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Veteran educator brings more than 23 years experience

CARY, NC (June 27, 2017) – Cardinal Charter Academy has hired a new principal to lead the school next year. Rebecca Draper, who earned her doctorate in educational leadership, started at the school on 6/26/17. Draper previously served as assistant principal at Grimsley High School and has served in leadership positions at a variety of schools in North Carolina and Tennessee since 2001. Prior to that she had extensive classroom experience holding teaching positions since 1994.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and education from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master of Science in educational leadership and technology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA where she graduated magna cum laude.  She earned her doctor of education, also magna cum laude, in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University. 

“We are very excited to have Dr. Draper join our team,” said Joel County, regional director of North Carolina region. “Her expertise and strong leadership are certain to propel our students, faculty and staff to their highest capabilities. Her passion for students is inspiring to all of us.”

Cardinal Charter Academy is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. The school is governed by Triangle Charter Education Association, which consists of local community leaders: Allen Taylor, Judy DuPre, Elaine Shamel, Lee Teague, Ted Sherburne and Barb Villano.

CSUSA, the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through AdvancED is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. CSUSA currently manages 84 schools in eight states serving more than 75,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. CSUSA innovative educational advantages include advanced technology, meaningful parental involvement, student uniforms, consistent and fairly-enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus, integrated character education and high academic growth and performance.