Meet the DPATS team

Ms. Rhonda McClenahan - Principal 

Rhonda McClenahan was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating high school, she worked as an accountant for a state agency. Rhonda enrolled in a university in 1990 in Mississippi and graduated in 1994 with a B.S. in Elementary Education, B.S. in Special Education and a minor in Math. Rhonda completed her Masters Degree in School Counseling and later completed an Administration Program. She started her educational career in 1994 as a classroom teacher in Northern Idaho, moved to Maryland for one year as a classroom teacher, followed by a move to Colorado where she worked as an EC Specialist, Assistant Director and Principal. Rhonda moved to North Carolina in 2012 where she secured a position as an EC Specialist in Iredell-Statesville Schools. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Exceptional Children's Program and also the Principal at DPATS.

Rhonda has been characterized by her peers and superiors as a tenacious leader, striving for what she feels is in the best interest of students. Rhonda stated "I feel it is an honor and privilege to work with such an amazing group of staff, students and parents at DPATS. Staff dedication, kindness, and passion for teaching our students is astounding."

In her free time, Rhonda enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, reading, and takes every opportunity to stop and greet a dog.

Rick Marcy- Coordinator of Special Programs

Mr. Marcy holds a Bachelor's Degree from Muskingum University and a Master's Degree from Clemson University.

He began working with at-risk children nearly 30 years ago in the wilderness camp setting. Since then he has worked in public and private schools, mental health clinics, day treatment centers, and residential programs in various capacities. He loves building programs to address children's un-met needs. 

He lives in Mooresville with his wife, two teenage children and two German Shorthaired Pointers.


Janice Carrara- Exceptional Childrens Teacher

My name is Janice Carrara.  I am the High School teacher. I was born and raised in Long Island, NY. I am a wife and mother of two fantastic children. I have been teaching children with special needs since 2008. In 2012, I decided to get my masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism in order to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I am looking forward to  completing that process this year and applying those principles and methodology with in the classroom. When I am not teaching, I enjoy cooking and doing anything crafty.

Jennifer Roy- Elementary School Teacher


Joanne Hutton- Middle School Teacher

Hi!  My name is Joanne Hutton. I am was born and raised in Pitman, New Jersey. I attended Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and graduated with my BA in Geography, BFA in Fine Arts, and minored in Art History. I have been working with special needs students for over 10 years and thoroughly enjoy it. In my free time I enjoy the beach, spending time with my family, and my dog. I enjoy bowling and love ALL animals! I also love exploring my creative side through creating new art pieces and jewelry. 

Roni Gallo- High School Teacher

Shannon Marmino- Technician

Carlos Burch- Technician

Jennifer Edwards - Technician

Mary Shoemaker - Technician 

Hi! I am Mary Shoemaker and I started at DPATS in 2022. I previously worked with ID/DD adults for about 12 years in Illinois, where I am from. I love working with these kids, they inspire me in so many ways! I live in Statesville with my husband, two kids (8 & 14), 2 dogs and a cat. In my free time I enjoy camping, kayaking, going to concerts, photography, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

Lauren LoConte - Technician

Cynthia Burley - Technician

Sandy Donawa - Technician

Chrystal Pass - Technician


Hello my name is  Chrystal Pass. I have been in the Iredell county school system for 20 years in the EC department.I have a passion for children and their needs. I'm also a dance teacher ballet, tap, jazz,and praise Dance. Thank you for allowing me to meet your child's needs.


Tanyonnah Smith- Technician

Charlene Robinson- Technician


Dominique Scott- Technician

Hello! I am Mr. Scott.  I look forward to working with everyone this 2019-20 school year! I graduated from South Iredell High School in 2001 and attended Shaw University. I have lived in Statesville most of my life and a short time in Troutman. I have worked with individuals with mental health and intellectual developmental disability needs since 2004. I joyfully enjoy spending time with my wife and our four year old daughter. We excitedly have a baby boy arriving very soon,

I have always felt it was rewarding to work with this population of special individuals because every day I can see that I have made some type of impact on a way they look at life and in turn they have taught me how to be patient and compassionate. I hope that each and every student I encounter knows that I am passionate about what I do and I have high hopes to see them succeed.

Here are some fun facts about me that you may not know: my favorite college basketball team is the UNC Tarheels, I love laughing and spending time with my family at home or away on vacation, and I referee basketball and football for the youth in different counties in NC.

Charlene Robinson- Technician

Hikeem Odom- Technician