Mr. David Mahaley, M.A.


Pocosin Innovative Charter is thrilled to announce our new Director, Mr. David Mahaley, M.A.!!!! His experience, knowledge, and commitment to education presents itself to the continued growth and success of our students and school.


Mr. Mahaley was born in Durham, NC, but spent most of his childhood in Chatham County near Pittsboro. After finishing high school, David attended UNC-Chapel Hill where he completed two degrees, one in Radio, Television & Motion Pictures, and a second in Geography. After graduation, he began working with the Carrboro Parks and Rec youth sports program. This experience led him back to UNC to complete the Middle Grades Teaching Program after which he began teaching 7th grade in Durham Public Schools. Nine years later, he transferred to neighboring Granville County where he taught 6th and 7th grades.


In 2000, he had an opportunity to join one of the first charter schools in North Carolina - The Franklin Academy in Wake Forest. There, he helped design and teach the middle grades program and moved with the students on to high school where he helped develop one of the most sought after academic programs in the region. David took on a leadership role within the school with both the middle and high school programs. He oversaw the construction of 3 school buildings to meet the expansion of the program to over 1,600 students. After serving as head of school at The Franklin Academy, David moved to a neighboring private school system, Thales Academy (Both schools have the same founder), where he worked within the management team leading technology and other teacher support programs across the 8 campuses in North Carolina. David has a Masters in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University and has earned several state and national teaching certifications.


David and his wife, Lori, are both native North Carolinians and have two children. His daughter is married and lives in Hendersonville with her family and his son is a Junior at East Carolina University.

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