Linville Named School of Education Department Chair

Deborah-Linville_LARGEHIGH POINT, N.C., July 29, 2013 – The School of Education at High Point University recently named Dr. Deborah Linville as chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education and associate professor of education.

As department chair, Linville is responsible for the effective operation of the Elementary and Middle Grades Department. She will also be instructing undergraduate and graduate literacy courses in the School of Education.

Linville spent two decades as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in the Forsyth County Schools prior to receiving her doctoral degree in Literacy Education and beginning her role in higher education.

She has been with HPU since 2008 and prior to moving to Texas in 2011, Linville served as chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education. She continued to teach graduate literacy courses as an online instructor during her time in Texas. Prior to her years at High Point University, she was the Coordinator of Elementary Education at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She says she looks forward to returning to campus and continuing to empower students at HPU to reach their full potential as effective educators.

“It is my joy and my responsibility to enable my students to acquire the knowledge and confidence they will need when teaching in the elementary classroom,” says Linville. “America’s children deserve the very best from teachers, and mediocrity is not an option.”

“I know what it means to be a part of this amazing university – it is the people that make this place so special,” says Linville. “They are some of the finest faculty in higher education and some of the hardest working and generous students I have ever known, and they are why I chose to return ‘home.’ ”

Linville also currently serves as the regional director for the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators (NCAEE), which services 11 counties in and around the Piedmont. NCAEE is the only professional organization in North Carolina, and one of two in the nation, established to advocate for and serve elementary educators and children.

In 2009, Linville initiated a literacy partnership between HPU and Montlieu Elementary, “Book Buddies” and “Reading Tutors,” which she plans to expand this year to another local school, Florence Elementary.

Linville earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in literacy education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Education in language and literacy from Salem College, and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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