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Betty Liverman
Assessment Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Department of Education & Child Development

Phone: 919-278-2668

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
B-K and ECD Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Department of Education & Child Development

Phone: 919-546-8538

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-Tolson
M.S. Program in Early Childhood Education

Phone: 919-546-8544

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 Program Coordinator of the Graduate Education Program for a total of seven years, the Chair of the Department of Education for eight years and Division Head of Education, Social Work and Child Development for 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 Wilson
Department Head
Department of Education & Child Development

Phone: 919-546-8322

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.

Dr. Gail Mazyck
Program Coordinator, M.S. Early Childhood Education, Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: 919-546-8220

Dr. Mazyck brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to education to her role as an Assistant Professor at Shaw University. With over two decades in the field, she has established herself as a respected leader in reading science, cultural pedagogy, and early childhood literacy development. Dr. Mazyck's passion for education stems from her own experiences as a lifelong learner. She holds a BS in Elementary and Special Education, an MS in Reading, an MA in Educational Leadership and Technology, and an Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education Leadership with a specialization in Teaching and Learning. Her impressive academic background has provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing educators today. Throughout her career, Dr. Mazyck has dedicated herself to improving the quality of education for all students, with a particular focus on early childhood development. She is a strong advocate for evidence-based practices that promote literacy development and oral language skills in young children. Her research has explored the impact of culturally relevant pedagogy.

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