About Us

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Rachelle Savitz : President

Rachelle Savitz

President

 

Rachelle S. Savitz is an associate professor of reading/literacy at East Carolina University. She was previously a K-12 literacy coach/interventionist and high school reading teacher. She values working with graduate students and teachers and learning with and from them. She explores the intersections of critical inquiry, culturally sustaining pedagogy, trauma-sensitive practices, and teacher self-efficacy related to disciplinary literacy and equitable literacy materials and curricula. She received the 2019 Association of Literacy Educators and Researcher’s Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award and the 2018 Early Career Literacy Scholar Award from the American Reading Forum. Dr. Savitz spotlights the necessity of teacher collaborators in her upcoming co-edited book, Teaching the "taboo": Diverse and inclusive literature is the way, with Routledge, where teachers highlight their classroom practices. She emphasizes teacher instruction with over 15 snapshots in her book with Teachers College Press, Trauma-sensitive literacy instruction: Building student resilience in English language arts classrooms. This is an extension of Teaching Hope and Resilience for Students Experiencing Trauma: Creating Safe and Nurturing Classrooms for Learning, coauthored with Drs. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

Rachelle Savitz : President

Rachelle Savitz

President

Rachelle S. Savitz is an associate professor of reading/literacy at East Carolina University. She was previously a K-12 literacy coach/interventionist and high school reading teacher. She values working with graduate students and teachers and learning with and from them. She explores the intersections of critical inquiry, culturally sustaining pedagogy, trauma-sensitive practices, and teacher self-efficacy related to disciplinary literacy and equitable literacy materials and curricula. She received the 2019 Association of Literacy Educators and Researcher’s Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award and the 2018 Early Career Literacy Scholar Award from the American Reading Forum. Dr. Savitz spotlights the necessity of teacher collaborators in her upcoming co-edited book, Teaching the "taboo": Diverse and inclusive literature is the way, with Routledge, where teachers highlight their classroom practices. She emphasizes teacher instruction with over 15 snapshots in her book with Teachers College Press, Trauma-sensitive literacy instruction: Building student resilience in English language arts classrooms. This is an extension of Teaching Hope and Resilience for Students Experiencing Trauma: Creating Safe and Nurturing Classrooms for Learning, coauthored with Drs. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

Jennifer Morrison : Vice President

Jennifer Morrison

Vice President

 

Dr. Jennifer D. Morrison is an Associate Professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She was previously at the University of South Carolina. Her experiences include being a middle and high school English teacher, gifted education resource teacher, and instructional coach. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno, in Language, Literacy & Culture. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (AYA/ELA) and supports National Board candidates across the country. Additionally, she is an alumnus of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Theater in Washington, D.C. and has won multiple awards for teaching and writing include NCTE’s Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Award and AERA’s Dissertation Award in Research on Teacher Induction. She has been published in a range of journals including English Journal, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, and Reading Research Quarterly. Currently, her research focused on adolescent, digital, multimodal, and disciplinary literacies as well as narrative and qualitative methodologies.

Brooke Hardin : Secretary

Brooke Hardin

Secretary

 

Charlene Aldrich : Treasurer

Charlene Aldrich

Treasurer

 

Charlene Aldrich is an educator and content area literacy advocate; her expertise is the ability to incorporate a literacy model of instruction into every content area, with Welding as her latest success! In 2014, she partnered with the College of Charleston and its Office of Professional Development to write, design, and deliver Read to Succeed literacy courses at the graduate level.  Charlene shares her life with her husband, grown children, and a dog, PluffMudd.  She also dabbles in acrylics as wearable art.

Calvernetta Brown : Board Member

Calvernetta Brown

Board Member

 

Calvernetta Williams Brown is an assistant principal at a suburban middle school in Columbia, South Carolina. She is a former middle and high school science teacher; Calvernetta holds National Board certification in two different areas, as well as ten different areas of state certification. She has completed three undergraduate degrees and a Master's of Education with a concentration in Education Administration and will complete her second Master’s of Education with a concentration in ESOL in May 2024.  She is a lifelong learner who believes her educational niche lies in the areas of discipline, teacher advocacy, and learning across the curriculum. She shares her life experiences with her military veteran husband, college son, and a little fur baby. Her hobbies include reading and traveling.  

Heather Hall : Board Member

Heather Hall

Board Member

 

Heather Hall began her education career as a graduate of the College of Charleston’s Teacher Education Program and taught in a variety of special education settings in the local area. She pursued her Master’s in Education at The Citadel, where she explored culturally relevant literacies. She is a certified literacy specialist, accredited in ESOL and gifted and talented education. Heather completed her doctoral program in Spring 2023 at the University of South Carolina by examining growth in pre-service teacher beliefs about culturally relevant literacies as a result of curricular intervention.

Wanda Littlejohn : Board Member

Wanda Littlejohn

Board Member

 

Dr. Wanda Littlejohn is a native of North Augusta, SC, and has 22 years’ experience in the field of education with a background in science. Currently, she is an Instructional Specialist at Carolina High School where she provides professional development for teachers. Her passion is working with educators to provide engaging and equitable learning experiences for students. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her 15-year-old son and shopping.

Kavin Ming : Board Member

Kavin Ming

Board Member

 

Dr. Kavin Ming is a Professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.  She is currently serving as the Department Chair in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy.  She teaches undergraduate literacy methods courses and graduate content area literacy and practicum courses.  Kavin’s research interests include at-risk student populations, culturally responsive pedagogy, content area literacy instruction, and multisensory teaching of literacy skills.

Anna Stuart : Board Member

Anna Stuart

Board Member

 

Ms. Anna Stuart is an 8th-grade science teacher in Lexington, SC. Anna earned her bachelor’s degree in middle-level sciences and her master’s degree in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina. As the lead science teacher at her school, she is passionate about creating curiosity in her classroom and helping students see themselves as scientists.

Tori Young : Board Member

Tori Young

Board Member

 

Tori Young is a high school social studies teacher in Anderson, South Carolina. She has been teaching for five years now and was named Teacher of the Year in 2021. In her five years of teaching, Tori has worked with the LiD6-12 leadership and is excited to be part of a team of educators that supports other educators.




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