Student Ambassadors for READ MAEd Reading and Literacy Program at ECU

If you are interested in learning more about our program from a student’s perspective, please feel free to contact one of our student ambassadors. They would love to hear from you!

Star Manis

My name is Star Manis, and this is my second year in the online MAEd Reading and Literacy program. I am also getting my Community College Instruction certificate and hope to move into adult education in the near future. I am currently in my fifth year of teaching second grade. I am from Emerald Isle, North Carolina, and attended East Carolina University for my BS in Elementary Education. My husband and I currently live in Alabama because he is in the army and that’s where he is stationed. I am a first-generation college student and have learned many ways to study and succeed in college classes on campus and online. Please reach out if you need some advice or help!


Monica Long

My name is Monica Long and I am a first grade teacher in my hometown of Person County, North Carolina. This is my ninth year in education and my first year in first grade. I taught exceptional children my first year before transitioning to kindergarten, in which I taught the past seven years. I am also a second-year graduate student at East Carolina University in the Reading and Literacy program. I enjoy working with the younger students and witnessing their minds develop, becoming passionate readers. It is a privilege to serve as an Ambassador as I continue to pave the path for future generations all while guiding others towards furthering their education.


Morgan DeHart

My name is Morgan DeHart and I am from Raleigh, North Carolina. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Carolina University in May 2022 and decided to jump right into my master’s degree in the fall of 2022. I am currently in my first year of teaching kindergarten in Wake county and I absolutely love it. I love to read and spend time with my family and friends. My favorite part of teaching so far has been watching my kindergarteners grow in literacy and reading.


Marie Almeida

Marie is a middle school ELA teacher in Chapel Hill, NC. She has worked previously as an EC Resource teacher and a reading interventionist at the same middle school. She enjoys finding ways to reach all students through literacy instruction and loves getting and giving book recommendations.



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