Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007 from the University of Richmond where she studied Spanish, Education, and Russian and was awarded the Meritorious New Teacher Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia. She earned licensure in General Education Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Six and English as a Second Language Kindergarten to Grade 12. Upon graduation, she began her teaching career in Greensboro, NC as a first grade and third grade teacher. She quickly discovered her love for both literacy instruction and working with teachers and became the lead liaison and teacher trainer for her school with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the state pilot of Reading 3D. She returned for her master’s degree to UNC-Greensboro where she studied Curriculum and Instruction focused on Reading Education and received licensure for Reading K-12. She became the Program Specialist for Student Interventions with the federally funded School Transformation by Actively Recruiting, Rewarding, and Retaining (STAR3) pro-gram in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, where she headed the RTI program and oversaw students’ Personal Education Plans (PEPs) for the district. This prompted her desire to become a professor of education, and so she enrolled in the School of Education at UNC- Chapel Hill, where she is studying Early Childhood, Special Education, and Literacy. When Rebecca is not working with students or on her studies, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, cooking, eating, and reading a good book.