All Faculty
Sera Arcaro |Email | Webpage
Sera Arcaro holds a BA in English (summa cum laude) and the MEd degree in secondary English Education from Ohio State University. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she taught English at a rural senior secondary school in Namibia for two years. She then moved to Dalian, China where she taught English to children and adults for a year, in addition to training new teachers. She returned to the U.S. and taught English for two years before joining the faculty at RCHS, where she now serves as an English teacher.
Glenda Atkinson |Email
Glenda Atkinson has a BS degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Before coming to RCHS, she spent several years working in the College Counseling Office at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School doing everything from applications and transcripts to scholarships. She currently serves as the General Office Manager and Director of College Counseling.
Margaret Barnett |Email
Margaret Barnett holds a BA in Graphic Design from Loyola University New Orleans. As a 2008 RCHS graduate and proud Forever Phoenix, Margaret is honored to serve as Director of Development and Communications. She also enjoys serving as the school's alumni liaison. Prior to joining the staff at RCHS, Margaret worked as a graphic designer and marketing specialist for a local bank in Santa Cruz, California.
Cynthia Brown |Email | Webpage
Cynthia Brown holds degrees from Campbell University (BA) and Southern Seminary (Master of Church Music, Doctor of Musical Arts) and has a wealth of experience in voice, organ and conducting. She directs the choral and instrumental music programs and serves as the Chair of Fine Arts. Dr. Brown previously taught at Meredith College, Campbell University and Southern Seminary.
Sonia Cano |Email
Sonia Cano is the Administrative Specialist at RCHS. Prior to joining RCHS, she worked for over fourteen years for C-Suite executives at investment banks and IT companies in New York and Raleigh. She is a graduate from the College of Staten Island, New York. Sonia relocated with her husband and two children in 2016 from New York to Raleigh.
Scott Caudill |Email | Webpage
Scott Caudill earned a BS in Biology with an ecology emphasis from Baylor University and a BS in Science Education from North Carolina State University. He taught previously at Cary High School.
Kristine Chalifoux |Email | Webpage
Kristine Chalifoux holds a BA in English from Arizona State University and the MFA from Columbia University. Before coming to North Carolina, she taught advanced literature and writing courses at DePaul University where she was the Associate Director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors program.
DeeAnn Cherveny |Email
DeeAnn Cherveny is a graduate of East Carolina University, where she received her BS in Special Education. She holds a license in Learning Disabilities from North Carolina State University and has been a special education teacher for Wake County Schools.
Jacob Cole |Email
Jacob Cole has a BA in Mathematics with minors in Writing and Secondary Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and is currently working on his M.Ed in STEM Education from NC State University. He has taught 8th Grade Math, Math 1, and 8th Grade ELA at Wake County Public Schools. A Raleigh native, Jacob has circumnavigated the globe, thanks to two student teaching placements in Melbourne, Australia and Vienna, Austria. If not at RCHS, you can usually find Jacob coaching swimming for a local year-round team, at a concert, or trying to plan his next trip to Disney World.
Margaret Crenshaw |Email
Margaret Crenshaw is an RCHS alum and holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carleton College. After teaching in different capacities in Santa Fe, New York City, Spain, and Atlanta, she became a software engineer in Chicago. She has returned to the Land of the Pines and is back at Raleigh Charter teaching math.
Debra Dwight |Email
Debra Dwight holds a BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University and is an avid MSU Spartan fan. She serves as the Bookkeeper at RCHS, and previously held positions in accounting for schools and churches in Texas and North Carolina. Go Green!
David Ennis |Email
David Ennis holds a B.S. from North Carolina State University and previously worked as a researcher in the field of Physics. Prior to coming to Raleigh Charter High School, Mr. Ennis held various educational leadership positions and taught courses in several subject areas. He serves as the Director of Operations and Technology at Raleigh Charter.
Joyce Felder,J |Email | Webpage
Joyce Felder,J is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a BS in Physics. Before joining the Math Faculty at RCHS, she ran a tutoring program at NCSU in Physics, taught Physics at Enloe High School, consulted for Thinkin' Science Series: ZAP! a physics educational software program developed by Edmark Corporation, and raised four children.
