Meet Our Team


Rona Zollinger, Ph.D

For 21 years, Dr. Rona Zollinger has integrated transformative learning, place-based environmental education, career exploration, social and emotional learning, and youth leadership development into the lives of young people as a high school teacher, community organizer, industry partnership developer, program director, and agent of change.  Alongside her daily work as an administrator of career pathways in public education, Zollinger works with Earn & Learn to develop Communities of Practice for Connectors who are passionate about work-based learning and building connections for learners in ways that inspire opportunities for every learner to explore the world of work and achieve their fullest potential.  

Zollinger is also the co-founder of New Leaf Collaborative (501c3) where she directs the Empowering Educators program. This program is designed to inspire educators to explore innovative pedagogy that transforms teachers, students, classrooms, and communities. Zollinger also works closely with the Center for Courage and Renewal building adult relational trust in schools within their Courage in Schools focus.