Leslie Paynter is the Managing Director and Principal of Alamance Community School. For the past eight years, she was the founding Elementary Principal at Voyager Academy, a leading K-12 charter school, in Durham, NC with a Project Based Learning focus. Fourteen years ago, she was an original board member at Voyager Academy and was instrumental is starting the Voyager Academy middle school in 2007, the high school in 2010, and the elementary school in 2011. Leslie received a BA in Elementary Education (K-6) and a M.Ed. in Special Education (K-12) from UNC-Charlotte and an Education Administration and Supervision add-on license from North Carolina Central University. In her 28 years as an educator, she has been a regular classroom teacher, a special education teacher, an EC facilitator, a founding board member of a charter school, and an administrator.