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.
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