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Kim Perkins Named Director of K-12 Programs, Charlotte Office

From Staff Reports
(July 6, 2023)

Effective, July 6, 2023, Kim Perkins has been named Director for K-12 Programs, Charlotte Office for Helping Education. Previously, Kim served as Director of In-School Programs, Charlotte, where she led the Virtual Literacy Clinic and supported students in summer tutoring programs. Kim has also served as a strategic liaison in our collaborative work with Read Charlotte.

“Kim has done an incredible job in our Charlotte office to build out programming that has advanced student learning,” said Amy Mattingly, Vice President of K-12 Programs. “She is a humble leader who not only is exceptionally efficient in program management, but she creates a team environment of collaboration where others can thrive, and I look forward to working more closely with her as she leads our Charlotte office,” concluded Mattingly.

As Director of K-12 Program, Charlotte Office, Kim will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of our Charlotte office and work closely with Dr. Amy Mattingly, Vice President of K-12 Programs, to manage organizational and program alignment and implementation and directly focus on increasing program support and impact in the Charlotte region. This new position will mirror the same position in the Raleigh office, where Amy Lau will now serve as the Director of K-12 Programs, Raleigh Office. These two positions are designed to cultivate and maintain alignment in K-12 programming across our organization, improve support of students, and increase impact in the regions we serve. These shifts in leadership have come out of a season of focus on improving organizational structure and culture and are the result of strategic planning and our organization’s commitment to advancing learning outcomes and promoting educational equity.

“We are excited to name Kim Perkins to this new Director role,” said William D. Gibson, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Kim has been a key leader in our Charlotte office and brings strong leadership skills to this new position where she will head our efforts to support more students in the Charlotte region. We have been working to align our K-12 programming across the organization, which has included restructuring the Charlotte office and team. I am also thankful for Dr. Erin Banks’ leadership in Charlotte to help restructure the office as we drive alignment across our K-12 department and I am very excited to have Kim’s leadership in this space,” concluded Gibson.

Kim joined Helping Education in 2019 and was the first staff person of our organization to lead and manage project support in the Charlotte region. She worked out of borrowed office space from our partner Read Charlotte when our organization first began supporting students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Kim’s focus has been on leading a team to implement our HELPS (Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies) program with fidelity while increasing the number of students who have benefited across the Charlotte region.

“Kim is an outstanding leader who has an unwavering commitment to students in the Charlotte region,” said Erin Banks, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Helping Education. “She is incredibly collaborative, which will continue to serve her well with our Charlotte staff, vital partners, and community collaborators. I am excited about her work in this role to lead the Charlotte office and I am looking forward to creating more access to our programming in the Charlotte region,” concluded Banks.

Prior to joining Helping Education, Kim served as the Executive Director for Lily Pad Haven, leading a team that provided safe housing and wraparound services to survivors of human trafficking. Prior to that, she served as Director of Operations and Development at a Washington, DC nonprofit for 13 years. Kim is a graduate of Florida State University, where she majored in Political Science. She continues a strong commitment to social justice and equity.

Kim Perkins and Amy Lau begin their positions of Director of K-12 Programs, Charlotte Office, and Director of K-12 Programs, Raleigh Office, respectively, on July 6, 2023.