We are a non-profit organization committed to boldly accelerating student potential.

Our staff, volunteers, and partners work together to provide the individualized supports that each student needs to be successful from elementary school all the way to the workforce.

Leveraging an equity-based model, data, and strong partnerships within the Education Continuum, shift_ed ensures evidenced-based supports reach students with the greatest need. We want students to see that anything is possible and find success in their diverse educational and career pathways.

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About Us


shift_ed boldly accelerates student potential.



shift_ed will transform communities through diverse educational and workforce pathways.

shift_ed’s roots began in community activism. Students, parents, and business and community leaders in Guilford County wanted to create an education continuum that supported students and graduates at every level birth to career. They started a journey that has evolved over time and has strengthened and expanded through an equity lens. Through strategic partnerships and bold action, shift_ed drives success for students, families, the workforce, and communities.

In 2013 Representatives of Guilford Education Alliance, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, High Point Community Foundation, and Guilford County Schools came together to reshape the education continuum in Guilford County. After a robust community-wide undertaking, involving volunteers from all corners of Guilford County and one of the most successful fundraising efforts in the county’s history, Say Yes to Education chose the area for its third chapter in the nation.  Generous supporters throughout the county also recognized the potential in this movement, and quickly made financial commitments totaling more than $25 million dollars.

In the fall of 2016, the first GCS graduates began their college careers with support from the organization, and since that time gradates of every GCS high school have secured millions of scholarship dollars to prestigious colleges and universities all over the country.

On July 1, 2018, Guilford County became the first community in the country to locally own and operate its SYTE chapter allowing expansion of services to every part of the county. Services include: tutoring for students K-8th grade; career exploration for middle schoolers; free ACT and SAT classes, college application assistance and financial aid guidance for high schoolers; and scholarship and career support for graduates.

Recognizing the need for more supports, especially with the onset of a worldwide pandemic beginning in 2020, the organization increased services to include additional tutoring and career exposure opportunities; and in 2022 increased tutoring for elementary students, rolled out a mobile innovation lab for middle schoolers, and new programs for high schoolers dreaming of college. These expanded supports, from elementary to career, and strengthened partnerships within the Education Continuum allow shift_ed to walk with students on their diverse pathways to success, sometimes for 10+ years of their journeys.

Today shift_ed aims to reshape what is possible for our students and our community. Our work starts in schools and stretches into community centers, workplaces, play spaces, and dining rooms. Students are at the very core of everything we do, and when we invest in them our communities prosper.


Opportunity_ providing exposure to possibilities and creating diverse pathways for students to find success in the workforce and in life

Equity in Action_ intentionally eliminating barriers and providing individualized support for students with the greatest need

Bold Collaboration_ strong partnerships, shared language, shared metrics, shared impact/outcomes

Excellence_ believing in each person’s capacity for greatness

Agility_ responding to critical mission-aligned needs with a commitment to do things differently when necessary



At shift_ed, putting Equity into Action requires a reflection on where we have been, where we are currently, and where we want to be in the future. What equity requires is intentionality around:

  • increasing transparency regarding access to learning opportunities
  • investing our resources to expand access to supports, job pathways, and mobility for those with the greatest need
  • ensuring representation aligns with our community’s diversity
  • considering new ways to elevate voices and distribute agency to students and families

Board of Directors


Bobby Long, Co-Chair
Partner, Piedmont Capital Partners

Louise Brady, Co-Chair
Partner, Piedmont Capital Partners


Steve Russell, Vice Chair
Partner, Turning Point Litigation

Lauren Mitchell, Secretary
Director of Marketing & Communications, Business High Point

Chartarra Joyner, Treasurer
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Budget and Planning, North Carolina A&T State University

Board of Directors:

Courtney (Payne) Benfield
Senior Vice President, Bank of America Triad Market Manager

Julia Burge
Director of External Communications, Kontoor

Trey Davis
Assistant City Manager, City of Greensboro

Jakki Davis
Founder and CEO, D-UP

John Englar
Former Burlington Industries Executive

Michael Halford
Guilford County Manager

Cyril Jefferson
Principal Consultant, Change Often; Ward 1 Representative, High Point City Council

Jason Jones
Assistant County Manager for Quality Government, Guilford County

Michael Jones
Director of Health Services, Well-Spring

Cathy Knowles
Vice President, Development & Donor Engagement, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Jaymi LaGuardia
Director of Marketing and Communications, High Point Community Foundation

Paul Lessard
President, High Point Community Foundation

Alice Moore
Community Volunteer

Dr. Whitney Oakley
Superintendent, Guilford County Schools

Wendy Poteat
President & Chief Executive Officer, shift_ed

Dr. Kimberly Steinke
Interim Chief, Exceptional Children and Student Services, Guilford County Schools

Walker Sanders
President, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Dawn Spencer
Program Coordinator, High Point Schools Partnership


Our Staff

Wendy Poteat

Wendy Poteat, MPA

President & Chief Executive Officer


Amanda Rosemann

Amanda Rosemann

Chief Impact Officer


Elizabeth Paul

Elizabeth Paul, J.D.

Vice President of Donor Impact


TaJuana Robinson

TaJuana Jackson

Executive Assistant & Office Manager


Brandi Kennedy

Brandi Kennedy, M.Ed.

Director of Secondary & Postsecondary Programs


TaJuana Robinson

Chris Huntley

Manager of Primary School Programs


TaJuana Robinson

Kaitlyn Faili

Manager of Database and Data Analytics


Kat Glover

Communications & Marketing Specialist


Mya Walker

Manager of High School Programs


Elizabeth Paul

Amanda Mehl

Manager of Elementary School Programs


Carrington LeGrande

SEO Scholars Recruitment and 9th Grade Advisor


Elizabeth Paul

Rafael Ibarra-Orozco

SEO Scholars Recruitment and 9th Grade Advisor


Rosemary Plybon

Heidi Liles

10th Grade SEO Scholars Advisor



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