Sharon T. Mitchell is currently teaching in the four-year-old program in the public schools of Fort Mill, South Carolina. She earned a B.S. degree in early childhood education from Western Carolina University in 1978 and received a master’s degree in reading from Winthrop University in 2001. She has taught children ages 4–9 for the past 20 years. Mitchell received several curriculum grants in instruction from Winthrop University and the Rock Hill School District Foundation, and she has presented at several state and national conferences in education. She lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with husband Dan, son Zach, and daughter Kristen. Her hobbies are horseback riding, reading, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Charity Hudley earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in linguistics from Harvard University in 1998. She was awarded a Ford Pre-Dissertation Fellowship in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, she was the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth College. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She received a National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship in the fall of 2005 and a National Science Foundation Minority Research Starter Grant in 2009.
Dr. Mallinson received a B.A. in sociology and German from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 and an M.A. in English with a concentration in sociolinguistics from North Carolina State University in 2002. She received the Nancy G. Pollock Graduate School dissertation award for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology, with concentrations in sociolinguistics and social inequality, in 2006.