Movement School Southwest

Movement School Southwest opened in August 2022 serving grades PreK, Kindergarten and 1st grade. It will serve grades PreK through 2nd grade this year and will grow to serve grades Pre-K through 5th. This is a brand new facility, located across the street from Nations Ford Elementary School and South Language Academy. The school is conveniently located just off I-77, near the Yorkmount, Yorkwood and Montclaire South neighborhoods.

Movement School Southwest abrió sus puertas en agosto del 2022 sirviendo a los grados PreK, Kindergarten y 1er grado. Servirá a los grados de PreK a 2do grado este año y crecerá para servir a los grados Pre-K a 5º. Se trata de una nueva instalación, ubicada frente a la Escuela Primaria Nations Ford y South Language Academy. La escuela está convenientemente situada justo al lado de I-77, cerca de los vecindarios Yorkmount, Yorkwood y Montclaire South.

150 Osprey Point Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
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(704) 420-7980‬
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Become a Maverick/Conviértete en un Maverick


Are you interested in becoming a Maverick? New scholar applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be accepted from November 1, 2023, to February 16, 2024, for kindergarten through 3rd grade.

¿Está interesado en convertirse en un Maverick? Las solicitudes para nuevos estudiantes para el año escolar 2024-2025 se aceptarán desde el 1 de noviembre del 2023 hasta el 16 de febrero del 2024, para kindergarten a 3er grado.

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Meet the Principal

Big Mavericks,

I am SO honored to join the Movement Southwest Team! From the moment I stepped into the halls, I hoped that Southwest would be my school! I don’t know that I have ever felt more nervous, but excited at the same time. The honor is all mine to serve as the leader of such a vibrant and loving community. I’m proud to be a Maverick!!! Let’s gooooooo!

I have been an educator in the South for over a decade. Most recently, I had the privilege of leading the principal team at both network schools for STEM Prep Academy in Nashville, TN.  During my tenure, both schools rose to Level 5 in Growth – the highest award category that the state of Tennessee awards to schools. As Deputy Chief of Strategic Initiatives, I was a central member of the Ten Year Charter Renewal Team for the high school.

As the first Black principal of RePublic High School, I sought to transform the experience of my students and staff through an exacting eye for excellence, a commitment to equity, and an intentional curation of joy. I led the school’s instructional team to growth and performance on the NWEA MAP test, despite the weight of the pandemic. I have a consistent track record of leading with vision and achieving impactful metrics, irrespective of the role; I have served in various capacities ranging from undergraduate sociology lecturer to Director of Curriculum, Dean of Instruction, and Dean of Students.

I’m also a writer who has been published in several national news outlets, most notably Newsweek magazine and Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. My writing and scholarship centers around how to both push and elevate the conversation around how we do school for Students of Color in America, but particularly in the South. I’m a southern girl to my heart and I believe that we, as Southerners, have a brilliant legacy of generation-changing education. I believe that we can change the trajectory of our region by making sure that every seat at the table is occupied by other people who believe that ALL kids can, will, and want to learn. As a first generation college graduate, I value representation and creating access for everyone to win.

I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology from Voorhees College and Valdosta State University, respectively. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Policy and Leadership from American University. I am a native of Montezuma, GA but have lived in Nashville since 2018. When not writing or in school, I enjoy spending time with my family.  My role models include Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer, Audre Lorde and James Baldwin. My favorite color is Emerald Green. My favorite number is 86. One of my most recent favorite quotes is, “God – if you wake me up, then I’ll make it happen.”

In Service to the Mission,
Principal Johnson

Meet the Charlotte Superintendent

Dedicated and results-driven education professional, Jenika M. Mullen, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the realm of academic leadership. With a proven track record spanning over a decade, Jenika has excelled in various roles.  Jenika has successfully coached school leaders across diverse districts and cities, including Charlotte, NC, St. Louis, MO, Minneapolis, MN, Bronx, NY, and New Rochelle, NY. Her leadership has been instrumental in implementing Achievement First’s exercise-based math curriculum, contributing to the academic growth of students and educators alike.

Throughout her career, Jenika has demonstrated adaptability and versatility, serving in various capacities such as Senior Math Coach, Principal, Academic Dean, Dean of School Culture, Instructional Coach, and more. This diversity of roles has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of educational dynamics, from curriculum development to staff mentorship.

Armed with a Master of Education in Special Education from CUNY Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The Pennsylvania State University, Jenika combines academic rigor with practical experience.

