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UNCG Alumna Emerges as a Library Leader

Dawn Shirk, a UNCG library alumna, sits in a circle with middle school students reading books.

Dawn Shirk ’23, a library media specialist with Guilford County Schools, says that a school library is the heart of the institution. “When I was a teacher, I collaborated with the librarian a lot. Even if we weren’t in the middle of a specific project, I could come in and say, ‘Here’s what I’m planning. Can you help me find some good books or websites? How would you do this?’”

Graña one of ten recipients of I Love My Librarian Award

Gabriel Grana delivers a speech after receiving his ALA honor

Out of nearly 1,400 nominees, Gabriel Graña, a 2015 graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, was selected as one of 10 recipients of the I Love My Librarian Award from the American Library Association

Full Circle for GCS Superintendent

Dr. Oakley celebrates with students from Allen Jay Preparatory Academy during her one-year anniversary celebration, held at Congdon Yards in High Point on September 1, 2023. Photo by Toni Shaw.

As Dr. Whitney Oakley moves into her second year as superintendent of one of the state’s largest school districts, she points to her experiences as a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro for contributing to her success as an educator.

TESOL Grad Named RCS Teacher of the Year

Walter Moore, 2023-24 Rockingham County Teacher of the Year, sits on a wall for a photo

After earning degrees in anthropology and linguistics, along with minors in environmental studies and Spanish, from UNC Greensboro in 2004 Walter Moore embarked on a winding career path that would ultimately bring him to the point where he was recently named the Rockingham County Schools Teacher of the Year.  


A pink marker highlights the word "Urdu" in a dictionary

We all want the best environment for our children, and when there’s an unmet need, UNC Greensboro students and alumni do everything in their power to meet that need, even if it hasn’t been done before. In 2018, Principal Carla Flores-Ballesteros ’04, found herself pitching an idea to support the students in her community through language development.

SES Alumna Using Her Degree in Midair

Elice Evans '18 before a flight on Piedmont Airlines

If you see a flight attendant using sign language to communicate with passengers aboard Piedmont Airlines, it’s likely UNCG alum Elice Evans ’18, who received her bachelor’s degree in Interpreting, Deaf Education and Advocacy Services (IDEAS).

Short Family Endows Fellowship for Innovation Efforts

Drs. Rick and Paula Short photo at a UNCG alumni event

Graduate students engaged in innovation with the UNC Greensboro School of Education will soon have a new fellowship opportunity available to them thanks to the generosity of Paula and Rick Short who have established an endowment. Recipients of the award will work closely with the School of Education’s Impact Through Innovation (ITI) program which will lend support to the development and implementation of their ideas.

MLIS Graduate Flourishing in Role at Elementary School

Head shot of MLIS graduate Amber White

School media specialists work with every student in a school and work to make their libraries a welcoming place for their students, providing them with an environment to learn and expand their knowledge. One of those media specialists is Amber White, a 2022 master’s graduate of UNC Greensboro’s library science program who is currently employed at Kirkman Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School.

Research Conducted by CED Alumna Helping to Shape Public Policy

A group of people collaborate around a table

After earning her Ph.D. in Counselor and Counselor Education from UNC Greensboro in 2008, Dr. Elysia Clemens headed west to Colorado and a tenure-track position in the counseling department at the University of Northern Colorado where she remained for over a decade. But then Clemens jumped at the opportunity to move into a role with the University of Denver’s Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, a unit that assists government agencies and community partners with research into public policy matters.