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dr. phillip feldman director

Dr. Phillip Feldman

Dr. Feldman is the Director of the South Alabama Research and Inservice Center (SARIC). SARIC provides staff development for over 6,000 teachers of Southwest Alabama. Dr. Phillip Feldman is also the Principal Investigator for the PT3 Implementation Project. He is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Director of the Office of Field Services.

dr. mary michael campbell associate director

Dr. Mary Michael Campbell
Associate Director

Dr. Campbell is responsible for the administration of the staff development program which SARIC offers. A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Campbell has over 28 years of experience in education. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa and the National Staff Development Council. Dr. Campbell is the past president of the Alabama Staff Development Council.

ms. brenda r. chastain alabama reading initiative reading specialist for saric
Ms. Brenda R. Chastain
Alabama Reading Initiative Reading Specialist for SARIC

Brenda Chastain has been involved in education for 23 years. She is a past elementary school teacher, counselor, administrator and has worked in special education Ms. Chastain is a trained presenter for The Alabama Reading Initiative and a presenter for the State Department of Education on School Improvement Plans and Stanford-9. She is a member of AEA, NEA, Alabama Reading Association, and the Baldwin County Department of Human Resources Quality Assurance Team.

mr. mike merold alabama reading initiative reading specialist for saric
Mr. Mike Merold
Alabama Reading Initiative Reading Specialist for SARIC

Mike Merold is the Secondary Regional Reading Coach for Southwest Alabama. He works with teachers and reading coaches in twenty-seven secondary schools that are Alabama Reading Initiative Literacy Demonstration sites. Prior to becoming a reading coach, Mike spent sixteen years teaching special education in Baldwin County.


dr. bea volkman alabama reading initiative reading specialist for saric
Dr. Bea Volkman
Alabama Reading Initiative Reading Specialist for SARIC

Dr. Volkman is the SARIC Reading Coach responsible to the Alabama Reading Initiative schools in the Washington, Clarke, Monroe, and Mobile counties that are involved in President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program. After helping the districts develop and secure grant proposals, she helps them to implement scientifically based reading research programs in the targeted schools. Dr. Volkman brings expertise to her position through experience in early childhood, elementary, and special education and as a reading specialist in private and public schools. Dr. Volkman was also a university professor of elementary education.

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