Winston-Salem TEACH is equipped to do its work through a five-year, $4.7 million U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant. The grant supports WS-TEACH to recruit, enroll, and prepare highly-effective K-12 educators who are equipped to promote the academic success and well-being of students in high-need Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS). This work is guided by five key leaders at our three partner institutions and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. WS-TEACH is also guided by a board of school district leaders and community members who are partners in achieving the project’s goals.
Dr. Anthony Graham
is Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Winston-Salem State University and is serving as one of the Co-Principal Investigators of the Winston-Salem TEACH (WS-TEACH) project funded by the Department of Education. Dr. Graham possesses 19 years of higher education experience and has served as the chair of the Governor’s The Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education (DRIVE) Task Force. He has also procured several sponsored research grants totaling approximately $11 million, including awards from the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Education. Graham is committed to the uplift of his community and the improvement of K-20 education in North Carolina. Dr. Graham is also a board member for the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown
is the Interim Associate Dean of Education, Quality Assurance, and Community Engagement at WSSU and a Co-Principal Investigator on the WS-TEACH project. She is in her 24th year at WSSU, 20 of which have been spent as department chair. Prior to her role as Interim Associate Dean, she served as Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education & Sport Studies at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and Program Coordinator of the Physical Education Program. Dr. Williams Brown has extensive experience in grant and project management, including over 7 years of experience administering grants for summer camp programming for low-income and underserved youth, 5 years of experience as PI on three research grants (funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the USDA), and years of administering U.S. Department of Education academic program development grants.
Dr. Alan Brown
is the Chair of the Department of Education and Associate Professor of English Education at WFU. He serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for Winston-Salem TEACH while coordinating the Secondary Education licensure component. Dr. Brown possesses 10 years of higher education experience and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to K-12 academics and athletics, action research, adolescent literacy, arts integration, secondary education, and young adult literature. Dr. Brown is the inaugural director of the Wake Forest Center for Literacy Education and organizes the Skip Prosser Literacy Program.
Dr. Sheryl Long
is the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Salem College and a Co-Principal Investigator of Winston-Salem TEACH. Dr. Long leads the Elementary Education licensure component of WS-TEACH. Dr. Long possesses 12 years of higher education experience. In her previous faculty role at Chowan University, she served as Co-PI of a $165,535 North Carolina Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training (NC QUEST) grant entitled 21st Century Literacies and the Common Core. She also served as Co-PI for a $146,897 NC QUEST grant titled 21st Century Literacies and the Common Core: A Continuation. Dr. Long will oversee curriculum alignment and compliance with state licensure policies and accountability measures.
Dr. Fabby Williams
currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Prior to this, he worked in Guilford County Schools since 2012 where he served as a school support officer and principal. He was also a principal in Illinois and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He has an AASA from the Urban Superintendent Academy at Howard University and a doctorate and a master’s degree from Wingate University. He attended the National Superintendent Academy and has an educational specialist degree from UNCG. He also has a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and School Guidance Counseling as well as a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Winthrop University.
Dr. Kate Allman
is the Co-Director of Research and Assessment at Wake Forest University’s Program for Leadership and Character and a Research Associate in the Department of Education at WFU. She is a Co-Principal Investigator on the WS-TEACH project, serves as the project’s evaluator, and is currently the Interim Executive Director of Winston-Salem TEACH. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Allman was an English teacher in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County from 2005-2009. She is passionate about supporting educators and schools in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Dr. Allman possesses 12 years of higher education experience and has procured approximately $6.3 million in research grants, including serving as the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase II Noyce Fellowship grant ($795,110) and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Capacity Building grant ($299,967). She has served as a research evaluator for Harvard University’s READS for Summer Learning Project (PI: Dr. James Kim), Johns Hopkins University (JHU)’s School of Education, JHU’s Center for Research and Reform in Education, JHU’s School of Medicine, Towson University’s School of Education, Parkland High School’s 21st Century Grant Project (PI: Will Mitchell), and Wake Forest University’s Program for Leadership and Character (PI: Dr. Michael Lamb and Dr. Kenneth Towsend).