Elizabeth Padgett

Director of Middle School Education

Elizabeth Padgett
Ms. Elizabeth Anne Padgett was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Because of her parent’s commitment to providing a strong learning environment both at home and school, she attended St. Gertrude High School, a Catholic school known for their excellent educational program it offered. There, she developed her love of teaching and working with others and knew immediately that becoming a teacher was her life's purpose. In 1986, Ms. Padgett graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from High Point College (now High Point University) and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Montreat College in 2011. Her first year teaching in 1986 was for the High Point City Schools, and during this time she earned one of the Young Teacher of the Year awards. After taking some time off to raise her two children, she returned to the classroom as a teacher for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
Ms. Padgett has been teaching for 23 years, the most recent 16 of those years were at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC. At LNC she taught 6th Grade Science and served as the 6th Grade Team Leader, After-School Detention Coordinator, and co-sponsor of All-Pro Dads, a program that carries the vision for every child to know the love of a father and for every dad to be engaged in the life of his child. In 2014, Ms. Padgett was named Lake Norman Charter’s Teacher of the Year, and in 2015-2016 she was awarded North Carolina Charter Schools Teacher of the Year.
Recently, Ms. Padgett was selected for the Aspiring Principal's Program through UNC-Charlotte, where she is working on receiving her "Add-on" certificate for a Masters in Administration and is expected to graduate in May 2018.
Ms. Padgett lives in Huntersville. She has a 24 year old daughter named Taylor, a 2015 Appalachian State University graduate with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance, and who now lives and works Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Padgett also has a 21 year old son named Destry, a senior at Western Carolina University, who is on scholarship there to play football and earn degrees in Business Administration, Pre-Law, and Accounting. Ms. Padgett enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, and cheering on her favorite sports teams, the UNC Tar Heels, Western Carolina Catamounts, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New York Yankees.
Ms. Padgett is especially excited to serve as your new Corvian Community Charter School's Middle School Director!

Cindy Branciforte

Dean of Students

Cindy Branciforte has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. She previously worked at the Director level of a nursing home and several home health agencies managing day to day patient care; staff development, and counseling and educating families.

Cindy and her husband, Justin Branciforte, moved from San Diego, California to Huntersville in 2007. This afforded the opportunity for Cindy to stay at home with her daughter, Gigi. Cindy brought her human service experience to her volunteer roles at The Children’s Schoolhouse and to Corvian before being hired as the elementary Spanish teacher at the end of Gigi's kindergarten year at Corvian. 

Cindy’s role has evolved over the past six years with Corvian as she has had the opportunity to work as a classroom Teaching Assistant; Teaching Assistant Facilitator, and Student and Staff Facilitator. In her current role as Dean of Students, Cindy is uniquely qualified as a trained social worker to advocate and support students and their families. 

Cindy enjoys international travel, often time visiting family in Bolivia; going to the beach with friends and family, reading books, watching movies with Justin and going shopping with Gigi. 
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