Rhonda Edwards was raised in southeastern North Carolina, but has lived in Charleston, South Carolina since 1980. She married her high school sweetheart.
Edwards graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Elementary Education in1994. She has taught third and fifth grade. Rhonda has a National Board certification in Middle Childhood Generalist and received jer MA in English from a joint program with The College of Charleston and the Citadel in 2005.
Presently, she teaches fifth grade ELA at Eagle Nest Elementary in Dorchester 2 School District and is an adjunct professor for the English Department at Trident Technical College. She is also a Fellow of the Charleston Area Writing Project (CAWP), having received this honor the summer of 1994.
Whether on the beach at Pawleys in South Carolina or at Huntington Beach State Park, Rhonda Edwards fills many hours walking the shoreline, searching for shells, looking and checking on loggerhead turtle nest, and enjoying the calming beauty of the ocean.
While enjoying their summer swimming, three cousins from North and South Carolina find a secret hidden deep in the walls of Atalaya. This summer home of Anna and Archer Huntington provides clues that help these Carolina cousins prove that many years ago Gullah slaves escaped and merged with Seminole Indians in northern Florida to form what is known as Black Seminoles.