Leatha Fields-Carey, a member of the first group of North Carolina Teaching Fellows, earned a B.S. in English/Secondary Education from Appalachian State University and graduated summa cum laude from Campbell University with an M.Ed in English/ Secondary Education. A National Board Certified teacher in English Language Arts, she previously taught with Johnston County Schools for twenty years, serving as English department chair, Peer Coaching coordinator, mentor coordinator, School Improvement Team chair, SACS accreditation team chair, and testing coordinator. She was a semifinalist for Johnston County's Teacher of the Year in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2009. In addition to high school teaching, Mrs. Fields-Carey has also trained lateral entry teachers through East Carolina University's Project ACT program and has taught part-time at Campbell University. Mrs. Fields-Carey has taught Standard, Honors, and Sheltered English I, Standard and Honors English II, Standard and Honors English III, English IV, and Creative Writing. An avid writer herself, Mrs. Fields-Carey has contributed to the UNLV's Word River literary review and the website 1More Film Blog, as well as co-authoring a chapter of Cambridge University Press' Linguistics at School (2010).