Ayden Elementary School
Danielle Boulden is a media coordinator at Ayden Elementary School. She has a Master's degree in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University and is a certified media specialist. Danielle taught high school level social studies for five years, was a technology facilitator for two years, and has worked as a media specialist for the past four years.
Former Director, Instructional Technology
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Frances Bryant Bradburn is a consultant with the North Carolina New Schools Project and the Golden LEAF Foundation who focuses on 1:1 learning initiatives across the state. The former Director of Instructional Technology for NCDPI, Frances is a graduate of Wake Forest University and UNC-G's Department of Library and Information Science. She has worked at the K-12, university, and state levels in a variety of media and technology positions. The former editor of North Carolina Libraries, Frances is author of Output Measures for School Library Programs; reviews young adult titles for Booklist, and has written a variety of journal articles on both media and technology. Her current professional affiliations are with the American Library Association, the North Carolina School Library Media Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the North Carolina Technology in Education Society. Frances was awarded the Mary Peacock Douglas Award in 1998, the UNC-G/SLIS Outstanding Alumnus in 1995, the East Carolina University Friend of Education in 2007, the NCLA Distinguished Service Award in 2007, the NCAECT Service Award in 2008, and North Carolina Association of School Librarians, Distinguished Service Award (now known as the Frances Bryant Bradburn Distinguished Service Award), October 2008.
Senior Conservation Technician and Lab Manager
East Carolina University, Joyner Library
Gloria Bradshaw has worked as the Conservation Lab Manager of the Preservation and Conservation unit in Joyner Library at East Carolina University since 1993. She is a member of the Joyner Library Disaster Committee and serves as the Salvage Coordinator. Gloria oversees all conservation treatments in the unit and is responsible for ensuring all Environmental Health and Safety regulations are followed. Her training and research include art courses at ECU such as drawing and design, Solinet/Lyrasis workshops in preservation and disaster planning, book and paper repair, de-acidification treatments, mold recovery and library binding for preservation. In pursuit of her training and research, Gloria has traveled from North Carolina to Maryland attending workshops at such institutions as ECU, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Etherington Conservation Center and Johns Hopkins University. She received the ECU Chancellors Award for Excellence in Innovation in 1996.
School Library Media Consultant
NC Department of Public Instruction
Kelly Brannock is a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media (2007), a former elementary school library media coordinator with 11+ years of experience, Past President of the NC School Library Media Association, an active member of AASL, and currently works as the School Library Media Consultant at the NC Department of Public Instruction.
East Carolina University School of Theatre and Dance
Patricia "Patch" Clark (Director- ECU Storybook Theatre) is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Theatre Education and Theatre for Youth programs in the School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University. She has appeared in numerous ECU/Loessin Playhouse and ECU/Loessin Summer Theatre productions including Grease, My Fair Lady, Inherit the Wind, A Doll's House, Misalliance, Our Town, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, A View from the Bridge, Crazy for You, Yerma, Grapes of Wrath, The Time of Your Life, Footloose, Arsenic and Old Lace at the Turnage Theatre in Washington, N.C. and The Crucible. She directed the Off-Broadway premiere production of Katmandu at the John Houseman Studio Theatre in July of 2001. She also serves as the director for ECU's Storybook Theatre for children and youth. Original productions for Storybook Theatre include Tales from Around the World, My Hero Reaching for the Stars, All Aboard America!, and All Aboard, South America! Other Storybook Theatre productions include The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Jungle Book, Willy Wonka, and Charlotte's Web. For more information about ECU's Storybook Theatre visit www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/theatredance/
Media and Technology Specialist
J P Knapp Early College High School
Donna Corbo has worked in education for 20 years including serving as a media specialist for 12 years. At the present time she is a media and technology specialist at J P Knapp Early College High School. She has Masters Degrees from East Carolina University in Library Science and in Elementary Education. Donna also has an Advanced Graduate Study Certificate from Northcentral University in Teacher Leadership. She has previously presented at National and State Conferences as well as the East Carolina University Networking Summit. She lives in Currituck with her husband and two dogs.
Media Specialist, President Elect- NC School Library Media Association
Porter Ridge High School, Union County
April Dawkins is the President-Elect and Conference Chair for the NC School Library Media Association. She also represents high schools on the NC Young Adult Book Award Committee. April is a National Board Certified media specialist in Union County's largest high school, Porter Ridge High School. Previously, she was a media specialist in Richmond County and Wake County. April also has taught social studies at Scotland High School. April holds a BA in history from Meredith College and an MLS from North Carolina Central University.
