Ms. Rodd is our principal at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School. She previously served as principal of an inner city high school in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) System. Before becoming a principal, Ms. Rodd worked as the district’s Title I/ McKinney-Vento Specialist – responsible for federal funding for homeless children – and as a school social worker.
She believes that school should be safe and fun, a place of inspiration and a center for the community. By ensuring that students develop a strong reading foundation, children have access to better opportunities, in effect laying a foundation to have a successful, productive and fulfilling life. Ms. Rodd focuses on educating the whole child and sees education as a vehicle to level the playing field so that each student has equal access to career and college opportunities. She believes that parents are the most important teacher and that the school must partner with parents and the community so that children have the best success academic success.
Ms. Rodd is bilingual in Spanish due to the strong influences of two dynamic teachers from her middle and high school. Ms. Rodd earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University in 2010 as a part of Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s Leaders for Tomorrow Cohort I.
She previously earned graduate Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management, Planning and Community Practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Ms. Rodd is a licensed clinical social worker. Rodd has worked at a variety of schools during her 10 year tenure in CMS, most recently as the principal of the Business and Finance High School. She also has worked at Paw Creek Elementary and Monteclaire Elementary schools. She completed her administrative internships at Martin Luther King Middle School, Sedgefield Middle School, Mathews Elementary and Walter G. Byers Elementary School. Prior to employment with CMS, Rodd served the students and families experiencing homelessness at Merry Oaks Elementary and Shamrock Gardens Elementary through her employment at A Child’s Place and at the Salvation Army Women and Children’s Homeless Shelter.
Rodd is committed to serving others and helping people believe deeply in themselves and achieve at their highest level. She is a natural coach as she has worked for four years as a coach of a high school girls’ soccer team. Also, Ms. Rodd is a founding board member of Tri It For Life, a local nonprofit that mentors women to complete their first sprint triathlon.
Ms. Rodd was born in Nurnberg, West Germany, where her father served in the US Army. She grew up in Orlando, FL and Salt Lake City, Utah. In her personal time, you may see Ms. Rodd riding her bicycle, swimming or jogging since she is an avid tri-athlete. Ms. Rodd also loves soccer, playing goalkeeper throughout her childhood. She has a niece and nephew who light up her world!
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