School Leadership


Clarissa Fleming, Principal

Clarissa Fleming, Principal

An enthusiastic educational leader with a passionate commitment for student development, Clarissa Fleming became the principal of Hope Charter Leadership Academy July 2012. Prior to accepting this position she was an assistant principal at Needham B. Broughton High School, in the Wake County Public School System. Inclusive of her administrative career, she has served as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher in both the charter and public school systems. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Elizabeth City State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of School Administration and Leadership, both from North Carolina State University.

Clarissa is originally from Dinwiddie, Virginia, and comes from a family of educators as both her father and mother have over 37 years of service as retired educators. Clarissa has one daughter, Brooke, and a husband, Rhoderick who is also an educator at Wake Technical Community College. Clarissa is active in her community and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Raleigh Durham Alumni Association of Elizabeth City State University.

Clarissa strongly believes that successful schools set high expectations for all stakeholders and believe that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that they are doing their part to assist in achieving desired goals. When all stakeholders are working toward a common purpose, the chance for success increases dramatically. Relationships are important and collaboration amongst children, their families, the school and the community will provide the ultimate return of growth and achievement both academically and socially.

Board of Directors

Positive and supportive leadership is the cornerstone of our success as a school.  Without the Board of Directors support and time volunteering to our school, we would not be able to have the great instructional program that we have today.  It is with their positive influence that Hope Elementary has become the amazing instructional environment for children to attend school and has provided our staff with the means to make continued strides toward a strong and effective educational program.  The Board of Directors is the governing body of the school.   The Board is responsible for all school policies and procedures that affect the instructional and operational functions at the school.

Board Meeting Dates
The Board meeting dates are listed below.  All Board Meetings are held in the school media center and are open to the public.

August 12, 2015
September 9, 2015
November 3, 2015
January 21, 2016
March 9, 2016
May 4, 2016 (cancelled meeting)
June 8, 2016
June 21, 2016
June 23, 2016

Anna Neal Blanchard
General Manager, Stewards Fund
Tucker Mann
Retired, Progress Energy
Walt Sherlin, Board Chair
Retired Educator

 Barbara Engram
Retired Educator

Mike Gray
Senior VP at Cap Trust
Lee Snipes
Raymond James
Joel Kamya
Progress Energy, Retired
Nancy Duran
Parent Representative
Chariss Jones
Parent Representative
Leonard King
Retired Educator
Robin Vincent
Educator, William Peace University
Tom Mann
Retired, General Electric
Jerry Letchworth
Retired, Progress Energy
Pam Jamison
Retired, Ravenscroft
 Chip Anderson 
Morgan Stanley