Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Resume

I was a teacher, and I'm proud of it!

         Post graduate:             
            East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
            M.S.L.I.S.  University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
            M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,             VA

            Undergraduate: B.A., English, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,             VA

Favorite Quotation:  “Read and you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass


·       “Trip to Paris,” WUNC Public Radio, 2011
·      “Embracing the Child” literacy grant, Townsend Publishing, 2009
·      National Endowment for the Humanities, “Picturing America,” 2008
·      Nominated for Who’s Who in American Education, 2007
·      World War II Oral History Project:  “John Harrawood.”  Archived at the Veterans’ History Project, Library of Congress, 2006.
·      “Crafting Freedom,” Thomas Day Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2006
·       American Memory Fellowship, Library of Congress, 2001
·      Project Tomorrow Grant,1998 and 1999
·      American Library Association travel grant, Guadalajara, 1999
·      Phi Beta Mu International Honor Society, 1992

·      Advocacy  Summit, Public Policy and Advocacy Department/Arthritis Foundation, Washington, D. C., 2013

·      Introduction to the Learning Health System, (online), National eHealth Collaborative, 2011
·      Computers in Medical Settings, Nash Community College, (Rocky Mount, NC), 2011
·      Computers in the Workplace, Nash Community College, 2011
·      Learning to Learn Online, InSync, 2010
·      “Teaching and Learning With Technology,” (online course), 2009
·      “Project Based Learning”, Intel, 2009
·      “What’s New in Young Adult Literature, Bureau of Education Research, 2009
  • “Creating a Climate for Reading,” (2006), Wake County Public Schools, Raleigh, NC
  • “Using Character Education as a Motivator in Reading Programs,” (April, 2006), East Carolina University,  Greenville, NC.
  • “Reading Circles,” (May, 2006), East Carolina University,  Greenville, NC.
  • “The Effective Use of Sustained Silent Reading,” (May, 2006), East Carolina University,  Greenville, NC.
§  Summer Institute, NC Public Schools: “Managing Difficult Behavior for
            Individual Students,” (2005),  Atlantic Beach, NC.
§  “A Mind at a Time,” workshop for teachers by Mel Levine, (2004),
            Chapel Hill,  NC.
  • Oral History Workshop sponsored by the Southern Oral History Project at
            UNC-Chapel Hill, (2004), Mt. Airy, N
  • “Dimensions of Learning” (2003), Wilson, NC
§  NC LIVE (1999-2000), Raleigh, NC
§  LearnNC (2000), Weldon, NC 
§  “Marco Polo: Internet Content for the Classroom,” (2000), Raleigh, NC 
§  Follett Library Automation (2001),Weldon,  NC
§  NC WISE OWL (2001), Weldon, NC
§  American Memory (2001), Washington, D. C..  Presenter, 2002, “Using   
            American Memory to Enrich Curriculum,” Greenville, NC.

Work Experience

Writer, Tarboro, NC, July, 2011-present.  I write up-lifting, compelling articles about people and places on a global perspective.  Many of my articles were published in a local publication, The Daily Southerner, as well as in Eastern North Carolina Woman.  I also write poetry.
Library Media Coordinator (Edgecombe County, NC)  August, 2007-2009
·      Prepared the LMC to receive students upon the closing of Roberson Elementary School and the re-opening of the building as the Roberson Center for Educational Achievement  (August, 2007).
·      Led up to 10 classes a week on a fixed library schedule.
·      Provided leadership for the launching of the circulation system
·      Solicited corporate support for the acquisition of new materials.
·      Kept the faculty informed of new resources.
·      Served on the School Improvement Team.
·      Served on the School Library Curriculum Council.
·      Introduced new presentation equipment to help teachers integrate technology into lesson plans.
·      Collaborated with teachers on student research projects.
·      Advocated for school libraries and their relationship to high student achievement.
·      Promoted the LMC through library newsletters to parents and teachers.
·      Participated in school activities (Relay for Life, Field Day).
·      Planned activities to increase student achievement.
·      Wrote grants to enhance range planning for the collection.
·      Created an attractive space to encourage student use of the library.

Library Media Coordinator (Wake County, NC)  Jan.,  2006 – June 13, 2006.
  • Assistded with providing library services to approximately 820 elementary students grades K-5.
  • Taught 17 classes a week in the media center (fixed schedule).
  • Aligned lesson plans with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
  • Help to create a climate conducive to reading and learning.
  • Integrated elements of the North Carolina Character Education Initiative and
             history into lessons.

Special Ed Teacher (Nash County, NC) 2004-2005
  • Worked as a special education teacher for juvenile offenders at an off-campus program.  Grade range was 6-8.  Emphasis:  reading, literacy, social studies, Character Education, math, art, career focus.

Library Media Coordinator  (Wilson County, NC)  2002-2003
§  School Librarian for 315 elementary students K-5.
§  Collaborated with faculty.
§  Wrote collection development grants totaling $10,000.00
§  Integrated the NCSOS into library lesson plans.
§  Renovated and re-organized the school library
§  Promoted the library with newsletters and special events (“Celebrity Readers”, “Read Across America”, etc.)

 Library Media Coordinator (Halifax County, NC)  2000-2001
§  School librarian for 600 middle and high school students.
§  Collaborated with teachers.
§  Set up the Follett circulation system.
§  Re-organized the library for better access.
§  Promoted the library with speakers, programs, Teen Read Week, etc.
§  Wrote grants.
§  Supervised student assistants in the library.
§  Formed partnerships with publishers to help extend the book collection.

Assistant Director and Reference Librarian (Tarboro, NC)  1996-2000
§  Provided reference services for all ages and disciplines.
§  Assisted children and their parents in the absence of the Children’s Librarian.
§  Initiated and taught NC LIVE and Internet classes for the public.
§  Wrote collection development grants of over $5000.00.
§  Staff training and adult programming.
§  Involved in outreach to area schools.
§  Involved in the development and maintenance of adult reference and nonfiction collections
§  Aided in the cataloging of the adult nonfiction collection and books in Spanish.
§  Weeded the reference collection.
§  Assisted in the weeding of the adult nonfiction collection.
§  Publicized the library with a weekly news column (1997-2000) and an interview for WITN-TV to promote public libraries (March, 2000)
§  Organized art exhibits and displays.

Reference Librarian (Mt. Vernon, GA)  1992-1996
§  Initiated reference and bibliographic instruction services for Brewton-Parker College.
§  Kept the faculty informed of new reference sources and services
§  Designed research guides and library pathfinders
§  Implemented book exhibits, displays, and special events for Black History Month, Women's History Month, National Poetry Month, and National Library Month.
§  Led the development of the reference collection in all disciplines.
§  Gave tours of the library for school groups and helped high school students learn to use reference materials
§  Publicized the library to the public through events such as a poetry reading coffeehouse during National Poetry Month.


North Carolina Writers Network, PEN America, Edgecombe County Arts Council,
Nasher Museum of Duke University


Aniko Redman, Researcher, Durham, NC, cell 919-544-7437

Beverly McNeill, Educator Emeritus/Teacher Trainer.  Chairman of the Board for APPREND, Durham County, NC.  Cell:  919-489-1166.

Chip Wigginton, former publisher/editor of The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC, Cell:  804-426-2757.
Bea Burnett, tennis champion and retired actress, Cell:  252-469-8383

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