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 Who's Who


 Terry Tomasek - Director of the Elon Academy and Assistant Professor of
 Education at Elon University
 Mooney 302E
 2108 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-5854

Dr. Tomasek received a Master of Science degree in Biology from Marshall University and her PhD in Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches math and science methods in Elon's Teacher Education department. Dr. Tomasek also works with High School students across the Piedmont of North Carolina on several reptile and amphibian projects. Her current herpetology-related research interests are aquatic turtle population studies and how attitude toward snakes is associated with interpretations of snake-related encounters. She is an active member of the NC Herpetological Society and the NC Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC).

 John Pickett - Elon Academy Assistant Director of Scholar Support
 Mooney 302D
 2108 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
 O: (336) 278-6110
 C: (336) 279-0980

John Pickett hails from the farming community of Silk Hope, NC. He graduated in 2003 from Elon University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a bachelor's degree in Special Education (K-12). John joined the Elon Academy in 2011. His primary responsibility within the program is to provide comprehensive and cohesive support for scholars and their families during the academic year and during the summer residential program. John supervises Elon Academy's Academic Coaching Program, College Access Mentors, and the Elon Academy Ambassadors Program. He also teaches in the summer program and leads scholar recruitment initiatives. From 2003 until joining the Elon Academy staff, John worked in Alamance and Orange county public schools as both a teacher and co-director of an award-winning after-school tutoring program. In 2007 he was one of Alamance County's top finalists for county teacher of the year.

 Jenni Johnson - Elon Academy Assistant Director of Senior Support and Student
 Mooney 302C
 2108 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
 (336) 278-6111
Jenni Johnson is originally from New Bern, NC, but has called Durham, NC home since ninth grade. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Afro-American Studies. In 2013 she graduated from North Carolina State University with a master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in college counseling and student development. Jenni brings college advising and residence life experience to Elon Academy, having worked as a college adviser with the Carolina College Advising Corps and a Residence Director at NCSU during her education. Jenni assists with the coordination of the Transitions to College Program, the College Success Program, and the Alumni Program by providing summer and year-round support senior scholars and some first-year college students. She is responsible for recruiting and supervising Summer Mentors. In her spare time, Jenni enjoys spending time with family and watching sports, especially football and basketball. 
 Princess King - Assistant Director of College Success
 Mooney 302F
 2108 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
 (336) 278-6285

Princess King, native of Fayetteville, NC, is a graduate from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she earned her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2008. In 2011 she completed a Masters of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland College Park where her concentration was urban school counseling. Princess brings her passion for mentoring and college access, having previously served as the Assistant Director for Minority Student Support at UNC Charlotte.  As the new Assistant Director for College Success, Princess will work primarily with College Scholars to aid in their successful transition from High school to college. In her free time, Princess enjoys attending church, spending time with family, watching Netflix, and shopping.

 Kim Pyne - Assistant Director of Academic Programs at Elon Academy and
 Assistant Professor of English and Education at Elon University
 Alamance 305 B
 2338 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
 (336) 278-5732
Kim Pyne received a bachelor's degree in English education from Elon College, a master's degree in English from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum, Culture, and Change) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former teacher in the Alamance-Burlington Schools, she now serves as an Assistant Professor of English and Education at Elon, preparing the next generation of English teachers, as well as teaching courses in composition and literature. After wearing many different hats for Elon Academy (from teacher to academic coach supervisor), she now oversees the academic side of the program and works closely with faculty during summers and year-round class and projects. Outside of Elon, she is a wildlife educator and volunteer staff member at the Conservators' Center, specializing in wolves and working with many other species including small and great cats. 
 Katie LaPlante - Assistant Director of Counseling and Family Programs at Elon
 Mooney 302B
 2108 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
 (336) 278-6109
Katie LaPlante is a graduate of Elon University, with a degree in Psychology. She earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland. Additionally, she is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina at the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) level. Katie coordinates family programs for both current and alumni families, and oversees the family council. She also provides counseling support and referrals to community resources to scholars and their families.

