Author: Mary Russell-Roberson

Mary-Russell_Roberson.JPG Mary-Russell Roberson earned a B.A. in Geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has been writing about science for a variety of audiences for 20 years. Current projects include science curricula, magazine articles, and exhibit labels for science museums and state park visitor centers. Most recently she co-authored  "Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas: A Field Guide to Favorite Places from Chimney Rock to Charleston" with UNC geology professor Kevin Stewart. It was published by UNC Press in 2007.

Science Content Editor: Kevin Carter

Kevin_Carter.JPG Kevin Carter holds a B.A. in Biology and an M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, Physics, Astronomy, and Honors Chemistry, as well as English as a Foreign Language while living in Japan. Kevin works with Duke TIP's e-Studies program and at an area high school. He enjoys encouraging his students to observe and inquire about the natural world around them. He continues to satisfy his own curiosity by participating in opportunities like Project: OBSERVE and exploring the hills and the dales with his dog, Max.

English Language Arts and Copy Editor: Carol Morgan

Carol Morgan holds a B.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of North Texas.  She has taught a variety of English courses at the middle school, high school, and college levels.  She helped start Cary Academy, a co-ed college preparatory School in Cary, NC, and served for many years there as an 8th grade English Teacher and the Middle School English Department Chair. Today she edits curriculum for gifted students, travels, and spends time with her grandson, Tony.

Illustrator: Robin Follet


Robin Follet holds a B.A. in English with high honors from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Education from the College of William and Mary.  Currently the chair of the Upper School English Department at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, he has taught a variety of courses over the past decade, ranging from world literature to creative writing.  He has also taught at the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy as well as with Duke TIP in the e-Studies program. A 2001 Fulbright Exchange teacher, he also recently co-authored Teaching Romeo and Juliet: A Differentiated Approach, where his illustrations appear.

Coordinator of Independent Learning, Duke University Talent Identification Program: Lyn Hawks


Lyn Hawks holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She has taught English, creative writing and other humanities courses for over 15 years in public and independent schools. She has been an instructor in the Duke TIP e-Studies program, and she has also served as a gifted education resource teacher and a curriculum consultant. Currently she serves as Coordinator of Independent Learning at Duke TIP where she oversees the development of new courses and authors ones such as The Writer's Journey, Volume 1. Lyn has been recognized as a Distinguished Teacher with the Presidential Scholars Program, and she was a 2001 recipient of the All-USA Teacher 3rd Team Award and a 2002 recipient of the William Friday Summer Fellowship at Cary Academy. Lyn is co-author of The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Wisdom and Empathy and Teaching Romeo and Juliet: A Differentiated Approach. Her lessons are also featured in Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiating Curriculum, Grades 9-12.

TIP Tester Advisor, Duke University Talent Identification Program: Teresa Porter

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Teresa Porter graduated with honors from Elon University with a B.A. in Human Services. She has enthusiastically joined TIP to put to use her varied educational, non-profit, and youth leadership background. She assists in TIP's e-Studies and Independent Learning divisions and oversees the Duke TIP Testers program. Teresa has been recognized nationally for leadership and service and was named Organization President of the Year at Elon University and was a recipient of the National Youth Service America's National Youth Service Award. In addition, Teresa has been published in Teen Ink 2: More Voices, More Visions and in Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul. In her free time Teresa enjoys reading, writing and editing home movies. 


Special Thanks To:

The following 5th and 6th grade Talent Search students TIP Tested this program: Caity Caggia, Brandon, Alana, Sanjana, Walter Mills, Brian Reynolds, Margaret Turner, Kate, Karen Wells, Sarah Young, Charles Robson, and Caroline.