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 Who's Who


Faculty and Staff

 Terry Tomasek - Director of the Elon Academy and Assistant Professor of
 Education at Elon University
 Mooney 302 E
 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 302 D
 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 Support and Student
 Life
 Mooney 302 C
 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 302 F
 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
kpyne@elon.edu

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 302 B
2105 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. In her free time she works with the Alamance County Youth Advisory Council to promote a healthy lifestyle, reads, spends time with family and friends, and plays "keep the toy away from the human" with her mischievous dog.

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 Inquiry Project Team Leaders

Beth Coker - Team Project Lead for Foodology Inquiry Project
2108 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
 
Beth Coker received degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from North Carolina State University. She has worked in university research settings and in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. After deciding that she wanted encourage the next generation of scientists, Beth obtained her N.C. teaching certification and taught science at Western Alamance Middle School. She has also taught vocational skills to disabled youth and summer science camps. Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, sustainable living, and reading.
Terry Tomasek - Elon Academy Director and Team Project Lead for Herpetology
in the Piedmont and Assistant Professor of Education at Elon University
Mooney 302
2108 Campus Box
Elon, North Carolina 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).

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Student Mentors

Connor Cummings - College Access Team Mentor; Undeclared Major at Elon University (Class of 2016)
West Chester, PA
 
Connor is a junior at Elon University, where he is a member of the Business Fellows program. He plans to major in Marketing and History. Connor enjoys traveling, playing tennis, sports in general, watching movies, camping and hanging with friends. Connor hopes to get involved in many activities at Elon including, business competitions, the student TV station, intramurals, and community service.
 
Angie Edwards - College Access Team Mentor
 
Bio coming soon!
Matthew Feather - College Access Team Mentor; Statistics and Sport and Event Management Major at Elon University (Class of 2015)
Clinton, Maryland

Matthew is a senior at Elon University where he plans to double major in statistics and sport and event management. He is involved in the Isabella Cannon Leadership Program and Delta Upsilon fraternity. He enjoys watching and playing sports, and is a black belt. He wants to own a professional sports franchise one day.

Waverly Anne Jackson - College Access Team Mentor; Elementary and Special Education Major at Elon University (Class of 2016)
Richmond, VA
 
Waverly Ann is a junior majoring in Elementary and Special Education and minoring in Sociology. She plans on getting her Masters of Education and her lifelong dream is to be a first grade teacher. On campus, she is a small group leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, part of the Families Committee for Elonthon, and was an Orientation Leader for incoming first year students. In her free time she loves crafting, singing, and doing service projects in both the local area and abroad when she has the opportunity.
Anna Lewis - College Access Team Mentor; Physics Major at Elon University (Class of 2016)
Holly Springs, NC
alewis23@elon.edu

Anna is majoring in Physics with minors in Astronomy and Religious Studies. While at Elon, Anna has been a part of the Gospel Choir, SMART program, and is an ambassador for the Alumni Association. In her free time, Anna enjoys reading, watching Downton Abbey and spending time with family and friends.
Brian Magna - Summer Mentor; Music Performance with a focus in Jazz Studies (Class of 2014)
Canton, CT
 
Brian will be a senior at Elon University in the fall where he is studying Music Performance and Jazz Studies.  Brian competed on the Elon University men’s cross country team and also ran track and field his freshman year before joining the club baseball team as a sophomore. On top of loving music and playing any pickup sport, Brian loves outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing. After graduation, Brian plans to attend graduate school for Music to hopefully become a college professor one day. 
Dominique Martin - Student Worker; Early Childhood Education Major at Elon University (Class of 2015)
Burlington, NC
 
Dominique is a senior Teaching Fellow at Elon University. Dominique's favorite ice cream flavor is mint oreo and she's tried them all! Dominique enjoys doing intermural sports, including flag football and soccer. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, being with her family, and disc golfing. Dominique asks that if you buy her a gift, it is not purple.
Ciera Martinez - Summer Mentor; Early Childhood Education and Spanish (Class of 2015)
 
Ciera is a junior at Elon University studying Early Childhood Education and Spanish. She is the Vice President of the Omicron Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on Elon’s Campus and is a student worker at the Curriculum Resources Center! After graduation, she wants to study sociology and politics of education, in hopes of making Early Childhood Education more accessible for low-income students. After graduate school, she plans to own a preschool! Outside of academics, Ciera enjoys running, watching movies, volunteering, reading, learning, spending time with her family, and baking!
Oscar Miranda - Summer Mentor;  Business Management Major at Elon University (Class of 2017)
 
