Lake Lure Classical Academy has new school director

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 05:11 AM

The Lake Lure Classical Academy (LLCA) School Board officially named Mrs. Jessica Boland as director of the school at its July board meeting last week.  

Since May, Boland has been serving as acting director of LLCA, after former director Caroline Upchurch submitted her resignation.

 Boland began at the school as a middle school science teacher and was appointed to curriculum director two years later. She has teaching certifications in English as a second language, Spanish, elementary education and middle school science, and has taught for more than 10 years.


“At the end of the school year, she stepped up and guided the school expertly and has demonstrated strong, capable leadership instincts in her role as acting director,” said Chris Braund, LLCA board member. “The board carefully considered several strong candidates and is confident that we have the leader we need for the next phase of LLCA’s growth.”


Boland is looking forward to starting the new school year in this position and has high expectations for the students, including her own four who also attend the school.


“As a parent and as an educator, I expect my children and all of our students to be pushed academically and to be encouraged to develop their full personal and academic potentials,” said Boland. “I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things our students are going to accomplish this year and in the years to come.”

  Cynthia Gadol is also joining the LLCA leadership team for one year to support the school.  She has been with Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy since they were founded and is currently in the TeamCFA Fellowship program that prepares administrators for new TeamCFA charter schools. 

Gadol has taught a variety of subjects, including art history and appreciation, logic, rhetoric, algebra, geometry, and AP statistics. She has a BA in statistics and currently is completing a masters of school administration program.


“Mrs. Gadol brings a wealth of experience in Core Knowledge, teaching and school administration,” said Braund. “We look forward to benefitting from her expertise.”


The LLCA Board encourages parents to get involved with school leadership programs and provide input on its operation by serving on any of these committees:  Curriculum, Finance, Policy, Marketing, Technology, Personnel, Grievance, or the Parent-Teacher Organization.   

The LLCA-CFA Core Knowledge Curriculum is designed for all students to have educational success with an emphasis on language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, fine arts and character building. The high school program provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that prepares students for a lifetime of critical thinking, self-motivated learning, and active citizenship.


The Challenge Foundation (TeamCFA) is a national network of free, public charter schools, built on the values of hard work, good citizenship, and teamwork. Each school in the TeamCFA network receives long term, meaningful partnership and oversight from the TeamCFA Foundation, with specific regard to academics, business, and governance.