The Ron Clark Academy has assembled a faculty of award-winning educators and speakers who have different teaching styles but a shared objective: to demonstrate how to improve student engagement, increase academic rigor, and create a school climate and culture that leads to success for all learners. In other words, we strive to create an environment that exemplifies everything we believe that a school should be, and then we open our doors to share our methods with others in hopes that they, too, will do the same. Our entire staff is committed to fostering a dynamic, passionate learning environment where every child is valued, challenged, loved, and nurtured.
Mr. Barr joined the RCA Family as a part-time employee on September 1, 2007. Mr. Barr handles the day-to-day accounting operations for the school including accounts payable, budgeting and payroll. Mr. Barr started his own firm, Barr Marketing, Inc. in 2004.
Barr Marketing is a managing agency for Ron Clark’s books and merchandise sales. Prior to Barr Marketing, Mr. Barr worked 7 years in the finance industry with Regional Acceptance Corporation – a subsidiary of BB&T. Mr. Barr graduated from East Carolina University in 1997 with a BSBA in Finance.
Aujahuna Brown is a proud graduate of the RCA Class of 2010—the first class ever to graduate from the Academy. She and her classmates helped to create the magic that began our school, and Aujahuna was instrumental in establishing many of the traditions that still remain to this day.
A mass communications major, Aujahuna will continue to attend college at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in the evenings. She is a proud member of the house of Altruismo, and she is a three-time reigning house champion.
Renita Burns has been in Administrative Services for the past 26 years at Bellsouth and has an extensive background in Project Management, Executive Secretarial Support and Business Operations. Renita attended Arizona State University where she majored in Journalism/Public Relations. An Atlanta native, she is involved with numerous community organizations. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Fulton County Juvenile Court, she conducts a home-based adult literacy program, and she also teaches Junior Achievement classes. At the corporate level, Renita has spearheaded several programs to eradicate homelessness and teenage pregnancy, and she has developed mentorship programs to offset reading/writing deficiencies among elementary and middle school students. Renita has served as a BellSouth representative to the United Way, and she has also served as their Job Shadowing coordinator for their local high school program.
Tyrel Cooper, a native of Georgia, joined the RCA team in 2019. He is a graduate from Georgia State University where he obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. While there, he held numerous positions on campus including being a Presidential Ambassador and 2018 Mr. Georgia State University. Upon graduation, he worked as a Data Analyst II for a consulting firm prior to joining the RCA family. He works alongside Mr. Bernadin to provide all system support to the Academy as well as maintaining and managing all levels of technology support and integration within the school.
Originally, from Riverhead, New York, Troy received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Colgate University, where he also played football. Mr. Kemp comes to RCA after spending the past 27 years at McCallie School and 2 years at the Wilmington Friends School. Troy’s 29-year career in education includes serving as an award winning math teacher, championship football and lacrosse coach, computer coordinator, dorm parent, Dean of Admission, and Associate Headmaster for Enrollment and Marketing.
In 2016, Troy became the Executive Director of the National Center for the Development of Boys, a nonprofit organization founded by McCallie to equip parents, educators, coaches and mentors with research and strategies for helping boys thrive. Troy’s work at the Center included speaking to over 22,000 people at 125 events in 41 cities, 11 states, and 3 countries. Mr. Kemp plans to share his message with the RCA community and educators who participate in professional development days.
Mr. Kemp is passionate about helping young people reach their fullest potential. He is grateful for the family members and educators who helped him overcome the challenges he faced growing up in a single parent, migrant worker’s household. Troy believes the key to success is learning how to turn obstacles into opportunities. He encourages students to, “Always dream big, but be sure to wake up and put in the work!”
Hutch makes sure the school building, its climate and the entire school campus is operating at top-notch.
Chrissi Pepitone joined RCA in 2012 after 7 years with Promethean as Head of Global Branding and Photography. Through the partnership with Promethean and RCA, Ms. Major has been connected with RCA since the school opened. She has designed the RCA newsletter, volunteered and built relationships with the staff and students over the years. Now as an RCA staff member, she continues to help with marketing the Academy.
Mrs. Pepitone has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Graphic Design. She recently completed her second Ironman race, a long-distance triathlon that is 140.6 miles of swimming, biking, and running.
David is our Visual Media Manager, heading up our videography and photography departments. David received a BA in Drama from the University of Georgia, which led him to embark on a career as an actor in New York City. He quickly found himself behind the camera – writing, directing, and producing projects on the New York scene for almost a decade.
David returned to Georgia in 2010, excited to explore Atlanta’s booming film and television industry. Over the years, David has enjoyed producing short films, commercials, and industrial videos, as well as portrait, event, and architectural photography. David’s diverse background enables him to value all views and perspectives, a principle he applies to every video and photo he captures. David’s wife is an accomplished dancer and a teacher,and their son attends the school where she teaches Chinese.
Elektra Thompson holds Bachelor of Science degree in Operations and Information Systems Management from Northern Illinois University. Originally from Chicago, she worked in a corporate environment for five years before switching her career to follow her passion for helping students reach high levels academically while being emotionally balanced.
To pursue this passion, she earned both her Master of Education and Specialist of Education degrees in School Counseling from Georgia State University. Ms. Thompson’s counseling philosophy is rooted in understanding the story of each student and knowing that a child’s academic environment can be affected by home life and adult/peer relationships. It is necessary to understand all aspects in order to assist in a child’s growth.