About Us

Dr. Serina Cinnamon
Dr. Serina Cinnamon


As a Deweyian scholar, I assert that education ought to be a site for growth. Dewey says that individuals make meaning of their world through experience. Through both cognitive development and sense making, students come to learn about their social world. My purpose as an educator is to help students make sense of that world and develop both the skills and content knowledge they need to make intelligent decisions and become active participants as democratic citizens both locally and globally. I therefore center my teaching and leadership on ideals that encourage a democratic thinking body politic.

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Arine Lowery 

Arine Lowery is currently a graduate student at North Carolina State University and former supervisor of Social Studies Education with the Public Schools of Robeson County. 

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Quentin Alimayu
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Dr. Kimberly Dial Sellers



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Dr. Polina Chemishanova



Dr. Mabel Rivera
Dr. Mabel O. Rivera


Dr. Mabel Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Specialties at University of North Carolina-Pembroke.  Dr. Rivera has delivered presentations nationally and internationally on the subject of instruction as well as assessment of English Language Learners and students with special needs. As a former elementary school general and special education teacher in the public school system, Dr. Rivera gained valuable expertise in teaching struggling learners. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in teacher preparation programs focused on characteristics and methods for teaching students with disabilities and English Language Learners. She is currently the President of the NC Council for Exceptional Children. Her research interests include the education and prevention of academic difficulties in English Language Learners and students with disabilities. 

Richard W. Varner II
Richard W. Varner II 


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Richard Varner II is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Secondary Social Studies Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Richard is enrolled in the Esther G. Maynor Honors College and is a member of both the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society for Educators. Dedicated to his collegiate career, Richard has received various academic honors including: the 2018 Pi Lambda Theta Student Support Scholarship, the 2018 Army Emergency Relief Spouse Education Assistance Program Scholarship, the 2018 Chancellor Incentive Scholarship, the Gold Scholar Award, and has received the Chancellor’s Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for Academic Excellence twice. Upon competition of his undergraduate degree, Richard plans to complete his Master of Arts in Social Studies Education at UNC Pembroke prior to pursuing admission into a doctoral program.  

Curriculum Authors: 

Laura Chavis                     Crystal Hester           Glenda Lee             Dale M. Scott

Samuel A. Mauney           Susan O'Conner       Andrea Pinnock

Other Contributors: 

Heather Blount          Cheryl L. Bowen         Barbara Collins            Jen Creed         

Nancy Harry               Sonya L. Hunt             Teresa L. Imbufe         Andrea C. Jackson   

Brandy Jacobs            Shitan Jones                Twana L. Monroe       Shannon N. Nutting

Gerrod Scott              Charles A. Walters      Christina Wilkins         Trella Williams