Rhonda Bridges Van Pelt is an Appalachian State University graduate of 1985, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications Media and Marketing. Rhonda worked at The Charlotte Observer before entering Education (lateral entry in 2000 while she acquired her teaching license in 2003). She taught high school Marketing in the Career and Technical Education program for 16 years in NC and is currently in her 6th year in Marlboro County, SC. Rhonda earned her National Board Certification in 2009 and recently renewed for ten more years. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2021 with a Master's in Instructional Technology degree. She serves as a mentor teacher, DECA and NTHS advisor, and School Improvement Committee member at her school. Rhonda has been married to Scott for 33 years. They have a daughter Bridget, a son-in-law Weston Lawing, a granddaughter Hattie Sue, a son Camden, and a daughter-in-law Rebecca Van Pelt. They love to RV with family and friends and fulfilled their family goal of all 50 states in 2017. They began the journey again. Being a teacher offers many rewards and challenges. The rewards are why Rhonda teaches, and the challenges make her better at obtaining those rewards.
NSHSS is always looking to find ways to support our network of educators, especially those who are constantly looking to support their students. To help offset the financial burden, NSHSS is awarding fifteen (15) high school educators $500 grants to help provide additional opportunities to their students and classrooms.