 Catherine Parsons - Program Coordinator at Elon Academy
 Mooney 302
 2108 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
 (336) 278-6109

Catherine Parsons is a graduate of Elon University, with a degree in Psychology. Though she grew up in Kansas and Asia, she moved to North Carolina her ninth grade year and graduated from Western Alamance High School. She loves North Carolina weather so much she decided to stay in the area after graduation. In her free time she is a youth leader at her church, enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and thinks naps are wonderful.

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 Summer Faculty

 Stephen Bloch-Schulman - Instructor of "Ethical Practice" and Associate Professor  
 of Philsophy at Elon University
 Lynda Butler-Storsved - Coordinator of Evening Curriculum at Elon Academy and
 Lecturer in Health and Human Performance at Elon University
 Lynda received a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University, Indiana and her undergraduate
 degree from Adrian College, Michigan. Lynda teaches in the Health and Human Performance
 Department at Elon University. Her other experiences include teaching health and physical education in the high school setting and coaching basketball. Lynda now resides in Burlington with her husband Eric, son J.J. and dog Divot.
 Mat Gendle - Instructor of "The Brain: A User's Guide" at Elon Academy and
 Associate Professor of Psychology at Elon University
 Mathew H. Gendle received a Bachelor of Schience in Biology and Psychology from Hobart College  
 and a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from Cornell University. Dr. Gendle is an Assistant Professor of
 Psychology at Elon University where he teaches classes on biopsychology, neuropharmacology
 and consciousness. Dr. Gendle conducts research on issues related to nutrition and the brain, neuropharmacology, neurotoxicology, alterations in executive functions, human consciousness and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Gendle’s interests include getting students excited about science and medicine, spending time with his family, reading, hiking, running, working out, and listening to many kinds of music.
 Michael Groce - Instructor of "Writing the College Application Essay & Present  
 Yourself" at Elon Academy and Teacher 
 Michael Groce teaches at the Yadkin Early College.  He received a B.S. in education from N.C.
 State University and a M.A. in middle grades education from Appalachian State University.    He
 was the Yadkin County teacher of the year in 2008¬-2009.  He teaches English I, Earth Science,
 and business classes.  Prior to becoming a teacher in 2003, Michael worked for more than 20 years in the private and nonprofit sectors in Washington, DC and southern California.  He enjoys spending time with his family and watching college football and basketball.  
Greg Hlavaty - Instructor at Elon Academy
 Darris Means - Instructor of "Who Goes to College?" at Elon Academy


 Dr. Means is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of
 Counseling and Human Development Services. He graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in
 Political Science and Sociology. He graduated from Clemson University with a M.Ed. in
 Counseling Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs, and he earned his Ph.D. in
 Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. His research
 agenda focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion in K-12 and higher education contexts.
 Specifically, he researches college access and persistence for underserved and underrepresented student populations. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
 Sandra Reid - Instructor of "Criminal Justice: Is Justice Blind?" at Elon Academy
 and Lecturer in Human Service Studies at Elon University


 Sandra Reid received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Eon College, and a master’s  
 degree in Agency Counseling form North Carolina Central University. Upon graduation, Sandra
 worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for more than 20 years. While working for the Department, Sandra had the opportunity to work directly with children and families who were experiencing many different challenges. Currently, Sandra serves as a lecturer in the Human Services Department at Eon where she teaches criminal justice, juvenile justice and a course on the African American family. Sandra is passionate about juvenile justice policies and is currently working on disproportionate minority contact issues.
 Staci Saltz - Instructor of "Presentation Skills" at Elon Academy and Lecturer in the
 School of Communications at Elon University
 Staci Saltz received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon College and a Masters from the
 University of Akron. She has been teaching at Elon University for the past six years in the School
 of Communications. Her background is in broadcast news, but she now primarily teaches a course focusing on visual storytelling and how we use technology to send our messages. She spends a great deal of time challenging her students to see the visual messages that surround us daily and how to communicate these messages through photography, video, and web publishing. Staci has a strong passion for traveling and for the past two years has taken students to England, Germany, and the Czech Republic. She spent fall semester 2007 in Costa Rica, where she taught a course on media and culture. 
Edgar Alejandro Zamora - Instructor of "Trigonometry: A Universal Language" at Elon Academy and Teacher for Mathematics and Spanish at Yadkin Early College
Edgar Zamora is a Mathematics and Spanish teacher at the Yadkin Early College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian, he fulfilled his student teaching requirements at the Instituto Pedagogico EUPI in Nicoya, Costa Rica. He is an assistant coach for the varsity soccer program at Starmount High School. Edgar also enjoys traveling, singing, and anything related to soccer.

