Ratledge is new DCS preschool director

Published 2:16 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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Mackenzie Ratledge is the Davie County Schools new preschool director.

Ratledge will oversee the DCS preschool program, which includes seven locations with six in the district’s elementary schools.

With a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Ratledge has excelled in diverse roles throughout her career, most recently as an exceptional children’s preK specialist at Iredell-Statesville Schools. There, she supported 17 preschool classrooms, ensuring compliance, collaborating with educators, and fostering community partnerships.

Her career has spanned almost 20 years, and includes roles in educational institutions and organizations, including time as an adjunct instructor at Mitchell Community College, guiding undergraduate coursework in early childhood education and supervising field placements.

She served as assistant professor and director of the Child Care Education Program at UNC Greensboro where she oversaw an on-campus lab school, managed budgets, supervised staff, and ensured a high-quality educational experience for 85 preschool-aged children.

“We are excited to have Mackenzie on our team, adding another passionate educator with a focus on high quality early childhood education,” said Jeff Wallace, Davie County Schools superintendent. “Her background in administration, state policy and teacher preparation programs has provided her a wealth of experience in the field and will greatly benefit Davie County Schools.”

Ratledge is an active member of several professional organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC), where she also served on the board of directors. She lives in Davie County with her husband and two children, who are students in Davie County Schools.