About Us

Rachelle Savitz : President

Rachelle Savitz


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 instructor 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, and Culture.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher (AYA/ELA), an alumnus of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Theater in Washington, D.C., and has won multiple awards for teaching and writing including NCTE’s Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Award and AERA's Dissertation Award in Research on Teacher Induction. Currently, her research focuses on adolescent, digital, multimodal, and disciplinary literacies as well as narrative and qualitative methodologies.

Charlene Aldrich : Treasurer

Charlene Aldrich


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.

Heather Hall : Executive Board

Heather Hall

Executive Board

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 will present her doctoral dissertation in Spring 2023 at the University of South Carolina examining growth in pre-service teacher beliefs about culturally relevant literacies as a result of curricular intervention.

Brooke Hardin : Executive Board

Brooke Hardin

Executive Board

Wanda Littlejohn : Executive Board

Wanda Littlejohn

Executive Board

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 : Executive Board

Kavin Ming

Executive Board

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 : Executive Board

Anna Stuart

Executive Board

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 : Executive Board

Tori Young

Executive Board

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.

Ian O’Byrne : Web Editor

Ian O’Byrne

Web Editor

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is an associate professor of literacy education at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. His research focuses on the dispositions and literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online and/or hybrid spaces. Ian is the author of many journal articles and book chapters focusing on initiatives ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, computational thinking, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. His work can be found on his website or in his weekly newsletter.