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  • Elementary School | Telra Institute | United States

    A challenging, accelerated, and differentiated experience for advanced learners Join the Telra family Countdown to first day of school! Telra opens its doors for the 2022-2023 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 6! 2022-23 open enrollment has ended, but new applications can join the waitlist. Start here Telra Institute is a tuition-free public school in the south Charlotte metro. Info Session 1: Telra Overview Info Session 2: Lottery Process Info Session 3: Curriculum Info Session 4: Deciding on Telra Info Session 5: Q&A Read more about our location, calendar, transportation, meals, uniforms, and more. Let's Go! Gifted kids aren't gifted just one hour a week. They're gifted all the time. 5+ hours of advanced or gifted instruction per day Our Approach Distinctive program emphasizing mental and physical excellence Daily Math & Humanities Science and/or Social Studies PE and/or recess Our Curriculum Grouping model optimizes instructional time 15-35% More learning Innovative school where unique kids can feel at home Each child follows their own trajectory through Telra 100% Learn More Be the first to know about Telra news and important dates for enrollment Join List

  • Board of Directors | Telra Institute

    Board of Directors Telra Institute, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization governed by a board of directors charged with establishing policy, overseeing all activities of the organization, and ensuring adherence to our mission. Learn more about our organization and the members of our board below. Our board meetings and documents are available to the public. Our Board Read brief bios of the members of our Board of Directors Board Meetings The Telra Institute Board of Directors holds monthly open meetings Documents Policy documents, important filings, and other items related to Board meetings Meet Our Board of Directors Mr. David Doctor Director Emeritus Read Bio Mr. George Baldwin Treasurer Read Bio Dr. Eric M. Gamble Director Read Bio Dr. Gregory Denlea Chairperson Read Bio Dr. Michael Matthews Vice-Chair Read Bio Dr. Elizabeth Reyes Secretary Read Bio Dr. Gregory Denlea Chairperson Greg and his wife Celia raised their three children in Charlotte where they have resided for the past 18 years. He has served as an adjunct, lead faculty, and area chair with two universities and currently trains teachers in an International Baccalaureate Masters in Education program. Greg’s private sector experience includes management roles with Amazon, Sunkist, Universal Studios, Matson Navigation, Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. For the last three years he has worked on data integration efforts at TIAA, a company serving the financial needs of people in academia. Greg earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He also holds a masters degree in science from NC State and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management . Both his thesis and dissertation involved studies on enhancing student learning outcomes. Back to Top Dr. Michael Matthews Vice-Chair Michael is a father of three who has volunteered many hours in gifted services in CMS schools and has served on the board of Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy . Michael is Professor in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte , where he directs the university’s graduate programs in gifted education . He has written several books and numerous scholarly articles on gifted education topics, is co-editor of the journal Gifted Child Quarterly , and also provides professional development to teachers and parents on topics related to gifted education, advanced learners, and English Learners. Back to Top Dr. Elizabeth Reyes Secretary Elizabeth is a mother of two and a research associate at UNC Charlotte for the TIES Center : Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. She has taught students with various high-incidence and low-incidence disabilities in Title I schools in both rural and urban areas in North Carolina in self-contained, resource, and inclusive elementary settings, and also directed a K-12 inclusion program for students with a range of disabilities at a private school in Charlotte, NC Back to Top Mr. David Doctor Director Emeritus David is father of a 10th grader attending the CMS virtual online magnet school and an award-winning business builder and leader. As CEO, he has created, led or served on the board of directors of 23 start-ups, growing one company to more than $1 billion in annual sales. Currently, he is the President and CEO of E4 Carolinas, a trade association for 140+ Carolina energy companies which collaboratively promotes workforce development, economic development, policy, and innovation. Prior to Telra, David has advised or served on the board of directors of four private schools in Kentucky, Texas, and North Carolina, taught new venture finance for 8 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisville College of Business , and helped build the Duke University Energy Initiative . Back to Top Mr. George Baldwin Treasurer George Baldwin is a senior executive with extensive experience and knowledge in developing complex business, energy policy and external affairs related solutions. He actively manages Baldwin Consulting Group (BCG) which was established in 2017 and operates at the nexus of energy, environmental and regulatory matters. Previous to establishing BCG, George served as Duke Energy’s Director of FERC and Natural Gas Policy, and prior to that as Managing Director of Government Relations & Sustainability for Piedmont Natural Gas. Baldwin received his MEM from the Nicholas School at Duke University , his MBA from Campbell University and his BSBA from Appalachian State University . He is also a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine , the highest civilian honor in North Carolina. Back to Top Dr. Eric M. Gamble Director Dr. Gamble, is an Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Campus . He is in his 19th year with the University, teaching business management, finance, and entrepreneurship courses in the College of Business. Dr. Gamble received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte , where he focused on methods to reduce student loan debt. His MBA in International Trade is from Johnson & Wales University, in Providence RI , along with his BS in Computer Systems Management. Dr. Gamble worked in the hi-tech industry for more than 15-years with companies such as IBM, Oracle, and two venture capitalist (VC) funded startups in Silicon Valley. He held a variety of senior sales, application engineering, and systems engineering positions. Dr. Gamble currently resides in the University District of Charlotte with his wife of more than 25-years, Helena, and their 4 children, ages 22, 19, 17, and 16. Back to Top Board Meetings Meeting calendar: The Telra Institute Board of Directors meets roughly every month. Most meetings are virtual/remote unless otherwise stated. Upcoming meetings ​ Date: TBD Time: TBD Location: TBD Public participation: A member of the public may join and listen to a Board meeting. Members of the public wishing to speak must pre-register by emailing us using this contact information at least 3 business days prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda. Please include your name, the topic of interest, and the phone number from which you will be dialing in.

