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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

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

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


Somer Saunders, Recruiter & Student Support Specialist
B.A., Elementary Education, Queens University of Charlotte


Meet our Faculty & Staff
Dr. Melissa McCartney, Assistant Provost Online Studies & Graduate Programs, Academic Affairs
Director, Hayworth Center for Online Learning
​Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Supervision, Arizona State University
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University
Post-Baccalaureate, Secondary Education, Arizona State University

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

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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