President: Meg Racanelli

Meg is a reading specialist at Amherst Elementary with Amherst County Schools. She has many years of service and recently complete Orton Gillingham training. She has been involved with PARC for a few years and joined our board this year as secretary. She has two grown children and enjoys traveling and music. She will be overseeing all PARC events and chairing the Young Writers Contest kicking off in October. 

Vice President: Courtney Bennett

Secretary : TBD

Treasurer: Angie Kraje

Angie is a reading specialist at Bedford Primary School, where she creates a classroom environment that promotes literacy across all subjects. In addition to teaching literacy skills, she focuses on motivating students to read by providing daily access to a wide variety of reading materials, with multiple spaces in the classroom for reading, and opportunities throughout the day to interact with literature. Angie will continue as our treasurer and assist with our events. She has three children and enjoys participating in musicals outside of school.

Membership Chair: Corrie Kelley

Dr. Courtneay Kelly is an Assistant Professor at the University of Lynchburg in the Education Department's Literacy and Language program. She enjoys instructing both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy pedagogy, effective instructional practices, and methods of differentiation. Her research centers on K-12 literacy, differentiation, Universal Design for Learning, and the role of literacy teachers as change agents and leaders.

Social Media: Autumn Dodge and Stefanie Copp

Dr. Dodge served on the International Literacy Association 2017 Standards Revision Committee, including work on Standard 4 and Standard 7; she has a master’s in TESOL and taught English language learners in China through the Peace Corps. Her research and publications focus on: intersections of literacy, diversity, and social justice, including LGBTQIA+ advocacy; White teacher identity studies; and synergies between literacy, pop culture, and multiliteracies.

Dr.Copp, in addition to university teaching, has experience in education as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist, and Title III coordinator. In the role of school consultant, Dr. Copp has supported teachers and reading specialists through coaching and professional development across Virginia. She currently serves as the director of the Reading Clinic and Masters of Reading program at the University of Lynchburg. Her research interests include language and literacy practices in the early childhood setting; she also investigates ways to promote reflective practice in teacher education.

Conference Chair: Mary Tackett

Mary is an Assistant Professor of Education at Longwood University. She earned her MA in Elementary Education, EdS in Reading, and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. She currently teaches early literacy, human development, and elementary literacy methods courses, and supervises student teachers. Her research and publications explore ways teachers can use children’s books to discuss difficult topics in the classroom. Prior to working in higher education, Mary taught first, second, and fifth grade and worked as a Literacy Coach and tutor. She has served as a PARC Board Member for two years, and is currently serving as Co-Chair for the Ready Reader’s Conference. ​

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