Kaye B. Dotson
Assistant Professor, Library Science
East Carolina University
Kaye B. Dotson, EdD, is an Assistant Professor in the Library Science Department at East Carolina University. Her scholarship focuses on the librarian's role as leader and innovator. Additionally, her research explores the pre-service preparation of school librarians.
Kylie P. Dotson-Blake
East Carolina University
Kylie P. Dotson-Blake, PhD, LPC, is an Assistant Professor in the Higher, Adult and Counselor Education Department at East Carolina University. Her scholarship focuses on culturally-inclusive partnerships, including partnerships between school counselors and other education professionals.
Merry Oaks Academy of Learning
Cathy DuPre is serving her nineteenth year in education and her ninth year as a Media Specialist, which has been mostly spent in language immersion programs. She has been named Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Gertrude Coward Award Winner for 2009-2010. She has presented workshops for her district, NCDPI Second Languages Teachers' and Administrators' Institutes and has served as a panelist and presented sessions at NCSLMA. Cathy has developed and shared her toolkit for services to the Spanish-speaking (a guide of resources for the elementary school library media specialist). She has written and received numerous grants for project based interdisciplinary units of study, has won the Time Warner Crystal Apple National Teacher Award twice and has been named to "Who's Who among American Teachers."
Media Specialist, Rock Ridge Elementary
Wilson County Schools
Sherry Edwards has served as a Media Specialist for 14 years, currently at Rock Ridge Elementary School. She attended the George Washington Teacher Institute in the summer of 2011. In her media center, Sherry has used historical information to teach her students about the history of North Carolina. She is the advisor of the Rock Ridge Chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association. This chapter was named the Rookie Chapter of the Year by the North Carolina Museum of History in 2011. Sherry Edwards holds a BA in History from Barton College and a MLS from East Carolina University.
Retired Library Technical Assistant, Teaching Resources Center
East Carolina University
Maliha Farhadi is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan. She is married to Dr. Abdul-Shakoor Farhadi and has two children. She came to the United States as a Fulbright graduate student attending NC State University. Her MA is in Teaching English as a Second Language. She taught English at different levels, primary school to university, for fifteen years. Maliha moved to Greenville and started working in Joyner Library's Circulation Department and later moved to the Teaching Resources Center. She has also earned her Master of Library Science. Teaching foreign students and working with the public has given her a broad perspective of understanding diverse populations such as race, age, religion, and cultural background.
2011 Media Coordinator
Ayden-Grifton High School
Karen Gardner is the 2011 North Carolina School Library Media Coordinator of the Year and the 2011 Pitt County Schools Media Coordinator of the Year. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media and has 29 years of experience in education, 27 of which she has served as a Media Coordinator in North Carolina. She is a successful grant writer, accumulating over $150,000 in grant funding over the last few years. She holds a BA in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a MLS from East Carolina University.
Media and IT Specialist
Pitt County Schools
Joanna Gerakios has a BS in Middle Grades Education and a MLS from East Carolina University. She has taught 8th grade language arts and social studies, and has worked as a school media coordinator. Since first entering the public library as a child, and later as a parent and educator, she has been a library enthusiast. Joanna has an interest in bringing books and technology together to energize education and empower students. She currently works to facilitate instructional technology and media programs as an Instructional Technology and Media Specialist for the Pitt County school system.
Tori earned her MLS from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC and currently works as a middle school librarian in Chapel Hill.
East Carolina University, Joyner Library
Tracie is a Conservation Technician with Joyner Library's Preservation and Conservation unit and is responsible for General Collection repair and supervision of student workers. She has training in book conservation and repair from the Etheringon Conservation Center and the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. She also brings to Joyner her varied experiences from over a quarter century of working in academic, school and public libraries, and also museums. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University San Bernardino, she married a career United States Marine and spent the next 20 years moving around the country. Upon his retirement from the Marines, Tracie and her husband decided to settle in beautiful eastern North Carolina. An avid sailing enthusiast, she is active in the Ragged Point Yacht Club as the club's historian.
