About the Directors

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Photo of Leslie MurrillLeslie Murrill is professor of education at Roanoke College, where she has taught since 1992. She has served as co-director of the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute since its beginning. Dr. Murrill currently teaches children and Adolescent Literature, Elementary and Middle School Reading and Language Arts.  She began her teaching career as a fifth-grade classroom teacher in Temple Hills, Md., and later instructed Title I Reading in Lafayette, Ind. She received her M.Ed. from Purdue University and her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. She has authored articles and book reviews in The Education Forum, Kappa Delta Pi Record, Reading in Virginia, the SRATE Journal, and has published a book chapter. Murrill has presented at venues such as the National Reading Conference, National Teaching Academy, Kappa Delta Pi Convocation, National Staff Development Council, International Children's Literature Association and American Educational Research Association. Her current professional interests focus on middle school literacy instruction and the role of professional development as a source of growth and renewal. Murrill and her husband, Todd, are the parents of two sons and two daughters.  

Photo of Lisa EarpLisa Earp is an associate professor of education at Roanoke College and was one of the original co-directors of the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning. Lisa began her teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher for Roanoke County Public Schools and then taught reading and writing for 11 years as a reading specialist. She completed her undergraduate work in upper elementary education and general math at Radford University and received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech. Lisa holds a postgraduate professional teaching license from the Virginia Department of Education and is certified to teach PreK-6, PreK-12 reading, and PreK-12 mathematics. Lisa has presented in venues including the Kappa Delta Pi Biennial Convocation, the National Staff Development Council, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Her current research focuses on K-12 literacy instruction and working with struggling readers. Lisa is the parent of two sons, Michael and Matthew.