Kenny Felder,K |Email | Webpage
Kenny Felder,K graduated from Enloe High School, barely. He then went to UNC-Chapel Hill where, in a determined effort to avoid making up his mind, he wound up majoring in both English and Physics. After ten years in the software industry he joined RCHS in 1999, where he currently teaches math. He maintains a web page of papers on math and physics. He has four children.
Julia Ferrando |Email
Julia Ferrando graduated with a BS in Psychology from Ohio State University while also following a pre-medicine curriculum. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and previously worked as a claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Cincinnati, Ohio. She eventually returned to Cleveland to work as a substitute teacher and attend graduate school where she received an MEd degree from John Carroll University. Julia moved to Raleigh in 2020 to teach at RCHS.
Rebecca Flammia |Email
Rebecca Flammia has a BA and MA in Spanish Language and Literature from NCSU, where she also taught. Her travels include trips to Spain, Chile, and Costa Rica.
Nina Foster |Email
Nina Foster holds a BA in Religion, Creative Writing, and Women's and Gender Studies from Wake Forest University as well as the MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is a 2011 Raleigh Charter alum and has worked as an Editorial Associate at Duke University Press.
Mary Grimes |Email
Mary Grimes received a MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. She graduated first in her college at the University of New Hampshire (her home state) with a dual major in Spanish and Russian. Mrs. Grimes has over fifteen years experience teaching ESL, Spanish and Russian in high schools and universities.
Kern Hairston |Email
Kern Hairston is an alumnus of the UNC-Chapel Hill where he earned the BA in Journalism & Mass Communication. Having spent the last 15 years in the Undergraduate Admissions office at UNC-Chapel Hill -- most recently as Senior Assistant Director of Admissions -- he serves RCHS as college counselor.
Whit Hames |Email | Webpage
Whit Hames has taught in Moriyama, Japan, at Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro, and at Southeast Raleigh High School, where he was division leader for science. He has a BS in Biology from Michigan State University and an MS in Biology from James Madison University.
Lisa Huddleston |Email
Lisa Huddleston is the Principal of Raleigh Charter High School. She has worked at the school since 2001 and has served at various times in the roles of the Community Liaison, a mathematics teacher, and an Academic Dean. Lisa received the B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University and the Master's of School Administration from North Carolina State University. She has previously taught math, computer science, and physics in McKinney, Texas.
Bob Hussey |Email | Webpage
Bob Hussey holds the Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and the MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley College. He spent 25 years in industry, 16 of which were in the Information Technology group of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. He comes to us from Massachusetts, where most recently he was teaching middle school math.
Philip Kellogg |Email
Philip Kellogg teaches Physics at Raleigh Charter. Originally from Ohio, Philip completed a BS in physics at Otterbein University, with his undergraduate research focusing on neutrino oscillation experiments at Fermilab. He completed the MAT program in science at NC State University, and has previously taught AP Physics C and Astronomy at Holly Springs High School.
David Kilbride |Email
David Kilbride works as the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the North Carolina Symphony. Mr. Kilbride graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a BA in Violin performance in 1993. His principal teachers include Bernard Goldschmit, Linda Cerone, Dr. James Stern and Kay Stern. He was selected to perform with Sir George Solti in the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Prior to his appointment in the North Carolina Symphony, David served as a member of the New World Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Assistant Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Opera Pacific Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony and the Virginia Symphony.
Shayne Klein |Email
Shayne Klein has been a member of the RCHS faculty since its founding. She has taught AP United States History, Civics and Economics, World History, and Minority and Women's Studies. Before coming to RCHS, Ms. Klein taught at Friends' Central School outside Philadelphia and at Carrington Middle School in Durham. She holds the BA from Amherst College and the MAT from Duke University. Ms. Klein currently serves as Academic Dean.
Amy Koch |Email | Webpage
Amy Koch has been a researcher at three universities. Her degrees, the B.S. in Biology and the MAT in Science Education, are from Duke University. Prior to coming to RCHS, Amy Koch was a Biology teacher at Southeast Raleigh High School. In her spare time, Ms. Koch likes to read and spend time with her three children.
