Charlotte Dungan, Executive Director and Founder
Charlotte has an Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University. She is a certified teacher in the State of Massachusetts and holds a lapsed certificate for preschool education in the State of Ohio. She has been a homeschooling parent since 2008. In addition, Charlotte founded Tinkering Camp in Apex, NC and has experience working in museums, at alternative schools, and within the special needs community (primarily with students with high functioning Autism and ADHD). She has worked on research concerning how teachers implement their values in practice within their classrooms. Charlotte has been married to her husband Pat for 18 years and they have four awesome children, ages 14, 12, 7, and 5. She believes in a tailored education for every learner, and encourages adults to continue their own learning journeys throughout the lifespan. Dimensions Family School is her life’s dream.
Allison Armieri, Assistant Director
Allison grew up in Peekskill, NY, graduated valedictorian of her high school, and earned a B.S. with honors in Food Science in 1991 from Cornell University. Within a month of graduation, she moved to New Brunswick, NJ to attend graduate school in the Department of Food Science. While a graduate student, Allison conducted research on the mechanisms by which food-borne pathogens develop resistance to naturally occurring antimicrobials, was very active with the local Food Science Club and the national Institute of Food Technologist’s Student Association, and published several papers in peer-reviewed journals. In 1997 she completed a Ph.D. in Food Science. Allison spent the next year back in Ithaca, NY working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Food Science Department at Cornell University. In 1999 after the birth of her first child, Allison decided she was happiest as a stay-at-home mom. By 2003 her second and third children had been born and the family was living in North Carolina. Allison spent the next decade homeschooling the family’s three children and volunteering as a Girl Scout leader. Allison’s daughters currently attend the Montessori School of Raleigh and her son Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College. Allison is passionate about health and wellness and is energized by her involvement with Dimensions Family School.
Mistie Gotch, Registrar
Mistie has homeschooled her two sons, currently ages 12 and 9, in a variety of styles from unschooling to Waldorf-inspired. She and her husband have chosen to make the RTP area home to their tech-oriented family. Mistie’s background is in plant-based lifestyle and plant medicines and she hopes to serve the DFS community by offering guidance and classes in those areas.
Jenny Hartingh, Athletic Director
Jenny graduated with a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Prior to embarking on her greatest and most fulfilling life challenge to date as a homeschool parent, she worked as an IT project and program manager across a variety of industries including government affairs, pharmaceutical, and high-tech. She loves to use her organization and management skills to bring order to chaos and to create things, great and small, which serve to help others. Jenny and her husband John have been married for 19 years and are the parents to three wonderful boys ages 13, 11, and 5. They began homeschooling in 2008. Athletics have always held a special and important place in the lives of their kids along with the wide and diverse learning opportunities that homeschooling provides. In the fall of 2014, Jenny founded Hydras Ultimate, the homeschool ultimate program, in response to their eldest son’s desire to play as a part of a middle school team. For many of the players, participation in Hydras programming has been a game changer toward homeschooling success. Jenny is thrilled to have the opportunity to broaden the access to homeschool sports teams to tween and teens in our community as the Dimensions Family School Athletic Director.