North Carolina has a new Director for the North Carolina Division of Non public Education after Rod Hedler who had served as Director for 25 years retired on July 1, 2010. Announcing the new Director, Dr. Chena Flood (pronounced shaNAY) seemed to create quite the buzz in the homeschooling circuit, parents not knowing what to expect from her. It made homeschooling parents downright nervous as to what it meant and what may change with a new Director on Board.
Dr. Flood seemed to embrace her new position and jump right in actually trying to get to know the homeschooling families of the area when she attended the Love to Learn Conference in Charlotte North Carolina August 14 sponsored by the Homeschool Alliance of North Carolina. Her warmth and positive attitude towards homeschooling seemed to put many parents’ fears to rest. She wrote a wonderful blog post about her experience attending the Love to Learn Conference HERE.
It is no wonder she has such openness towards alternative education with her extensive background in working with alternative education, public schools and higher education.
Her commendable background should serve her well as the Director of North Carolina Division of Non public Education as well as the homeschooling community at large. It seems Dr. Flood is not only going to be some name behind a desk but actively seeking to connect with the people and families who is under her direction. She will be actively working to expand the scope to reach the partners of non public education.
I personally am impressed with her seemingly enthusiasm for the position she has acquired as the director. I was dually surprised to here she attended theLove to Learn Conference in order to meet the families and build a warm rapport among them. This showed a positive action that is commendable and was a wonderful opportunity to establish her rapport with the folks she will be working with putting their nerves at rest. Attending the Love to learn conference was a bold and positive step on her part showing her unique desire to get acquainted in her new position.
I am really looking forward to not only meeting Dr. Chena Flood at some point but in seeing what she brings to the homeschooling circuit while she remains the Director of Non public Education. With her impressive background I am sure she will bring a fresh approach with many wonderful ideas with her with strong leadership qualities and prove a great asset as Director.