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

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.

Mary Covington
Elementary Director
B. S., Elementary Education, Speech Science, Boston College

Mary joined the faculty in 1990 after her children graduated from Raleigh Preschool. She has taught two- and three-year-olds at Raleigh Preschool and enjoyed teaching third grade for over twenty years at the elementary division. Mary is looking forward to serving as the Elementary Director this year.

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. Her prior experience includes directing other preschools in the Cary/Raleigh area and teaching at the preschool, elementary school, high school, and college levels. Elizabeth has served the educational community in many ways, including in her current role as a member of the North Carolina Childcare Commission. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for the use of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education, and she 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 has two grown children and is a proud grandmother as of October 2017. In addition to her plans to spoil her granddaughter, Leslie enjoys traveling, reading, biking and hanging out with friends.

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.

Karen Peterson
Assistant Director of Admissions
B.A. Education, Victoria University of Wellington

Born in New Zealand, Karen's background includes teaching preschool and elementary, editing textbooks, human resources and technical services management for a software development company. Karen came to the United States in 1996 to set up a software sales and support office in Dallas, Texas. She discovered association management in 2002, became a Certified Association Executive, and eventually served as Executive Director for two nonprofit associations before joining The Raleigh School staff in 2016.

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.

Sydney Morris
Preschool Office Manager
B.S., Marketing, Coastal Carolina University

Sydney joined The Raleigh School in 2018. Sydney grew up in Connecticut and has been living in Raleigh since 2018. Prior to moving to Raleigh, she worked at a software company for four years. Sydney enjoys giving back to the community and volunteering with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. She loves to hike, cook, travel, and spend time with her family and German Shorthair Pointer, Jasper.

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