Facilitators' Biographies

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Joann Absi

Media Coordinator
Eugene Ashley High School
joann.absi@nhcs.net
Joann Absi is the president of the NC School Library Media Association. She has been the media coordinator at Ashley High in New Hanover County since its opening in 2001 and is also the graduation coordinator for the school. Previous to that she has been the media coordinator at elementary, middle, and high school levels in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties. She has a B.S. in Education from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. She received her MLS from East Carolina University in 1987 and also received her CAS in Library Science from ECU in 2006.

Sedley Abercrombie

Library Media Coordinator
Fair Grove Elementary
sedleyabercrombie@davidson.k12.nc.us
Sedley Abercrombie is a fifth-year year elementary media coordinator in Davidson County.  She earned her MLIS from ECU in August of 2009. In recent years, she has presented at various staff development workshops at school levels as well as at UNCG, NCTIES, and NCSLMA.  Sedley loves her job and learning new ways to integrate technology into her media instruction.

Frances Bradburn

North Carolina New Schools and the Golden LEAF Foundation
fbradbur@gmail.com
Frances Bryant Bradburn is a consultant with the North Carolina New Schools Project and the Golden LEAF Foundation that focuses on 1:1 learning initiatives across the state. The former Director of Instructional Technology for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Frances is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Department of Library and Information Science. She 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 Media Programs (1999). She also reviews young adult titles for Booklist and has written a variety of journal articles on 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.

Gloria Bradshaw

Lab Manager / Senior Conservation Technician
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
bradshawg@ecu.edu
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 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, Solinet/Lyrasis workshops in preservation and disaster planning, book and paper repair, deacidification treatments, mold recovery, and library binding for preservation.  In pursuit of her training and research, Gloria has attended workshops at such institutions as ECU, North Carolina State University, Chapel Hill, Etherington Conservation Center, and Johns Hopkins.  She received the ECU Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Innovation in 1996.

Christina Brayton

Media Coordinator
Rowan Salisbury Schools North Rowan Middle
braytoncd@rss.k12.nc.us
Christina Brayton is a second year media coordinator with Rowan Salisbury Schools. Currently teaching at North Rowan Middle School, Christina has also worked with high school and university students. She graduated from California State University, Fresno in 2005, with a B.A. in English, Medieval and Pre-Renaissance Literature and completed her M.A in Education, Library Media at East Tennessee State University in 2011. She has attended and taught seminars on a number of educational topics including Common Core/essential standards, text complexity, reading comprehension, eBook choices, Common Core and research, and Effective Teaching Strategies for the Common Core.

Carla Brooks

School Library Media Coordinator
Rockfish Elementary School
carlabrooks@ccs.k12.nc.us
Carla Brooks was named the 2013 NCSLMA Media Coordinator of the Year. Carla is the school library media coordinator for Rockfish Elementary School, a K-5 school in Cumberland County. Earning her MLS from Indiana University in 1993, she has since worked in public, Army, and school libraries. She is a member of the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) Destiny Data Team and creates the program brochure for CCS Elementary Battle of the Books. She currently serves as an Elementary Battle of the Books coach, Accelerated Reader administrator, and co-technology mentor for her school. Mrs. Brooks is married with 12-year-old triplets.

LaShaunda Brown

6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Guilford County Schools
brownl6@gcsnc.com
LaShaunda Brown is a sixth-year teacher in Guilford County Schools.  As a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, she graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Currently, she is working towards a Master's in K-12 Reading.  Lashaunda incorporates technology resources within her classroom as a way to create greater interest and retention of information.  LaShaunda is a first-time co-presenter at the Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit.

Patch Clark

Associate Professor
ECU Storybook Theatre
Clarkp@ecu.edu
Patch Clark is a professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University and coordinator of the Theatre for Youth and Theatre Education programs.  She is the founder and director of ECU Storybook Theatre which performs for over 4,000 school children per year and travels to various schools throughout the academic year.

Jeff Coghill

Outreach Librarian
William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, ECU
coghillj@ecu.edu
Jeff Coghill is Outreach Librarian at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library at ECU.

