Our Mission: The Raleigh School is a cooperative community of children, parents and teachers that fosters a love of learning in an atmosphere of challenge, inquiry and respect.


Administrative Team

Kaitlyn Bonavita
Preschool Office Manager and Admissions Assistant
B.S., Exercise & Sport Science with a K-12 Health & Physical Education Teaching Certificate, Ursinus College

Kaitlyn started her career teaching Health & Physical Education, as well as coaching a wide array of sports to children of all ages. She spent the majority of her time working for a YMCA in Illinois as both the Health & Wellness Director and the Membership Director, providing programs to promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Now that she has recently moved to North Carolina with her family, she is excited to get back into a school setting and build new relationships as she joins The Raleigh School community. She is an advocate for any activity that gets the body moving, and will never turn down an invite to get ice cream.

Heather Schonfeldt Campbell
Director of Finance and Operations
B.S., Business, Charleston Southern University
M.B.A., East Carolina University

Heather joined The Raleigh School staff in 2010. Prior to working at the school, she had more than 10 years of nonprofit consulting experience working with local, regional and national nonprofit organizations. She is also a certified public accountant. Heather is passionate about environmental stewardship and enjoys volunteering in her daughters’ classrooms. Heather is a current TRS parent and the wife of a public school teacher.

Sharice Chandler
Director of Admissions and Marketing
B.A., Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Communications, Guilford College

As a seasoned admissions professional, Sharice joins The Raleigh School after working in higher education admissions at Guilford College, and more recently, she served as Associate Director of Admissions at Cary Academy. Sharice is excited for the opportunity to recruit bright young minds to TRS, market the mission of the school, and welcome new families to our community.

Lynn-Marie Collins
Accounting Manager
B.S., Public Accounting, Mercy College

Lynn-Marie comes to TRS with 9 years of accounting experience in both nonprofit and corporate accounting. Having moved to Raleigh from NY three years ago with her family, she finds volunteering in her community is not only a great way to give back and meet new people but to learn the area. Her family drove around Wake County during specific hours two days in a row once to help in collecting thermal data for an environmental research project. Delivering meals to seniors is another way she enjoys to not only give back but to explore parts of the area as she drives around. She is excited to join the TRS community and meet everyone.

Mary Daniels
School Nurse
B.S., Nursing, Barton College
B.S., Animal Science, North Carolina State University

Mary is grateful to serve families in The Raleigh School community. She is a NC native and resident of Raleigh for over 20 years. Mary has been a nurse for 10 years with most of her time spent in Emergency Nursing and follow up care at WakeMed. She has held a board certification in emergency nursing (BCEN) and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course certification (ENPC). She feels passionate about the health and safety of children and how it is directly tied to their education. Her other nursing interests include public health, patient advocacy, preventative healthcare, triage, serving underserved communities, infertility, and lactation. Mary will be on campus daily to support the children, families and TRS community through the next phase of this pandemic and beyond. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and Goldendoodle Charlie. During time off, you can find her at the NC mountains, beach, or great greenways and parks that the Raleigh area has to offer.

Elizabeth Gilleland
Preschool Director
B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Furman University
M.S., Applied Educational and Developmental Psychology, NCSU
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, NCSU

Elizabeth joined The Raleigh School faculty in 1997 as the Preschool Director. In her 35+ years as an educator at The Raleigh School and beyond, Elizabeth has taught and learned together with preschoolers, elementary, middle and high schoolers, college and graduate level students, and teachers and parents. Elizabeth has served the larger educational community in many non-teaching roles, including service on PTA, SIT, and BAC boards in the Wake County Public School System, founding and service on the board of the Wake-aeyc, and ten years as a member the North Carolina Childcare Commission. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for the use of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education, and in the importance of ensuring that children have ample opportunity to play and learn outdoors in the natural world. Elizabeth loves knowing and supporting the children, parents, and teachers of The Raleigh School community.

Mary Golden
Director of School Programs
B.S., Education, Keene State College
Master's Certificate in Education, Behavioral & Emotional Handicaps, University of New Hampshire

Mary joined The Raleigh School faculty in 2003 as the elementary director. Her prior experience includes more than ten years' of teaching experience in regular and special education settings in New Hampshire and North Carolina. She has a special interest in project-based learning and enjoys working with teachers to develop relevant, hands-on, open-ended projects that build on student interest and cultivate curiosity. Having grown up in New York and experienced progressive education as a child, Mary also is passionate about providing students with alternatives to more traditional education. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and finding time to kayak.

Karen Green
Director of Philanthropy
B.A., History, Marshall University

Karen began working at The Raleigh School as the campaign coordinator for the Athletics & Arts Center. She joined the administrative team in 2006. Prior experience includes coordinating the MS 150 Bike to the Bay and other fundraising events for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She served on The Raleigh School Board of Trustees and was president of the PTAA Board at Cary Academy while her son attended each school. Karen is always looking for ways to connect people in our community, and she started a hiking group to help women get outside and network while exercising. She is a Tar Heel fan and loves to read.

Leslie Johnson
School Office Manager
B.A., Education, Wake Forest University

Leslie joined The Raleigh School in June 2017. She was the office manager and then director of admissions at Burlington Day School for thirteen years before beginning a career with Snowman Software, where she was product manager for a school administration software program. Leslie is happy to be in her "dream job" at TRS.

Mark Mangus
Facilities Manager

Mark comes to The Raleigh School after nearly 10 years as the Facilities Manager of a K-8 catholic school and church campus in Baltimore where he was the caretaker of two campuses tending to the daily needs of the community. He has recently moved to Raleigh after becoming engaged.

Heather Pace
Philanthropy Associate
B.S., Engineering, Vanderbilt University
M.A., International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Heather is a former TRS parent who has worked as a substitute teacher and now works as an integral member of the philanthropy team. Heather speaks Spanish and enjoys working with the Hispanic community in North Carolina.


Adam Sherland
Elementary Director
B.S., Business Administration, Elon University
M.Ed., Child Studies, Vanderbilt University

Adam joins The Raleigh School after serving as Assistant Head of Lower School at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. During his career as an independent school educator in Philadelphia and Nashville, TN, Adam has been involved in many aspects of the student experience. He has taught multiple elementary grades, coached athletic teams, coordinated summer programs, led class trips, and developed an after school STEM program. He believes in creating relevant, fun, and engaging learning experiences for students. Adam is a mission driven educator and is excited to contribute to a vibrant, dedicated, and caring community of students, families, and educators.

Mary Stanton
Database Manager
B.A., Computer Science, State University of New York at Potsdam

Mary joined The Raleigh School in 2016 after being at home for 11 years with her daughters who are both TRS graduates. Her prior experience includes more than 20 years at IBM in jobs ranging from programming/business analysis to project management to department management. Additionally Mary has volunteered over the years in numerous capacities including at her daughters’ schools, for their sports teams, and most recently as a coordinator for Brown Bag Ministry.

Teachers and parents thoughtfully partner to ensure each child's unique capacities and learning styles are recognized and encouraged ... Every morning our children literally ran to their classrooms, thrilled by the prospect of what each new day might bring!

Mark and May Bensen, alumni parents