My name is Janelle Upton. I help build school culture as the hospitality chair. I love to write, read, create, laugh, and talk with friends. I have lived in Charlotte for 12 years and am grateful for the life I have.

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Hi MCSA Family! I am Anna Whitener, serving as your PTO parent chair. My 4 girls keep me very busy but when I am not chasing them around I am capturing moments of other families. My hubby is my main man and we love doing this crazy life together.

Hi, I am Justin Whitener, PTO men's chair. I adore my wife and beautiful girls. If I had to pick a favorite place it would be in the woods hunting or on the river fishing.


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I am Michelle Pierce, currently serving as your PTO Secretary. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. I can often be found shopping in Trader Joe's!

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I am Lyla Khan, serving as your 4th grade At-Large Parent Representative. I like reading, eating and sleeping! And I *really* love hot, sweet, milky tea. I strongly believe our children's social and emotional learning is just as important as academics. A quote I live by is: If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.

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I am Melissa Thompson, President Elect of MCSA PTO. I love life, enjoy traveling, reading, shopping and sports. I am a huge basketball fan. One of my favorite quotes is “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


I am Mary Ann Dalton, the president of MCSA PTO. I share a vision of the PTO as a way for the parents and teachers of MCSA to broaden our children’s learning experiences. My husband John and our two fifth grade sons relocated to Charlotte in July 2016 from the Wilmington area and have been enjoying all the many opportunities the city offers.

My name is JoAnn Mullinix. I am the chair of the encouragement committee. We provide a monthly teacher appreciation breakfast and annual encouragement initiatives for faculty and students! I am a mom to Carson (8) and Caleb (5) and a wife to Chip. I am a graduate student studying Marriage and Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University. A favorite quote that I live by is "He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast" Proverbs 15:15

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Hi MCSA Families, I am Marcus Duren, serving as PTO Treasurer. I have more than 20 years of experience in finance and accounting. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a strong belief that our children should be provided the best experiences and opportunities possible. It is my hope that the MCSA PTO helps in some way to deliver on these things. I look forward to seeing you around the school and community. I know we will all succeed together in making MCSA the best school.



Hi, I’m Tameshia Davis, MCSA Events Chair.
I love spending time with my family, event planning and vacationing anywhere tropical. I’m a Mom of two boys, a 4th grader and a 4 year old. A motto that I live by is paraphrased from Matthews 7:12...”Treat others the way you want them to treat you.”

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Greetings MCSA Family, I'm Denita Newby, serving as your PTO Board Vice President.
I enjoy spending quality time with my family and I absolutely love ice-cream. It is my goal to help support MCSA PTO in making positive decision that have a lasting affect on the students and staff at Mallard Creek Stem Academy. A quote I live by: "Don't Quit"

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Hello MCSA.....My name is Temesha Boozer, Vice President of Fundraising. I love shopping, spending time with my family and friends, traveling and watching LifeTime movies. My motto that I live by everyday....Life is short, don't waste time worrying about what people think of you!