Mario Torrence began his educational career twenty years ago at Cornelius Elementary as an afterschool program coordinator and a math and literacy tutor. In September 2005, Mr. Torrence made his first trip to Statesville to be the Grades 4 through 8 math teacher at Success Institute Charter School. Mr. Torrence spent seven years teaching at Success Institute Charter during which the school exceeded growth in math five times. Over the next three years, Mr. Torrence served as a Math lead at Sugar Creek Charter. During his time at Sugar Creek, Mr. Torrence served as a grade level lead, math facilitator and a teacher mentor. In 2015, Mr. Torrence transitioned to Invest Collegiate. During his time at Invest Collegiate he created the Invest Collegiate Honors Academy. This marked the first time that students at Invest Collegiate were able to accumulate high school credits in Math and English as middle grades students. From Invest Collegiate, Mr. Torrence transitioned into Governors’ Village STEM Academy Academic Facilitator and later Dean of Instruction. This year marks his twentieth year in education and thirteenth in instructional leadership.
Mr. Torrence received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1999. He returned to UNC Charlotte where he earned his Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education in 2010. In 2022, Mr. Torrence received a second Master’s in School Administration from Gardner Webb University.
During his educational career, Mr. Torrence has received multiple awards. The award that he is most proud of is the Educator Partner of the Year Award that he received in 2018 from the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mr. Torrence’s educational experiences have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with diverse stakeholders around the common goal of increasing student achievement and promoting positive well-being. His educational philosophy is based on his uncompromising belief that when given a nurturing learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, and an encouraging community all students can learn.