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Faculty & Staff  Title   Office   Office Phone  
Paula Moten-Tolson, Ed.D. Department Chair, Assistant Professor 306 919-546-8544
Harriette Bailey, Ph.D Coordinator Birth-Kindergarten Program, Assistant Professor 315 919-546-8540
Freida Dixon Director, Center for Early Childhood Education   919-546-2675
Amanda Hopkins, Ph.D. Coordinator Elementary Education Program, Assistant Professor 308 919-546-8680
Bobbie Little, Ed.D. Coordinator Field Experience, Assistant Professor 311 919-582-4991
Juanita Linton, Ed.D. Graduate Coordinator 317 919-278-2675
Stefanie Rachis, Ed.D. Coordinator Assessment & Research, Elementary Education 313 919-278-2668
Linda Reynolds Coordinator Certification-Only, Elementary Education 316 919-546-8623
Lynda Stephens Administrative Assistant 305 919-546-8539
Melvin Wallace Coordinator Student Development, Birth-Kindergarten 310 919-546-8538
Lucy Wilson Elementary Education, Assistant Professor  312 919-546-8233

Staff Bios 

Paula Moten-Tolson, Ed.D.
Paula Moten-Tolson, PhDDr. Paula Moten-Tolson is the Chair of the Department of Education. She was formerly Coordinator of the Graduate and Undergraduate Birth through Kindergarten Education Programs at Shaw University.  Dr. 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 60 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. Most recently Dr. Moten-Tolson has agreed to serve as a Fellow of the innovative American Education Think Tank (AETT).  She believes that every child can succeed in school and every child deserves the best resources available to enhance their learning experiences. 


 

Harriette N. Bailey, Ph.D.Harriette N. Bailey, Ph.D.
Dr. Harriette N. Bailey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Birth-Kindergarten Program Coordinator. She received her doctoral degree in Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Bailey studied at The University of Missouri at Columbia and received a Bachelor’s Degree (1990) and Master’s Degree (1998). She is responsible for ensuring program compliance, as well as, teaching several courses in the program each semester. Her focus is on early childhood education of children with disabilities, specifically infants and toddlers, and their families. Dr. Bailey has 20 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families, including children with special needs. She was previous employed as a Resource and Information Specialist with the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program, which is North Carolina’s implementation of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She is currently a member of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Early Childhood and Teacher Education Division.

Dr. Bailey’s area of research interest is the parent perspective regarding participation in children’s development and education – from birth to kindergarten.

 
 

Freida DixonFreida Dixon
Freida Dixon serves as the Director for Shaw University Center for Early Childhood Education, Development and Research. The program collaborates with various programs to ensure services are provided to children of low income families. She earned her Associate Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pitt Community College (1992), Child Development Associate Credential from North Carolina Central University (1996), Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies (Elementary Education/Business Management) from Shaw University (2001) and a Master of Elementary Education with minor Early Childhood Education from North Carolina Central University (2005).

Dixon's career in Early Childhood Education spans more than 25 years of experience working with children and families.  She serves as adjunct instructor for Mount Olive College for 6 years.  She also was a teacher, lead teacher, Child Development Specialist and Education/Staff Development for the Head Start Program serving 547 children with three counties in Martin, Pitt and Beaufort County area.  She is presently Motherread Inc. Facilitator, Dial-4 Assessor and CLASS Reliable Observer (Classroom Assessment Scoring System).     
 

Amanda Hopkins, Ph.D.
Amanda Hopkins, Ph.D.Dr. Amanda Hopkins serves in the position of Coordinator of Elementary Education/ Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education program.  She is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana the home of the late popcorn mogul, Orville Redenbacher.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington IN in the area of geological sciences.  She then went on to Purdue University, West Lafayette IN to continue her geological studies.  However, she enjoyed teaching and tutoring in science and math to collage and K-6 students so much, she began to pursue an education degree.  At Purdue University she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Science Education.  Dr. Hopkins has taught science formally and informally in schools, universities and museums.   Currently she teaches the math and science methods courses for Elementary Education majors as well as the on campus Basic Technology course.  Her research interests include the application of technology in teaching science and the use of manipulatives and technology to facilitate the learning of science.  She believes that science is relevant to our lives in numerous ways.  She works to help her students to make that connection based upon her driving teaching philosophy that ALL students can learn.


 

Bobbie Little, Ph.D.Bobbie Little, Ed.D.
Dr. Bobbie Little serves as Elementary Education Professor and Field Experiences Coordinator. She 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. In March of 2012, she was awarded the Long Leaf Pine Award from the Governor of North Carolina.  She has served as adjunct instructor for community colleges in North Carolina for over fifteen years.  She has also served as supervisor to student teachers at two other universities in North Carolina.  She presently serves on her local School Board and other committees and boards. 


