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 over 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 Master of Arts degree 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 a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning and has been teaching Upper School English (from AP to Shakespeare to creative writing) for almost 20 years. 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, Department Chair & LS Music
- Annette Morris, LS Music
- Irene Pointon, LS & MS Choir
- Craig Estep, US Choir
- Pamela Sweer, MS Band
- Jocquin Fuller, US Band
- Sabrina Howard, Strings
- Laci Wargo, Strings
- Michael Grant, Music Theory & Accompianist
- John Herrick, Accompianist
Alicia Long is the Lower School music teacher for transitional kindergarten through fourth grade.
An Orff certified music teacher (Level I and II), Long has more than 15 years of teaching experience in public and private schools. She also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a past member of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. Prior to teaching, Long was an education director for the Boston Lyric Opera and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the Charlotte Latin music faculty since 2008.
Long graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance, and received a Master of Arts degree in arts administration from Boston University.
Irene Pointon is the director of grade five and Middle School voice ensembles. She has been teaching choral music for 35 years at the Middle and Upper School levels, and her students consistently receive superior ratings in state choral contests.
Pointon came to Charlotte Latin in 1988 from Pennsylvania, where she received her bachelor's degree in music education (as a voice major) from Edinboro University. Pointon began graduate studies at SUNY at Fredonia and completed her master's degree in music education from Winthrop University. She continues her choral and music education and choral conducting education by attending workshops and classes across the United States.
Pointon also is actively involved in solo work throughout the area. She is part of the music program at Grace Lutheran Church of Rock Hill, S.C., and is a singing member of the Renaissance Singers of Charlotte and the York County Chorale. She currently is a board member of the the York Choral Society and serves on the Renaissance Apprentice Committee for the Renaissance Singers.
Craig Estep is the concert choir and vocal music director at Charlotte Latin and 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 many leading roles with the company that launched his operatic career, including Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, Tonio in La Fille du Regiment, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale, along with many secondary roles. Calgary Opera and Miami Opera hosted him to sing Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and he performed Rodolpho in La Boheme with the Birmingham Opera Company. He also has scored appearances with Atlanta and San Francisco orchestras.
Estep sang Carmina Burana in Cleveland, Ohio, and at the Hollywood Bowl with the Cleveland Orchestra; performed the title role in a concert version of Rossini's Ivanhoe in Sienna, Italy; played Anfinomo in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Cologne, Germany; and joined such artists as Sam Ramey, Frederica Von Stade, and Marilyn Horne in a “Live from Lincoln Center" Rossini Gala on PBS. He also appears in two opera videos, Turandot with Eva Marton, and Il Cappriccio with Kiri Te Kanawa.
Estep's musical roles include Curly in Oklahoma!, Charles Dalrymple in Brigadoon, Billis in South Pacific with Matthews Playhouse, the Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Noah in Children of Eden, and King Pellinore in Camelot with CPCC's Summer Theater programs. Theater Charlotte also cast him the role of Mr. Bumble in Oliver.
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 traveled throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He taught part-time at Winthrop University for five years and has been a member of the Charlotte Latin music faculty since 2004.
Estep graduated from Pfeiffer University with a bachelor's degree in music, and received an M.M.A. from Winthrop University.
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 Bachelor of Music Education 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, S.C., 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 Master of Music degree in instrumental wind conducting. Fuller received National Board Certification as well as numerous superior ratings and awards including the South Carolina Band Director Association Outstanding Performance Award.
Sabrina Howard is the director of Lower, Middle and Upper School string 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 bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's degree in music education from the University of South Carolina.
Laci Wargo is the assistant orchestra teacher of Lower, Middle and Upper School string ensembles and the coordinator of the Charlotte Latin Lesson Program. She has more than 18 years experience as a strings teacher and professional violist. Wargo has taught intermittently as a substitute and string specialist for Charlotte Latin School since 2010. She has performed for Western Piedmont Symphony, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Kingsport Symphony, Union Symphony and currently plays viola for Carolina Royal Strings.
Wargo received two Bachelor of Music degrees, cum laude, from Appalachian State University 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 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. Grant serves as organist at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. He received his Doctorate in Musical Arts/Organ Performance from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Music degree from Converse College School of Music, and a B.A. in music with a minor in religion from Newberry College.
John Herrick is a part-time accompanist in Charlotte Latin's music department. He has 30 years of experience in instruction and most recently served as adjunct faculty/piano accompanist at Wingate University and as piano instructor at South West Music School. Herrick also has served as Organist and Choir Director for several churches and community organizations. He earned a B.S. in music education from West Chester State University.