Connie Conner

Media Coordinator
Pitt County Schools
connerc@pitt.k12.nc.us
Connie Conner is the Media Coordinator at Belvoir Elementary School in Greenville, NC.  She is an eighteen-year veteran of Elementary Education.  She has worked as a Media Coordinator in both Florida and North Carolina for the last nine years.  Connie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Stetson University and MLS Degree from North Carolina Central University.

Anthony Chow

Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
aschow@uncg.edu
Dr. Anthony Chow, an assistant professor at UNCG’s Department of Library and Information Studies, has 14 years of applied and teaching experience designing, testing, and evaluating websites for private industry and at the undergraduate and graduate university level.  His interest in school library websites stems from his work and expertise in how people seek information in digital environments and how best to design these environments so they are as usable as possible to facilitate successful access to the information they seek.  As a father of three, he is also extremely interested in how youth seek information and how usable and age-appropriate these spaces are for them.  He has presented at state, national, and international conferences and has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters on this topic.

Cathy DuPre

Media Coordinator
Merry Oaks International Academy - Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools
c.dupre@cms.K12.nc.us
Cathy DuPre is a Media Coordinator at Merry Oaks International Academy, which is a Title 1 Elementary school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  She is a member of the NCDPI team charged with the development of new library media standards and evaluation system for Media Coordinators.  Cathy has been named to "Who's Who Among American Teachers", received the Time Warner Crystal Apple National Teacher Award twice, and has been the Gertrude Coward Award winner for Media Coordinator of the year.  She has facilitated sessions for administrators on best practices for dual language media centers.  In 2011, she was awarded a scholarship for the Lincoln Center Institute for Imaginative Learning and received a scholarship from the NC Arts Commission for Advanced Training. Cathy has presented workshops at the district and state levels on language learning, inquiry based research across languages, assessing student learning, and best practices for library media specialists.

Carol Gehringer

Media Coordinator
GRACE Christian School
cgehringer@gracechristian.net
Carol Gehringer is the Media Coordinator at GRACE Christian School, and works primarily on the K6 campus in Raleigh, NC.  She received her Masters of Library & Information Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as a NC teaching license from coursework taken at ECU.  GRACE Christian School is a 1:1 MacBook school with SMART Boards in all K-4th grade classrooms and projectors in all the 5th-12th grade classrooms. Carol is an integral part of the E4 Technology Team and is responsible for professional development and curriculum enhancement.

Joanna Gerakios

Media/IT Specialist
Pitt County Schools
gerakij@pitt.k12.nc.us
Joanna Gerakios has a B.S. in Middle Grades Education and MLS in Library Science from ECU.  She has taught 8th grade language arts and social studies and worked as a school media coordinator in Pitt County.  Since first entering the public library as a child, and later as a parent and educator, she has been a library enthusiast.  She loves that being a school library media coordinator brings together the roles of teacher and librarian.  Joanna has an interest in bringing books and technology together to empower educators and create student-centered learning environments.  She currently works to facilitate media programs and integrate technology into the curriculum as a Media and Instructional Tech Specialist for the Pitt County school system.  She is the Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair for NCSLMA, serves on the state Elementary Battle of the Books Committee, and is a member of the ECU MLS Program Advisory Board.

Monica Gropp

Media Specialist
Rolesville High School
mgropp@wcpss.net
Monica Gropp is a media specialist at Rolesville High School.  She is currently working on her masters degree in Library and Information Science at North Carolina Central University.  She worked as a teacher for seven years and is working in her first year as a media specialist.

Kimberly Hirsh

Managing Editor
LEARN NC
kimberlyhirsh@unc.edu
Kimberly Hirsh joined LEARN NC in July 2012 as Managing Editor.  She taught Latin for five years after earning her Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-CH, where she also received her B.A. in Classics and Dramatic Art.  Most recently, Kimberly was a school librarian for two middle schools with the Granville County Public School System.

