instrumental wind conducting. Fuller received National Board Certification in 2007 and serves as a judge and clinician throughout the southeast.
Sabrina Howard is the director of Lower, Middle and Upper School orchestra ensembles. Howard has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She previously served as the orchestra director at Mt. Tabor High School and Jefferson Middle School. Prior to those appointments, she served as the orchestra director at Independence High School and South Charlotte Middle School. Howard received her National Board certification in 2005 and was named the 2007 Western Region Orchestra Director of the Year. She received her B.A. in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.A. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina.
Laci Wargo has served as the Lesson Program Coordinator and Assistant Orchestra Director since 2010. She has more than 22 years experience as a strings teacher and professional violist. She performs regularly in the Charlotte area as a freelance violist for Orchestras, Churches and Weddings. Wargo graduated with honors from Appalachian State University with a double degree in Music Education and Viola Performance. She also has been a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Alpha Iota and NCMEA.
Dr. Michael Grant teaches Charlotte Latin's AP Music Theory class and also serves as an accompanist. He has more than 30 years of experience in musical instruction in collegiate environments and through private lessons, and has been Minister of Music, organist, and choirmaster at various churches since 1972. He received his Doctorate in Musical Arts/Organ Performance from the Catholic University of America, an M.M. degree from Converse College School of Music, and a B.A. in music from Newberry College.
John Herrick is a part-time accompanist in Charlotte Latin's Music Department. He has 30 years of experience in instruction, including eight years as piano instructor at Southern Park Music School and five years as faculty/piano accompanist at Wingate University. Herrick also has served as Organist and Choir Director for several churches and community organizations and currently serves as the Director of Music for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte. He earned a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester State University, with additional studies at Temple University and Westminster Choir College.
- Matt Cosper, Director of Theater Arts
- Meredith McCarter, MS Theater
- Will Rudolph, Technical Theater
- Jay Scott, Horne Performing Arts Center Manager
Matt Cosper joined Charlotte Latin's faculty in 2013 as the Director of Theater Arts. Professional theater credits include acting and directing with the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, the Oregon Children's Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and Theatre Charlotte. As Founding Artistic Director of critically-acclaimed experimental theater ensemble XOXO, Cosper has created eight original works for the stage since 2009, winning Charlotte Magazine’s Best of the Best Award for theater twice. In addition to his work as a theater maker, he is a member of the Goodyear Arts collective, curating exhibitions and artist residencies in uptown Charlotte. A member of the Network of Ensemble Theatres and the American Association for Theatre and Education, Cosper received a B.A. in performance from Greensboro College in 2003.
Meredith McCarter teaches Drama and Enrichment in the Charlotte Latin Middle School. She joined the theater faculty in 2015 and has since directed six productions featuring talented Middle School student actors and theater technicians. McCarter has a passion for teaching middle school-aged children and the Charlotte community. She has presented on advisory programs at the North Carolina Middle School Conference and on writing strategies using the fine arts for the Writing Project held at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Presently, McCarter volunteers with Community Link, helping the homeless to gain housing, and sings every holiday season with the Carolina Voices’ “Singing Tree.” She received her B.A. in K-12 Theater Education and her M.Ed. in Middle School English instruction from Appalachian State University.
Jay Scott is the Horne Performing Arts Center Manager and Audio/Video Specialist for Charlotte Latin. He has taught Upper School Technical Theater since 2000. Prior to joining Charlotte Latin's staff, Scott had a 20-year radio and television broadcasting career, which included 15 years as a producer with CBS Radio. His voice can be heard in many media. Scott continues to help build and provide sets for churches, small theaters, and charity events, and also sings in the First Baptist Church of Indian Trail Choir. Scott received his B.A. in Radio/TV/Theatre from Western Carolina University.
- Richard Fletcher, Department Chair & US Art
- Joann McDaniel, LS Art
- Kaila Gottschling, LS & MS Art
- Anne Cammer, MS Art
- Clark Hawgood, US Art
- Will Thomason, US Art
Richard Fletcher is the chair of the Visual Arts Department and teaches in the Middle and Upper Schools. He is a native of Charlotte, NC, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in ancient history and studio art. Fletcher has taught visual arts at Charlotte Latin, his high school alma mater, for more than 20 years, in addition to summer courses in Spoleto, Italy. He specializes in oil painting and ceramics, and his artwork can be found in corporate and private collections in Charlotte, Atlanta, Greensboro, Asheville and Hong Kong.
