Dr. Yolanda L. Dunston has more than two decades of experience in education in the state of North Carolina. She earned a BA in Elementary Education, an MEd in Special Education - Literacy Studies, and a PhD in Literacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her focus is effective teaching, particularly in the areas of literacy and online learning. She has taught at the pre-school and elementary levels, provided literacy consulting for struggling middle and high schoolers, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. She has prepared instructional materials for Pearson Prentice Hall, is a contributing author for the text Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Educating Traumatized Children Pre-K through College, and is a co-Author for The Ultimate Student Teaching Guide. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at NCCU in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. She coordinates the Elementary Education program, teaches literacy courses, facilitates the internship seminar, and supervises student teachers.