Gail Holmes

Digital Teaching and Learning EOL
NCDPI
gail.holmes@dpi.nc.gov
Gail Holmes has been in public education for 35 years. A graduate of NC A&T State University (Bachelor Degree - Business Education), UNC-Greensboro (Masters Degree - Business Education and Instructional Technology), and ECU (Masters of Library Science), she has taught grades 6-12; worked as technology facilitator, instructional technology coach, an adjunct professor at UNC- Greensboro in the department of Library Science; and is presently an Educator-on-Loan for North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Digital Teaching and Learning Division.  She is a 2011 Kenan Fellow.  Her project, “E-Teacher Training: 21st Century Training for the Classroom," focused on integrating technology into the curriculum to empower students and provide teachers with resources to enhance learning and promote 21st century teaching.  Gail coauthored the journal article “The Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development: Teaching Students to Think Outside the Book” and published it in The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.  She is an INTEL Teach Senior trainer for North Carolina.  A native of Ahoskie, she currently resides in Greensboro with her husband. Gail can be contacted at: gail.holmes@dpi.nc.gov (and) 336.420.9481

Siedah Holmes

holmess@gcsnc.com

Jami Jones

Associate Professor
Department of Information and Library Science
East Carolina University
jonesj@ecu.edu
Jami L. Jones, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Information and Library Science at East Carolina University.  Jones’ teaching and research interests include the role of the school librarian to nurture creativity and engage students with inquiry.  Her most recent book, coedited with Dr. Lori Flint, is The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Educators Cultivating Curiosity Together (ABC-CLIO, 2013).

Robin Jordan

School Library Media Coordinator
North Gaston High School
rejordan@gaston.k12.nc.us
Robin Jordan is the Nationally Board Certified SLMC at North Gaston High School in Dallas, NC.  She has been actively involved with NCSLMA and the Young Adult Book Award committee since the committee's inception.

Lionel Kato

Principal
North Pitt High School
katol@pitt.k12.nc.us
Dr. Kato was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended New York City Public Schools through 8th grade.  He completed his last 2 years of high school in NC and graduated from New Bern High School in 1994.  Dr. Kato received his B.S. in Social Science Education from Fayetteville State University in 1998, a Masters in School Administration from East Carolina University in 2005, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNC Wilmington in 2011.  He has worked as a high school social studies teacher, middle school math teacher, and as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  He served as principal of Farmville Middle School from 2009-2013 where he was honored as the NC Media Administrator of the Year and was recognized as Pitt County Principal of the Year.  He is currently the principal of North Pitt High School in Bethel, NC.

Samantha Lam

Graduate Student
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
s_lam2@uncg.edu
Samantha Lam is a current graduate student in the Library and Information Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is also the Media Coordinator for Smithfield Selma High School in Johnston County, North Carolina.  Samantha is the Information Liaison for Smithfield Selma High School, an active Graduation Project Mentor, and a member of the Student Activities Team.

Cheryl Lederle

Educational Resource Specialist
Library of Congress
cled@loc.gov
Cheryl Lederle-Ensign has worked as an Educational Resources Specialist at the Library of Congress since December of 2003.  In that role, she has advanced the Library's educational mission by providing more than 1000 teachers with professional development through workshops, presentations, and intensive institutes both in person and via webinar and videoconference.  She has also played a significant role in shaping the Library's online repository of classroom materials and resources for teachers (loc.gov/teachers) and continues to contribute to the development of those materials.  Ms. Lederle holds a B.A. from Kent State University, a M.A.T. from the University of Chicago, and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.  She has fifteen years of experience teaching English at both the high school and community college levels.

Nancy May

Retired Librarian
nrmay24@aol.com
Nancy May worked with schools, teachers, and students of all ages as a public librarian, storyteller, and media specialist. Retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, she continues to tell stories and share the joy of books and reading!

Rebecca Morris

Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
rjmorris@uncg.edu
Rebecca Morris, MLIS, PhD, is Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Rebecca teaches in the areas of school librarianship, media production/instructional technology, and services and materials for children and young adults.  Among her areas of research interest are the educational preparation of school librarians and digital storytelling in the school library and classroom.  She is a former school librarian and first grade teacher. Rebecca serves as the blogger for School Library Monthly and is an active member of ALA Divisions AASL and YALSA.

