Erin Nicole Barksdale is the Assistant Principal at Ranson Middle School, an International Baccalaureate World School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ranson IB is the only fully authorized IB Title I school within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. Erin is in her first year as an Assistant Principal and leads the 8th grade. She is the instructional leader over the 8th grade science PLC and is leading the efforts in designing the Advisory program for the 2012-2013 school year. Erin received her B.A. in English from Spelman College in 2007. She is a 2007 Teach For America-Metro Atlanta Alumna. During her time in Teach For America, she took 45 of her scholars to Egypt and was recognized as STAR Teacher and received the Project GRAD Teacher of the Year Award. During her third year of teaching, she taught at Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy, a Noble Street Charter School, in Chicago, IL. Erin was admitted into New Leaders in 2010 and served as the Resident Principal at J.W.Wilson Middle School during the 2010-2011 school year. Erin is extremely excited about being a member of the 2012 Summer Principals Academy New York cohort. This experience will allow her to serve as a transformative servant-leader, where she and her staff will radically alter the life paths of ALL scholars by using the pillars of data-driven instruction, school culture, and instructional excellence.