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Cindy Branciforte

Director of Middle School Education

Cindy Branciforte 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. 

Mark Gagan

Associate Director of Middle School Education

Mark Gagan Mark Gagan graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 2001 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2006.  After teaching Elementary School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for seven years, he came to Corvian where he has taught fourth through seventh grades since 2014.   
A proponent of experiential education, he is a graduate of the North Carolina Outward Bound School as well as the National Outdoor Leadership School.  Additionally, Mark has worked with the Great Outdoors University of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.  Ascribing to the Outward Bound philosophy “to serve, to strive and not to yield,” he imbues in his students the motivation to realize their value and achieve their potential.  He desires to have every student develop a lifelong love of learning.
An avid outdoorsman, Mark has rafted the Colorado River multiple times and backpacked and climbed in Colorado, Wyoming, and Guatemala.  Residing in Huntersville, Mark enjoys hiking and being outside with his two children, Abigail, a High Schooler and Miles, a Middle Schooler.
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