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Eric Sanchez

Eric Sanchez earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Binghamton University in 2002. He then joined Teach for America in Eastern North Carolina, where he taught at Eaton Johnson Middle School in Vance County. After a few years, Eric transitioned to Gaston College Preparatory, part of the Knowledge Is Power Program, where he taught and assumed the responsibility of Grade Level Chair. A few years later, in 2010, he co-founded Henderson Collegiate with his wife, Carice Sanchez, as the School Leader over its first 4th grade class of 100 students. Eric led the school as it expanded a grade level each year through July 2015, when he assumed the role of Executive Director over 600 students in multiple schools. In this position, he supports the Principals and Directors of Operations and facilitates the charter school’s expansion on a growth trajectory that will reach capacity with over 1,200 students in grades K-12 in the year 2020. Under Eric’s leadership, Henderson Collegiate has Exceeded Expected Growth each year since opening, earned Title I Reward School status for High Student Growth for three consecutive years, and achieved the highest school performance grade in the state of North Carolina, A+NG, an honor earned by only 2.8% of all NC public schools. Eric recently completed the National Principals Academy Fellowship through the Relay Graduate School of Education, where he now serves as an advisor for principals around the country. He is a member of the Henderson Rotary Club and a house-appointed, voting member of the Charter School Advisory Board, which makes policy recommendations and provides performance evaluations to the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Carice Sanchez

Carice Sanchez earned her B.A. in Education from The Ohio State University in 2002 and joined Teach for America in Eastern North Carolina. She was hired to teach at Pinkston Street Elementary School, where she taught and achieved great success with her students over the next six years. She earned her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from North Carolina State University and is a nationally board certified educator. In 2008, Carice transitioned to KIPP’s Gaston College Preparatory in Gaston, NC, where she taught for the next two years as she learned the school’s unique instructional model and approach to targeted literacy instruction. In 2010, she co-founded Henderson Collegiate with her husband, Eric Sanchez, as the school’s 4th grade Reading teacher. After teaching Reading for the school’s first two years, Carice became the school’s Director of Instruction in 2012. She continues to serve in this role today, coaching teachers and guiding the development of the literacy curriculum across grade levels. Carice works with the academic Department Heads to create aligned and rigorous curricula, assessments, lesson plans and classroom materials. Under Carice’s leadership as Director of Instruction, the school’s composite score for EOG’s has grown from 50% to 85% over the past two years. Henderson Collegiate has Exceeded Expected Growth each year since opening, earned Title I Reward School status for High Student Progress for three consecutive years, and achieved the highest school performance grade in the state of North Carolina, A+NG, an honor earned by only 2.8% of all NC public schools. For 2015, the school was additionally honored as North Carolina’s National Distinguished Title I School for High Student Progress.

Henderson Collegiate | Charter School Henderson NC 252-598-1038

Tues. Nov. 21st, will be an early dismissal day for all Henderson Collegiate students, and school will be closed from Wed., Nov. 22nd through Fri., Nov. 24th. Students return to school on Mon., Nov. 27th.
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