Contact: John Hood
December 19, 2001
RALEIGH — Former schoolteacher and school board member Lindalyn Kakadelis of Charlotte has been selected as the new director of the North Carolina Education Alliance, a special project of the Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation.
Kakadelis will write articles, participate in public forums, testify before governmental bodies, and comment on education reform issues from her perspective as a veteran teacher and education leader. She taught elementary school for seven years, directed a preschool program for seven years, served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education for six years, and has recently helped to found a Mint Hill charter school.
She is a member of the Education Leaders Council and formerly served on the North Carolina Standards and Accountability Committee, the Council of Urban School Boards, and on the Education 2000 Community Committee in San Juan Capistrano, California. She and her family live in Pineville, North Carolina.
In addition to her new duties at the N.C. Education Alliance, Kakadelis will continue to direct the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Charlotte, which provides financial aid to hundreds of low-income students in the Mecklenburg County area to attend public or private schools of their choice.
“I am so excited to be joining the Education Alliance because of the promising future for educational progress in North Carolina,” Kakadelis said. “I strongly believe that our organization can be a forum for sharing innovative ideas and for bringing together a diverse group of educational leaders to tackle the challenges that face our children.”
The N.C. Education Alliance conducts research, publishes news and opinion articles, and holds events across the state to promote fundamental reform of the state’s education system based on such principles as high academic standards, pay for performance, innovation, outsourcing, and parental choice. Its statewide Steering Committee includes public- and private-school educators, county commissioners, school board members, business executives, and other community leaders.
The Alliance’s best-known projects include: