CHARLOTTE – Ann B. Clark, chief academic officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, won the 2011 Queen Smith Award at the Council of Great City Schools conference on Friday, Oct. 28.

The award is given to educators who have made significant contributions to education and their community and is named in memory of Queen Smith, vice president for urban programs at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company.

“I am very humbled by this recognition,” Clark said. “Ms. Smith worked tirelessly for children and I hope to honor her legacy.”

Clark has nearly 30 years of experience in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as an educational leader. She has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in the system since joining the district in 1983 as a teacher of behaviorally and emotionally disabled children at Devonshire Elementary School.

She began her teaching career at North Landing Elementary in Virginia Beach, Va., after graduating from Davidson College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Virginia and holds administrator certification from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In addition to her work with the school district, Clark serves on multiple boards, including Communities in Schools, Children’s Theatre, the Davidson College Board of Visitors, Smart Start and the Teen Health Connection.

Clark will receive $2,000, and the Council of Great City Schools will receive $1,000.