Michelle Burrows, Director of the A+ Schools Program, has been an educator since 1991, teaching at both the elementary level and at NC State University. She has designed and presented a wide-range of professional development across the nation. As director of the A+ Schools Program, Burrows oversees daily operations for the 50+ member A+ Schools network, generates and supports strategic partnerships, and state and private funding, maintains a close relationship with the state department of education and manages and mentors both the full-time A+ staff as well as the more than fifty A+ training consultants (A+ Fellows) that facilitate and deliver A+ professional development. Burrows continues to strengthen and expand the A+ Schools Program, which for over twenty years has been using the arts as a catalyst for creating schools that are engaging, meaningful and enjoyable places to teach and learn. Burrows is an active partner with both the Arts Education Partnership and AFTA and has participated in the work of the Congressional STEAM Caucus. Burrows resides in Cary, North Carolina.
Anita Woodley is an award-winning journalist, producer, actress, poet, mixed-media folk artist, baker, and playwright. She is also a state-certified HIV counselor, a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist in Drama and Literary, Improvisational Theater Teaching Artist for North Carolina’s Durham School District. Anita works as a Community Education Intern in K-12 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City classrooms with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Along with her own production company, Anita Woodley Productions, Mrs. Woodley is the Founder and President of the non-profit Spark Inner-Action, which promotes healthy lifestyle changes in communities with high risks for health disparities. In her spare time, she is a Columnist for the News & Observer newspaper, the lead vocalist for an Improvisational Jazz band, and an Associate Member of the Sisters Network Triangle for Breast Cancer Support Group in Durham.
As a Television and Radio journalist for more than 20 years, Mrs. Woodley worked for CNN, NPR / WUNC-FM The Story with Dick Gordon, NBC, CBS, and PBS affiliates, earning accolades from the Harry Chapin Foundation for Hunger and Poverty in New York, the National Association of Black Journalists, and an Emmy award for Exceptional Coverage on the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 when the World Trade Center in New York was attacked. Learn more about Anita’s innovative creative work on her website, http://www.AnitaWoodley.com