• Jernigan 203A

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Tosha Arriola , M.Ed.

  • Instructor
  • Director of NC Fellow Program and Cato Fellows
  • Cato School of Education

Tosha Arriola is an instructor in the Cato School of Education at Queens University of Charlotte. She is also the Director for the Cato Fellows Program where she supervises leadership and community service oprojects to enrich the students� educational experiences. She is known for being enthusiastic, passionate, and for having high expectations of her students. Arriola brings fifteen years of experience teaching in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School district into her college classroom. Most recently she taught at Myers Park Traditional School, Nations Ford Elementary, and Collinswood Language Academy. She has won many awards for her teaching and has been recognized for closing the achievement gap between minorities and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, including the Meck Ed Teacher of Excellence, Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2015, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success. Arriola�s areas of expertise include second language acquisition, service learning, classroom management, cultural diversity and researching effective learning strategies and their impact on student achievement. She has been a presenter at the National Professional Development Schools' conference for the past five years, as well as the National Critical Issues in Education Conference. Tosha�s educational experience reaches across the globe as she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain as part of her dual major of Spanish and Education. She used her bilingual skills while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and spent three years teaching preschool, training preschool teachers, and assisted in writing the preschool curriculum for the Ministry of Health and Education in Costa Rica. In her role as the Co-Chair for the Mayor�s Mentoring Alliance Board, Tosha has created and facilitated several trainings for non-profit agencies in the community. She has also consulted with Urban Ministries Center in developing a cultural survey and created workshops and staff development for their organization.


  • B.A.  - Education and Spanish; State University of New York Cortland College
  • M. Ed.  - Literacy; Queens Univeristy of Charlotte


  • Teacher of the Year 2011 Myers Park Traditional School
  • Meck Ed Teacher of Excellence 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2015 The National Society of Leadership and Success
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