East Cary Middle School
Deanna Harris is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been an educator for twenty years. Deanna has been a middle grades language arts teacher, an educator-on-loan at the NC Department of Public Instruction, and a middle grades media and technology coordinator. She has presented at workshops and facilitated presentations for her school and local district as well as other districts, and also for state and national organizations, including NCSLMA, AASL, and NSDC. She currently serves as the past president of NCSLMA. She graduated from Meredith College with a BA in English and completed her MLS at NC-Central University.
Middle School Teacher
Archer Lodge Middle School
Joshua Hostetter graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Secondary History Education in 2008. He received his MAEd in 2010 from East Carolina University with a focus on the instruction of history and social sciences through board games. Joshua is currently teaching 7th grade social studies at Archer Lodge Middle School where he is putting his research into practice.
2011 NCSLMA Administrator of the Year
Lionel Kato was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended NYC Public Schools through 8th grade. After moving to NC, he graduated from New Bern High School in 1994. Lionel has a B.S. in Social Science Education from Fayetteville State University, a Masters in School Administration from East Carolina University, and is slated to receive his EdD from UNCW in December 2011. He has worked as a high school social studies teacher and a middle school math teacher. He has also been an elementary, middle, and high school assistant principal. Currently, Lionel is Principal at Farmville Middle School.
Reading Enrichment Teacher/Coach
Red Oak Middle School
Educational Resource Specialist
Library of Congress
Cheryl Lederle is an Educational Resource Specialist at the Library of Congress, where she develops classroom materials, contributes to the blog "Teaching with the Library of Congress," and works with teachers to incorporate the Library's digitized primary sources into high-quality instruction. Previously, Cheryl taught English and writing at the high school and community college levels.
North Pitt High School
Laura Mangum is a high school librarian at North Pitt High School in Pitt County. She is committed to the importance of encouraging all students to utilize library resources and to work collaboratively with the professionals in her school.
Retired, Former Youth Services Librarian
Nancy May has been a youth services librarian, media specialist and storyteller for more than 20 years. She recently retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library but continues to read to kids and tell stories for all ages.
Marian Nelson McLawhorn
Representative from House District 9, N.C. House of Representatives
Marian N. McLawhorn is the North Carolina House Representative from House District 9, recently serving two terms as the Democratic Whip of the House. Representative McLawhorn has been honored with numerous public service awards including the Democratic Women of North Carolina "Star" Award. She served on the Education Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and on the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Government Education Committee. She has been the mayor of Grifton and a town commissioner. In 2004, she was inducted into the East Carolina University Educators Hall of Fame. Prior to her service as State Representative, she was an Instructor and Head of Library Media Technical Assistant Program at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, a media coordinator at D.H. Conley High School in Greenville and a Media Center Supervisor at New Bern High School in New Bern. Representative McLawhorn received a B.S. in Business Administration, a Masters in Library Science, and an Educational Leadership and Supervision Certificate from ECU. She is married to Richard McLawhorn, has four children and five grandchildren.
Retired Media Coordinator
Sheila Mendoza, an East Carolina University graduate, is a recently retired 30 year media coordinator with National Board Certification in Early Childhood-Young Adult Library/Media. She is a part-time reference librarian at a local community college.
Jennifer L. Milton
Massey Hill Classical High School
Jennifer Milton has a B.A. in Political Science from Georgetown College and an M.L.S. from North Carolina Central University. She has been a media coordinator for six years serving K-12 students. She is an Accelerated Reader administrator for her school district, as well as the Middle School Battle of the Books co-chair.
Chapel Hill High School
Blake Norby earned her MLS from East Carolina University and has served as a media coordinator in elementary and high schools.
Currituck County High School
Beth O'Briant is a graduate of Currituck County High School and has worked in the Currituck County School system as an assistant for 20 years. She has served as a library assistant at the high school for the past several years, and has presented at many NCSLMA state conferences as part of "the Lucy and Ethel of the Library" presentations, and presented an Exploratorium session at the American Association of School Librarians National Conference in 2009. Beth also co-authored an article in the January/February 2009 issue of Library Media Connection.
Eastern Elementary School
Sharon O'Neill has been the Media Coordinator at Eastern Elementary School in Pitt County since 2003. She received her MLS from East Carolina University in 2003 and her Instructional Technology Licensure in 2005. She is currently the 1st Vice President of Delta Xi, a Greenville chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She is a life-long learner and an outspoken advocate for the continual growth and evolution of educators, determined to help her generation embrace the digital revolution.
