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Alex HerringHerring, Alex
Phone: 919-546-8540

Alex Herring, Field Placement Coordinator and Instructor of Elementary Education
Alex Hearring earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from North Carolina Central University.  Mr. Herring has over 20 years of experience in the education field ranging from classroom teaching, At-Risk Student Coordinator, and school administrator as an Assistant Principal and Middle/High School Principal.  He also serves on the Shaw University Male Initiative Council and is the campus advisor to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.  He believes that all students deserve the best teachers every day on their journey to success and continues to place emphasis on preparing our future teachers to meet the needs of the 21st Century Learner.

Dr. Bobbie LittleLittle, Ed.D., Bobbie
Phone: 919-582-4991

Dr. Bobbie Little, Elementary Education Professor and Teacher Education Council Chairperson 
Dr. Bobbie Little earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Middle Grades Language Arts from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She earned her Master's Degree in Middle Grades Reading and Intermediate Grades. Further, she earned her Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Subsequently, she earned her Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership with certification in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Lastly, she earned a Ph.D. in Divinity from Fisher Hill Bible College in Cheraw, SC. She has worked at the PreK-12 levels in North Carolina public schools for over 33 years. Most recently she served as principal and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She was awarded the Long Leaf Pine Award from the Governor of North Carolina for service to the State of North Carolina.  She served as adjunct instructor for community colleges in North Carolina for over fifteen years. She also served as supervisor of student teachers at UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Pembroke.  She was elected to her local School Board and serves on other committees and boards.
Alex HerringLiverman, Betty
Phone: 919-278-2668

Betty Liverman, Assessment Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Division of Education, Social Work, and Child Development
Betty Liverman received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Elon University and School Administration at Campbell University.  Betty Liverman studied at East Carolina University and received a Bachelor’s Degree (1987). Betty Liverman is a retired public school principal and has 27 years of elementary, middle school and high school experience. She also served three years as a preschool site administrator for 3 and 4 year old children with special needs. She was previously employed with Wake County Public School and Northampton County Schools. She currently holds NCDPI State certification in Elementary Education, Arts Education and School Administration. She believes that all students can learn in an environment that is conducive to his/her learning. And that it is her responsibility to create environments that students can showcase their gifts. She also believes that all students deserve a teacher that leads in the classroom, nurtures a positive caring and safe learning environment, knows their content, facilitates learning for all and reflects.
Dr. Melvin E. Wallace Wallace, Ed.D., Melvin
Phone: 919-546-8538

Dr. Melvin E. Wallace, Birth-Kindergarten Instructor; Multicultural Education and Diversity Instructor; Academic Adviser and Mentor
Dr. Melvin Wallace holds several certifications in the state of North Carolina - they are as follows: Birth through Kindergarten; Mentally Handicapped; Special Education: Adapted Curriculum; Special Education: General Curriculum; Special Education: English; Special Education: Math; Special Education: Science; Special Education: Social Studies. Dr. Wallace received his Doctorate of Education through Nova Southeastern University with emphasis in Special Education and Conflict Analysis. Dr. Wallace received a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instructions with emphasis in the area of Early Childhood Education from Shaw University. His undergraduate studies were done at Shaw University and Mississippi Valley State University (in the area of Education and Speech Communication). Dr. Wallace's current research focuses on the study of 'challenging behaviors in the young learner'.

Dr. Paula Moten-TolsonMoten-Tolson, Ed.D, Paula
Phone: 919-546-8544

Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson, Coordinator of the Graduate Education
Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson is one of the founders of the Shaw University Center for Early Education, Development and Research.   The award winning 5 star model Center opened its doors in 2008 and serves 64 children from infancy to preschool age. A former Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has 30 years of experience in the field of early childhood development as a mental health provider, teacher, coordinator of services, executive director, consultant and policy associate in the public, private and non-profit sector. She was formerly the director of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Early Child Development Program overseeing 41 child development centers. She was also a three year Chair of a California county commission which allocated approximately 13 million annually for the health, education and well- being of children birth through kindergarten. Dr. Moten-Tolson received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; she received a Master’s Degree in Social Services from St. Louis University in Missouri and received a doctorate in Early Childhood Education from Nova University in Florida. Dr. Moten-Tolson is an assistant professor and teaches graduate education B-K courses at Shaw University. She has been the P.I. in several successfully implemented state and federal grants in the nonprofit sector including an Early Learning Opportunity Act (ELOA) grant. Previously Dr. Moten-Tolson was the Chair of the Department of Education for eight years and Division Head of Education, Social Work and Child Development for the past two years.  .She believes that every child can succeed in school and every child deserves the best resources available to enhance their learning experiences. 

Dr. Lucy WilsonWilson, Ed.D.,Lucy
Phone: 919-546-8322

Dr. Lucy Wilson, Interim Academic Division Head, Coordinator for Elementary Education
Dr. Lucy Wilson holds a B.A. degree in Sociology/Social Welfare from Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, NC, a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum & Instructional Leadership with a concentration in K-12 from Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ. She also received her Child Development Associate training from Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C. She is the director of the Child Development Associate Program (CDA), as well as advisor and portfolio developer. She has also served as Interim Director of Faculty Development for Shaw University. Dr. Wilson teaches courses in the Division of Education, Social Work and Child Development that enrich the chosen profession of teaching candidates. She holds a license from the state of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Elementary Education (Grades K-6). Dr. Wilson is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Black Child Institute, and the National Head Start Association. She volunteers with the Choanoke Area Development, Inc., Head Start of Wake County, Martin Community County Action, and she serves as a Board member for CONCERTS, Inc. Her area of research focuses on emergent literacy skills in young children. Dr. Wilson believes that knowledge and preparation are powerful keys to create nurturing environments that can lead to effective teaching and a positive concrete learning experience.

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