Lisa Kristianson |Email
Lisa Kristianson is the Office Manager and Testing Coordinator. She previously served a similar role in another Raleigh-area charter school. Lisa has a BA from NCSU and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from The University of Puget Sound. Lisa has two children.
Katharine Laraway |Email | Webpage
Katharine Laraway holds a BS in Health Education with a minor in Global Issues from Appalachian State University. She has traveled to over 55 different states and countries.
Cyndi Lynn |Email
Cyndi Lynn assists with Specials Programs. She has several years of experience as a teaching assistant and a one-on-one adaptive coordinator and has previously worked in Wake County Public Schools and at Exploris Middle School.
Amy Marschall |Email | Webpage
Amy Marschall holds A BA from Duke University and an MA and PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Marschall taught German language and literature at the college level before joining the faculty at RCHS in 1999. She is the translator of Heads or Tails: The Poetics of Money, a work of literary criticism by Jochen Hörisch. She teaches German and English and is the Director of Student Support.
Petra Martignoni |Email | Webpage
Petra Martignoni received her teacher’s diploma from the State Teachers College in Bern/Switzerland. Additionally she majored in Philosophy and minored in German Literature at the University of Bern/Switzerland. Before moving to the USA, Mrs. Martignoni taught for several years and traveled extensively, mainly in Asia and Europe.
Sarita McIver |Email
Sarita McIver holds a BA in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. Participating in college basketball, soccer, and softball, Sarita found herself most passionate about fine arts and athletics. She was formerly the Athletic Director at Carmen High School of Science and Technology and is now Raleigh Charter's Athletic Director.
Gene Meade |Email
Gene Meade is the Teaching Assistant and Testing Coordinator. He is also the head cross country and track and field coach. Prior to coming to Raleigh Charter, Gene was the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. He was also an adviser on the Meredith College Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Charles Montague |Email
Charles Montague holds a BA in African, Asian and Islamic History from Washington and Lee and an MA in American History from Villanova University. Following his love of folklore and music, Charles advises the Sustaining Roots Music Community Work Day project at Raleigh Charter. Mr. Montague also advises the RCHS chapter of Amnesty International. When missing, Charles can be found fly-fishing pristine trout waters.
Alison Nack |Email
Alison Nack helps support technology at RCHS. She has BS in Mechanical Engineering from NCSU. After completing the lateral entry teacher program at UNC, Alison taught middle school science for several years.
Betsy Newmark |Email | Webpage
Betsy Newmark has a BA from George Washington University with a double major in History and Russian. Her MA is from UCLA in Slavic Languages and Literatures. She comes to Raleigh Charter from teaching 8th grade Social Studies at Carnage Middle School, where she also coached the History Bowl and Quiz Bowl teams to state and national championships. Mrs. Newmark has also won the Time Warner National Teacher Award for four years in a row. She works with the Quiz Bowl team and Student Legislative Assembly. Check out her award-winning website for her classes.
Hannah Page |Email
Hannah Page holds a BA in Anthropology from Millsaps College and a MAT in History Education from Duke University, as well as a Master's degree in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. Hannah serves as the school's community liaison, working closely with the development and communications staff. She also teaches history. When not at school, she is most often at some stage in the sourdough bread baking process.
David Palmieri |Email | Webpage
David Palmieri holds a BA in Geography from Vassar College and an MA in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Originally from Massachusetts, he has recently moved to North Carolina from Colorado where he taught history and geography at Monarch High School for nine years. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and has a special interest in Pre-Columbian Latin American history. He is also the sponsor for Model United Nations. While not teaching, he enjoys hiking and backpacking.
Norma Pedersen |Email | Webpage
Norma Pedersen holds a BA in Chemistry from Capital University and an MS degree in Biochemistry from NC State University where her research focused on hormone regulation of gene expression. She has taught Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at Wake Technical Community College, NC State University, and various high schools in the Raleigh-Durham area. She has also served as a Reader for the AP Chemistry exam.
Maggie Rasnick |Email | Webpage
Maggie Rasnick holds the BFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis and her MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. A professional actor and director, she is a member of Actor's Equity Association, Assitej, and the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. Her education and direction credits include numerous positions and productions in Orlando, Seattle, Gainesville, and Raleigh.