My name is Oscar Miranda and I’m a first-year student here are Elon!  I am technically a Business Management Major, but I am certain my major will change because I’m not into business that much.  I am the Treasurer of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Watson & Odyssey Scholar and am a winner of the Golden Door Scholarship.  I am an Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity Brother and apart of S.M.A.R.T. Mentors, where I hope to become a Mentor my sophomore year!
            I can be a pretty fun wild guy, but I can also be calm and when it gets time to get serious, it happens.  I love music! Some of my favorite bands include Three Days Grace, Linkin Park and Green Day and I listen to a lot of Rap and Hip-Hop.  I like to be outside especially if it is in a very forest-y type place.  My favorite colors are yellow and green.  I love all types of food as long as it includes lots of meat! I also love desserts too, ice cream, cake, cupcakes you name it! I love to hang out with my friends and am in in huge favor of trying new things! I hope to travel the world some day! :)
            I am soo excited to be apart of Elon Academy because I want to help encourage high school students that they too can get into college.  I can relate so much with the high school students that we will be working with and I hope I can help them and be that Mentor figure, I would have wanted someone to be for me throughout high school.  I’ve heard great things about Elon Academy and I just can’t wait to work with this program this summer. I want to see students succeed and help them have better lives with the help of a college education.
Jaime Morin - Senior College Access Team Mentor; Math Major with Teaching Licensure at Elon University (Class of 2015)
Burlington, NC
 
Jaime is a senior at Elon University and is currently pursuing her degree in math with teaching licensure. She hopes to teach high school math following her graduation in 2015. This is her third year working with scholars in the Elon Academy During the spring of 2013, Jaime studied abroad in London and further developed her love of traveling and different cultures. She enjoys spending her free time reading, cooking and meeting with EA scholars!

Melanie Mourt - Senior College Access Team Mentor

Bio coming soon!
Samantha Murray - Student Coaching Coordinator; Human Services Major at Elon University (Class of 2015)
Amesbury, MA
 
Samantha is a senior at Elon University majoring in Human Services and minoring in Psychology. She works in the Kernodle Center for Service Learning as a Student Ambassador and also as the Academic Coach Coordinator for Elon Academy. She could not be happier in these two roles because they both fulfill her passion of helping others. Samantha dreams of counseling children and families or working with kids who have Autism. 
Brianna Pepperman - Student Coaching Coordinator; Public Heath and Human Services (Class of 2016)
Hershey, PA
 
Bri is a junior at Elon University. She is currently double majoring in Public Health and Human Services with a minor in Biology. Originally from Hershey, PA Bri was actively involved dance and theatre during high school. While at Elon though she has been involved with Young Life, ELONTHON's Moral and Family committees, and her sorority Tri Delta. She is also an Elon Engagement Scholar. Bri spent last spring break traveling to Jamaica with Mr. Pickett on a Elon Volunteers' service trip and will be spending Winter Term this year studying film in Australia and New Zealand. Brianna also works as a Academic Coach with Elon Academy and works at home at as a Nursing Assistant. When Bri is not insanely busy she loves napping, binge watching Netflix, making crafts off Pinterest, and baking cookies.
Emma Wolf - Senior College Access Team Mentor; Human Services Spanish Language Majors at Elon University (Class of 2016)

Richmond, VA
ewolf2@elon.edu

Emma is a junior at Elon University, majoring in Human Services and Spanish Language. In addition to working for Elon Academy, she is the Research Assistant to Dr. Ketcham, the director of Pre-Health at Elon University. On campus, she enjoys being a part of running club, Young Life, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, small group, and the Elonthon Operations Committee. In rare moments of free time, she likes to curl up with a good book, spend time with friends, watch New Girl, and take naps. Emma gets the hiccups when she eats spicy food.

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Advocates

Alamance-Burlington School System

Julia Johns, Assistant Principal
Hugh H. Cummings High School
2200 N. Mebane Street
Burlington, NC 27217
336.570.6100
Kelly Coble, Math Teacher
Southern Alamance High School
631 Southern High School Road
Graham, NC 27253
336.570.6400
kcoble@elon.edu
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
Beth Taylor, School Counselor
Graham High School
903 Trollinger Road
Graham, NC 27253
 

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