Meet Shataura Dudley, United Way Community School Coordinator at Asheville Middle School


Meet Shataura Dudley, Community School Coordinator...

Last school-year in the transition to virtual learning in light of COVID-19 safety precautions, you may have noticed a new set of eyes on community calls and behind the monthly Community Engagement Market food-box pickups at Issac Dickson Elementary School. Shataura Dudley joined our team as well as the Cougar family at Asheville Middle School as the Community School Coordinator, transitioning from her former role as a Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator at Asheville Housing Authority. I sat down with Shataura to discuss where she's been lending her support in community these past few months and where she's feeling most strongly connected to students, families, and community this school year.

She shares that she's been focused in relationship-building, getting to know her colleagues and Cougar students, and meet community partners in weekly Resource Team meetings to ensure she and nonprofit partners are informed and in regular communication in how they're working to meet students and families.


Community School in Action...

  • You can find her working Community Engagement Markets held monthly at Isaac Dickson Middle School, free and open to the community thanks to an ongoing partnership with our organization, MANNA Foodbank and Buncombe County Government. Learn more.
  • She's assisting Asheville City Schools Learning Pods in lieu of our former Homework Diners, ensuring students and staff have the resources and support systems they need.
  • Western Carolina Social Work Intern Ashley Gattison is working with Shataura to help meet families needs as they arise, whether it's  technical support, hygiene and food assistance, or mental health support services.
  • Shataura just attended a second Restorative Practices training to further her knowledge around this vital practice in our Community School work. At Asheville Middle, weekly a Restorative Practices circle is being held virtually with staff. Learn more. 

Get Involved, Virtually or Safely in Community

Asheville City Schools is seeking volunteers to assist students attending satellite learning pods, supervising and providing support (logging in, staying on task, etc.). Learn more and lend a hand a few hours a week if you're well and able through our volunteer center Hands On Asheville-Buncombe.

We are in need of support in Building Kits that provide resources of personal care packs, school supplies, and resiliency items for students and families in learning pods. Learn more about how you can get involved through our volunteer center Hands On Asheville-Buncombe.