about

our team 

 

Heather Gilbert Charlotte Computer Science

HEATHER GILBERT

Operations Manager

  Heather graduated in 2016 from CPCC with a degree in Administrative Assisting. She has worked for the dot. since 2017 and manages the dot. clients, content and bookkeeping.

She has a background in project management and customer service. Heather enjoys managing all aspects of a project and bringing any and all of Dr. Jones fun ideas and goals to fruition. She has a passion for helping grow Computer Science education in schools. 

In her free time she loves exploring the outdoors and spending time with her husband, Justin, their 3 daughters Tenley , Laney and Delilah and their family Cat, Gibbs and Dogs Rosie & Kallik.

Holly Harris Charlotte Computer Science

MICHELLE MCELHINEY

Lead Instructional Coach

Michelle was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Slippery Rock University.  She has lived in NC for the last 15 years, first Fayetteville and now Charlotte.

Michelle’s 15 year career as a teacher has been vast.  She has taught in Cumberland, Bladen and Charlotte Mecklenburg counties, spanning grades 2 – 8, and even including a Science Lab.  Her passion was incorporating the arts and outdoor learning into daily math and science lessons in order to motivate students to do their best work.  

Michelle’s family consists of her husband Sean, son Connor, and two dogs Rocket and Freya.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking and cooking. 

Holly Harris Charlotte Computer Science

HOLLY HARRIS

Instructional Coach

Holly Harris was born and raised in Thomasville, NC. She’s a graduate of Pfeiffer University.

Holly has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years as a Career Development Facilitator, Curriculum Instructional Coach, and Instructional Management Coordinator.

 Holly has spent nine years at Cabarrus County Schools as a Work-Based Learning Coordinator and Academy Coordinator. She’s passionate about providing students with experiences that guide their career choices.

 In her spare time, she loves the outdoors and exploring new places. She’s a military wife and mother of two boys, Colby and Logan, and family dog Dakota.

Holly Harris Charlotte Computer Science

JODI ACKERMANN

Director Of Learning Development

Jodi is a seasoned learning and development professional with a diverse background and a passion for empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. With 20 years of experience in the field of education, Jodi’s expertise extends beyond traditional teaching, encompassing professional development, coaching, and training. 

Jodi’s dedication to excellence and innovation has been recognized throughout her career. She received the Exceeding Expectations Award as Teacher of the Year and was honored as Coach of the Year by CT3 Education. She was also featured in commercials and documentaries by Education Elements and Voyager Sopris for her achievements in curriculum implementation and blended learning administration. Over the past three years, Jodi’s commitment to excellence was demonstrated when her school continuously exceeded growth, was removed from the low performing school list in North Carolina, and is now in the top 15th percentile for growth in middle schools. 

Outside of work, Jodi enjoys pursuing her hobbies, including photography, cooking, and sports. She values spending quality time on Lake Norman with her husband, Steve, and their four children (Keaton, Saige, Tanner, and Ryleigh), as well as their two Golden Retrievers, Kinsley and Kaos.

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