North Carolina Teacher Voice Network
The North Carolina Teacher Voice Fellows positively inform decisions made by education policymakers by providing feedback from colleagues that represents the collective and diverse opinions of educators throughout the state. By collaborating with partner organizations and engaging peers to learn more about and share their own stories related to policy decisions, Fellows will accelerate a movement of constructive teacher-led conversations around solutions that bring the most benefit to the students of North Carolina.
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North Carolina Teacher Voice Fellows
Joni is the instructional coach for Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School. She served as an instructional and professional development expert for the Governor’s Teacher Network in 2014-2015. Joni partnered with NC Department of Public Instruction as a 2013-2014 Kenan Fellow for the launch of Home Base. As a Kenan Fellow, she located resources to be included in Schoolnet and served as a regional ambassador for this instructional improvement system. She is a National Board Certified English as a New Language teacher who earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Barry is an Academic Coach in the Transforming Teaching Through Technology program, working with students and pre-service teachers in the School of Education at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Barry holds National Board certification, conducted action research on technology and student engagement as a member of the Governor’s Teacher Network, was named a national PBS Teacher Innovator, and serves on the NC Museum of Art’s Education Department Collaborative Planning Team. Barry earned a Master of Arts in Educational Media from Appalachian State University and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from NC State University.
Jim Brooks has taught at West Wilkes High School for the past thirty years. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent/ Young Adult, English/Language Arts. In 2007 he received the National Education Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award and was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English with the 2008 National Media Literacy Award. He was named Outstanding North Carolina English Teacher by the North Carolina English Teachers Association in 2010. Jim was inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame in 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s, and doctorate from Appalachian State University.
Bryan Christopher teaches English, creative writing and journalism at Riverside High School in Durham, NC. He’s taught for 8 years, all with Durham Public Schools, and was Riverside’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Bryan is also a National Board Certified Teacher, Certified Google Educator and policy analyst for the National Council of Teachers of English. He has published articles about teaching and learning in the Durham Herald Sun and Raleigh News and Observer. A graduate of Denison University, he holds a Master of Arts in Education from Wake Forest University.
Myra Malpass Creech has taught fifth grade English Language Arts at Acme Delco Elementary with Columbus County since 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master of Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Myra earned National Board Teacher Certification in 2001. She mentors novice teachers and has led school and district professional development opportunities in curriculum development and increasing student achievement. Myra served as Teacher of the Year for her school in 2005 and 2013 and was nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Across her district, Yvonne serves as a gifted specialist. She was recognized as a 2014 Governor’s Teachers Network educator and presented at the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement for work on data-driven differentiation. Yvonne was awarded a NCRA academic grant for her doctoral candidacy focusing on Education Leadership. By uniting STEM and literacy, Yvonne was awarded a Bright Ideas grant. She received a North Carolina Beautiful grant for the cultivation of an experiential memorial garden. Yvonne serves president of Carteret County Reading Council while advocating and presenting for literacy and gifted learners with NCAGT, NAGC, NCRA, NCTE, NBPTS, and IRA.
John teaches at Franklin High School in western NC. As president of his NCAE local, he received the 2015 NCAE political activism award and was the 2006 Macon County Teacher of the Year. John inaugurated and continues to teach a high school philosophy course. He inaugurated and has led an academically-gifted institute for middle schoolers for the past six years and taught for the UNC-Asheville Computer Literacy Initiative for four years. John holds a B.A. in philosophy from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Social Science Education from WCU. He moonlights, quite literally, as a ghost tour guide.
Akinyi J. Edmonds is a middle grades, national board certified business education teacher at Heritage Year-Round Middle School. Akinyi has taught in the Wake County Public School System for 19 years. She has written curriculum, mentored teachers, and facilitated computer technology professional development sessions. She mentors students outside of the classroom through the student organizations, Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from East Carolina University and holds from North Carolina State University both a Master of Education and a Master of School Administration.
Melissa is a NC Teaching Fellows graduate of Western Carolina University, where she also received her Master’s degree. She is a first grade teacher at South Macon Elementary and has taught for 11 years. Melissa was selected as the 2013 Macon County as well as the 2014 Region 8 Teacher of the Year. She serves on several committees including Dr. Atkinson’s Teacher Advisory Committee and the WNC P-16 Education Consortium Steering Committee. Through collaborative work with colleagues at school and WCU, she has presented at national conferences for NCTE and NSTA, as well as the NC Reading Conference.
