Paideia Board and Staff

National Paideia Center Board of Directors

We are grateful for the leadership of the individuals who serve on our Board of Directors:

Dr. Joe Milner, Wake Forest University
Dr. George Wood, Federal Hocking, Ohio School District
Barbara Benisch, Asheville, North Carolina
Reggie Mathis, Raleigh, North Carolina
Dr. Ann Pihlgren, Norrtalje, Sweden
Mike Smith, University of North Carolina

Meet Paideia Staff

Our core staff, Terry Roberts and Laura Billings, work with a network of educators to support Paideia work around the United States and in select schools abroad.

Dr. Terry Roberts, Director

Dr. Terry Roberts is a former high school English teacher. He is practicing scholar of American Literature and Cultural Studies, with a strong penchant for the classics. He is fascinated by the social and intellectual power of dialogue to teach and to inspire. Terry is the lead author of several Paideia publications including The Power of Paideia Schools, The Paideia Classroom, and Teaching Thinking through Dialogue.

You can email Terry at [email protected].



Dr. Laura Billings, Associate Director

Dr. Billings is a former secondary teacher from Jacksonville, Florida. Laura’s dissertation research focused on the socio-linguistic aspects of dialogue, specifically how students engage in dialogue in relation to teacher questioning. Laura is passionate about holistic, formative assessment practices and community building.

You can email Laura at [email protected]