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Student Mentors

Shelby Allen

I'm Shelby, and I am a junior at Elon University, majoring in Human Service Studies and minoring in Leadership Studies and Education. After graduating from Elon, I hope to pursue a master's degree in School Counseling. Originally from Hilton Head Island, I love to spend time on the beach! This past spring, I spent my semester in London studying abroad! Besides the beach and traveling, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching romcoms, singing in the shower, and eating ice-cream. I am very excited to serve as a Summer Mentor with Elon Academy!

Kellcee Batchelor - Lead Mentor

Scott Echols

I'm Scott and I am majoring in Communication Design. I am a part of the Odyssey Scholars program here at Elon.  I enjoy meeting new people and being with friends.  I try my best to be as active as possible on campus. I go to many cultural events that take place here because I like to see the great performances that involve both students and professionals.  I am also involved in several clubs such as the Sierra Club, Elon Tonight, Campus Outreach, Asian Studies Club, and others.  If I'm not at one of these events then I'm probably watching cartoons or walking outside.

Jill Epperson

Jill is a junior at Elon and she is a member of the Elon Academy Epsilon class and is a Odyssey Scholar at Elon. She is majoring in strategic communications and political science with a minor in leadership studies. She is involved with many organizations on campus that focus on service and building a community and she is currently an RA in global. Among many other things Jill really enjoys meeting new people and spending time with her friends and family.

Fredrick Evans

Jacob Hayward

Jordon McRae

I'm Jordon McRae, a third-year Teaching Fellow from Ambler, Pennsylvania. I am currently majoring in Elementary Education, but would love to eventually be able to teach K-12 in the future. My favorite subjects in high school were English and History. I also serve as Resident Assistant in Smith Dormitory at Elon. I'm a huge soccer and basketball fan, and love to play both, as well as workout daily. I'm also a huge fan of the soccer club Arsenal, and follow them passionately. I love to listen to almost all types of music, although Rap&Hip-hop are my favorites. I love almost all types of  foods although candy is my weakness. I enjoy reading, hanging with friends, and movie watching in my free time.

Oscar Miranda - Lead Mentor

Stephanie Ntim

Brendon Richards

Bryanna Schoenblatt

Kathleen Shepherd

Louisa Sholar

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Alamance-Burlington School System

Julia Johns, Assistant Principal
Hugh H. Cummings High School
2200 N. Mebane Street
Burlington, NC 27217
Will Hemminger, Science Teacher
Southern Alamance High School
631 Southern High School Road
Graham, NC 27253
Ako Barnes, Assistant Principal
Eastern Alamance High School
4040 Mebane Rogers Road
Mebane, NC 27302
Carole Workman, Academic Coach
Walter M. Williams High School
1307 S Church Street
Burlington, NC 27215
Holly Shepherd, School Counselor
River Mill Academy
1242 S. Main St
Graham, NC 27253
Dave Nebrig, Assistant Principal
Western Alamance High School
1731 North Hwy 87
Elon, North Carolina 27244
Beth Taylor, School Counselor
Graham High School
903 Trollinger Road
Graham, NC 27253

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