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Meet the Elementary Section Leadership

The Elementary Section Steering Committee (ESSC) members are elected each year to a four-year term. The Chair is elected from within the ESSC for a two-year term. The Chair also serves on the NCTE Executive Committee representing the interests of the elementary section membership. 

Learn more through the ESSC Annual Report and Member Activities/Responsibilities.

Watch the interview with Elementary Section Chair Ted Kesler and WLU President Debra Goodman as they talk about teaching and learning at the 2015 NCTE Convention in Minneapolis.


  • Ted KeslerTheodore Kesler, Chair
    Queens College

    Flushing, NY
    visit his website

  • Kathy CollinsKathy Collins
    Durham, NH

  • Ann Marie CorgillAnn Marie Corgill
    Shades Mountain Elementary
    Hoover, AL
    visit her website

  • Julia Lopez-RobertsonJulia Lopez-Robertson
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC
  • Prisca MartensPrisca Martens
    Towson University
    Baltimore, MD
    visit her website
  • Detra Price-DennisDetra Price-Dennis
    University of Texas
    Austin, TX
    visit her website

NCTE Administrative Liaison
Debbie Zagorski  


Questions or comments for the Steering Committee
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Mission Statement

The Elementary Section Steering Committee of NCTE is committed to the pursuit of justice and equality.  We believe that in an open democratic society we cannot argue for democracy and humanity unless we create for our children a more just and caring world.  To this end we are dedicated to the support and development of emancipatory pedagogies that counter official policies and mandates that narrow the possibilities for the teaching of the language arts in public schools.  We believe that it is essential that we resist any attempt that is made to separate school based language arts programs from the socio-cultural realities of children’s everyday lives.  Our task is to support the work of teachers as they work closely with their students and their families to build classrooms where everyone has an opportunity to participate in the conversation with a renewed consciousness of worth and possibility of their own language use and the literacies that they share.            

---ESSC, Spring 2000


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