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OE Team:

  • Rick Wernoski, Senior Vice Provost for Business Operations 
  • Mieke Kovens, Transformation Manager
  • Nick Sengstaken, Program Coordinator for Operational Excellence and Strategic Initiatives

Leadership Team: 

  • Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Dean for School of Education
  • Amy Richardson, Director of Carolina Community Academy
  • Emily Bivins, Carollina Community Academy Start-up Director
  • Tammy Bouchelle, Associate University Counsel
  • Tammy Cox, Associate Dean for Finance and Operations

Project Background:

The Carolina Community Academy (CCA) is an innovative school for K-2 students at North Elementary School in Roxboro, N.C. A partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Person County Schools, CCA draws upon a variety of academic and professional strengths across the Carolina campus to best serve the students, families, and community in Person County. CCA was created as part of a UNC System initiative to redefine and strengthen university partnerships with North Carolina public schools, improve student outcomes, and provide high quality teacher and principal training.

Transformation Managers Mieke Kovens and Nick Sengstaken worked closely with the UNC School of Education, Person County Schools, and North Elementary staff to facilitate and manage the start-up process. OE served as a catalyst to bring all the necessary UNC and external partners to the table to problem solve and come up with creative solutions to challenges that arose.

Approach: Transformation and Change Management

Project Dates: September 2021-August 2022

Project Updates:

  • CCA welcomed the first class of young Tar Heel kindergarteners in August 2022 and will add a grade level each year, eventually serving students in grades K-2. More information can be found at