Young Professional Educators Academy

Join the synerG young professionals and the Guilford Education Alliance for a leadership and community engagement program for Guilford County School’s young professionals (ages 21-39). Participants will gain connections to leaders in the community, classroom support, relationships with other teachers and experience in young professional organizations. Through fun, interactive, and informative sessions held at various locations, and by attending optional socials with community leaders and opportunities to participate in local events, you will learn more about the area where you live and work. Our goal, upon completion of the program, is that you will be empowered to leverage your knowledge and resources for the benefit of yourself, Guilford County Schools and the Guilford County community. Added bonus – 1.0 CEU!

Thank you to our inaugural cohort sponsors!

Secure Designs, Inc.

Secure Designs is the established leader in providing effective, high-value managed Internet security services for micro, small and mid-sized businesses and organizations in the USA.

SDI's Security Operations Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, oversees the largest SonicWALL GMS deployment in the world, with over 8,000 locations under active management. SDI's well-proven provisioning logistics enable immediate deployment of managed security solutions anywhere they are needed. 

Ashley Meredith, Realtor-Broker

336-202-4964  |  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Jon Needham, Mortgage Banker

800 Green Valley Rd  Suite 306, Greensboro, NC, 27408
Mobile: 336-482-8101 | Fax: 855-682-6915 |


In-Kind Sponsors




Carrie Lilly Photography


Programming Sponsors

Emily Ensminger, Elsewhere Museum

Michael Robinson, National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Inc. (NCCJ) 

Sara Heredia, UNCG, Teacher Education & Higher Education

Kevin Lundy – Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Todd Warren – Guilford County Association of Educators

Penny Whiteheart, Piedmont Triad Partnership  

Charles Blanchard, Executive Director, Career and Technical Education, Guilford County Schools

David Mayers, Director of Aviation, Andrews Aviation Academy

Principal Jamisa Williams, STEM Early College at NC A&T  

Jackie Greenlee, Ph. D. , Director of Organizational Development, Guilford Technical Community College

Andy Halsey, Chief Human Resources Officer, HAECO

Joe Bryant, Manager, Inclusion & Diversity, Workforce Programs and Strategy, VF Corporation

Kiva Elliott, Executive Director, Talent Management, Cone Health

Guilford County Schools

Find out more about the program here:

GCS Young Professional Educators Academy Application 2017 FINAL

What's included:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Four educational sessions for a total of 1 CEU credit; optional networking event after each session
  • Dinner provided at each educational session
  • Childcare stipend if needed (limited number available)
  • Matching with Champion - a person to support you with classroom materials, connections and/or volunteerism in the classroom through the end of the school year
  • No-cost. This academy is free for selected participants


Sessions (all sessions are on Thursday evenings):

  • Welcome Reception – January 11, 2018 from 5-6:30pm, HQ Greensboro
    • Learn about the program and the community while meeting your cohort
  • Industry & Education in Greensboro – January 25, 2018 from 4:30-7:00pm, Location TBD
    • Hear from industry leaders in aviation, textiles and manufacturing about skills needed for 21st century jobs and how the education children are receiving today will grow into practical jobs
    • Learn about the Guilford Apprenticeship Program (GAP) and technical education programs
  • Makers & STEM – February 8, 2018 from 4:30-7:00pm, The Forge Makerspace
    • Learn about STEM with an emphasis on design thinking for all ages and areas of instruction
    • Learn how incorporating design thinking into your curriculum encourages student collaboration, ownership, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Art – February 22, 2018 from 4:30-7:00pm, Elsewhere Museum
    • Consider and challenge your own worldviews and how they impact efforts to create safe and equitable classrooms and schools
  • Resources & Support – March 8, 2018 from 4:30-7:00pm, Teacher Supply Warehouse
    • Learn about the myriad of resources available for educators in Guilford County and how to take advantage of them, including grant resources and grant writing best practices
  • Inclement Weather Make-up Date – March 22, 2018 from 4:30-7:00pm, TBD



  • Email completed application by Monday, October 30, 2017 to Hillary Meredith, synerG Young Professionals Director, at 336-387-8350 or You can also contact her with questions.
  • If selected, you must commit to attending all sessions, including the welcome reception.
  • Must be a Guilford County School employee in the young professional age range of 21-39.

Find out more and download the application here:

GCS Young Professional Educators Academy Application 2017 FINAL