Charlotte, NC – Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Molly Shaw, Ed.M., has been named its new Executive Director. Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, helping young people stay in school, successfully learn, and prepare for life by connecting needed community resources with schools. Currently the local CIS affiliate serves more than 5,200 students annually in grades K-12 in 43 Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools.
Shaw will be leaving her role as the Founding Director of The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI), an initiative designed to strengthen teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. During her tenure at CTI she spearheaded all administrative and development responsibilities, and served as liaison between UNC Charlotte, Davidson and CMS administrators, faculty and teachers. Additionally, she supervised the evaluation and assessment of CTI programs.
"We're delighted that our search for an executive director drew remarkable interest from around the region but it was Molly's innovative work in helping to strengthen education and interaction with CMS teachers that we believe will continue to increase our ability to positively impact the lives and education of students," says CIS Board Chair Lisa Lewis Dubois.
Prior to her position at CTI, Shaw served in various roles at Davidson College including Director of Parent Programs, Capital Gifts Officer and Annual Fund Assistant Director. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and a Master's of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
"I've admired the success of CIS from afar and am thrilled to have the opportunity to join an organization with such an amazing reputation and results-oriented philosophy, says Shaw. "I look forward to working with the board and our partners to reach even more students in the future."