His current series of paintings is an exploration of his Southern youth. Here he recalls a childhood spent scavenging arrowheads from the fields in the Charlotte area, as well as the wonder-filled nights on his uncle's Virginia farm. Conceptually, the paintings of the fields and farmland that were integral in his development are transformed into cathedrals of sacrosanct memories.
Joann McDaniel has taught art to students in preschool though the university level in Georgia, Illinois, Vermont, North Carolina and Torino, Italy. She came to Charlotte Latin from Castleton State College in August of 2004 and teaches in the Lower School.
McDaniel is a practicing watermedia artist and photographer, and also enjoys working in collage, multi-media design, clay and wooden sculpture and jewelry design. She exhibited her watermedia and photography work in Charlotte, NC, in 2009, and her watermedia and photography exhibit, “La Mostra Presso Piazza Matiri,” was on display in Isolabona, Italy, in June 2010.
McDaniel received her B.F.A. in Art Education (with an emphasis in 3-D design) from Valdosta State University and her M.A. in Art Education (with an emphasis in art technology and computer graphics) from Illinois State University.
Kaila Gottschling teaches Lower and Middle School art. Formerly at Carmel Christian School, she served as the Arts Academic chair, head of Visual Arts and lead teacher Kindergarten through Grade 12. Having grown up in Canada, she earned a B.F.A. (Honors) at Western University, followed by an M.Ed. in Art Education. Gottschling is a classically-trained, practicing intaglio print maker, sculptor, textile, photographer and watercolor artist. She sold her first piece when she 16 years old. Her artwork hangs in public and private venues throughout the United States and Canada. Gottschling was taught to see the world in and out of galleries.
Anne Cammer teaches art in the Middle School. She has been teaching at Charlotte Latin since 2000, and previously taught in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for 13 years.
Cammer's favorite media and subjects include watercolor, acrylic with drawing, figurative and abstract. Her paintings and prints are currently exhibited at Eight Legs Gallery in Waxhaw, N.C., and her works can be found in private collections. She has participated in workshops at the McColl Center and Penland, and has taken post-graduate classes at Winthrop University.
Cammer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton with a B.F.A. in art with a concentration in painting/drawing. She also received K-12 teacher certification.
Clark Hawgood’s artwork has been displayed in more than 25 group and solo shows throughout the United States, and can be found in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His artwork also has been exhibited at at the Cabarrus County Museum of Art, and he lectured and demonstrated to Charlotte artists at the Mint Museum of Art during the spring of 2010. Hawgood has participated in workshops throughout the United States and Europe, and has taught numerous workshops to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' art educators and other adult art groups throughout the community. He also continues to work with nationally renowned artist Andy Braitman. Hawgood and Braitman have worked directly with each other for the last 15 years teaching adults and high school students at Braitman Studio. Their students have attended universities such as the Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University and the Chicago Art Institute, among many others.
Hawgood received his B.F.A. in art education with a concentration in painting from East Carolina University.
Will Thomason has been teaching art in the Upper School since 1996. Before coming to Charlotte Latin, Thomason worked with the SPACE program for the City of Charleston, SC. He also was an assistant to sculptor Antony Gormley and painter Bruno Citivicio, an artist for American Advertising Agency in Charleston, SC, a freelance illustrator in Atlanta, Georgia, and a color analyst for Delmar Studio Photography in Charlotte, NC.
Thomason completed an apprenticeship at Johnson Atelier. He is an editorial cartoonist for the Charleston Mercury, and his work has been featured in shows and exhibits in North Carolina, South Carolina and New Jersey. His paintings and sculptures are in numerous private and corporate collections. Thomason was a visual arts instructor for the Spoleto Study Abroad Program in Italy in 2002, and taught there again during the summer of 2010.
He has been recognized five times by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as an Outstanding Educator and his students annually win regional or national awards in competitions, and their artwork is shown in major galleries and museums in Charlotte. Thomason attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received his B.A. from the College of Charleston.