For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2018

First Latin Fellows Named at Charlotte Latin School

Charlotte, N.C. – The Latin Fellows program is part of Charlotte Latin School's commitment to increase diversity among its faculty. The program gives one year of guidance, training and experience to recent college graduates from underrepresented groups who have expressed interest in teaching as a career. It also provides novice educators the opportunity to develop their pedagogical skills in a supportive environment while maintaining a great degree of responsibility and independence. "The Latin Fellows Program is one of the most creative and potentially impactful initiatives that Charlotte Latin has ever developed," said Arch N. McIntosh, Jr., Headmaster.

Sonja Taylor, Charlotte Latin Director of Diversity and Inclusion, spent much of the past year promoting the program to educational leaders and students at colleges and universities throughout the Southeast, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. "After creating quite a buzz on college campuses spanning several states, the Latin Fellows program has reached an important milestone. I am delighted to share that our first Fellows will be joining the Lower School for the 2018-2019 school year," said Taylor. "The candidate pool was richly talented and ultimately the committee selected Ms. Valeria Hernandez from Johnson C. Smith University and Ms. Rozlyn Humphrey from Columbia College. Both Valeria and Rozlyn are wonderful professionals who will represent Latin and the Fellows program well."

Valeria Hernandez graduates with a B.A. in History from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC, with a 4.0 GPA. Her prior internship experiences include creating historical exhibitions with JCSU professors and the Levine Museum of the New South staff and supporting kindergarten students in the WINGS Program at Bruns Academy. Hernandez is fluent in Spanish. Her honors and achievements include the Duke Endowment Scholarship, Johnson C. Smith University, 2014; President's List Spring 2015-2017; and Chapter President for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., 2016 - present.

Rozlyn Humphrey graduates with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College and an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education from Aiken Technical College, where she also received certification for Early Childhood Development. Humphrey completed student teaching at Rosewood Elementary in Columbia, SC, and at Meadow Glen Elementary School in Lexington, SC. At Rosewood, Humphrey created and taught lessons using technology and hands-on activities in kindergarten classrooms. At Meadow Glen, she taught third grade and collaborated with teachers and counselors to collect and analyze data used to create a student case study. Humphrey has experience as a preschool teacher, a 4K teacher at a YMCA Head Start Academy and leadership experience at The Great Augusta Family YMCA Summer Camp. She is a current board member of The Imani Group, a community-based grassroots nonprofit with multiple areas of focus including environmental justice issues, youth leadership development, counseling and diversity development.

Latin Fellows will work alongside experienced cooperating teachers who support and guide them throughout their year. Fellows progressively assume increased ownership of the classroom teaching experience. Valeria Hernandez will be working with the fourth grade teaching team comprised of Kate Hughey and Beth Eastridge. Rozlyn Humphrey will be working alongside Ginger McAdams in first grade.

"At a time when most independent schools are seeking to find the most qualified diverse teaching candidates available, Latin has embraced co-teaching as a means of attracting and retaining diverse talent, while providing our Fellows themselves with an exceptional teaching opportunity in a supportive community. We are indebted to the area colleges and universities that share our vision for this program as well as the dedicated members of my staff who have made this program possible," said Headmaster McIntosh.

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About Charlotte Latin School

Founded in 1970, Charlotte Latin School is an independent, coeducational, non-sectarian, college-preparatory, day school serving approximately 1,400 students in transitional kindergarten through grade twelve. Charlotte Latin does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, employment practices or other school-administered programs. For more information, contact Susan Carpenter at 704.846.7252 or or visit

9502 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28277