New Faces at Cotswold

Meet the New Fifth Grade Teacher

pointerHello! My name is Tonya Pointer, and I want to take a moment to introduce myself.  I have been working in education for over 24 years. For the past 10 years I have been employed in CMS as a classroom teacher and most recently a Literacy Facilitator   I received my Bachelors degree from Oklahoma Christian University and completed my licensure course work in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and earned recognition as a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in Literacy.

I am excited about this school year and getting to know each of my students and their families. I remember fifth grade being such a pivotal time in life. I believe that properly preparing students for this transition is a priority for their overall social, emotional and academic development. I am committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that fosters optimal achievement.

I am Looking Forward to a Productive and Successful Year,

Tonya Pointer

5th Grade Teacher

Meet our New K-2 Counselor

 Holly Peterson is a native of Charlotte who has been working with children of different ages for the past 20 years through the Harris YMCA where she worked in the Child Watch Department and as Lead camp counselor for both Triathlon and Photography camps and through coaching soccer for Charlotte United Futbol Club, coaching both girls and boys. She attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for undergrad and Argosy University for her Master’s. Before coming to Cotswold, Ms. Peterson worked in Corporate America for Bank of America, Wachovia and The Compass Group. Ms. Peterson enjoys playing soccer and traveling in her spare time.


SLT Updates

Cotswold’s School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of parents, staff members and administration who work together to support the goals and objectives identified in Cotswold’s School Improvement Plan.  At the October meeting, SLT welcomed Eric Davis, our elected School Board representative, who educated us on the Sales Tax Referendum that will be on the ballot in next week’s election.  SLT members also identified 3 key initiatives for this school year.  They are:  

  • The Achieve 225 grant received by our school this year designed to increase students’ physical activity levels, 
  • Class Clustering, which is mixed ability grouping used by staff and administration to build classrooms, and
  • Next Steps/Ron Clark Committee which is a revision and enhancement of Cotswold’s discipline policy.

These three strategies directly relate to goals in the School Improvement Plan.  SLT will work with staff and administration throughout this school year to provide support, parent feedback, data and communication regarding these initiatives.  

 For more information on the Sales Tax referendum, how it would benefit our teachers and why it’s so important to vote, visit the following website:

For more information on Cotswold’s School Leadership Team, visit the following website:

 Feel free to join us at our next SLT meeting on December 2.  Any questions?  Contact Alison Busch, SLT Chair at