Joy Warner, Founder & Executive Director



Joy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education (K-5) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters degree in Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has been a classroom teacher, a university faculty member, and served on the National Curriculum Team at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education under Dr. Ernest Boyer, Before founding CSD, Joy was a National Consultant and presenter for the National Basic School Network.


Leslie Tomko, Director
Leslie received her BA in Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Gardner Webb University. Together with Joy Warner, Leslie is a founding CSD teacher and administrator.


Marianne Coale, Director
Marianne received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/History (N, K-6) from Seton Hall University, NJ. She has received her Masters of Science degree in Reading and Special Education (K-12) from Hofstra University, NY.

Juli Gardner, Director

JuliJuli received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Appalachian State University where she also obtained her NC Teacher Certification.  Juli is certified in General Education (K-6) and in Middle School Mathematics (6-8) and received a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Gardner Webb University. 


Connie Wessner, Director

Connie received her undergraduate degree in Government (minor: English) from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.  She holds a Master's degree in Politics and Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey and has completed doctoral coursework in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.