Staff and Administration
The greatest strength of CMI is the teachers and staff that really love their job and support the school’s mission. That should never change.
Our leaders and teachers are passionate, child-centered individuals dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic success of our students. They believe in the importance of creativity in the teaching and learning process and respect students’ individual differences.
Director of IT & Instructional Technology
A foundation of Andy Charrier’s teaching is that technology is never value neutral and that we have an obligation to treat others with respect. He has been a technology coordinator for more than 30 years in a variety of education settings, from prep schools to city charter schools to large suburban districts. His teaching experience includes working with ESL and special-needs students and designing and teaching 7th- and 8th-grade classes focused on technology and the humanities. He’s passionate about reading and finding books in which students can see themselves.
Andy has presented at national and international conferences on the intersection of race and technology. In 1999, he launched the first wireless 1:1 laptop program in the United States.
Director of Middle School
Lorna Dill is a creative, passionate educator, leader, and mentor who believes that all children can learn and thrive in an environment that is stimulating, comforting, and appropriate to their unique talents and abilities.
Her career in education spans more than 30 years, beginning with time as an instructor in Chicago Public Schools. Since then, she has led schools in the US and abroad as both deputy principal and principal. Lorna uses a balanced blend of motivational and targeted instructional methodologies to enhance curricula, focusing on the three Rs of rigor, relevance, and relationships. She has worked closely with parents throughout her career, securing high levels of parental involvement.
Lorna has a master’s degree in education, educational leadership, from Governors State University; is a member of the Harvard Women in Educational Leadership class of 2014; and is pursuing a Harvard certification in advanced educational leadership.
Director of Inclusion
Amita Lathigra is an urban education leader with ten years’ experience teaching and leading in Washington, DC, public charter schools. She first worked with Creative Minds as director of inclusion from 2014 to 2017. She returned after spending a year in Columbia, South Carolina, helping to open a charter school for middle school students.
Amita was groomed for leadership early in her teaching career, and she transitioned smoothly to developing high-quality inclusion programs. For CMI, Amita created a nationally recognized program that received an award from the TASH organization. She has trained DC charter leaders in building sustainable inclusive-education programs and has taught teachers across the city how to engage students in meaningful discussion about complex texts.
As a teacher, Amita focuses on meeting the needs of diverse learners through the arts. She has developed her own curricula, taught others how to teach diverse learners, and gained a reputation for being a strong coach and mentor to new educators. Amita believes that all students can and will learn with the right supports. She holds an MEd from American University, and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Director of Lower School
Abigail Sheffer is a driven instructional leader with extensive experience designing professional development. She has a deep knowledge of urban ESL education, foundational literacy, and adult learning theory and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Abigail’s 14-year career in public and independent schools includes teaching, coaching, and leading at schools in both the US and Mexico. At Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View, in Washington, DC, she led the implementation of new curricula, facilitated teacher collaboration, led teacher professional development sessions, and redesigned literacy intervention structures. She was selected as a District Course Chair to provide professional development sessions to dual-language schools in DC.
Abigail earned her master’s degree in education from City College of New York.
Lower School Special Education Coordinator
Maura is an experienced educator who has served students with differing abilities for the past eight years. She holds an MEd in special education and a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from George Mason University, and a BA in special education from the University of Kentucky. She has primarily worked in a specialized nonpublic setting, with additional experience providing home-based therapy to families and teaching English as a foreign language in Spain.
Maura is passionate about designing instructional programs that maximize student engagement, empowering her fellow educators, and forming collaborative relationships with families. She has worked as an educator, instructional coach, behavior coach, and program coordinator.