I have been an advocate for public education for over 20 years.
Rhonda became a public school advocate when she entered Ms. Houston's kindergarten class at Bunker Hill Elementary school. She has dedicated her career to making public schools joyful, effective, and equitable places for children, families, and school leaders of the District of Columbia.
Rhonda is a graduate of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, where her teachers and peers instilled in her a commitment to serve, and a drive for excellence through hard work and perseverance. She attended Columbia University, where she majored in Urban Studies. "The Sociology of Education," which examined the power of public education to build people and communities, would prove to be a pivotal course in her professional life.
Her 15 years in the District of Columbia education sector include a diversity of roles that allow her to examine challenges from multiple perspectives. She has taught high school history, supported new teachers, and managed a division of a private tutoring business. From 2012-2018, she was a school leader with DC Prep, including serving as the founding Operations Manager at the Anacostia Elementary Campus. Rhonda recently joined the finance team at EdOps.
Rhonda is an active and engaged community leader. She is the past chair of the Education Pioneers DC-area alumni board, and a mentor with Capital Partners for Education. In 2017, she was named Mentor of the Year to recognize her service to her mentee, and to the broader mentor community. A strong advocate for women's empowerment, she supports the Washington Area Women's Foundation as co-chair of the 2018 Leadership Luncheon. Rhonda is currently the president of the Manor Park Citizen's Association, where she leads the organization's efforts to make Manor Park an amazing place to live, learn, and work.
Rhonda's vision for education in Ward 4 is that all adults will invest personally in the success of our schools and our students so that one's zip code does not determine their destiny. She is working passionately to create a culture in Ward 4 whereby every child feels loved and valued, whether they are sitting in a classroom, or walking to the playground. Rhonda believes that when communities harness its attention and resources towards all children, all children will be prepared for college, career, and leadership in our city.
A 3rd generation Washingtonian, she remains close to her large family, especially her nieces and nephews. She enjoys hiking and reading, and is a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church.