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 Who's Who


Staff

 Terry Tomasek - Director of the Elon Academy and Associate 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
 jpickett@elon.edu
 

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 Scholar Support and Student
 Life
 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 high school. 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’s primary responsibilities are to provide year-round support to Phase 1 seniors, specifically with the admissions and financial aid process, and to coordinate the student life aspect of the summer residential program.  As part of the summer residential program she is responsible for recruiting and supervising summer mentors.  In addition, she also assists with the coordination of the Transitions to College Program and the College Success Program. In her spare time, Jenni is heavily involved in her church, 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
 Associate 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
 Academy
 Mooney 302B
 2108 Campus Box
 Elon, NC 27244
 (336) 278-6109
 kwicke@elon.edu
 
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
 cparsons@elon.edu

 
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.

 Denise Teeters - Elon AcademyProgram Assistant
 Mooney 302
 2108 Campus Box | Elon, NC 27244
 (336) 278-5849
 elonacademy@elon.edu

 

 

Denise Teeters is a graduate from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in 2003. Denise enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband. 

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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

 dmeans@elon.edu

 
 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

 sreid@elon.edu

 Sandra Reid received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Elon 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 Elon 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 graduated from Elon University this past May with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Service Studies and minors in Leadership Studies and Education. I was actively involved in Leadership Fellows, Student Government, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and New Student Orientation. This upcoming August, I will be attending the University of Virginia to earn a master’s degree in School Counseling. Originally from Hilton Head Island, SC, I love to spend time on the beach! In the spring of 2016, 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 served as a Summer Mentor last summer, a CAT Mentor this past spring, and I am excited to continue working with Elon Academy this summer!

Kellcee “K.FRESHH” BatchelorLead Summer Mentor

Music Production Major at Elon University

Whether it’s interning at the GRAMMYs®, serving FRESHH looks on Instagram, or spending countless hours in the studio working on and critiquing his craft, Kellcee is one who keeps his finger on the pulse of culture and creativity.  Excited to be serving as a Lead Mentor this summer for the Elon Academy, Kellcee is an adamant believer in alternative platforms for cultural education.  Kellcee believes we all have the ability to serve as conduits of greatness through mediums artistic perspective, creative design, and influential style.  Kellcee wears many hats around campus, but is championed most for being a diverse thinker, open mind, and a positive soul.  Kellcee is also a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, music producer, lyricist, writer, and most importantly, a scholar. 

 

Scott Echols

I am a senior Odyssey scholar at Elon University. I am majoring in Communication Design. I enjoy meeting new people and being with friends. I attend many events on campus and I am also involved in several clubs such as the Sierra Club, DMAX Club, the Asian-Pacific Student Association, and others. If I'm not at one of these events, then I'm probably watching cartoons, spending time outside, or writing.

 

Jill Epperson

I'm Jill Epperson and I graduated from River Mill Academy in 2014 and I am a member of the Elon Academy Epsilon class. I am going to be a rising senior at Elon studying political science and am very passionate about education. I am not exactly sure what I will be doing after graduation, but I can say, it will probably have something to do with education or higher education. Anyways, this is my second year working as a summer mentor and it is my fifth summer living with Elon Academy and I can't be more excited!

Fredrick Evans

My name is Fredrick Evans and I am from Winston-Salem, NC. I am a rising sophomore majoring in History, with minors in African and African American Studies, and Criminal Justice. I am a Spring 2017 initiate into the Sigma Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Next year I will be a Resident Assistant in Virginia Hall. I also work for the Student Professional Development Center as a Student Ambassador. I am a member of the Black Student Union, where next year I will serve as co-special events coordinator. In addition, I am a member of the Elon African Society, and a part of the S.M.A.R.T. mentoring program on campus. Mentorship is very important to me because I like to share knowledge with others and encourage them to do their best to achieve their personal goals.  I hope to use my mentoring skills to help build our future leaders.  Serving my community and giving back is another very important aspect of my life. I am a huge sports fan! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and playing pickup basketball.

Jacob Hayward

Jacob Hayward is a rising sophomore originally from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Policy Studies at Elon with minors in Criminal Justice Studies and Psychology. He is an Elon College Fellow, an active member of Elon’s Mock Trial team, and an officer for Elon’s new Quiz Bowl team. He aspires to attend law school after his time at Elon, and eventually work as a legal advocate for prison reform. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching Netflix, studying foreign languages, or just hanging out with friends.

Jordon McRae

My name is Jordon McRae, and I am a rising senior at Elon University where I am majoring in Human Service Studies with a minor in Education. Within Elon Academy I serve as an Academic Coach Coordinator, College Access Team Mentor, Academic Coach and Summer Mentor. On campus, I am involved with Fraternity & Sorority Life and a student-run organization called MealTalks. I am originally from Ambler, Pennsylvania. I enjoy exercising, reading, hanging with friends, and watching sports in my free time.