 

Juanita Linton, Ed.D.Juanita Linton 

Dr. Juanita Linton serves as the Graduate Coordinator. The program collaborates with various programs to ensure services are provided to children of low income families. Dr. Linton received her Doctorate in Instructional Leadership  with a concentration on Teaching and Learning from Argosy University. Dr. Linton also studied at Shaw University and received a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction (2005) with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1995) in Liberal Studies. She was awarded her National Child Development Credentials (CDA) in 1992, from the National Council in Washington, DC. Dr. Linton has 28 years of experience working with children in early education in the public and private sector. She was the Education/Staff Development Specialist for Martin County Community Action, Inc. Head Start Program overseeing 8 child development centers that provided high quality services to children of families with disadvantages. Dr. Linton serves as a consultant for child care centers that are seeking star rating licenses and provide training to teachers and parents on child development issues. Dr. Linton's profession extends to the mental health arena advocating for individuals with developmentally delay and mental illness. She serves as a Qualified Professional for Pitt County Mental Health.

Dr. Linton area of research interest is the effect of males/fathers involvement in children's development. Her theoretical belief is based on the philosopher of Lev Vygotsky, cultivating the minds of children through interaction and support. 


 

Stephanie RachisStefanie Rachis, Ed.D.

Stefanie Rachis is the Coordinator of Assessment and Research for the Education Department as well as an Elementary Education Instructor. She joined Shaw University in the Fall of 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree from UNC-Wilmington with a major in Early Childhood Education and her Master’s from Campbell University with a major in Elementary Education. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Over her many years in education, she has been a teacher, More at Four Program Director, Adjunct Faculty and school Principal. Dr. Rachis is a member of NAEYC, NCAE, NC-ACTE Planning Committee, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Delta Pi, and is a member of the Shaw Faculty Senate. Her area of research focuses on assessments and Praxis II data. 


 

Linda ReynoldsLinda Reynolds
Professor Linda Reynolds is an instructor in the elementary education program. She joined Shaw University in spring 2006 as an adjunct instructor, and became a full-time instructor fall 2009. Over her 33 years in education, Linda Reynolds has been a special education teacher, middle school guidance supervisor, assistant principal and principal in the Wake County Public School System before retiring in 2005. She has a BS in Special Education and MS in Elementary Education from Southern Education State University, Masters in Counseling from North Carolina Central University and Masters Level Certification in Administration and Curriculum and Supervision from North Carolina State University.

Her professional interests are in the areas of struggling readers and learning management systems. She loves walking, reading and visiting with friends. She has one granddaughter.  


 

Linda StephensLinda Stephens, Administrative Assistant to the Department Chair
Linda Stephens serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Education. She attended Saint Augustine's College where her major was Sociology and Social Welfare. She later attended Wake Technical Community College where she received her Certificate in Computer Skills I & II, and Professional Workplace Skills. Before coming to Shaw University, she was the Assistant Coordinator for Residence Life at Duke University. She has numerous outside interests, but most enjoys working in her Church where she servers on the Ushers Ministry and is a Youth Advisor in the children's ministry. Currently, she is in the process of obtaining her bachelor's degree in Occupational Management. 


 

Melvin E. Wallace
Melvin WallaceProfessor Melvin E. Wallace is the Coordinator of Student Development and Birth-Kindergarten Instructor. He holds several certifications in the state of North Carolina and they are as follows: Mentally Handicapped; Special Education: Adapted Curriculum; Special Education: General Curriculum; Special Education: English; Special Education: Math; Special Education: Science; Special Education: Social Studies; and Birth through Kindergarten. Currently, Mr. Wallace is pursuing a Doctorate of Education through Nova Southeastern University with emphasis in Special Education and Education Leadership. Mr. Wallace also holds 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; and as a result he is privileged with a Bachelor of Science in the area of Education and Speech Communication. Mr. Wallace's current discourse places a focus on the study of 'challenging behaviors in the young learner'.

 

 

Lucy Wilson
Professor Lucy Wilson is the CDA Coordinator and Elementary Education Assistant Professor. She holds a B.A. degree in Sociology/Social Welfare from Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, N.C., and a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She also received her Child Development Associate training from Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C. and is currently working on a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in K-12 from Argosy University. She is the director of the Child Development Associate Program (CDA), as well as advisor, and portfolio developer. She holds a license from the state of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Elementary Education (Grades K-6). Professor 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 Telamon Corporation N.C. Regional Head Start Policy Council. Her area of research focuses on emergent literacy skills in young children. She believes that knowledge and preparation are powerful keys to create nurturing environments that can lead to effective teaching and a positive concrete learning experience for children.