About Us

June St. Clair Atkinson, Chair of Board of Directors


June St. Clair Atkinson is the first woman elected State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina and served in this position from August 2005 through December 2016. She currently serves as CEO of Emerald Education, Inc. Dr. Atkinson has always focused on growing educators and students.   

Atkinson has held many professional offices including President for the National Council of Chief State School Officers.   


Other Board Members

Will Crawford

Joanne Whitley

Jamie Woodlief, Secretary & Treasurer

Jennifer Curtis, Executive Director

The NCMAST Board is dedicated to supporting teachers, students, families, and communities.

Dr. Will Crawford

Dr. Will Crawford, known now as “Papa Will” to his grandchildren, is enjoying retirement after serving in many capacities in education throughout NC.

In addition to his service as a consultant and superintendent, Dr. Crawford served as a Director and Principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He spent time as Director of Secondary Employment with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and as Principal of West Charlotte High School.

Dr. Crawford graduated from Central Davidson High school before earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Appalachian State University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from  North Carolina A&T State University and a Doctorate of Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joanne Nicholson Whitley

Joanne has over 30 years of experience as an educator in North Carolina and has been with Walch Education as the Sr. Director of Mathematics and Professional Development since 2016. Before joining Walch, Joanne was the Secondary Math Specialist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She believes that tailoring and creating secondary math resources, that meet state standards and brings math alive in the classroom is her passion. With better quality resources, comes more effective teachers in the classroom and improved student outcomes.

She is an experienced Mathematics Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the K-12 education industry and is skilled in educational technology, instructional design, project management, facilitating professional development and federal grants management. She is an education professional with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from UNC Charlotte and BS in Mathematics from Wingate University.

Jennifer Curtis, Executive Director

Jennifer Curtis is an educational leader who has dedicated her life to serving educators, children, and their families. Dr. Curtis currently serves as President of Emerald Education, Inc. and as Executive Director of NCMAST.
Dr. Curtis graduated Old Dominion University (ODU) with a B. and MSEd. Degrees. Her EdD is in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia. 

Jamie Woodlief, Secretary and Treasurer

Jamie Woodlief moved to North Carolina from upstate New York in 1993 and started working in the agricultural industry. Realizing her dream was to pursue a career in communications, she decided to return to school.  While attending North Carolina State University, she had an opportunity to work for WLFL-TV, Channel 22 in Raleigh. Eventually she became the Education Reporter for the channel. While building her educational network, she decided to settle down and step away from the news. Jamie began working at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.   

She has worked in key areas in the department including communications, legislation, and early childhood. Also, her role in the Office of the State Superintendent was pivotal in the daily operations of the office. As Project Coordinator for the Digital Learning Initiative in Academic and Digital Learning, she oversaw the state-wide 100% successful opt-in process for the Home Base suite of tools for the 2017-18 school year. In her nearly 18 years of working in education, she has collaborated with, supported, managed, or coordinated with nearly every division in the agency and likely every school district in the state.