 

Oscar Miranda - Lead Mentor

¡Hola! My name is Oscar Miranda and I’m a psychology major, who is passionate about education. I’m originally from Acapulco, Mexico but have been raised in Clayton, NC since the age of 5. I’m a proud first-generation college student and strongly identify with the Odyssey Scholars Program and Golden Door Scholars. During my college career, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a college access team mentor, summer mentor, and will serve as the lead mentor this upcoming summer (2017). When I’m not working with the Elon Academy, I am active within the Elon Latino/Hispanic community and Alamance/Burlington area through programs like the Village Project. Concluding graduation, I will work as an Elon University Kenan Community Impact Fellow in the surrounding community. Thanks to the Elon Academy, I have been able to further fulfill my passion in working with first-generation and high financial need youth in their pursuit to a better future. Its even inspired me to help create a college-access program alongside one of my peers. Needless to say, I absolutely love the Elon Academy! 

Stephanie Ntim

My name is Stephanie Ntim. I am a rising junior at Elon University where I major in Public Health Studies. In addition to my involvement in the Elon Academy, I work with the “It Takes a Village” academic program, am a member of the Elon African Society, and am currently preparing to conduct undergraduate research in Ghana, West Africa. In my free time, I enjoy watching the NBA and a variety of TV shows and movies. I look forward to working with the Elon Academy this summer!

Brendon Richards

My name is Brendon Richards I am a Junior theatre major with concentrations in acting and costume and makeup design at UNC Greensboro. I am involved with Greek life and a former orientation leader for two years. I am also an Epsilon scholar with Elon Academy. My favorite color is red. I also have the biggest sweet tooth. I love reading anything by Rick Riordan. And I have huge passion in helping other be successful in academic and in life.

Bryanna Schoenblatt

My name is Bryanna Schoenblatt and I am a junior Teaching Fellow studying Spanish with K-12 Teacher Licensure. I love working with others and want to teach high school after I graduate. I grew up in St. Charles, Illinois, but now I live right outside of Richmond, Virginia. I love to travel and last year I spent a semester abroad in Toledo, Spain, living with a host family and traveling most weekends to explore the unique cultures. I have also traveled to Guatemala to teach English in one of the schools, and locally I volunteer to tutor English as a Second Language in the Burlington community. On campus I am conducting research on the acclimation of international students to Elon, and in my free time I love to hang out with friends and go on adventures. 

Kathleen Shepherd

My name is Kathleen Shepherd and I am a rising junior at Elon. I am double majoring in Public Health and International/Global Studies and I hope to someday work abroad. On campus I am involved in New Student Orientation, Campus Recreation, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and SPARKS. I am also a Periclean Scholar and will be traveling to our country of focus, Sri Lanka, right before I begin my time with Elon Academy! I love reading, adventuring outdoors, spending way too much time at coffee shops, and exploring new places. I am so excited to meet everyone this summer!                                                                                                                        

Louisa Sholar

Louisa is a rising sophomore Honors Fellow from Mooresville, North Carolina. She is majoring in Policy Studies and Environmental Sustainability Studies with a minor in International Studies. At Elon, Louisa is involved in SGA, Model UN, and Visions Magazine, and will be an Orientation Leader and Eco-Rep next fall. She enjoys speculating and preparing for the future, whether that means helping others achieve higher education or addressing environmental issues. Louisa participated in a similar organization to Elon Summer Academy during high school, and she was thrilled to discovery an opportunity to continue this passion. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and attempting to cultivate a minimalist lifestyle. She is excited to work as a mentor this summer!

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Advocates

Alamance-Burlington School System

Julia Wiley, Assistant Principal
Hugh H. Cummings High School
2200 N. Mebane Street
Burlington, NC 27217
336.570.6100
Julia_Wiley@abss.k12.nc.us
Will Hemminger, Science Teacher
Southern Alamance High School
631 Southern High School Road
Graham, NC 27253
336.570.6400
Ako Barnes, Assistant Principal
Eastern Alamance High School
4040 Mebane Rogers Road
Mebane, NC 27302
919.563.5991
Carole Workman, Academic Coach
Walter M. Williams High School
1307 S Church Street
Burlington, NC 27215
336.570.6161
Carole_Workman@abss.k12.nc.us
Holly Shepherd, School Counselor
River Mill Academy
1242 S. Main St
Graham, NC 27253
336.229.0909
Dave Nebrig, Assistant Principal
Western Alamance High School
1731 North Hwy 87
Elon, North Carolina 27244
336.438.4634
David_nebrig@abss.k12.nc.us
Holly Shepherd, School Counselor
River Mill Academy
1242 S. Main St
Graham, NC 27253
336.229.0909
Bonnie Roane, Principal
Alamance Burlington Early/Middle College
1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham, NC 27253
336.506.4001
Bonnie_Roane@abss.k12.nc.us
Paul Michaelson, History Teacher
Graham High School
903 Trollinger Road
Graham, NC 27253
336.438.4535
paul_michaelson@abss.k12.nc.us
Esther Wu, School Counselor
Western Alamance High School
1731 North Hwy 87
Elon, North Carolina 27244
336.438.4634
Esther_Wu@abss.k12.nc.us

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