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Having taught 9th-12th grade English for 18 years, Rhonda Dillingham is a veteran educator who brings a wealth of experience to her new role as Executive Director of the NC Association for Public Charter Schools.
Besides being a teacher, Rhonda is a certified dental assistant who chose to answer the call to teach and graduated with honors from Greensboro College in 1996 with a BA in secondary English Education. In addition to earning her National Board Certification in 2005, Rhonda has completed Master’s work in Education Leadership at High Point University.
In 2007, she was part of the team that founded the Asheboro High School Zoo School, a satellite location of Asheboro High School at the North Carolina Zoo. The Zoo School serves grades 10-12 in a science-focused small learning community committed to project-based learning and environmental education. In 2013, she co-founded Uwharrie Charter Academy, the only charter school in Randolph County, where she served as Chief Curriculum Officer for three years. Now in its fifth year, Uwharrie Charter’s mission is to prepare students for post-secondary life through a STEM-focused project-based learning environment.
Now in her third year as Executive Director of the NC Association for Public Charter Schools, Rhonda is proud of the progress the organization has made in serving the needs of the state’s public charter schools while she works to advocate, educate, and support the advancement of quality educational opportunities for all North Carolina children by supporting and expanding successful charter schools.