NPC Board of Directors and Staff
We are grateful for the leadership of the individuals who serve on our Board of Directors:
Dr. Trey Adcock, Center for Native Health and University of North Carolina-Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina
Dr. Elizabeth City, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Wendy Ikoku, Asheville, North Carolina
Jan Leight, Long Beach, California
Mike Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dr. George Wood, Federal Hocking, Ohio School District, Amesville, Ohio
Our core staff, Terry Roberts and Jeremy Spielman, work with a network of educators in our National Faculty to support Paideia work around the United States and in select schools abroad.
Dr. Terry Roberts has been at the National Paideia Center since 1992 and has served as its Director since 1993. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director for the Principals' Executive Program, where he taught a wide variety of courses related to Instructional Leadership. He is a practicing scholar of American Literature and Cultural Studies, with a strong penchant for the classics, and holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Carolina. 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 Paideia Classroom and Teaching Critical Thinking, and in 2019 authored The New Smart: How Nurturing Creativity Will Help Children Thrive.
Please email Terry at [email protected].
Dr. Jeremy Spielman, Assistant Director
Jeremy Spielman is an experienced teacher, principal, system administrator, and school-transformation agent. His educational philosophy is founded on asking questions rather than forcing answers, and on building consensus rather than driving an agenda. Before joining the National Paideia Center in 2017, Jeremy served as Asheville (NC) City Schools' Director of Professional Development, Digital Learning, and Gifted Programming. Previously, Jeremy served schools across the state as a District and School Transformation Coach with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. As a scholar-practitioner, Jeremy is focused on how we become better active listeners. He completed his doctoral degree in Educational Systems Improvement Science from Clemson University.
Please email Jeremy at j[email protected].
Cindy Osborne, Office Manager
Cindy Osborne came to the NPC after many years as a freelance editor and office administrator. She handles all of the billing for the Center and has a variety of other duties, including organizing training events and conferences and managing the NPC website.
Contact Cindy at [email protected].
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