Carr headshot 2Margaret “Carr” Hughes

Founder, Cynosure Learning, L3C and Site Director 2014, Assistant Site Director 2016

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Carr holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona where she majored in Higher Education, concentrating on Organization and Administration. After spending 13 years in the private sector, Carr refocused her energies on the field of education. As an advocate for educational reform, Carr began to dedicate her time to increasing awareness of STEM learning benefits. From developing robotics programs to writing grants for community gardens, Carr has completed multiple community outreach projects, all related to STEM learning. Carr is eager to introduce area youth and their families to educational programming opportunities that require students to ask questions and push through setbacks, enabling students to recognize their accomplishments. Carr has two boys, Jack (12) and Dabney (10).  Her favorite activities are playing tennis, gardening, and cooking.

IMG_0601Greg Tucker

Assistant Director, Cynosure Learning, L3C and Assistant Site Director 2014 & 2015
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Greg has a Mathematics/Computer Science degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and spent the majority of his career working as a software engineering concentrating in communications protocol testing. He was the co-founder of Hard Engineering and retired from the engineering world in 2000 and started teaching Mathematics and Economics. Greg developed an engineering curriculum for a private high school in Charlotte and has been teaching the program for the past two years. The program was developed to introduce the students to numerous engineering disciplines through multiple hands-on projects utilizing the latest technologies.

Jen_HeadshotJennifer Thompson

Program Coordinator, Cynosure Learning, L3C and Site Director 2015 & 2016
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Jennifer has a Biology degree and a Masters degree in Education, with a concentration in Science and Technology, from Salisbury University in Maryland.  She began her teaching career upon graduation and taught 6th grade Science on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for four years before moving to Charlotte.  For the past four years, she has served as a 7th grade Science teacher for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Jennifer also serves as a Fellow in the Charlotte Teachers Institute for two years where she focuses on developing her science content and writing curriculum activities for middle school classrooms.  In Jennifer’s classroom, students are continually encouraged to ask questions, challenge ideas, and investigate.  She believes that these skills are important for every student to apply in every aspect of their lives.

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