The UP Company
Student Success Program Driven By Passion & Data
How We Help Students Succeed
About Our Program
Charlotte is facing a devistating crisis with Upward Mobility and Acheivement Gap disparities; less than 5% of Charlotteans will be able to burst the thick ceiling of poverty.
According to Charlotte’s Opportunity Taskforce there are specific actions that make up an effective solution, which include innovative and grass roots methods of helping students.
The UP Company uses proven, data-driven methods that drastically improve school attendance, EOG scores, reduce the suspension rate, increase teacher morale, increase parent engagement and participation through grass roots style programming for middle school ASEP. The UP Company consists of a board of high performing veteran teachers, therapists and influential community members and uses the Opportunity Taskforce findings and proven grassroot methods.
Meet Our Board
Natasha Oates MA EdS LPC
Program Director, Licensed Professional Counselor, Speaker
She is passionate about helping young people overcome obstacles and reach their potential. She has a knack for creating fun and engaging programming for children.
She has an Education Specialist and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Natasha has a wealth of experience working with youth in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, the Greater Enrichment Program, Mecklenburg Co. Park & Recreation, Covenant Cares for Kids, group homes and in out-patient counseling settings.
Beacon Learning Community, Teacher of The Year
Dahleesia is an outstanding teacher who is extremely passionate about her students and has very high expectations for every one of them.
Dahleesia provides great instruction, has excellent classroom management and works diligently to ensure that her students are successful.
Johnson graduated from North Carolina Central University with honors and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After college, Johnson taught kindergarten through fourth grade in Durham Public Schools until her family relocated to Charlotte two years ago.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher
Donald has over 17 years experience in educating children. He’s served on Eastway Middle School ‘s Leadership and School Improvement Team. He offers a wealth of experience and passion in student success.