Melanie Rhoads, currently a fellowship recipient of the North Carolina Principal Fellows
Program, is a full-time graduate student in the Master in School Administration program
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also attended Slippery
Rock University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1987 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/International Business
with a minor in French in 1983.
The first eight years of her career have been as an educator with Wake County Public
Schools in Raleigh, NC. Initially, she instructed first graders at Wiley International
Magnet School where she also taught electives in Beginning French, Problem Solving, and Schools Around the World. Her next seven years were spent at North Ridge Elementary
School where she had a variety of educational opportunities. There she taught Kindergarten,
Fourth, and Fifth grade students, and spent one year teaching a multi-age class of Fourth and Fifth graders.
Additionally, she had a variety of leadership opportunities at North Ridge. As a
member, and subsequently chairman of, the Technology Committee, she developed skills
in using technology as an educational and a management tool and oriented others toward
doing the same. As chairman of the Grant Writing Committee she was the grants contact
person for the school and wrote several grant proposals. She also chaired the Professionalized
Staff Development Committee, was Secretary of the Core Team for the School Improvement Planning process, and was bookkeeper from 1993-95 for the Differentiated
Pay funds which were allocated to North Carolina public schools.
In her spare time, which is practically nil while in graduate school, Melanie loves
to go to the beach, read, and/or play racquet sports. She is also a residential
contractor, and as such is President of Keystone Homes, Inc., a residential builder
located in Cary, NC.
Melanie has a deep commitment to the premise of public schools being the venue for
all students to receive quality educations. She is looking forward to working toward
realizing this ideal as a public school administrator.