Gwendolyn Glenn is currently working as a middle school history teacher in the Cabarrus County school district. She has been in the education field for over twenty years. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters in School Administration. She is, and has been for several years, a proud feminist, a member of the LGBT community, and a women’s rights advocate. She understands that quality education is the key to a more equal world. She has been with Project Becoming North Carolina since 2008 . When she is not in the classroom, you may usually find her volunteering her services through local civic duties in an effort to better the community, and develop young minds. She has also actively been involved in mentoring in after-school, Saturday school, and summer school programs that stress the importance of education and empowerment.
Bridgette Best, a native North Carolinian graduated from Virginia State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education. She later attended Wingate University where she obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Currently, Ms. Best works for Gaston County Schools as a K-5 Instructional Facilitator. She spent a number years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system as an elementary and middle school educator where she was a 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year Finalist on the district level. Ms. Best’s goal every day is to encourage and motivate students and teachers to desire and strive for excellence regardless of difficult circumstances and is appreciative of the work she is able to do in their lives daily.
Ms. Best has worked with youth in the educational and community arena for the past 15 years and found a special niche working with young/teenage girls with the desire to empower them to realize their true worth and identity.
Christal Brown (performer, choreographer, educator, activist, mother, disciple of Christ) is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance and Faculty Director of MiddCORE at Middlebury College. Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers cleaning up on Saturday mornings as a child to the music of the Chi-Lites, Marvin Gaye, and Shirley Caesar. These rituals innately produced a strong desire in her to make all work melodic, sensual, meaningful and set to music. Brown has danced since she was released from the confines of piano lessons at age 9. As an artist and entrepreneur working in the fields of education, entertainment, and community engagement, Brown creates pathways of understanding both on and off stage. Her education includes undergraduate degrees in dance and business from The University of NC at Greensboro and an MFA in new media art from Long Island University. Outside of academia Brown has been mentored by MacArthur Fellow Liz Lerman and worked alongside Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Bill T. Jones, Donna Faye Burchfield, Chuck Davis and Bebe Miller; pioneers of embodied scholarship. For more info visit www.christalbrown.com
Kimberly McAuley was raised in Charlotte, NC. She received a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2010. Kimberly passed the North Carolina State Bar in August of 2010 and has been practicing law as a licensed attorney ever since. She is currently a Medical Record Compliance Associate with Garretson Resolution Group. Kimberly is passionate about helping young girls develop their potential and become great women. She wants to make sure young girls are able to express themselves through educational, artistic, and scientific endeavors. She joined Project:Becoming as a volunteer in 2015 with the purpose of pursuing her passion.
Cenithia Tice is veteran educator that has held many roles since 2001. Those various roles include a teacher, assistant principal, math coach and an education consultant. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from North Carolina A&T State University and her Master of Arts in School Leadership from Gardner Webb University. She is responsible for the pilot of Project:BECOMING in Charlotte, NC and has worked with the program since its origination in the Bronx, NY. Cenithia is excited about Project:BECOMING’s relaunch in various counties in North Carolina and is in the process of expanding Project:BECOMING in the UAE. In her spare time she loves to read, cook, and host parties for her family and friends. She currently resides in Abu Dhabi, UAE.