Gail Munde

Associate Professor
East Carolina University
mundeg@ecu.edu
Gail Munde is an Associate Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.  Prior to teaching, she worked in academic libraries for 25 years as a department chair and Associate Director/Dean of Libraries, holding positions at the University of Kansas, East Carolina University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She is a certified professional in Human Resources and received her MLS from Emporia State University and PhD in Library Science from the University of North Texas.

Rebecca Newland

Library of Congress Teacher in Residence
rene@loc.gov
Rebecca Newland is the 2013-14 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence.  She came to the Library from Virginia Beach where she was both a high school English teacher and a middle school librarian. Her background includes experiences in directing musical theatre as well as public speaking.  She has significant experience with curriculum writing, facilitating professional development with teachers and librarians, and recommending books to kids that they end up loving.  She holds a B.A. in English from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, as well as a MS.Ed from Old Dominion University.

Sharon O'Neill

K-5 Media Specialist
Eastern Elementary, Pitt County Schools
oneills@pitt.k12.nc.us
Sharon O'Neill has been a Media Specialist for Pitt County Schools for 10 years.  An avid reader, she calls the Media Center at Eastern Elementary School her second home.  She is passionate about helping adults become as digitally literate as their children and is always looking for ways to make communication and information sharing more streamlined yet still effective.

Michele Oros

Director of Grants and Development
Beaufort County Schools
moros@beaufort.k12.nc.us
Michele Oros has been employed as Director of Grants and Development for Beaufort County Schools in Washington, North Carolina since March 2003. Professional duties include writing and managing grant-funded projects and coordinating library media programs for the school district.  Prior to her appointment as Grant Director, Ms. Oros served as Media Coordinator at the elementary and high school levels for 14 years.  Ms. Oros earned an Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction from East Carolina University and a MA in Library and Media Services from Appalachian State University.  She holds certifications in supervision, administration, media supervisor, and media coordinator.

Kathy Parker

School Library Media Consultant
NCDPI
kathy.parker@dpi.nc.gov
Kathy Parker is a Raleigh native currently living in Sanford. She graduated with English and History degrees from North Carolina State University and earned ESL certification and her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kathy is a lifelong educator who began her career as a high school English teacher. For ten years, Kathy served the students and faculty of Lee County High School as their library media coordinator during which time she earned her National Board certification. Kathy now supports library media stakeholders as the School Library Media Consultant for NCDPI.  In addition to literature, Kathy's personal interests include crafting, gardening, and photography.

Katie Richardson

Media Coordinator
Pactolus School, Pitt County Schools
mksrichardson@gmail.com
Katie Richardson is a Media Coordinator at Pactolus School, a K-8 school in Pitt County, North Carolina. Katie is a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media. She is a past participant at the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute for working with Primary Sources in Washington, DC. Katie is enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focusing on Educational and Instructional Technology.

Lesley Richardson

Media and Web Librarian
LEARN NC
lesleyr@email.unc.edu
Lesley Richardson joined LEARN NC in April 1998, having previously worked with the organization through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for Academic Technology.  As Media and Web Librarian, she assists the managing editor by publishing lesson plans and best practice articles, publishing field trip opportunities for each of North Carolina’s 100 counties in Discover NC, and providing customer service.  Lesley also works with LEARN NC’s online professional development students and instructors.

Allison Reid

English Teacher
Heritage High School
areid@wcpss.net
Allison Reid is an English Teacher at Heritage High school, where she teaches English to grades 9-11. She serves as the English instructor for the Game Art and Design Academy and is pursuing her Masters in Instructional Technology at North Carolina State University.  Allison has served as an instructor for the Common Core Summer Institute for Wake County for two years running, where she presents sessions dealing with integrating technology in the classroom.  She served on the Seminal US Document lesson team for the county and leads professional development for Heritage High for both Technology and Literacy sessions.

