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Kaye Bernard McGarry, M.Ed.
      Current At Large Member,
Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education
2003 - present
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Kaye is a graduate of Barry University in Miami, Florida, and the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, with a degree in Business Administration.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Education in Guidance and Counseling from UNC-Charlotte.  Continuing her life-long learning, she has taken additional courses at UNC-Charlotte in Journalism and English.          
        She has lived in Charlotte for thirty-eight years and she and husband, Dennis, are the parents of four children, three of whom graduated from Myers Park High School.  She is a former teacher of high school and college students, is a member of the North Carolina School  Counselor Association, the National and Carolinas Speakers Association, Toastmasters International, and has long been involved in the Charlotte community as an active volunteer in the arts, her church, St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, and for twelve years (1993 – 2005)  served as a Trustee at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).  During her tenure, she chaired the Facilities Committee at CPCC and was a member of the Finance and Executive Committees.        
        In 1991, Kaye started a company, SURVIVAL IN COLLEGE SEMINARS, and has been presenting Survival in College programs at high schools, churches and colleges in North and South Carolina and beyond, to college-bound students and parents of college-bound students. 
Since publishing her first book in 1998 titled, A New Beginning:  A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen, she has been invited to speak on college campuses as well as being interviewed on television.  She has also presented at numerous educational conferences.  Her book was featured in USA Today.  Kaye is a businesswoman, respected author, educator, wife, mother of four, counselor and community leader. Her book is now in its third edition.


In 2009, Kaye was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women by the Meckenburg Times.

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