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Assistant Executive Dean

Peggy Campbell-Rush

Peggy Campbell-Rush has been in education for over 35 years in the US, England, Costa Rica and South Africa.  Peggy is currently a Division Director for an independent school in New Jersey. She sailed around the world with the Semester at Sea program as a Resident Director Fall 1983 (and has been trying to go again ever since!).

 Peggy has been recognized as USA Today All-American Teacher, National Teachers Hall of Fame, twice as New Jersey Teacher of the Year finalist, and twice as Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.  Peggy has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, NJN TV, and NJEA Classroom Close-Up.  She is a Fulbright Fellow who studied in South Africa in 2004.  Her study focused on the ten-year anniversary of the end of Apartheid and the 50 year anniversary of Brown v. Bd. of Education.  Her research was used to write the Amistad Act curriculum for the State of New Jersey.

Peggy is the author of six books for educators and her seventh book will be published by Scholastic Inc. in June 2014. Her articles appear in many magazines and periodicals, most recently ASCD’s Educational Leadership Journal.  Peggy will present topics from her article at the National Association of Independent Schools in Orlando in February. Peggy travels around the United States presenting workshops, conferences and keynotes on educational topics. Her fun-filled and action-packed seminars are proof that you can laugh and learn at the same time.

Most recently Peggy traveled to Bali, Indonesia to train teachers at the famous Green School and then to Singapore as a guest of the Ministry of Education to study Singapore Math.

Peggy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of New Jersey; a Master’s from the University of Colorado and advanced credits in Educational Administration from Rutgers University. 

Peggy lives in rural New Jersey (yes there is such a place far away from the Parkway and Turnpike) with her husband and college-aged son (who she hopes will be joining her on this voyage).  Peggy also has two older daughters who are teachers in Delaware and Maryland.  She loves to travel (most of all), run, bike, write and keep an open mind, heart and soul to all life has to offer.