Collyn Gaffney

Instructor of Mentorship & Research


Joined NCSSM in June 2022

Collyn Gaffney joined the NCSSM-Morganton team in June 2022 as an Instructor of Mentorship and Research. She began her teaching career in 2006 in Boise, Idaho. Aside from teaching core courses of history, math, and ELA, Collyn has enjoyed teaching Big History Project, morphology, improv, and coaching First Lego League, Science Olympiad, and Fishing Team. Prior to her 16 years in the classroom, she spent 13+ years in the radio, TV, and film industry in both North Carolina and Idaho. Collyn enjoys being on the NCSSM team and exploring western North Carolina. Her daughter is a NCSSM Class of 2013 alum.

BFA, Theatre Arts, UNC Charlotte
MEd, Educational Leadership, American Intercontinental University

Mentorship and Research

Christiane Burkins

Director of Mentorship and Research (Morganton)

Emily Churchman

Teaching Assistant

Letitia Hubbard

Instructor of Engineering and Mentorship

Brenda Kapingidza

Teaching Assistant

Zoe Loh

Teaching Assistant

Taylor Nguyen

Data Management Specialist

Ashlyn Rickard

Teaching Assistant

Esha Shah

Program Assistant

Sarah Shoemaker

Director of Mentorship and Research (Durham)

Mary Slawter

Coordinator of Mentorship and Research

Bobby Warren


Kendal Win

Program Assistant