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Dr. Rachel Clarke - Principal
Dr. Clarke is passionate about global learning and is thrilled to lead Kensington, a global education school.
Dr. Clarke’s first teaching position was in Jerusalem, teaching music in a preschool. That experience sparked a passion and a goal to have all children learn about the world! This was followed up by participation as one of two North Carolina delegates in the "Chinese--American Education Bridge" program in Beijing. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Clarke was named a "World Affairs Council Scholar" by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. In 2014, Dr. Clarke was selected as one of eight educators nationwide to participate in the Brazil/USA Educator Exchange Program, sponsored by the US Department of State. During her participation in this program, she presented workshops to educators in Rondonia, Alagoas, and at the International "Gestao Escolar" conference in Brasilia. However, the best global education opportunity came right here at Waxhaw in 2013, when the Mandarin Immersion program opened at Kensington!
Dr. Clarke serves as the North Carolina State Representative for NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) and is a member of the state NCPAPA Board. She is also a member of ASCD, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Phi Delta Kappa. Dr. Clarke is a principal advisor for Best NC, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s public education system through policy and advocacy. She serves on the Dual Language/Immersion Advisory group for NCDPI and also is on the board of “Children Connecting the World”, an organization committed to creating opportunities for global learning for students.
Dr.Clarke lives in Monroe with her husband. Her son, Philips, is a proud graduate of Cuthbertson High School and is currently a sophomore at Western Carolina University.