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Adjunct InstructorEast Carolina Universitysedleyabercrombie@gmail.comSedley Abercrombie, a graduate of the MLS program at ECU, is the lead Library Media Coordinator for 32 school libraries in Davidson County Schools. She is the immediate past-president for the NC School Library Media Association and an adjunct instructor for the Library Science program at ECU.
Library Media CoordinatorPamlico County High Schooljenniferbaker@pamlicoschools.orgJen Baker is the Library Media Coordinator at Pamlico County High School. She has been studying with Mindful Schools since 2015 and is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Instruction in Social-Emotional and Character Development program at Rutgers University.
Children's Book Authorjeanclaudebemis@gmail.comJohn Claude Bemis is an award-winning children's book author, musician, and educator. His books include The Wooden Prince and Lord of Monsters in the Out of Abaton series (Disney-Hyperion), The Nine Pound Hammer (Random House), Flora and the Runaway Rooster (Heifer International), among others. Originally from Pamlico County, John was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with his BA in Elementary Education and his MEd in Literacy. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC-CH's School of Education for his work as an author-educator in schools around the state. John was chosen as North Carolina's Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature in 2013. He lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC. Visit him online at johnclaudebemis.com
(Co-Facilitator with Colleen Pinyan)Media SpecialistSouthern Elementary Schoolchrisms@gcsnc.comSarah Chrisman is currently in her eighth year as a Media Specialist at Southern Elementary School in Greensboro, NC. She has also taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in the classroom. Sarah received her BS in Elementary Education at The State University of New York at Oswego and her MLIS at UNC-Greensboro. Her passion is integrating technology, web tools, and other digital resources into the curriculum to equip students with necessary skills for college and career readiness.
Professor & Director of Storybook TheatreECU School of Theatre and Danceclarkp@ecu.eduProfessor Patricia "Patch" Clark, is coordinator for the Theatre for Youth and Theatre Education Programs at East Carolina University. She is the founder and Director of the ECU Storybook Theatre, which tours schools, libraries, and festivals. It also appears as part of ECU's Arts Smart and Family Fare Series. She has directed many children's theatre productions and her most recent productions are Treasure Island, The Little Prince, A Christmas Carol, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Hobbit, and School House Rock Live! ECU Storybook Theatre and the University of Shimane (Japan) were the recipients of an international award for collaboration presented by the Global Partners in Education in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2016. Clark has worked as both teacher and consultant for public and private schools and the Virginia Governor's School for the Visual and Performing Arts at the University at Richmond. She is the author of Intergenerational Arts in the Nursing Home (Greenwood Press) and co-author of Seniors on Stage (Praeger Press). She received the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017, the Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award presented by the UNC Board of Governors in 2013-2014, The Scholar Teacher Award 2012-2013, and the ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching for 2011-2012.
(Co-Facilitator with Beth Strecker & Lou Sua)Associate ProfessorECU College of Educationdotsonl@ecu.eduDr. Kaye Dotson is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the Library Science Program at East Carolina University. Her scholarship and research focus is on the evolving role of the school librarian and the impact of leadership, collaboration, and onsite training. Her goals include facilitating development of skills for librarians to support and serve as school leaders. She is the author of Developing Library Leaders: The Impact of the Library Science Internship. She has served over twenty years as a practicing school librarian, published articles about leadership and the school librarian, and presented at numerous conferences.
Lead Media SpecialistPitt County Schoolsgerakij@pitt.k12.nc.usJoanna Gerakios has taught eighth grade Language Arts and Social Studies and worked as a school library media coordinator. She is currently employed by Pitt County Schools as the Lead Media Specialist and is an adjunct instructor for ECU as well. She has an interest in bringing books and technology together to energize education and empower students. She is a previous President of the North Carolina School Library Media Association and is the current Book Programs Section Chair. In her personal time, Joanna likes to travel, snap photos, experiment in the kitchen, and get lost in long epic historical novels.
Head, Application and Digital ServicesECU Joyner Librarymclellana15@ecu.eduAmanda Hartman McLellan is the Head of Application and Digital Services at East Carolina University's Joyner Library and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. Her research interests include library technology, usability and user experience, and library management.
Assistant ProfessorECU College of Educationhowardch14@ecu.eduDr. Christy Howard is an assistant professor of Reading Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to coming to East Carolina University, she taught for ten years in Guilford County Schools and served as a Curriculum Specialist for the district and an Instructional Support Coach for the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. Dr. Howard specializes in disciplinary literacy, teacher identity, and diversity in education. Her research has been published in journals such as Language Arts, Literacy Research and Instruction, and Middle Grades Research Journal.
Co-Facilitator with Sarah ChrismanMedia SpecialistBrooks Global Studiespinyans@gcsnc.comColleen Pinyan is in her seventh year as Media Specialist at Brooks Global Studies in Guilford County. She enjoys helping students develop skills and passions that will encourage them to be lifelong learners and successful global and digital citizens. She has previously presented at the L2L Summit, the NCSLMA Annual Conference, and World View. She was the 2015 Media Specialist of the Year in Guilford County and a finalist at the state level in 2016. She received her BA from Wake Forest University and her MLS from East Carolina University.
Co-Facilitator with Heather SeibertSpecial Collections CatalogerECU Joyner Libraryreevesd@ecu.eduDelores has worked for the State of North Carolina for 48 years in various school and state libraries in Pitt County and Greenville, North Carolina. Her positions have ranged from Library Clerk, Library Technician, and Librarian. Her experience spans the departments of Circulation, Information Services, Interlibrary Loan, as well as Head of Circulation and is currently a Special Collections Cataloger.