Region 8 Directory

Serving Western North Carolina

Lynn Bailey

Multi-Tiered System of Support Consultant. Fifteen years of LEA work history includes teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students with disabilities. In that time, knowledge increased and skills were developed as a Behavior Specialist, Preschool Coordinator, NC SIP Grant Coordinator and Director of Exceptional Children Programs before becoming a DPI Regional Consultant in August 2006. Thru this career work, there have been additional opportunities to teach adjunct classes in the Teacher Education program as well as serve on the Masters of Education Advisory Board at Mars Hill University and teach an on-line education courses at Western Carolina University.

Contact Information

You can contact Lynn by email ( or phone (336.309.0529)

Heather Brooks

Educational Consultant - Visual Impairment, Sensory Support and Assistive Technology. Heather has 15 years experience of working with students with special needs. Heather attended Warren Wilson College for undergraduate school where she majored in psychology. Heather earned her masters in special education with a concentration in visual impairment from North Carolina Central University. She has taught for Wake County and for Governor Morehead School outreach program.

Heather can be contacted to answer questions pertaining to visual impairment. She can also provide Functional Vision Assessments (needed for initial placement and recommended for reevaluations), Learning Media Assessments (to answer should a student be learning braille or should they use large print), consultative assistance, and mentoring/coaching for your teachers for the visually impaired. If Heather doesn't know the answer, she can connect with you someone who does have the answer. Heather loves having the opportunity to be of assistance, so give her a call or shoot her an email!
cell 919.345.4066

Karen Broome

Regional Consultant, Exceptional Children. Karen has been in public education for 24 years. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University where she earned a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences and teaching certification in Learning Disabilities. Karen received her Master of Arts degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She taught exceptional children in grades K-12 in Person and Wilkes Counties. She has also worked as an EC compliance specialist, elementary assistant principal, principal at the elementary and middle school levels, and director of exceptional children’s programs. Karen is currently serving as the EC consultant for Regions 7 and 8. In this role, she provides technical assistance and support to LEAs, charter schools, and state operated programs in matters of special education and the policies governing the provision of services to students with disabilities. Karen can be contacted at: or by phone at 336-667-6059 (office), 336-927-2903 (cell).

Nancy Costello

Education Consultant, Office of Early Learning. Nancy has 24 years of education experience, with a teaching background in first grade and middle school reading and social studies. She has worked as a Title I and Reading Recovery teacher, as well as an elementary literacy coach. She serves as the Region 8 Consultant for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant. She provides support to LEAs in all aspects of the development, implementation, and state-wide scaling-up of the K-3 Formative Assessment and Kindergarten Entry Assessment process. She received her undergraduate degree from New York State University College at Oneonta and her M.Ed. from Suffolk University. Nancy can be contacted at: (and) 919 275-0884.

Patti Cox

Policy, Monitoring and Audit Consultant, Exceptional Children. Patti has been in public education for 25 years. She is a graduate of Shepherd College where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education with a variety of teaching certifications. She completed a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from West Virginia University and School Administration from Western Carolina University. She completed an Ed.S in School Counseling at UNCG and in School Administration from Appalachian State and recently completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State. She has taught middle school science and Math; AIG and served as a school counselor. Before joining the NC Department of Public Instruction in January, she served as the Director of Student Services for Alleghany County. Patti is currently serving as the Policy, Monitoring and Audit consultant for Regions 7 and 8. In this role, she provides technical assistance and support to LEAs, charter schools, and state operated programs in matters of special education and the policies governing the provision of services to students with disabilities. Patti can be contacted at: or by phone at 336-469-3834 (cell).

Wendy Edney

Regional Coordinator, Career and Technical Education. Wendy has spent 22 years working in Career and Technical Education beginning as a business teacher and then serving as Career Development Coordinator and CTE Administrator. She has been in her current position for six years. She holds a master’s degree in Business Education and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. The primary purpose of her position is to provide technical assistance for CTE programs in 19 western NC school districts. Additionally, she provides statewide support to the Administrative Internship Program for new and aspiring CTE Administrators. Most of her work involves supporting district CTE Administrators, Instructional Management Coordinators, Career Development Coordinators, and Special Populations Coordinators. Additionally, she also provides regional professional development opportunities for teachers. Wendy may be contacted by phone (828-697-4738) or email (

Felicia Goodgion

Regional Behavior Consultant, Exceptional Children. Felicia has been in public education 20 years. She is a graduate of UNC Wilmington where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education. Felicia received her Master Degree’s from WCU in Special Education and Behavior Disorders. Felicia has taught exceptional children in grades k-12 in Asheville City and Buncombe County. She also served as Buncombe County’s Behavior Specialist where her passion for working with students with behavior and emotional disabilities lead to the development to 3 collaborative day treatment programs and strong partnerships between mental health supports, schools and families. In 2011 Felicia transitioned to the state department to serve as the Region 8-Behavior Support Consultant. Currently Felicia serves Region 8 where she continues to provide technical support, PRC29 grant management, PBIS implementation and positive programing to the teachers and students in Western North Carolina. Felicia can be contacted at: or by phone at 828-702-5572.