Recognized as an Achievement First Stage 4 Distinguished Teacher and a finalist for the Teach for America Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, Jenika Mullen continues to make significant contributions to the field of education. Her nomination for the Sue Lehman Award for Excellence in Teaching further underscores her commitment to shaping the future of education.

Jenika is not only an education professional but a catalyst for positive change, consistently leveraging her skills and knowledge to elevate the standards of education and inspire both students and colleagues.

Meet the Raleigh Superintendent

Jermaine Gassaway is a native of Washington, DC. He began advocating for quality education at a very young age which ultimately led to him deciding to leave DC at the age of 15 to attend a boarding school called The Piney Woods School in Jackson, Mississippi—a decision that changed his life and trajectory. Jermaine went on to become a proud graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Jermaine is a strong advocate for equity in public education, with a particular focus on increasing teacher diversity in public schools. He recently published Unopened Books: Multiplying the 2%, which documents “the unfathomable rate of black males in education” and details the transformative power of building a teacher workforce that more closely resembles the diversity of the students in our schools. Jermaine taught 3rd through 8th grades and was a 2010 Teach For America corps member in Detroit, where over 90 percent of his students scored “advanced” or “proficient” on the state standardized assessment (MEAP), and where he also served as Curriculum Coordinator. 

Jermaine was previously the principal at Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary School for 4 years and has helped lead his school to achieve Reward status— the highest performance rating in the state of Tennessee. In addition, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary School grew 3 times faster than any other elementary school in Nashville on the state standardized assessment for the 2018-2019 school year. Jermaine also served as Rocketship’s Director of Schools for Nashville. 

Jermaine is passionately committed to ensuring the success of all students. He fervently believes that all students deserve an excellent education and the quest to reach and complete college and achieve lifelong success starts now with every book read and every equation solved. He is excited to work closely with teachers, school leaders, and community members to ensure students are making the academic gains necessary to achieve this success in school and life. Jermaine is a proud husband and father to two amazing kids and his hobbies include running, traveling, and reading.

Meet Movement School's CEO

Kerri-Ann T. Thomas was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and her master’s degree in education from Columbia University.  She became a teacher, dean/assistant principal, principal and superintendent for the Achievement First Network in Connecticut and New York.  As a principal she made history at Achievement First as the first turnaround school to make the most growth and outperformed the district within one year and leading the number 1 elementary school in Hartford, CT. As a superintendent at AF she led the New York Elementary schools in East NY and was the entire NY ES lead. KTT relocated back south and took the role of CAO at Movement Charter schools in Charlotte, NC. Months later she became the CEO of Movement Schools partnering with school teams towards the Movement mission and its expansion.   Kerri-Ann is also the author of two children’s books called “Roll Call” and “The Coffee Shop.” Another fun fact is that she owns a tea shop called Brooklyn Tea in Atlanta, GA.  As an educator, pushes students and peers to believe that “although you are a product of your environment you do not have to become a duplicate of the majority.” 

Southwest Distinctives/Distintivos de Southwest

Small-School Setting

We are a welcoming community school that will grow with your child. With our small group classroom settings, we develop personal relationships with every student and family.

Lead with Virtue

We weave virtue education throughout the day. We nurture an understanding of dignity, a context greater than one’s self, and the belief in giving of self to a greater cause.

Amazing Teachers

We hand-pick teachers to bring out the best in your child. They fill each classroom with instructional expertise, character, and love. Our teachers shine and are the heart of our school.

Ambiente de escuela pequeña

Somos una escuela comunitaria acogedora que crecerá con su hijo. Con nuestras clases en grupos pequeños, desarrollamos relaciones personales con cada estudiante y su familia.

Dirigir con Virtud

Integramos la educación de virtudes a lo largo del día. Cultivamos un entendimiento de la dignidad, un contexto más grande que uno mismo, y la creencia en dar de sí mismo a una causa mayor.

Profesores Increíbles

Seleccionamos a nuestros profesores para que saquen lo mejor de sus hijos. Llenan cada aula de experiencia educativa, carácter, y amor. Nuestros profesores brillan y son el corazón de nuestra escuela.

Available to All

We are a free, public charter school, excited to serve students across the city.

Somos una escuela chárter pública y gratuita, entusiasmada por servir a los estudiantes de toda la ciudad.

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the
kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

"La prueba definitiva de una sociedad moral es el tipo de mundo que deja a sus hijos".

| Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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