Greensboro Day School is pleased to announce Ann Clark ’76 as the 2018 Commencement Speaker. Ann has devoted her entire professional career to education. She currently works as an Executive Coach, providing one-on-one and team coaching to school superintendents, K-12 cabinet level positions, principals, and other school leaders. Ann has served in a multitude of positions, from classroom teacher to district superintendent, allowing her to fully understand all aspects of education.
Ann began at Greensboro Day School in 1970, the School’s first year and was one of 34 graduates in the 2nd graduating class in 1976. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Davidson College and a Master’s in Special Education University of Virginia.
Ann gained experience working as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal before moving into the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Administration. There, she started as an Assistant Superintendent and after excelling in her role, was named Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2015. As the superintendent, she provided executive leadership for a district of 145,000 students, supervision of 168 schools while administering an annual budget of $1.4 billion.
Outside of work, Ann believes in giving back to her community. She is a current board member at A Childs Place, Teach for America, E2D, Hornet’s Nest Girl Scouts, the Renaissance West Community Initiative, the UNC-Charlotte College of Education, and Wildacres Retreat.
Ann has received numerous professional accolades. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1985. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Davidson College, the University of Virginia and most importantly, from Greensboro Day School! Ann was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2013 and was recognized as one of 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times in 2015. That same year, Ann was named N.C. Health Education Superintendent of the Year and The Charlotte Post’s Educator of the Year. And in 2017, she was named the ‘GLSEN’ Educator of the Year and the ‘All in for Students’ Superintendent of the Year.
We look forward to hearing her address our 2018 graduates on Friday, June 8 during the Commencement ceremony.