Jackie Ruffin-Pittman

Media Specialist
Northwest Halifax High
jacquelynruffin@schoollink.net
Jackie Ruffin-Pitman is a reenactor and story teller for the North Carolina Black Storytellers.  She has worked with a state documentary on a reenactment of the Civil War.  Recently, she reenacted Annie Johnson at the Liberia Plantation in Manassas, Virginia. She also presented “Our Story” at the North Carolina School Media Conference last October.  Jackie has worked with the greatest storytellers such as Dr. Rex Ellis, Director of African American Museum Studies at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Suzanne Rusnak

Media Coordinator
Wells Elementary School
suzanne.rusnak@wilsonschoolsnc.net
Suzanne Rusnak earned an undergraduate degree in social work from NCSU in 1976, then a MLS from ECU in 2005. She has enjoyed being an elementary media coordinator for the past 10 years. 

Kristy Sartain

Librarian
East Carteret High School
kristy.sartain@carteretk12.org
Kristy Sartain is in her third year as a high school librarian at East Carteret High School, a small rural high school in Carteret County.  She is a 2011 ECU MLS graduate, a reviewer for LMC Magazine, and has spoken at conferences around the state on using the library to reach out to alternative learners.

Cal Shepard

State Librarian
State Library of North Carolina
cal.shepard@ncdcr.gov
Caroline (Cal) Shepard is the State Librarian of North Carolina. Formerly she was Program Director of Consulting Services at LYRASIS. In this role she was both a consultant and manager of the consulting program. From 1999 to 2006, she managed the Educational Services program at SOLINET. Prior to joining SOLINET, Cal served as Chief of Library Development at the State Library of North Carolina. Previous experience includes positions at the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem and the Nantahala Regional Library in Murphy, North Carolina. Cal has a MLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is active in the American Library Association and serves on the board of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Emily Shue

Media Coordinator
Rowan Salisbury Schools C.T. Overton Elementary

shueer@rss.k12.nc.us
Emily Shue is a second year media coordinator who works with elementary students. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010 with a B.A. in History and a minor in American Studies. In 2013, Emily earned her Master of Library Science at North Carolina Central University. She has attended and co-facilitated a number of workshops regarding common core/essential standards, eBook choices, common core and research, and effective teaching strategies for the common core.

Alesia Stevenson

Senior Sales Consultant
Mackin Educational Services
alesia.stevenson@mackin.com
Alesia Stevenson is the local consultant for Mackin Educational Services. She holds a MLS and has 15 years’ experience in a variety of educational areas. Stevenson has managed and mentored a variety of school media centers and shares that comprehensive experience with her customers. Stevenson is a contributor to the UNC Press publication The Encyclopedia of North Carolina History and a member of Phi Beta Mu.

Lou Saunders Sua

Teaching Assistant Professor
East Carolina University
sual@ecu.edu
Lou Saunders Sua, PhD is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Information and Library Science at East Carolina University. Prior to teaching at ECU, she worked for the last 30+ years in school, academic, and public libraries, as well as non-profit organizations. Among her research interests are Black women grassroots activism, community activism, Black women librarians activism, social justice and libraries, and the role of libraries in Black communities. Currently she teaches courses in children and young adult literature, diverse and special populations, and public libraries.

Tom Terrell

Media Specialist
Granville Central High School
terrelltf@gcs.k12.nc.us
Dr. Tom Terrell has been a School Librarian at three high schools, two in North Carolina and one in Florida. In addition, he has taught in graduate programs for school media specialists and other librarians at the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, and North Carolina Central University. He holds three degrees, including an EdD from the University of Central Florida.

Kathryn Tharrington

Media Coordinator
Dillard Middle School, Wayne County Schools
kathryntharrington@wcps.org
Kathryn Tharrington has been the Media Coordinator at Dillard Middle School in the city limits of Goldsboro for 5 years.  She has a Master of Library Science from East Carolina University.  Before becoming a librarian, she taught in a middle school and a high school.  She lives in Louisburg with her husband Allen and their 3 fluffy children. 