Trey, a math teacher at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, is the co-adviser for the Executive Student Council and the school’s 2014-2015 Beginning Teacher of the Year. He collaborated with the N.C. Public School Forum to create the Beginning Teacher Network of Wake County, a professional development and advocacy program devoted to spark active engagement with public education policy among BTs. Trey worked with the N.C. DPI team at the U.S. Dept. of Education’s States Teach to Lead summit in Washington, D.C. and periodically blogs for EdNC.org. Trey is a N.C. Teaching Fellow and graduate of N.C. State University.
Pamela Fitzpatrick, NBCT, is a literacy coach in Orange County, teaches at Stanford Middle School, and has taught in the district since 1996. She recently received her PhD from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been published in seven peer-reviewed journals, and is the co-editor of The Institution of Education (2013). Her honors include selections as the NC Middle School Association Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2008-2009 Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership scholar. This year Pamela has also worked as an educational researcher for Harvard University and an Adjunct Professor at The University of Mount Olive.
Mamie Hall is Dean of Students and teaches English at Research Triangle High School in Durham, which she helped open in 2012. Mamie is passionate about bringing globally competitive education to all students. Prior to her work at RTHS, Mamie taught in Orange County and Chapel Hill Carrboro City schools for ten years. She is a National Board Certified teacher who has served as department chair, mentor for beginning teachers, and a supervisor for pre-service teachers. She holds a B.A. in English Literature with minors in History and Secondary Education from The College of William and Mary.
Guy Hill is an English teacher at Triton High School in Harnett County, where he has taught for 16 of the 19 years of his teaching career. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and President of the North Carolina English Teachers Association (NCETA). Mr. Hill was a member of the North Carolina 10th Grade Writing Test Committee and former Governor Beverly Perdue’s Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of both the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Wake Forest University with a Master’s degree in Education.
Rene teaches kindergarten and first grade at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, a charter school in New Hanover County that she co-founded. This is her 27th year of classroom teaching. She was formerly an adjunct faculty member at UNCW. She received her National Board Certification in 2007. She was a member of the Teaching Excellence and Mathematics Project and has presented mathematics PD across the state. More recently she participated in the Power of K, a kindergarten teacher leadership project. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from UNCG and her MEd in Elementary Education from UNCW.
Elliot has taught mathematics at Owen High School since 2008. He served on the School Improvement Team (2009-2013) and was appointed the Chair of the Graduation Project Committee in 2014. He led the implementation of Outcomes-Based Assessment and new mathematics courses. Additionally, he helps students compete in mathematics competitions. Elliot also teaches at South College Asheville where he was awarded the 2009 General Education Teacher of the Year. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 2006 as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. In 2007, he earned a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics also from Western Carolina University.
Hilary is a National Board Certified Teacher at Alexander Graham Middle School. Through her role as Language Arts Department Chair she provides school-wide literacy professional development and coordinates vertical alignment between grade levels. As a Teach for America Corps ’08 member, Hilary began her teaching career in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools at Coulwood Middle School where she was awarded First Year Teacher of the Year. Hilary is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies.
Stacey is a Blended Learning Coach at Shuford Elementary School in Newton Conover City Schools. She previously taught at North Newton Elementary School and in the past eight years, she has served on the Curriculum Council, Technology Team, School Improvement Team, and as a Grade Level Chair. Stacey implemented the Operation Toy Drive within her school district to address poverty issues as well as the Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying program. She is a graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and holds a Master of Curriculum and Instruction from Appalachian State University. She is currently piloting a blended learning classroom while obtaining the Blended Learning Certificate through Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Christie Murphy teaches at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown North Carolina for the past 10 years. She teaches Advanced Placement Government, US History and Civics and Economics. Ms. Murphy has been an advisor for Student Congress, leader of her PLC and voted most passionate about her subject by the student body. Before moving to North Carolina she worked as a Senior District Manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization in Michigan. Ms. Murphy has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Secondary Education. Christie Murphy also holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Lucas has taught English at Alleghany High School for 11 years where he serves as department chair. In addition to teaching for Alleghany County Schools, Lucas facilitates the Model UN club and directs Alleghany JAM, an after-school traditional music program. Lucas has published in the The Old Time Herald and released a CD of local traditional music. After earning his BS and MA in English Education from Appalachian State University, he earned his NBPTS in 2008. Within his department and school system, his focus has been on vertical and horizontal alignment and use of technology in the classroom.
