Advisory Council

Bria Wright

Bria is an advocate for equitable access to education for all. She is product of Wake County School System from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. Recently in her teaching career, she has found her calling to advocate for students of color and is particularly excited about planting her feet in the Southeast Raleigh community by being part of the inaugural staff beginning in the Fall of 2019 at Southeast Raleigh Elementary. She loves the Southeast Raleigh community and is a new resident of Southeast Raleigh. She's excited to give back to the community that her husband grew up in and she is now raising a family in.

Lynn Christiansen

Lynn is currently an elementary Media Specialist for Wake County Public Schools. She attended the University of Houston and received her Master's Degree from the University of North Texas. She moved to North Carolina from Texas three years ago and loves her new home state! Being a librarian is the best job and she loves sharing her favorite books with her students.

Angie Headley

Angie is passionate about books and reading! This passion led her to be an elementary teacher for 14 years, in Kentucky and North Carolina, then a librarian for the last six years at Combs Elementary in Raleigh. Angie is also someone who advocates for getting books into the hands and homes of our children in Wake County y supporting causes with this focus. ALL students need books at their fingertips, EVERY day. @leadwithreading

Michelle Leonard

Michelle is a passionate advocate for readers and especially enjoys promoting diverse books and, as a former semiconductor engineer, books that encourage girls in STEM. Currently a MLIS student working at NCSU Libraries, she volunteers with We Need Diverse Books and blogs about books for young readers at The Winged Pen.

Kelsey Woods

Kelsey is a junior at Millbrook High School and became involved with Raleigh's Rolling Readers during the summer of 2018, collecting books and volunteering at events. She set up the GoFundMe to further diversify Raleigh's Rolling Readers' selection of books, purchasing books that better represent the community of Southeast Raleigh. Kelsey has been passionate about reading since she was a small child and got involved with Raleigh's Rolling Readers in order to share that love of reading with others. She continues to be driven by watching students from Southeast Raleigh gain access to books that they can have ownership of and see themselves in. Outside of Raleigh's Rolling Readers, Kelsey enjoys babysitting, singing with her high school choir, and traveling.

Lauren Genesky

Lauren is an English teacher at Millbrook High School in Wake County. Prior to teaching for Wake County Public School System, where she was a 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year finalist, Lauren taught in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for two years. She currently serves as the team leader for her grade-level and as a mentor for beginning teachers and Wake County Public School System’s Future Teachers Program. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Lauren continues to work with preservice teachers from the university, serving as a cooperating teacher and as a facilitator for the university’s Beginning Teacher Institute and the North Central Beginning Teacher Summit. @MHS_MrsG

Janet Pride

Janet is a 3rd grade teacher and learner at Alston Ridge Elementary. She loves taking risks to making learning relevant for her students. She loves connecting kids with books that unlock a passion for life long reading.

Teresa Bunner

Teresa serves as the Director for Student Engagement in the Office of Equity Affairs for Wake County Public School System. In this role she supports K-12 schools in honoring and amplifying student voice. Prior to that she was the High School Literacy Coordinating Teacher serving high schools in the district to support disciplinary literacy in all classrooms. Before arriving in WCPSS she served as the Academic Support Specialist for the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools serving students of color in 4th-12th grade to support their academic success. Teresa spent 20 years as a classroom teacher and reading specialist at elementary, middle, and high schools. She was the 2007 Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year. Teresa loves books, and finds great joy in connecting students (and fellow staff members) with reading. She’s the mother of four amazing young people who love reading and books as well!

Ashley Richardson

Ashley is an avid reader and enjoys all genres of books. She was born and raised in the Southeast Raleigh community herself which is where her passion to give back comes from. Ashley is a teacher who enjoys exposing her students to diverse books. All kids should be able to see themselves in a book. Books also allow kids to understand things that are different from their own lives. This is why Ashley wants to get books to all children. Reading opens up so many possibilities. @MsRichardsonRm