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Cato School of Education

​​​About us

Queens University of Charlotte, Cato School of Education is committed to providing hands-on, experiential learning to its students. Cato students are empowered to practice methodologies while developing their own intentional teaching philosophies. Developing students' leadership skills is at the fore​front of Cato. Our programs are positioned to prepare students for a successful and fulfilling career in education—with supportive, reputable and highly-qualified faculty, close partnerships with local schools and a distinctive curriculum.​​​​​

Meet our Faculty & Staff
Dr. Amy Thornburg, Associate Dean & Elementary Education Coordinator
Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
M.Ed., B.A., Elementary Education, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
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Dr. Dixie Abernathy, Director of Masters in Educational Leadership (MEL)
​Ed.D., Educational Leadership, East Carolina University
M.Ed., Educational Administration, Winthrop University
B.A., Education, Wake Forest University
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Dr. Patrice Petroff, Masters in Education (M.Ed.) Coordinator
Ph.D., Education, University of Virginia
M.Ed., Reading Education (K-12), California University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Elementary Education and Pre-K Education, Pennsylvania State University

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Meet our Faculty & Staff
Dr. Robert Ceglie, Secondary Education Program Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
M.Ed., Framingham State University
B.S., M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Boston
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Dr. Ginger Black, Director of Cato Fellows
Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Gardner-Webb University
M.Ed., Elementary Education, Gardern-Webb University
B.S., Elementary Education, East Carolina University
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Somer Saunders, Recruiter & Student Support Specialist
B.A., Elementary Education, Queens University of Charlotte
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Tara Matchulat, Licensure Coordinator & Office Manager
B.A., Political Science, Appalachian State University
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