Project Consultants

Gazelia Payne Carter teaches eighth graders language arts and social studies. She is a graduate of High Point University with a B.A. in English. She holds a M.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in middle school education from Fayetteville State University. Carter has taught in the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County and Cumberland County school systems. Currently, she teaches in the Craven County schools. A 2002 National Board Certified teacher, Carter is married to J. Samuel Carter, Jr., and they have two sons, James III and Cameron.

Becky Childs graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Florida in August 1997 and received her master's degree in English with a concentration in sociolinguistics from North Carolina State University in May 2000. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the linguistics program at the University of Georgia and is working with Christine Mallinson investigating the intersection of language and regional identity in a community of African Americans in Cherokee County, North Carolina. She resides in Raleigh.

Christine Mallinson graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2000 and received her master's degree in English with a concentration in sociolinguistics from North Carolina State University in May 2002. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University and is working with Becky Childs investigating the intersection of language and regional identity in a community of African Americans in Cherokee County, North Carolina. She resides in Raleigh.

Pamela Myrick has thirty years of teaching experience in North Carolina. She has taught both at the elementary and middle school levels in Guilford County. A master educator, she is currently teaching sixth grade social studies and language arts at Southwest Middle School in High Point. She has received various awards during her teaching career. Receiving her undergraduate degree at High Point University, she completed her graduate studies at North Carolina A & T University. Most recently, she has served as a textbook consultant for North Carolina State University's Humanities Extension/Publications Program, creating teacher ancillaries for social studies publications. Additionally, she, with her sister Sharon Pearson, has co-authored an interdisciplinary civics education program entitled "Citizen I Am." Together, they have been presenters at regional social studies and middle school conferences, the North Carolina Bar Association, and at a national Paideia conference.

Sharon Pearson is a master teacher of thirty years teaching in both Michigan and in North Carolina. She has taught grades three, four, seven, and eight, and most of her experience is with the Guilford County School System in North Carolina. She currently teaches eighth grade North Carolina History at Southwest Middle School in High Point. She has organized and supervised the participation of students in the North Carolina History Bowl. Her undergraduate work was completed at High Point University, and she received her master's degree from North Carolina A&T State University. Most recently, she has served as a textbook consultant for North Carolina State University's Humanities Extension/Publications Program, creating teacher ancillaries for social studies publications. Additionally, she, with her sister Pamela Myrick, has co-authored an interdisciplinary civics education program entitled "Citizen I Am." Together, they have been presenters at regional Social Studies and Middle School Conferences, the North Carolina Bar Association, and at a national Paideia conference.

Julie Dumont Rabinowitz is a writer, editor, and educator focused on community engagement with the humanities. She is the Managing Editor of the Humanities Extension/Publications Program at North Carolina State University, and holds undergraduate degrees in History and Communication Arts from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and a Master's degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Massachusetts, Julie has worked as an archivist at both the John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt presidential libraries. While serving as the director of membership services for the North Carolina Bar Association, she led several projects celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bar Association's founding, including working with the North Carolina Museum of History to create a traveling exhibit about the history of the legal profession in our state. In addition to her work in humanities outreach, Julie has coached nationally-ranked intercollegiate debate teams in both New York and North Carolina.

Frank Wilson teaches social studies and science to eighth grade students. He is a graduate of Columbia State University with a B.A. in psychology. He received his teacher certification in secondary education from UNC-Asheville and is currently pursuing a M.A. degree in middle school education. At present he is teaching in the Henderson County public School system. Frank is single, the father of one grown son and the grandfather of two. His church and community activities include being a Preacher Steward in his church, past-president of the Henderson County NAACP, a member of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Carolina, and a member of the Sam Mills scholarship selection committee.


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