- Matt Cosper, Department Chair & US Theater
- Meredith McCarter, MS Theater
- Jay Scott, Technical Theater
Matt Cosper joined Charlotte Latin's faculty in 2013 as the Director of Theater Arts. He previously worked with the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, the Oregon Children's Theatre, and Urban Ministries. He also is the Founding Artistic Director of The Machine, and served as the Founding Co-Artistic Director of The Farm Theatre from 2000-2005. He is a member of The Curator's Group, a committe of the architecture firm QueOS. Cosper received a bachelor's degree in performance from Greensboro College and received additional training at David Gothard-Riverside Studios in London, Portland Center Stage, and New York Theatre Workshop.
Meredith McCarter teaches drama in Charlotte Latin's Middle School. She joined the theater faculty for the 2015-16 school year, previously teaching at Carmel Middle School and Maiden Middle School. She is a member of North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators, and has a passion for middle school students. She has presented on advisory programs at the North Carolina Middle School Conference and on writing strategies using the Arts for the Writing Project held at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Meredith received her undergraduate degree in K-12 theater education and her Master of Education degree in Middle School English instruction from Appalachian State University. She also has a wide range of performance and presentation experience, from working at ABC-TV Channel 11 Eyewitness News in Raleigh, North Carolina, to singing locally with Carolina Voices.
Jay Scott is the audio-visual director and Thies Auditorium manager. He has taught the Upper School's technical theater class for 14 years and also has served as a guest lecturer at the Carolina School of Broadcasting.
Prior to joining Charlotte Latin's staff, Scott had a 20-year radio and TV broadcasting career, which included 15 years as a producer with CBS Radio. His voice can be heard in many media, most recently on the Internet in commercials promoting Web-based companies.
Scott continues to help build and provide sets for churches, small theaters, and charity events, and also sings and acts in his church choir.
Scott received his bachelor's degree in radio/TV/theatre from Western Carolina University.
- Richard Fletcher, Department Chair
- 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 art department and teaches in the Middle and Upper Schools. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., 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 are an exploration of his Southern youth. Here he recalls a childhood spent scavenging arrowheads from the fields around Charlotte, 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 pre-kindergarten 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, N.C., in 2009, and her watermedia and photography exhibit, “La Mostra Presso Piazza Matiri,” was on display in Isolabona, Italy, in June of 2010.
McDaniel received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art education (with an emphasis in 3-D design) from Valdosta State University and her master’s degree in art education (with an emphasis in art technology and computer graphics) from Illinois State University.
Kaila Gottschling is Latin's Lower and Middle School Art teacher. Originally at Carmel Christian School, she served as the Arts Academic chair. In addition to this position, she was head of Visual Arts and lead teacher for students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Having grown up in Canada, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) at Western University, followed by a Graduate Degree of Education/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 Bachelor of Fine Arts in art with a concentration in painting/drawing. She also received K-12 teacher certification.
Clark Hawgood teaches art in the Middle School. He has 18 years of teaching experience, including 15 years at Charlotte Latin. His artwork has been displayed in more than 25 group and solo shows throughout the United States, and his artwork 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts 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, S.C. He also was an assistant to sculptor Antony Gormley and painter Bruno Citivicio; an artist for American Advertising Agency in Charleston, S.C.; a freelance illustrator in Atlanta; and a color analyst for Delmar Studio Photography in Charlotte, N.C.
Thomason completed a two-year apprenticeship at Johnson Atelier, where he learned cast metal techniques in bronze, aluminum and iron. During this time he worked with internationally renowned sculptors Louis Nevelson, George Segal, Joel Shapiro, Marisol, Magdalena Abakonowicz and Beverly Pepper to cast and install their sculptures.
Thomason 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.
Thomason is the recipient of the Outstanding Student Artist Award (College of Charleston), the Violet Niles Art Award, and a Johnson Grant for the Visual Arts. He also received a certificate of achievement for Exemplary Instruction from Charlotte Latin, and has been recognized five times by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as an Outstanding Educator. His students annually win regional or national awards in competitions, and their artwork is shown in major galleries and museums in Charlotte. Thomason’s students have graduated from almost every major art and design school, and they have gone on to (among other things) build puppets on Broadway, exhibit in New York City, and teach painting at the graduate level.
Thomason attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston.