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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.
 
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!
 
Sonja Escamilla |Email
 
Sonja Escamilla is a Raleigh native and graduated from Enloe High School. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Berea College in Kentucky. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2016 to 2017, focusing on primary literacy. She has two cats and is an avid recycler.
 
Akilah Govan |Email
 
Akilah Govan holds a B.A. in Psychology from William Peace University and a MEd in school counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to RCHS, she worked as a school counselor in Harnett County. Ms. Govan joined RCHS in 2021 to serve as Director of Student Support.
 
Lisa Kristianson |Email
 
Lisa Kristianson serves as our Community Liaison, coordinating the logistics of our Flex and Community Work Days. She also manages student records and standardized testing. Lisa has a BA from NCSU and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from The University of Puget Sound. Lisa has two children.
 
Bobby Lyons |Email
 
Bobby Lyons has been part of the RCHS community for over fifteen years. He has coached several of our athletic teams, supported special events, and served as a substitute teacher. Bobby currently works in the main office and coaches basketball and golf.
 
Sarita McIver |Email
 
Sarita McIver holds a BA in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. Sarita joined the RCHS community in 2014. She served as the school’s Athletic Director for many years as well as managing standardized testing. Sarita now serves as Raleigh Charter’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
 
Allison Northrup |Email
 
Allison Northrup holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University. Prior to coming to Raleigh Charter she worked at a K-8 charter school in Wake Forest, NC. Allison is originally from the Northern Virginia area. She enjoys spending time with her two kids and husband, especially traveling with them!
 
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.
 
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.
 
Catlyn Wibbenmeyer |Email