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Elementary Section Steering Committee - Previous Revision

The Elementary Section Steering Committee (ESSC) is responsible for the governance of NCTE's Elementary Section membership.  The ESSC members are elected each year to a four-year term.   The Chair and Assistant Chair are elected from within the ESSC and also represent the interests of the elementary section membership by serving on the NCTE Executive Committee.  Read more about the ESSC in the Section Annual Report.  


  • Sandra WildeChair (2012-2014)
    Sandra Wilde (2009-13)
    Hunter College
    New York, NY
  • Elisa WaingortAssistant Chair (2011-13)Elisa Waingort (2010-14)
    Dalhousie Elementary
    Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Franki SibbersonElementary Rep-at-Large (2011-13)
    Franki Sibberson

    Riverside Elementary
    Dublin City Schools
    Dublin, OH


  • Ann Marie CorgillAnn Marie Corgill (2012-16)
    Trussville City Schools
    Birmingham, AL
  • Nora GonzalezNora Gonzalez (2010-14)
    Ft. Sam Houston Elementary
    San Antonio, TX
  • Ted KeslerTheodore Kesler (2012-16)
    Queens College
    Flushing, NY


  • Detra Price-DennisDetra Price-Dennis(2012-16)
    University of Texas
    Austin, TX
  • Latosha RowleyLatosha Rowley (2010-14)
    Andrew J. Brown Academy
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Dinah VolkDinah Volk (2012-16)
    Cleveland State University
    Cleveland, OH


Elementary Journal
Language Arts Editors
Peggy Albers
Amy Seely Flint
Caitlin McMunn Dooley
Teri Holbrook
Laura MayGeorgia State University, Atlanta


NCTE Administrative Liaison
Debbie Zagorski  


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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