Executive Director, Equity and Inclusion
Lee Williams, Executive Director, Equity and Inclusion
Lee A. Williams, II joined CHCCS at the start of the 2018-19 school year as its Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from Clemson University and a master's in Education degree from Grand Canyon University. Williams has spent more than 15 years in education, starting as a high school English and Forensics teacher and an academic coach and STEM recruiter before becoming an assistant principal and principal. Throughout his time in education, Williams' focus has always been enhancing the public educational systems in order to truly serve all students, with a concentration on closing the opportunity gap for students of color. To this end, during his time as Principal at Graham Middle School in Alamance-Burlington School System, Williams initiated programs for students, including Kings and Queens in Pearls, which promotes and empowers students of color, and a PRIDE alliance for the LGBTQ community. Williams has always fostered an environment that recognizes and hears student voices while encouraging teachers and staff to be truly innovative. He believes in a fully blended learning philosophy which includes resources for teachers, families and students. Williams is a native of Fayetteville, NC and a product of Cumberland County Schools. He is the father of three amazing, brilliant, zealous, energetic and beautiful children. His awesome wife, Jamisa Williams, is a principal in Guilford County Schools.
High School Equity Specialist
Tiffany Boston, High School Equity Specialist
Tiffany Boston joins the CHCCS team as the High School Equity Specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree in English, Secondary Education from Appalachian State University, and a Master’s degree from East Carolina University in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. For the past 11 years, Tiffany has taught at public schools in both eastern and western North Carolina, as well as collegiate classroom experiences in The Triangle. Throughout Tiffany’s educational career, she has championed for her minority, disenfranchised, and culturally misrepresented students to push forward toward growth opportunities and discovery of self. She has co-founded a school’s first gay/straight alliance, received a 2019 SHIFT NC Impact Award, spoken at the Safe Schools NC conference, and other panels. At the forefront of her educational philosophy is the belief that becoming aware of who and what you are--in the context of your orientation among others--will be a postmodern discourse that can restructure the impact of academic discrepancies and discipline data for students of color. She lives in Durham with her fiancée, Leah, and their dog Tanner.
Middle School Equity Specialist
Dayson Pasión, Middle School Equity Specialist
Dayson Pasión joined CHCCS in the Spring of 2019 as the Middle School Equity Specialist. Dayson received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his time as and educator, Dayson has been a science teacher, STEM coordinator, instructional technology facilitator and instructional coach. In these roles and as a community member, Dayson strives to make education equitable for all, but especially for those who have been historically marginalized. He now makes his home in Burlington with his wife Jessica.
Elementary Equity Specialist
Trilce Marquez, Elementary School Equity Specialist
Trilce joins the CHCCS Equity and Inclusion Team as an Elementary Equity Specialist in 2019 after 12 years as an NYC public school teacher. During her time in New York, Trilce presented at the New York Collective of Radical Educators 2018 Conference on building an anti-bias elementary community, served as a district equity leader in the Critically Conscious Educators Rising Series, and worked on her school's Racial Equity Advisory Team. Trilce holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in Sociology and a Masters in Childhood Education from Fordham University. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Jason, her son Seneca, and her dog Freddy.
Esther Mateo-Orr, Elementary School Equity Specialist
Esther Mateo-Orr serves as the Elementary Equity Specialist. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, where she taught for 16 ½ years. She moved on to a position as a Parent Advocate for a Non-profit organization in East Durham. Her work focused on providing children in East Durham with equal access to education through, increasing parental involvement, equitable opportunities for success, and helping parents learn to navigate the educational system. In 2018 she returned to the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools as an Academic Support Specialist for the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program.
As a life-long educator Ms. Mateo-Orr is passionate about, and dedicated to equalizing the playing field for our most marginalized populations. Esther received a BA in American Studies with a minor in African American Studies from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Esther developed a strong desire to become an educator, and pursued a Master Of Science in Elementary Education, from Alfred University, Alfred, NY. Esther and her Husband Kym have lived in North Carolina since 1995. They are raising their four daughters; Hallie, Marlee, Kayla and Maya in Durham. She has dedicated her career to empowering youth and helping students become life-long learners.
Parent Engagement Specialist
Carla Smith, Parent Engagement Specialist
Carla Marlin Smith is the Parent Engagement Specialist for CHCCS's Parent University. Carla's passion is education; it's not just her career. Prior to joining the team, she has been a parent advocate, school administrator, and teacher with 18+ years of experience in public school education and parental education/training.
Carla received her B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill; Middle Grades Teaching Certification from Catawba College; and a Masters in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte. She is a NC Qualified Parent Educator and received a certification in Family Life Education from NC State University. Carla is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Western Carolina University.
A native of Salisbury, NC, Carla considers parenting her most challenging and rewarding venture. She and her husband, Johnny, are the parents of two amazingly, brilliant, young men, Jonathan and Cameron.