Director of Grants and Development
Beaufort County Schools
Michele Oros has been employed as Director of Grants and Development for Beaufort County Schools in Washington, North Carolina since March 2003. Her professional duties include the creation and management of grant-funded programs and budgets. Prior to her position as Grant Director, Michele served as School Library Media Coordinator at elementary and high school levels for 14 years. She earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Library and Media Services from Appalachian State University.
Lodge Middle School
Becky Palgi is a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media and has been an educator for over 25 years. After teaching high school English and Journalism for 13 years, she has spent the last 14 years as a Media Coordinator in Wake and Johnston counties at Archer Lodge Middle School. She received her BA in English from NC State University and completed her MLIS at UNC- Greensboro.
Randleman Middle School
Madeline Reed is the Media Coordinator/Teacher-Librarian at Randleman Middle School in Randleman, NC. She received her Master of Library Science degree in December 2008 from East Carolina University, and her Bachelor Degree from East Tennessee State University. This is her fifth full year in the library, serving 850 students and a staff of 70. Madeline spent approximately 20 years in the classroom and several years as middle school Lead Teacher. She actively collaborates with 48 of the staff of 70, and is trying to add more lessons and experiences to her repertoire.
Media and Web Librarian
Since 1998, Lesley Richardson is the Media and Web Librarian for LEARN NC. She publishes educational articles, lesson plans, field trip opportunities, and provides customer service. Lesley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Urban Studies from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.
Swift Creek Elementary
Allison Rose is the media specialist at Swift Creek Elementary. She received her BS from Barton College and her Masters in Library and Information Science from East Carolina University.
Max Rosentreter represents Perma-Bound Books in eastern North Carolina. He has been an educational sales representative since 1989. Max holds a MEd in Secondary Education and has four years of teaching experience.
Pat Ryckman is the branch manager of the Duncan Library in Alexandria VA. She has worked and taught in public and independent schools, university libraries, and public libraries. She has an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in history from UNC-Charlotte.
Vanessa J. Sasser
Pitt County Schools
Vanessa Sasser is the Media Coordinator at Wintergreen Primary School in Greenville, NC. An alumnus of East Carolina University, Ms. Sasser received her Masters of Library Science degree in 2007 and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology. Prior to entering the Media Center, Ms. Sasser was a high school Family and Consumer Science teacher, serving on NCDPI Curriculum Development teams and as a club advisor.
Library Media Specialist
Currituck County High School
Mary Simmons is the Library Media Specialist and AP US History teacher at Currituck County High School Library. She has been an educator for 26 years – 23 of which she has served as a library media specialist at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Mary has presented at many NCSLMA state conferences as part of the "Lucy and Ethel of the Library" presentations.
USC-School of Library and Information Science (USC-SLIS)
Gerry Solomon joined the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science (USC-SLIS) faculty as an Instructor in July 2010. In addition to teaching she is responsible for placing and supervising school library interns in their practicums. She was previously the School Library Media Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Instructional Technology Division. She also has been an adjunct instructor at the UNC-Chapel Hill/School of Information and Library Science. Gerry has also been a school library media consultant in NC and in the Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools. She holds a MLS from the University of MD-College Park.
Mackin Educational Services
Alesia Stevenson is the local consultant for Mackin Educational Services. She holds her Masters of Library Science and has 15 years' experience in a variety of educational areas. Alesia has managed and mentored a variety of school media centers and shares that comprehensive experience with her customers. She is a contributor to the UNC Press publication The Encyclopedia of North Carolina History. She also serves on the Vance Granville Community College Arts and Sciences Advisory Board and volunteers at her local public library to improve electronic resources and community outreach.
ECU Copyright Officer
East Carolina University, Joyner Library
Beth has a BSBA and MPA from East Carolina University and a MLS from NC Central University. She has worked at East Carolina University for more than 29 years at both Laupus and Joyner Libraries. Her experience includes ILL, Circulation, Reserves, Reference, Acquisitions, AV and IT. This has given her a variety of experience in the area of copyright which she now uses to work with everyone on campus.
East Carolina University, Department of Library Science
Elaine Yontz is Professor and Chair in the Library Science Department of East Carolina University.