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NCASA Executive Board Approves New Leadership

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Members of the NCASA Executive Board approved on June 13th the selection of Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, Superintendent of Franklin County Schools, as NCASA’s President-Elect, effective July 1, 2022. At that time, Dr. Aaron Slutsky, Chief Technology Officer for Gaston County Schools, will take over as NCASA’s President from Mr. Brad Richardson, Principal at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary in Rutherford County Schools. On behalf of NCASA’s school leader members, we would like to thank these outstanding individuals for their service and leadership on behalf of our public schools.

Read more about these leaders in education below:

Dr. Rhonda Schuhler

Dr. Rhonda Schuhler

Rhonda Schuhler has spent 29 years in public education in North Carolina, both at the school and district levels. She has served as an elementary classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. At the district level, she has provided leadership in a variety of roles including director in human resources, director of professional development and innovation, executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction, and assistant and associate superintendent.

Rhonda Schuhler has spent 29 years in public education in North Carolina, both at the school and district levels. She has served as an elementary classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. At the district level, she has provided leadership in a variety of roles including director in human resources, director of professional development and innovation, executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction, and assistant and associate superintendent.

She has led Franklin County Schools as superintendent for the past five years. In addition to her role as superintendent, Dr. Schuhler has served on the executive boards of NCSSA, NCASA, and as CCRESA Chair. In 2020, she was recipient of the Dr. Brad Sneeden Leadership Award through the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association’s Next Generation Superintendent Development Program (NGSDP).

Rhonda holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, a Master’s of School Administration from UNC- Chapel Hill, and an Ed.S. and Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations from UNC-Greensboro.

Dr. Aaron Slutsky

Dr. Aaron Slutsky

For the past 23 years, Aaron has worked as an 8th grade teacher, Instructional Technology Facilitator, and Chief Technology Officer. Aaron has served in Burke County Public Schools, Catawba County Schools, McDowell County Schools, and is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Gaston County Schools. 

Dr. Slutsky has picked up a passion for instructional technology and strives to put powerful, yet frustration- free technology in the hands of teachers and students. Aaron is a Google Certified Innovator, YouTube Star Teacher, and Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer.  Aaron serves as a board member on NCTIES, NCASA, and NCCoSN.

Aaron Slutsky graduated from NC State University with a forestry degree, which is a bad choice for someone allergic to poison ivy.  Luckily, he found his calling as an educator.  Along the way he has earned a Master’s Degree in Middle Grade Education and an Educational Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Mr. Brad Richardson

Mr. Brad Richardson

Brad Richardson has worked his 24 year career in education with Rutherford County Schools where he has been a middle school Reading and Social Studies teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal.  He is currently Principal at Forest City – Dunbar Elementary where he has served for the past nine years.

In 2014, Mr. Richardson was selected as Wells Fargo Regional Principal of the Year for Region 8.  He has served as a board member of the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association since 2017 and President of the organization from 2019-2021.

Mr. Richardson earned a Bachelor’s degree from Campbell University in 1997 and a Master’s in School Administration from Gardner – Webb University in 2000.  He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2001 and continues to hold that recognition.

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