A native of Greensboro, Barbara Zwadyk earned her BA in French and English from Greensboro College, and M.Ed. in French and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her doctorate, in Educational Leadership, is also from UNC-G.
With over 30 years in education, Dr. Zwadyk has taught K-12, served as principal at middle school, high school, and the middle college levels. She has supervised high school principals as an Instructional Improvement Officer and has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, as Chief of Curriculum and Organizational Development Officer in Guilford County Schools from which she retired. She also served as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services in Chatham County Schools. She has been an adjunct professor at Gardner Webb University, University of the Cumberlands and UNCG, at both the masters and doctoral levels.
Dr. Zwadyk most recently served as director and leadership coach for North Carolina New Schools|Breakthrough Learning and as an adjunct at High Point University before joining the faculty fulltime in 2016.