  • Our Future Location | Telra Institute

    Our Future Location We are excited to be part of the McKee Road community. In Summer 2022 , Telra Institute will move to its future home at 4150 McKee Rd where our next door neighbor will be St. Francis United Methodist Church, and we'll look across the street to see McKee Rd Neighborhood Park and McKee Rd Elementary. The site plan, developed by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, features green space, playgrounds, room for parking and school buses, along with tree protection and visual buffers in respect of our neighbors along the north and east. In addition, investments in roadway improvements will improve traffic flow along McKee Rd. Our building, being constructed by BC Construction Group, will house Telra’s elementary school with the potential to grow into a full K-8 in the future. Construction is proceeding from September 2021 and projected to finish mid-summer 2022. Watch the video above for the location announcement from Telra Institute's Chancellor and Founder, Ronak Bhatt. Groundbreaking ceremony, September 2021 Grading, November 2021 Questions about the project should be directed to Telra Institute at frontdesk@telra.org December 2021 Update: Foundations poured for the Telra academic building and gymnasium January 2022 Update: Foundations in place and wall panels being poured. February 2022 Update April 2022 Update July 2022 Update

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  • Supply list for 2022-23 school year

    Telra provides all of the basic classroom supplies for students such as pencils, notebooks, paper, scissors, glue, etc. Since our model involves children moving from class-to-class (and across grade levels) throughout the day, this a better way to ensure all students have what they need than asking parents to purchase off of a generic "grade level" list. It has the added benefit of saving you time. ​ We do ask that families provide the following personal supplies for their child: Backpack Lunch/snack box Water bottle Wired headphones Zippered pencil pouch for 3-ring binder Headphones Every student at Telra needs a set of wired headphones with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. These are used for testing as well as some computer-based learning activities. Since every child has their own preferences on the fit and style of their headphones/earbuds, we ask that families provide them and send them in with your student on the first day of school. Example here. For students in rising grades 4+, your headphones should include a microphone. (Younger students do not need a microphone, but it is ok if they have one.) Examples here and here. Pencil Pouch Similarly, every child should bring their own zippered pencil pouch (w/ holes to fit 3-ring binder) that they can use to carry their supplies from class-to-class. Since most other supplies will be provided by the school, providing your own pencil pouch lets children choose their favorite color or style and find something they can easily distinguish from their friends’ pouches. Examples here and here. If you're buying custom labels with your child's name on them, Telra receives 20% of sales from Mabel's Labels when you choose "Telra Institute" in the dropdown at this link. Remember, you can find full details on Telra's Uniform Standards here.

  • MOD Pizza Spirit Day

    Family Council hopes you'll grab lunch and dinner at MOD Pizza in Matthews this Monday, February 21 for Telra Spirit Day. MOD Pizza in Matthews 10420 E Independence Blvd Matthews, North Carolina, 28105 Take a look at the menu in advance and then rally some friends to join you for good food and good company on the patio. Telra Family Council will receive 20% benefit of all sales, when you show this flyer or use code MOD1184 at the time of ordering.

  • Telra Spiritwear

    Spiritwear is here! Show your school pride in a fun and colorful way. Family Council and Telra Leadership have worked together with local printer Cotton Gin to produce a line of Telra t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and hoodies. All items are available for pre-order until March 13! At checkout, you may choose USPS shipping or "Pick Up". Family Council will help coordinate pick up at the school. We want to make this opportunity as accessible as possible for interested families. The prices are set at base cost and not padded for the purpose of fundraising or profit. ​ The spirit store will close for orders on March 13. Once the store closes, orders will take 7-10 days to be fulfilled. Take me to the store! Learn more about Telra's school uniform standards here.

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