Who We Are
Throughout a 40 year career in education, Mary Andrews was and continues to be committed to literacy education — first as a classroom teacher and then as a Title I family coordinator. It was the 15 years of practice as a Reading Recovery teacher that the relationship between school and home solidified. Together with Nancy Zeman, she started READ2ME:Tailgate Stories, an award winning summer initiative. More recently they developed Family Reading Partners, a model to enrich family conversation around literature. Reading to and with children, including her grandchildren, is one of her great joys. She believes, “It takes a village — and a whole lot more…” to ensure every child receives the care and attention needed. She has joined the choir extolling that books are a wonderful way of broadening that village!
Nancy Zeman found a love of children’s books years ago when she started reading with her three children. Once they entered elementary school, she became an avid volunteer, working with young students who were learning to read—with such programs as School Reading Partners, Coach Write!, Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate, and as a volunteer through Public School Foundation. It is there she met her now dear friend Mary Andrews, and together, they have started many literacy programs aimed at getting books into the hands of children. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys gardening, quilting, and reading.
Debby Burns grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, went to college in Boston, lived in N.Y for 12 years and moved to Chapel Hill in 1988 with her husband and 2 children. She started teaching at Seawell Elementary School, moved to Rashkis Elementary when it opened and worked there for 10 years as a K-2 literacy coach. She retired in 2012 but couldn’t stay away from teaching so returned as a part-time interventionist first at Estes Hills Elementary and currently at McDougle Elementary. She enjoys working with students, spending time with her family (including 3 grandchildren), walking in the woods with her dogs and, of course reading.
Rosemary Campbell is a retired teacher who taught over 38 years in Virginia and Chapel Hill, North Carolina schools. Rosemary has been a 5th and 6th grade classroom teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, was a Reading Specialist in Elementary and Middle School, an Adjunct Professor for UNC at Chapel Hill, and a Grade 3-5 Literacy Coach. Mrs. Campbell trained at Lesley College in the Readers and Writer’s Workshop and with Lucy Calkins at Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Mrs. Campbell has led numerous workshops around the district and state in Reading and Writer’s Workshop. Rosemary now volunteers with the NCRA, TRC (Triangle Reading Council), and various Literacy initiatives in our community. She also enjoys being with her family and refurbishing furniture.
Ronnie Jackson has been involved in the lives of children for over 30 years. Most recently she served fourteen yeas as an Elementary School Counselor in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools. She is a newly appointed Guardian Ad Litem, involved with Mother’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the Duke Bereavement Center for Children. She is an avid Tarheel fan and loves to read, read, read and cook!
Livy Luddington is a grandmother who loves reading with her grandchildren whenever she gets the chance. She served as a Science Specialist at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School for 17 years and is the co-founder of Learning Outside, a summer camp that incorporates hands-on and experiential activities integrating the arts, sciences and humanities with outdoor learning. Her special interests include literacy and environmental education.