Region 8 Directory
Serving Western North Carolina
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.
You can contact Lynn by email (email@example.com) or phone (336.309.0529)
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Find more information at http://regedfac.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/.
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.
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 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 (email@example.com) or by phone (828.214.5110). Find more information on the Region 8 Digital Teaching and Learning Wiki.
Kristin L. Wike
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.