Mary Alicia Lyons & Tammy Jirles
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Mary Alicia Lyons has an MEd in K-12 Reading and Language Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and 26 years teaching experience in grades K-5. She is currently a K-2 Literacy Coach at Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill, NC and a Fellow with the NC Teacher Voice Fellowship. She is a district co-trainer for Leveled Literacy Intervention, has developed and directed summer literacy programs for rising kindergarten through third grade students, was a member of the 2016-2017 North Carolina English Language Arts curriculum writing committee, and has presented at state and national conferences. Her piece “Administrators Can Make or Break School Culture. Here’s How to Spot the Best Ones” was the top read teacher authored article in 2018. In her teaching, Mary Alicia is passionate about helping children to learn about themselves and the world through literacy and inquiry. You can find her on Twitter at @RockingReading.
Tammy Jirles has an MEd in Elementary Education with a focus in Science K-8 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has 22 years of teaching experience in grades K-6. She is currently a first grade teacher at Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill, NC. Prior to teaching first grade, she taught second, third and sixth grade and implemented an inquiry-based teaching approach while working with academically gifted students. As a science enthusiast, she also spent three summers as an Assistant Director for the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science’s summer science camp. Tammy loves learning about the world through the perspectives of her diverse group of students, so she is enjoying the opportunity to facilitate the investigations of their wonderings.