Doctoral Fellows

Jatnna Acosta
Jatnna Acosta
Doctoral Fellow
jacost13@uncc.edu
UNC Charlotte | College of Education

Jatnna Acosta is a first year Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Literacy program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wake Forest University where she double minored in English and Spanish. She earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University. Jatnna taught second and third grade developmental bilingual classes for four years in Winston Salem before relocating to the Charlotte area. She now teaches middle school Spanish. Her research interests include culturally responsive teaching, bilingual education, and English language learners. 


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Candace R. Chambers
Doctoral Fellow
cchamb32@uncc.edu
UNC Charlotte | College of Education

Candace R. Chambers is a first year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum & Instruction, Urban Literacy program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in secondary education from Jackson State University, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies. At the University of Alabama, Candace served as an Assistant Director of the campus’ writing center and taught Freshman Composition in the English department. She has tutored students in writing at various colleges and universities. Candace is the CEO of Educational Writing Services, LLC, and she assists students with writing scholarship essays using her text, Write Your Way to a Successful Scholarship Essay. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, community literacy, and college attainment for students of color. 


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Charlotte R. Hancock
Doctoral Fellow
chancoc6@uncc.edu
UNC Charlotte | College of Education

Charlotte R. Hancock is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum & Instruction, Urban Literacy, TESL program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She earned a Master’s degree in Spanish with a concentration in Literature, Languages, and Culture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has taught Spanish for over 10 years and currently serves as an English teacher and Coordinator in a dual language program. Her research interests include best and effective practices in dual language immersion and world language programs.


Shanique Lee
Shanique J. Lee
Doctoral Fellow
slee169@uncc.edu
UNC Charlotte | College of Education

Shanique J. Lee is a first year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to earn her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and the University of Georgia for her M.Ed. in Professional Counseling. Her experience with providing counseling services to adjudicated youth led her into teaching high school English, which is where she has been for the last 4 years. Her research interests include teacher mental health and ways to best prepare teachers to psychologically manage the demands of teaching in urban schools.


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Antoinette M.L. Rochester
Doctoral Fellow
UNC Charlotte | College of Education

Antoinette M. L. Rochester is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Hampton University, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University. Her research interest includes the intersection between, education, race, and public policy and the lasting ramifications of Brown v. Board of Education (1954).


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Evan Willis
Doctoral Fellow
ewill136@uncc.edu
UNC Charlotte | College of Education

Evan Willis is a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Pastor. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Oakwood University and a Master of Divinity degree from the SDA Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI. He is a second year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying in the Curriculum and Instruction program with an emphasis in Urban Education. His research interests include equity and inclusion, the impact race and religion on Christian schooling, Black male outcomes and its function in both the Black community and in urban spaces.