Okema began her work as an educator at NC State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Gardner Webb.  Upon graduating, she accepted a position at McClintock Middle School in Charlotte, NC teaching 6th grade Language Arts.  She served as a classroom teacher for 18 years before deciding to extend her impact by taking on the role of an Instructional Coach. Her work as a Multi Classroom Leader (MCL) within Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has afforded her many opportunities that  have allowed her to grow her capacity as a coach.  She was recognized as an Opportunity Culture Fellow and has provided professional development for novice MCLs at the onstart of their journey as an Instructional Coach.  As Okema begins her 23rd year as an educator this fall, she continues to stay motivated to do this work.  She currently serves as an Instructional Coach for the NC New Teacher Support Program, UNC Charlotte Region, serving beginning teachers in grades K-12.  

Educational Background: NC State University

Areas of Licensure/Expertise: Need