The Office of School and Community Partnerships provides support services to education candidates for clinical and internship experiences in local schools, districts, and agencies. By fostering collaborative relationships between the Cato College of Education, surrounding schools, public agencies, and the community, the Office of School and Community Partnerships seeks to enrich the experience of our pre-service educators and faculty. Our office works in collaboration with faculty, public and private agencies, and the community to coordinate long-term partnerships that enrich and enhance our program to ensure equity, excellence, and engagement.

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Student Teacher of the Year!

Ingrid Bailey

Ms. Ingrid Bailey was an undergraduate elementary education major who student taught at Winding Springs Elementary in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Throughout all of her letters of recommendation, a major theme was that during her time as a student teacher, Ingrid was a strong advocate for her students’ needs and made changes to instruction, based on what she learned in her coursework, that made a positive impact in her student’s lives. A couple examples of how she went above and beyond during her student teaching semester included: offering Saturday morning tutoring sessions via zoom; serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee at her school; and speaking on behalf of her students and families to advocate for their concerns regarding allowing them to bring Chromebooks home so that they would have access to tutoring services and instructional materials. We are so proud of Ms. Bailey and we are delighted to have her representing our college!

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Outstanding Clinical Educator!

Kristina Dailey

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Exceptional Children Teacher at Mallard Creek High School



Kristina Dailey, an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at Mallard Creek High School, is the recipient of the very first Outstanding Clinical Educator Award from the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte. Ms. Dailey was nominated by her student teacher Rebeca Habtu and Faculty Site Coordinator, Dr. Ann Jolly. The Cato College of Education Outstanding Clinical Educator Award recognizes annually an outstanding clinical educator (mentor teacher) to a student teacher. Ms. Dailey was among 34 clinical educators nominated by a student teacher, clinical educator, and/or school administrator.  As a recipient of the award, Ms. Dailey received an engraved plaque, a bag of UNC Charlotte swag, and her name will be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Cato College of Education.