About Nataki Gregory…
Nataki thought she wanted to be a diplomat, studying French and Foreign Affairs as an undergraduate before working as a desk officer for West African nations at the US Agency for International Development. A desire to have a more direct impact on her community led her into the classroom. Over the last 20 years, Nataki has been a teacher, principal, principal coach and manager, and a cabinet officer. She was the founding principal of the Evans Campus of Maya Angelou in Washington, DC, an alternative school that focuses on rigorous instruction, deep student-staff connections, supportive culture, and college preparation for students who have experienced trauma and failure before attending Maya. While principal, she led the school to receive a Silver Gain award for student achievement gains, a first for an alternative school, and sent over 95% of each graduating class off to college.
Nataki now works with CT3, which supports teachers and leaders to transform the quality of education for students. She gets to work with a team of talented educators driving continuous improvement in schools and communities across the nation. As a recent transplant to Charlotte, Nataki enjoys learning about the many exciting opportunities the city has to offer, with her family in tow.
Learn more about Nataki’s Talk…
Title: Taking Care of Teachers
Description: What we’ve learned in dramatic fashion over the last few months is precisely how much teachers are struggling across the nation. While legislatures and school districts figure out how to respond, the rest of us can play a powerful role, in the schools in our communities.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? I want people to learn that we can all play a role in supporting teachers, which by design, leads to strong supports for our children.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? Practical strategies for supporting, encouraging and celebrating teachers, whether or not you have school-aged children.
Learn more about Nataki…
Where is your hometown? Brooklyn-born, Atlanta-raised
What are your hobbies? Creative writing, pottery, gardening
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about helping every child see and live up to their limitless potential.
What is the best compliment you’ve received? “You made college possible for my son. Thank you.”
What do you want to be remembered for? I want to be remembered for always pushing people to see past perceived limits, and craft new, better realities for themselves and their communities.
How do you push the boundaries? I ask tough questions.
What does your happy place look like? A table setting in a garden with a slice of fresh-baked peach pie
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? If I share it, it will no longer be unknown!
Thoughts on Charlotte
What part of town do you live in? North Charlotte
What draws you to Charlotte? Proximity to family
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? I think conversations about unintentional segregation will prompt greater attention and focus on making Charlotte more inclusive, and that the pockets of development happening around the city will reflect that shift. By 2023, then, Charlotte will have an even greater profile on the national stage for working to realize the promises of integration in housing patterns, education, government and community development.
Our most important question…
What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Dogs. They will, however, be kind to us.