Dr. Rhonda Rabbitt is the former Dean for the School of Education at Wilkes University where she began her service in July of 2015. Prior to Wilkes, Rhonda was an educational leader in the state of Wisconsin, initially as a high school Spanish teacher and, lastly, as the Assistant Dean at Viterbo University. Upon her transition to Pennsylvania, Rhonda became an EPLC fellow to most quickly understand local policy & politics, history & advocacy, and networking opportunities across the state.
Under her leadership, the School of Education became a single entity composed of three distinct, yet collaborative units: undergraduate, master level, and doctoral level programming. During her tenure, the school partnered with the Ministry of Education in Panama to support the country’s educational goal of offering bilingual programming, the doctoral program expanded internationally to begin cohorts in Dubai, and new programs were developed in Early Childhood Education and Literacy to best serve our local community needs. One of her professional highlights was working with PASBO in partnership for school business official credentialing, professional development, and collaborative expansion. She continues to offer service to these hidden key players as an inspirational educational speaker. Dr. Rabbitt also has experience in strategic planning, accreditation, community partnership, team building, life coaching, action research and continuous improvement. She is passionate about education and consistently advocates partnership in purpose for this work.
PEDC, NAACP, Teach Plus & Action Together NEPA, are some of her most favored and recent groups of engagement for positive impact locally.
Dr. Rabbitt earned her B.S. in Business Administration and B.A in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, her master’s degree in Secondary Education-Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. She holds certification in Quality Management & Organizational Excellence and a Wisconsin Spanish teaching certificate. Her continued objective is to be a beacon of hope for educational equity and opportunity, to be a transformational change agent and community builder, and to lead by example as an embodied leader.