Board of Directors
Meredith "Meribeth" Huebner, President
Meribeth is a teacher, a mother, and an entrepreneur who identified gaps in what traditional education provides for many students. Her own educational experiences as well as those of her children led her and other educators, creative thinkers, and entrepreneurs to design a flexible educational experience that maximizes the potential of each individual child.
Meribeth has an M.Ed in Instructional Design & Technology and an M.A. in English and has extensive experience in education and business operations. Prior to starting R School, Meribeth was the Associate Dean for the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College, Assistant Professor of English at The College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA, taught 10th grade English and journalism at The Galloway School in Atlanta, and worked in banking and finance after graduating from The University of Georgia in 1994 (Go Dawgs!).
Darren McDaniel, Vice President
Darren McDaniel is a strategist, sociologist, educator, solutionary, and hat-juggling creative. A deliberate idealist, McDaniel's advocacy for emboldening independents through creating opportunity structures led to his role as Founding Director of Orlando's Urban ReThink, a community hub for stimulating collaborative endeavors, economic growth, lifelong learning, and community evolution. In the wake of its closure, McDaniel launched the not-for-profit, Gapways, Inc. with the aim to bridge gaps in multiple social institutions, most notably work and education.
McDaniel also serves as Course Director for Digital Storytelling in the Digital Arts and Design Program at Full Sail University. He's spoken at TEDx Orlando, served as Programming Director at Orlando’s Downtown Media Arts Center, piloted a social networking startup, and wrote, produced, and directed an independent feature film. McDaniel received his Master of Arts in Sociology (ABD) from Vanderbilt University, his Master of Arts in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and his B.S. in Speech: Radio-Television-Film from Northwestern University. He recently completed Full Sail University's Leadership Academy, for which he received the Executive Recognition Award.
Wendy Bradshaw, Academic Director
Wendy Bradshaw has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in special education from University of South Florida. She also earned her Master of Arts from University of South Florida in special education with a concentration in behavior disorders. She earned her undergraduate degree in preschool/primary, elementary, and special education at Florida Southern College. Dr. Bradshaw has served in multiple roles in the field of education, including eight years of classroom teaching, seven years as an early interventionist working with families, and currently is in her ninth year of serving at the college level as an instructor. She has several academic publications to her name in the areas of cultural competence, early childhood special education, educational program evaluation, and teacher preparation.
Carrie Schulz, Treasurer
Carrie Schulz is a CPA with extensive experience in Information Technology, financial/managerial accounting, and not-for-profit organizations. She graduated with an M.B.A. from Rollins College in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from Rollins College in 2003. Carrie served as IT a Director in Information Technology at Rollins prior to transitioning to Director of Financial Information Systems and Strategic Initiatives. Carrie also serves on the board of Ten Thousand Villages and teaches as an adjunct professor of Financial/Managerial Accounting, Information Technology, and Digital Video.
Judith Wiseman, Director
Judith Wiseman has a Master's degree in Medical Sociology from The George Washington University, where she was a University Research and Teaching Fellow. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Barnard College of Columbia University with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a concentration in Women's Studies. Wiseman has a long history of work and service in the nonprofit sector, having worked as both a funder and as fundraiser. She was the Managing Director of the James C. Penney Foundation, where she developed a new program area in Children and Families. She then worked as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving for Planned Parenthood of NYC. She has served as a Capital Campaign Consultant to that and other organizations as well. Working at Rollins College's Hamilton Holt School, Wiseman has been an active volunteer and has a special interest in the development of innovative models to address educational and community needs.
S. Melissa Johnson, Director
Melissa Johnson, a respected and beloved teacher in Winter Park, FL for over 14 years, graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. For the past five years, Johnson has taught at Brookshire Elementary, where she has fought against the use of high-stakes testing that is taking over our public schools. Johnson recently resigned from her teaching position at Brookshire and began a new career in real estate. Her passion for teaching and her total authenticity with her students and their families is what makes Johnson such a valuable member of the R School Board.
Joshua A. Katz, Director
Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, FL at University High School. In his 9 years, he has worked with 9th-12th grade students in Algebra, Algebra 2, and Geometry. Katz has been his school’s Math Teacher of the Year twice and was Teacher of the Year for UHS in 2014-2015. He serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Student Placement Committee, School Advisory Committee, the PTSA, and is an Area Representative for the Classroom Teachers Association. At the district level, he is involved in the CTA as a voting delegate for the National Education Association, a previous member of the District Evaluation Committee, and education activist working with members of the district office and School Board.
Before working in secondary education, Katz spent 10 years working in Higher Education as well as an executive in the non-profit world, leading to his role as Board Chairman for the American Friends of Livnot U’lehibanot (Hebrew for “Build and Be Built”), his work-study program from Israel. He has his BS in Mathematics Education and his MA in Higher Education from the University of Central Florida. He has been involved with collegiate-level leadership development since 1997 serving as an active volunteer for fraternity and sorority life and is co-chair for the Greek Life Advisory Board at the University of Central Florida. He resides in Orlando, FL with his wife Rebecca and his children Abigail, Madeline, and Jonah.