Terri Gullick

Home Base Regional Site Coordinator. Terri has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Her experience includes principal and band director. She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University where she earned a B.S. in Music Education and a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where she earned a Masters of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision. Certifications include school administration and music k-12. Her role as the Home Base Regional Site Coordinator will be to document best practices and lessons learned from early adopters and “flagship users” to insure that information is shared with all districts and charter schools. The results will be to promote full statewide adoption and effective use of the Home Base suite of tools. Terri can be contacted at: or 336-858-7646.

Jan King

Regional Lead. Jan's twenty-plus years in education include experience as a principal, instructional coach and teacher. Her certification areas include school administration, social studies and gifted education. She also achieved National Board Certification in 2003. Prior to joining the state agency, she enjoyed a career in Henderson County Public Schools. It was there that she was named the district's Teacher of the Year (2003) and Principal of the Year (2010); she went on to be named the North Carolina Principal of the Year. Spending a year as the principal advisor to the State Board of Education provided Jan the opportunity to delve into policy initiatives. Jan joined DPI in April 2010 as a professional development consultant. In July 2012, she became the Regional Lead for Regions 7 and 8. She works primarily with Superintendents, Race to the Top coordinators, Curriculum Directors and Human Resource Directors. She also coordinates services and support to LEAs, facilitates the Regional Roundtable, and assists with professional development and training in the region. Jan can be contacted at: or 828-606-0177.

Amy Laughter

Regional Education Facilitator. Amy has been in public education for 22 years. She taught middle and high school mathematics for 16 years and was an instructional coach for six years in Henderson County Public Schools. Amy earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Mars Hill College and her M.A.Ed. from Western Carolina University. Amy is currently serving as the Regional Education Facilitator for Region 8. She provides support for Beginning Teacher programs throughout the region, including assistance with the monitoring process, peer reviews, and mentor training. Additionally, she assists with teacher recruitment and retention and coordinates the regional process for NC Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year. Amy may be contacted by phone (828.606.5026) or email ( Find more information at

Gerri Martin

Professional Development Consultant. Gerri is in her 28th year in education, serving in 5 school districts in North Carolina and in Spain. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and elementary curriculum lead, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. Gerri now serves Region 8 (Western NC) as a Race to the Top (RttT) Professional Development Consultant. In this role, she designs and facilitates professional development for teachers and administrators, and provides direct support for district leaders with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of professional development for RttT initiatives including:

  • Common Core and Essential Standards and related resources
  • Home Base (Power School, Schoolnet)
  • NC Educator Evaluation System (NCEES - Standards & online tool)
  • Data Literacy to inform instructional decisions (EVAAS, ACT, Educator Effectiveness, grading practices)
  • Stages of Concern with Innovation and Change Leadership
  • Instructional Differentiation
  • Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • 21st Century Skills for Teaching and Learning
  • SMART Goals
  • Professional Learning Communities/Networks

Gerri holds a B.A. in Spanish and Politics from Wake Forest University, a Masters degree in School Administration and Graduate Certification in Middle Grades Instruction from Appalachian State University, Specialist Certification in School Administration from UNCG, and a Doctorate in Education from UNC-Greensboro.

Gerri can be reached by email at: and by phone at 828-419-0808. See our Region 8 Wiki at

Vanessa Nelson-Reed

Federal Program Administrator, Federal Programs Monitoring and Support Division. Dr. Vanessa Nelson-Reed serves as the Federal Program Administrator in the Federal Programs Monitoring and Support Division at DPI. Her subprograms include the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program and the ESEA programs for Neglected and Delinquent Youth. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education and K-12 education administration. She has managed and monitored Federal programs for Career and Technology Education (Perkins) and special education (IDEA). In her consulting capacity, she conducted compliance visits for 21st Century Learning Center, special education and Title I programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership Studies from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.

Jennifer Northrup

Education Consultant, Digital Teaching and Learning. Jennifer has been with NCDPI since November of 2012. Her previous classroom experience was in a middle school setting where she taught language arts, social studies, and science. Following this, she served as a school library media coordinator for 9.5 years. Jennifer has two Master's degrees (Library & Information Science and Instructional Technology) and has National Board Certification in English/Language Arts (Early Adolescence). Additionally, she is currently an Executive Board member of the NC School Library Media Association. She had a previous appointment as secretary and currently serves as Archives Special Committee Chair.

Jennifer provides support for LEA and charters to ensure the integration of the Information and Technology Essential Standards across all curriculum areas. She also serves as a point of contact for these entities as they plan for technology growth and provides professional development to support digital teaching and learning initiatives. Jennifer can be contacted by email ( or by phone (828.214.5110). Find more information on the Region 8 Digital Teaching and Learning Wiki.

Kristin L. Wike

School Health Nurse Consultant, Department of Health and Human Services. Nationally certified school nurse with school nursing experience in two different school systems in Western NC. Prior to school nursing she served eight years in the United States Marine Corps. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and gained experience as a medical/surgical nurse prior to her initiation to school nursing six years ago. She currently resides in Alexander County, and is currently employed by the Department of Health and Human Services as the School Health Nurse Consultant for the Western Region.

She assists school nurses with efforts to keep students healthy and in school, ready to learn. She assists in those efforts by providing consultation, guidance and technical assistance for school health program planning, ongoing development and evaluation. Also, she assists in the coordination of educational programs for nurses new to school nursing and for those that are preparing for national certification, which is a requirement for all LEA hired school nurses in NC.