Dr. Elizabeth Lilly

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Department Chair
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
A.B., Wesleyan College
M.Ed., Valdosta State University
Ph.D., Florida State University
Office:  HP432, ext. 8235
elilly@presby.edu

Elizabeth Lilly, Department Chair and Associate Professor, holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from Florida State University.  Her areas of specialization and research are emergent literacy, children’s literature, family involvement, and early childhood curriculum.  Dr. Lilly is a co-author of the textbook, Developing Partnerships with Families through Children’s Literature.   She has published in state, national, and international peer-reviewed journals.  Her most recent scholarship focuses on the use of children’s photography and interactive media to scaffold informational writing.

Dr. Lilly frequently presents at professional conferences and conducts professional development for teachers.  She has had the opportunity to study early care and education in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and the British Infant Schools in Oxford, England. Dr. Lilly served as the Project Director for an Early Reading First program for preschoolers under a three-year grant from the US Department of Education awarded to the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.  During her years in the early childhood classroom, she taught a variety of grades.

Traveling, photography, hiking, and reading are personal interests, in addition to visiting her two young grandchildren who live in Montana.

Dr. Julia Wilkins

Middle Level and Secondary Education Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Education
B.Sc., Swansea University
M.Sc., Bristol University
M.S., D’Youville College
M.Ed., Clemson University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Office:  HP 435, ext 8279
jwilkins@presby.edu

Originally from London, England, Julia Wilkins holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught middle and high school students in Buffalo, NY, where she earned an M.S. in Special Education. She recently earned her third master’s degree, an M.Ed. in Literacy from Clemson University.

Prior to coming to PC, Dr. Wilkins was a research associate at the National Dropout Prevention  Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) at Clemson University. In addition to  conducting research reviews on dropout prevention, she provided technical assistance to state  and local education agencies on implementing evidence-based school completion practices.

Dr. Wilkins has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, her most recent articles focusing on successful dropout prevention initiatives, reengaging school dropouts with  emotional and behavioral disorders, and strategies for developing literacy-focused family-school  partnerships. In addition to numerous state and national conferences, Dr. Wilkins has presented at international conferences in Spain, Portugal, and Bulgaria.

Julia Wilkins is the author of Group Activities to Include Students with Special Needs, published  by Corwin Press, and co-author of two other activity books for teachers.

In her spare time, Dr. Wilkins enjoys traveling, watching documentaries, taking nature photos,  and playing with her dogs.

Dr. Traci Bellas

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Elementary Education Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., Mercer University
M.Ed., Elon University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Office: HP 433, ext. 8396
tbellas@presby.edu

Traci Bellas, Assistant Professor, holds a Ph.D. in Teacher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her areas of specialization and research include culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, Funds of Knowledge, ESL, and elementary curriculum and teaching. Her most recent scholarship focuses on rural elementary teachers who work with Latina/o students.

A twenty-year classroom veteran, Dr. Bellas emphasizes community building and strong relationships with students and families. She is an advocate for education and regularly mentors classroom teachers. In addition to providing professional development, Dr. Bellas has presented at state, national and international conferences and has published several practitioner resources. She has also had the opportunity to teach English in La Alberca, Spain and work with elementary teachers in Lima, Peru.

In her personal time, Dr. Bellas enjoys traveling, cooking, photography, and reading.  Traci and her husband live with two of their children in Clinton, SC.