Kelly teaches honors-level biology and junior seminar at Wilkes Early College High School. She entered K-12 teaching after 10+ years in university administration, where she wrote and implemented policy for the experiential learning and academic support programs. Kelly was recognized with a C. B. Eller Teacher Award, a Burroughs Wellcome PRISM Award, and grants from the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Dreams & Kitestrings, and the Wilkes Education Foundation. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Florida.
Kayonna Pitchford is an Instructional Coach at Elizabeth M. Cashwell Elementary School in the Cumberland County Schools. She has taught in the district for 16 years and serves on the Math Leadership Team. Kay has provided professional development to teachers through projects including Partners for Mathematics Learning, NC Partners in Math and Science, and the Meredith Math and Science Institute. She is currently seeking administrative licensure at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has previously attended UNC-Greensboro (B.S. Elementary Ed.), Fayetteville State University (M.Ed. Elementary Ed.), and North Carolina State University (Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction).
Brian Randall works with children at Hall Fletcher in Asheville City School (Buncombe County). He was an Asheville City Schools Foundation Fellow in 2013-14, and will serve on the Board of Directors. He was awarded a Fund for Teachers grant in 2014. In collaboration with ESL instructor, Brian facilitated Professional Development on Shelter Instruction. He was published in Inquiry-Based Learning for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. He is actively engaged in Racial Equity work in his community and founded the Pawnstorm Chess Program. Graduated from Brevard College in 2011, he received the President’s Award for Leadership and Achievement.
Jennifer has taught for ten years, the past seven at Pine Valley Elementary School. A National Board Certified teacher, Jennifer has been a model mathematics educator for NBC Nightly News and The New York Times. Voted 2015 Teacher of the Year, she focuses on supporting the needs of all students. A graduate of Boston University, Jennifer has degrees in elementary and mild/moderate special education. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, as well as her Middle School Mathematics and Academically and Intellectually Gifted licensure.
Angela Scioli has taught social studies at Leesville High School in Wake County since it opened in 1993. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a NC Teaching Fellow and earned her master’s from that institution in 2000. Angela is a pioneer in flipped instruction and a founder of the first endowed scholarship at Leesville, the Richard Murphy Memorial Scholarship. In 2013, she founded a statewide network, Red4EdNC, and serves on the advisory board of Public Schools First NC, coordinating their Red4EDNC Teacher Forum. She is the primary subject in a documentary titled Teacher of the Year, scheduled for release in 2015.
Courtney is a National Board Certified Teacher at Ephesus Road Elementary with sixteen years of experience. Besides second grade, she has taught Head Start and first grade. She is currently pursuing Learning Focused trainer certification and serves on her district’s K5 ELA Instructional Planning Team. Passionate about STEM education, Courtney received a National Girls Collaborative Grant and presented at the 2015 NCTIES conference. She was an honor teacher for her district and leadership fellow with the North Carolina Science Leadership Association. Courtney received her BS in Sociology from James Madison University and MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati.
Amanda Wallace teaches English at Watauga High School in Boone, NC. She is certified in Middle Grades Education, High School Language Arts, and she has a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Appalachian State. She is also Nationally Board Certified in Language Arts. Amanda has been a cooperating teacher with the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program since 2011. She participated in the Watauga Pakistan Exchange Program in 2014, and she was awarded a fellowship with Teachers for Global Classrooms in 2015, a year long program which culminates with a field experience in the Philippines.
Bridget teaches at North Topsail Elementary School where she has been employed for the past 15 years. She was selected for the Growing Future Leaders Conference, teacher of the year at her school in 2010 and a Teacher of Promise in 1999. Bridget received her National Board Certification in 2004 and renewed her certification in 2014. She has piloted a mentoring program for her county, presented and developed numerous staff development opportunities and works as a UNC-Wilmington Site Coordinator. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNCW in 1999 and was later published in differentiation textbooks for upcoming educators.
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