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7910 Neal Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
Courier #: 468
P: 980-343-5268  |  F: 980-343-5190 
Principal: Jeffrey S. Cook
LC: Northeast
Bell Schedule: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grades: K-4
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Principal Garcia's Corner

Dear Governors’ Village STEM Academy Community,

Welcome to the 21-22 School year!  We know this year has been extremely difficult and unpredictable for all of us. However, I want to reassure you that my ultimate goal is for our students to feel valued and supported in this new school year. I wanted to share some current information on the opening of schools logistics. Please know that this information is subject to change per CMS, but I will share what we know as of today.  At GVSA, we know how important it is for parents and guardians to have direct, frequent, and open lines of communication with the leaders of our school. Therefore to support this effort, each grade level will have designated leaders. Our leaders will be your first point of contact for administrative assistance. 

Principal of Lower and Upper Campus: Alejandra Garcia: 

Welcome GVSA community to the 21-22 School Year! I am extremely excited to enter this 4th year as your principal. This is my 20th year in education and my 8th year as a school principal. Being a principal has been the most rewarding experience. I was a teacher for 10 years, served at the district level and now as the GVSA principal. Please know that my ultimate goal is for our students to succeed in all matters.

Lower Campus 

Assistant Principal:  Pre-K, K, 1st Grade, ESL & TD

Assistant Principal:  2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade 

Bethany Gullion: 

Charles Copeland: 

Welcome GVSA Cougars! I am eager to begin my 4th year as an Assistant Principal for GVSA’s Lower Campus. This will be my 18th year in education. I have taught Kindergarten, Second, Third and Fourth grades.  I have also served as an Assistant Principal in elementary and middle.

Welcome to you and your family to GVSA! In my 21st year in education, I am excited to return to GVSA for a 4th year as Assistant Principal. My classroom experiences include teaching 2nd grade, 5th grade and also Middle Grades Mathematics and AVID. I have served as Assistant Principal in elementary and middle.

Upper Campus 

Assistant Principal:  5th, 6th, EC & Special Areas

Assistant Principal:  7th and 8th, CSST

Melissa Thiel:

Melanee Friday: 

I am excited to begin my 4rd year at GVSA and 16th year in public education here in CMS.  When in the classroom, I taught Social Studies, middle grades AVID (6-8) and served as the AVID Coordinator. I have also taught a 5th grade leadership class.  I have served as a Dean of Students and Assistant principal in elementary. 

I am thrilled to embark on my 4th  year at GVSA and my 25th year in education.  My experience includes high school Marketing teacher, Student Placement Specialist and high school Assistant Principal. I had the pleasure of working with families on Lower Campus this summer as the Site Administrator for Camp CMS @ GVSA - Lower.

Dean of Operations:  Scheduling, Logistics & Electives

Dean of Students:  


Leona Bost:

I am excited to be entering my 4th year as Dean of Operations at GVSA and my 17th year in education, all within CMS!  My experience includes 1st and 3rd Grade Teacher, Second Grade Teacher Leader, Literacy Facilitator, Dean of Operations, and this past summer, Site Administrator for GVSA Upper Camp CMS.  I look forward to another amazing year at GVSA!

Welcome to another year of educational excellence at GVSA! I have served in CMS for twenty four years as a Teacher, Facilitator, Dean of Students and Merger Manager for GVSA.  For the past eight years I have worked with families as Administrator and Merger Manager  for  GVSA. I look forward to partnering with families for the success of all of our scholars.


Please remember, as per the CMS Board Meeting on Friday, July 30, 2021, and the StrongSchoolsNC Public Toolkit (K-12)ALL students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering or mask at all times when in CMS Schools and on CMS Buses.  Additionally, ALL students, staff and visitors must continue to physical distance from one another.

Important Events and Open House Date and Times

August 19th @ 11:00-11:45

Virtual Open House (Teachers will share zoom information)

August 19th @ 4:00-4:45

Virtual Open House (Teachers will share zoom information)

August 19th @ 5:15-6:00

In-Person Open House for families with Last Names beginning A-L in Grades 1-8

August 19th @ 6:15-7:00

In Person Open House for families with Last Names beginning M-Z in Grades 1-8

August 24th @ 5:00-6:00

Mobile Food Bank on the  bus parking lot 

August 25th

First Day of School 


  • Lower:  8:00-3:00;  Student Drop off begins at 7:30. 

  • Upper9:15-4:15  Student Drop off begins at 8:45. 


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If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at:

Lower Campus:(980)343-5268

Upper Campus(980)343-5775

Principal  Garcia

 Proud Principal of Governors’ Village STEM Academy

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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