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Who knew a principal could be so worldly?
Dr. Radke started her life travels in 1967 as an Army dependent and spent her childhood in almost all of the United States, as well as three years in Jakarta, Indonesia. She spent her 3rd, 4th and 5th grade years at the Joint International School in Jakarta, and returned to the United States for middle school in Tallahassee, Florida (Augusta Raa Middle) in 1976.
She received the Governor's Conservation Achievement Award in 2005 for being the NC Environmental Educator of the Year. She has written and received over $50,000 worth of grants for UCPS since 2006, including funding for a nature trail, an outdoor science amphitheater and two aquatic environments (fish pond and bog garden).
Dr. Radke is entering her 16th year in school administration and her 21st year in NC education. She is a third generation educator. She spent 1 year at West Mecklenburg High School and 5 years teaching Seniors (English Literature) at Garinger High School in CMS, and 2 years as an Elementary Assistant Principal at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary school in CMS.
She started her Union County administrative career as an assistant principal intern in 1998 at Indian Trail Elementary under Dr. Donica Davidson, and then was asked by Dr. Grace Faris to serve as assistant principal at Piedmont Middle in the year 2000. She moved up to the principalship level at Piedmont Middle in 2004, and accepted the principalship of East Union in July of 2015. She is a proud member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society of key women educators.
In 2008, Dr. Radke traveled to Dakar, Senegal, to collaborate with NC Educators in a World View Study of the influence of Islam on the Senegalese educational system, and was also awarded a place on the 2012 Lifetime Memory Mission Team to the Dominican Republic, where she helped build a school in Constanza.
In her spare time Dr. Radke enjoys photography, writing, and working in the yard and garden of her Mint Hill home with her daughter, Jane. She is a member of the Firebird Society in Charlotte, and serves on the board for NCPAPA at the State level. She also serves on the Smile for a Lifetime board for Starr & Dickens Orthodontics, which helps provide free braces and orthodontics for students in need.
The Radkes traveled to Iquitos, Peru, in 2013 as part of the EcoTeach summer seminar for teachers in the Amazon Jungle. They visited London, England, this summer with friends and family.
Dr. Radke believes that each and every student at East Union can learn and looks forward to serving the students and community of East Union on a daily basis!