Joan Vey

Media Specialist
Rolesville High School
jvey@wcpss.net
Joan Vey is a media specialist at Rolesville High School.  She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A in History, a B.E.D., and a MLS.  She began her career as a public librarian in a research library in Brampton, Ontario where she worked as a reference, multi-cultural, and community information librarian.  She has worked for WCPSS for the past ten years in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Judy Walker

NC NASA ERC Coordinator
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
jwalker@uncc.edu
As the NC NASA Educator Resource Center director for over 25 years, Judy Walker works with both preservice and inservice teachers on how to incorporate NASA education resources into their curriculum. Her workshops focus on using hands-on inquiry based activities/resources and emerging technology to help teachers excite students about science and mathematics.  Ms. Walker is also the Education/Curriculum Materials Librarian at UNCC and works with undergraduates, graduates, and faculty to develop inquiry-based lessons in all disciplines and how to infuse technology into their classrooms.

Laura Warmke

Media Specialist
GRACE Christian School
lwarmke@gracechristian.net
Laura Warmke is a 7th-12th grade Media Specialist.  She works at GRACE Christian School, a 1:1 MacBook Air school, in Raleigh, NC.  Laura is also in charge of technology professional development and integration at the middle school and high school levels.  She led the effort to create "LevelUP!," the flipped, game-based professional development currently in use at GRACE.  Laura is a MLIS graduate of the University of Alabama, although she did her classes for her NC teaching license right here at ECU.

Kevin Washburn

Media Coordinator
Alexander Graham Middle School, Charlotte, NC
kevinm.washburn@cms.k12.nc.us
Kevin Washburn is a middle school media specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.  His focus area for professional development is in the advancement of electronic media for student use in the 21st Century.  He is a strong advocate for digital media with a "gawker" interest in social media.  Kevin just completed his licensure requirements as an Instructional Specialist at Appalachian State University and Media Supervision at UNC Greensboro.  Having previously served as the district media specialist, he developed and presented programs on the alignment for the Common Core standards and school library media centers.  He earned his MLIS from UNC Greensboro in 1997.

Teresa Wetherell

Teacher-Librarian
Wake County Public School System
twetherell@wcpss.net
Teresa Wetherell is the school library media specialist at Highcroft Drive Elementary.  She was a former classroom teacher with over eight years of experience in private, parochial, and public school settings.  She also has over twenty years of experience as a school library media specialist in grades PreK-8 in Tennessee and New Jersey before moving to North Carolina.  She holds a BS in Elementary Education and earned her MLS from ECU.  Teresa has three grown children and a lab named Lucky.

Jill Whitson

School Librarian
Greene Central High School
jillwhitson@greene.k12.nc.us
Jill Whitson graduated from ECU in 1984 with a BFA in Interior Design and in 2008 with a Master of Library Science.  She is the librarian at Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, NC.  She attended the Project Enable Summer Workshop in Syracuse, NY in June.

Kellie Williams

Media Coordinator
Pitt County Schools
williak4@pitt.k12.nc.us
Kellie Williams has been a Media Coordinator at Northwest Elementary in Greenville, NC since 2011. She has a degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University and is a 2013 graduate of East Carolina University's MLS program.

Antoinetta G. Wooley

Exceptional Children's Teacher
Greene Central High School
antoinettawooley@greene.k12.nc.us
Antoinetta G. Wooley has worked with exceptional children for 25 years. Currently, she serves as teacher/chairperson of exceptional children at Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, North Carolina. Antoinetta earned her bachelor’s in Special Education from Elizabeth City State University, a master’s in Special Education from Grand Canyon University, and an Ed. S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University. Her professional career spans elementary, middle, and high schools in Goldsboro, Kinston, and Snow Hill, NC.

Elaine Yontz

Professor
Department of Information & Library Science at ECU
yontzm@ecu.edu
Elaine Yontz is a Professor in the Master of Library Science Program in the Department of Information & Library Science at East Carolina University.  As a librarian, she worked in Cataloging and Collection Development at the University of Florida.  Before moving to Greenville, she taught in MLS programs at the University of South Florida and Valdosta State University.  She is a graduate of Florida State University and the University of Florida.

2014 Facilitators' Biographies

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