Leslie Murrill is an associate professor of education at Roanoke College, where she has taught since 1992. She has served as co-director of the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute since its beginning. Over the course of her tenure at Roanoke, she has taught courses in reading and language arts, diagnostic reading, special education, classroom management, middle school methods and reading in the content areas. Dr. Murrill began her teaching career as a fifth-grade classroom teacher in Temple Hills, Md., and later taught Title I Reading in Lafayette, Ind. She received her M.Ed. from Purdue University in 1991 and her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1998. Murrill has authored articles and book reviews in The Education Forum, Virginia English Bulletin, Reading in Virginia, and the SRATE Journal, and she has published a book chapter. She has presented at venues such as the National Reading Conference, the National Teaching Academy, the Kappa Delta Pi Convocation, the International Children's Literature Association, the National Staff Development Council and the American Educational Research Association. Her current research focuses on elementary reading instruction, and the role of professional development as a source of growth and renewal across the teaching career continuum.
Lisa Earp is an associate professor of education at Roanoke College and was one of the original co-directors of the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning. This year she returns to her role of co-director, assuming the responsibilities previously held by Dr. Tim Reynolds. Lisa began her teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher for Roanoke County Public Schools and continued her teaching as a reading specialist for grades K-5. She completed her undergraduate work in upper elementary education and general math at Radford University and received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech. Lisa currently holds a postgraduate professional teaching license from the Virginia Department of Education and is certified to teach PreK-6, PreK-12 reading, and PreK-12 mathematics. Lisa has presented in venues including the Kappa Delta Pi Biennial Convocation, the National Staff Development Council, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Her current research focuses on literacy instruction and developing lifelong readers. Lisa is the parent of two sons and has a houseful of dogs and cats.