Mike Rios |Email
Mike Rios holds the BA in English from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He has taught in high schools in North Carolina and Georgia.
Damien Sauzet |Email
Damien Sauzet is a French citizen. He relocated From France in 2017. He holds a "Maîtrise de Lettres modernes" from Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He obtained the national certification to become a teacher in 2002 in France and has since been working in public middle and high schools, mainly in his native region of Auvergne. He enjoys sharing his language and culture with RCHS students and also gives a little bit of his time to the Alliance Française of Raleigh.
Becky Schmitz |Email | Webpage
Becky Schmitz holds the BA in English from Iowa State University and the MAT from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Caio Setubal |Email
Caio Setubal holds a BA in Mathematics and Anthropology from the University of Virginia. He is originally from Brazil, but has loved calling North Carolina home since 2015. Before joining the RCHS team, he worked for an education non-profit in São Paulo and taught math at High Point Central High School.
Mark Slattery |Email
Mark Slattery served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 1985 to 1987 in the fisheries program. It was there that he learned Spanish and developed an appreciation for Hispanic/Latin culture. He has traveled extensively throughout Central America. He taught in Orange county for twelve years before coming to RCHS. He received the B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and teaching certification in Spanish in his hometown of Framingham, MA.
Cheryl Smith |Email
Cheryl Smith helps maintain the “technology” (hardware and software) here at Raleigh Charter High School. She comes here after serving this same post for four years at The Magellan Charter School. Upon receiving the Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, Ms. Smith relocated to North Carolina from New Jersey.
Lisa Springle |Email | Webpage
Lisa Springle holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a MAT in English from Duke University. Lisa taught for two years at Southeast Raleigh High School and at Raleigh Charter in its second year before moving back to her hometown of Chicago in 2001. After working as an assistant editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica and staying home with her three kids, she returned to Raleigh Charter in 2011.
Bill Thelen |Email | Webpage
Bill Thelen holds degrees from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (BFA) and the UNC-Chapel Hill (MFA) and has exhibited art both nationally and internationally. Locally, he is represented by Branch Gallery in Durham, and has been the owner and director of Lump Gallery/Projects in Raleigh since 1996. Mr. Thelen has previously taught at Mt. Olive College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and St. Augustine’s College.
Mimi Tomei |Email
Mimi Tomei earned a BA in Media and Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mimi has interned at two local nonprofits and in state government, and served as a yearbook editor while at UNC. A 2016 RCHS graduate, Mimi now serves as RCHS' development and communications assistant. In her spare time, Mimi enjoys traveling and baking.
Adriana Velasquez |Email
Adriana Velasquez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Los Andes University. After specializing in Business Administration in Spain, she came to the United States with her husband and son, where she operated her own business offering bookkeeping and income tax preparation services as a Registered Tax Preparer and a IRS-Certified Agent. In 2013, she graduated from Meredith College with a Master's of Arts in Teaching and has served elementary and middle school students at Maureen Joy Charter School.
Hikaru Wajima |Email
Hikaru Wajima holds the BS in Physics and the MAT in Mathematics and Physics Education from Duke University. As an Air-Force Captain, Mr. Wajima was a Professor of Air Science at the University of Virginia. Previously, Mr. Wajima has taught with the Susami (Japan) Board of Education (2004-2006).
Troy K. Weaver |Email
Troy K. Weaver earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Religion from Duke University, an MAT in Science Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is currently working on his Triangle-trifecta by completing a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision at NC State. He has taught all areas of science, but is most passionate about Biology, Chemistry, and Forensic Science. Mr. Weaver has taught in public schools, a juvenile detention center, and at several area independent schools, most recently at Cary Academy.
Melani Winter |Email
Melani Winter holds a BA in History from Cornerstone College and a MS in Social Studies Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught U.S. History, Civics, and Geography at Hmong American Peace Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee, and is a 2005 James Madison Fellow.
Kevin Yang |Email
Kevin Yang has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey. In addition to working as a tutor and teaching assistant for PreCalculus, he has interned in research at NASA.