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New charter school selects headmaster

pic drobertsonThe Shelby Star
Jessica Pickens

Pinnacle Classical Academy has its first headmaster.

Danielle Robertson was introduced Friday as the new administrator for Cleveland County’s first charter school.

“I’m ready to hire a quality staff that will help us reach our dreams,” Robertson said. “I look forward to building up our charter school so our students can have top, 21st century learning.”

Robertson has been an assistant elementary education professor at Gardner-Webb University since 2010. Her contract with Gardner-Webb will end in May.

When her contract is complete, Robertson will assist in the teacher hiring process at Pinnacle.

The school will employ about 60 full-time and 15 part-time faculty and staff members.

Prior to working at Gardner-Webb, she was an assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and taught elementary school for 12 years.

Earlier in March, Pinnacle was awarded its full charter.

The school will have a similar curriculum to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and will have an International Baccalaureate (IB) program when high school grades are added in coming years, Robertson said.

The school expects to open in August with 308 students, 22 children per classroom, said Pinnacle Classical Academy School Board Chairwoman Debbie Clary. The school will add grades each year until there is a 12th grade class.

“I’m humbled and excited,” Robertson said. “I’m well reminded that it isn’t me who will make this an excellent school, it will be all the students who attend that will make it great.”

Pinnacle Classical Academy's opening location will be in the old Hallelujah Acres, 900 S. Post Road in Shelby.

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New charter school selects headmaster was originally published in The Shelby Star on Friday, March 29, 2013. Reach reporter Jessica Pickens at 704-669-3332 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow on Twitter at @StarJPickens.