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CEL State Liaisons

Featured State Liaison:  Steve Peha, North Carolina, CEL member

"Attending my first CEL conference this year was a delight. Getting to speak at the conference was an honor. But meeting the people was truly a special experience that I don’t think I’ve ever had before at a professional conference. I had for years attended NCTE but only this year discovered CEL. While NCTE has always been an interesting conference for me, I built much deep connections with CEL members on things that really matter like values, beliefs, large scale change, school culture, and technology. Everyone I met at CEL seemed deeply involved with true instructional leadership and the furtherance of our profession. All conferences offer a few valuable programs. But the value at CEL is in the people who attend and the time we have to spend together. Of the many conferences I attended in 2013, CEL was the most enjoyable, the most illuminating, and the most inspiring."

Steve Peha
Founder, Teaching That Makes Sense

CEL State Liaisons
March 2015

CEL State Liaison Network Coordinators: Tom Scott and Natalie Croney





Robin Bynum


Karen Conn Mitcham


Maydie Bombart

FloridaElsie Olan


David Padilla


Wanda Porter


Tom McCulley



Janice Schwarze


Darolyn Jones


Whitney Whealdon


Janetta Jayman


Nina Bono

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Keri Skeeters


Ann Marie Quinlan

New Jersey
New Jersey
Greg Van Nest

New Jersey

Tracy Recine

New Jersey

Edie Weinthal

North Carolina

Steve Peha


Jane Blystone


Genny Sterling


Gordon Hultberg


Doris Bey

Washington, DC
Elizabeth Primas

Washington, DC

Alison Blair Taylor


Katherine Nelson


Tom Scott


Karen Delbridge

CEL State Liaison Program

 CEL State Liaison Activities 

  • promote CEL at state/regional affiliate functions
  • make personal contacts with state leaders, encouraging them to join CEL
  • facilitate communication and cooperation between CEL and leaders of state affiliates
  • provide updates on CEL and obtain information about issues and trends that state affiliates are facing
  • provide an annual report submitted to the CEL Associate Chair and shared with other state liaisons at the annual meeting
Qualifications for CEL State Liaisons
  • active participation in CEL
  • connection to NCTE affiliate leaders or other state literacy leaders
  • willingness to serve

Benefits to CEL State Liaisons

  • receive recognition at the CEL Convention
  • be listed on the CEL website
  • receive a certificate of commendation
  • receive a letter of commendation recognizing the liaison’s contribution to CEL

CEL State Liaisons Governance

  • The CEL Associate Chair and a CEL member appointed by the Chair will coordinate this initiative.
  • The CEL Associate Chair will oversee this program.
  • Selection of the liaisons will be the responsibility of the Coordinators.
  • Large states and populous states may have multiple liaisons.
  • The length of term of the liaison(s) is indefinite.
  • Coordinators will hold a meeting of the liaisons at the CEL Annual Convention.
  • The Nominations Chair will also attend this meeting.


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