Associate Director

Robin Mara
Associate Director


  • M.Ed, K-12 Reading Education, UNC Charlotte
  • B.A., Elementary Education, UNC Charlotte
  • B.A., Biology, Rhodes College

Professional Past

  • K-12 Reading Assessor, UNC Charlotte Center for Adolescent Literacies
  • K-5 Literacy Teacher/Tutor & 2nd Grade Teacher, CMS
  • Freelance Writer/Editor
  • Associate Director, Arts Council of Fayetteville, NC
  • Public Relations Assistant, NW Mississippi Junior College
  • Cancer Research Technician, St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Areas of Interest

  • Family literacy
  • Community collaboration
  • Effective teaching
  • Reading motivation
  • Social justice
  • Program evaluation
  • All kinds of visual & performing arts
  • The great outdoors

Favorite Activities

  • Being with family and friends
  • Talking and exploring with my husband Neil
  • Any opportunity to be with our grown children Kevin and Kate
  • Playing with our dog Sammy
  • Hiking
  • Writing
  • Visiting galleries
  • Going to performances

Favorite Movies

  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Only You
  • In America
  • A Good Year
  • Once
  • Amistad
  • The Visitor
  • My Cousin Vinnie
  • All the Kenneth Branagh Shakespeare movies

Favorite Books

Too many to list but …

  • anything by Toni Morrison or Wendell Berry
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • When Kids Can’t Read – What Teachers Can Do by Kylene Beers
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • I Wish I Were A Butterfly by James Howe

Favorite Travel Destinations

  • The NC and WV Mountains
  • Florence, Italy
  • Family and friends’ homes and environs
  • All kinds of places near and far

Favorite Song

Why Walk When You Can Fly by Mary Chapin  Carpenter