Rodney D. Pierce is currently the 8th Grade Social Studies and Civics and Economics teacher at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy in Halifax County Schools.
The Content Area Lead for Social Studies at Davie, Pierce is a summa cum laude alumnus of North Carolina Wesleyan College where he majored in Criminal Justice. During his undergraduate tenure, he was initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
A Halifax County Schools graduate, Pierce taught 6th Grade Social Studies from 2015-18. He was named one of the district’s two Most Outstanding Beginning Teachers in 2018 and is the 2019 NC Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
Pierce is a Fellow of Carolina K-12 and the Public School Forum of NC’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. He has served as a panelist for Carolina K-12 and for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education Graduate Student Association on issues of racial equity and the history of desegregation in the state. He also worked on the NC School of Science and Math’s Selection Committee for the Class of 2021, and has completed professional development with the NC Association of Educators, the Department of Public Instruction, the George Washington Teacher Institute and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
Pierce has worked as a consultant with the St. Augustine University’s Office of TRIO Programs and as a Renewable Energy Instructor with the Center for Energy Education in Halifax County. He is a member of the Halifax Community Advisory Board for the Research Center for Minority Institutions at NC Central University and the Halifax Gateway to Freedom Underground Railroad Planning Committee.