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Saundra S. Copeland

Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Saundra S. Copeland
Office: 252 Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex
Address: Campus Box 868
(252) 335-3337
Fax: (252) 335-3554

Dr. Saundra Sellars Copeland is an Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Master of School Administration Program in the School of Education and Psychology at Elizabeth City State University, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She has been employed as a professor at the university since, August 2002. She was the 2009-2010 Elizabeth City State University’s Departmental Teacher of the Year and Chair of the Department of Education from 2005-2009. She is married to Robert L. Copeland and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. Dr. Copeland has been an educator for 40 years. She believes that education is vital to the success of all mankind. She has dedicated her professional life to trying to make a positive difference in the lives of all mankind. Her vision of education extends beyond the classroom to the community and the world. She has collaborated with her students and with public school teachers and administrators from Elizabeth City, Senegal, and the Dominican Republic to write textbooks, provide workshops, participate in science competitions, and "adopt a school." As a result, her pre-service teachers have won science competitions, school children in Senegal have textbooks, and children in the Dominical Republic have a modern playground, school supplies, and school uniforms.

In addition to her work as a teacher, Dr. Copeland has worked extensively to support children and families in the community. This service includes leadership roles in Early Works, Inc., National Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2005, under her leadership, the Portsmouth Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha received the 2005 Economic Development Challenge Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 2006, Dr. Copeland was the recipient of the Safe Harbor Award in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives children and families. That same year, and on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha, she received the Stephen H. Clarke Academy Educator Appreciation Award for making a significant difference in the academic and social performance of their students. In 2007, she was a recipient of the Portsmouth Pan-Hellenic Council Incorporated Award for outstanding contributions in the areas of Education, Social, Economical, and Political Empowerment. In 2007, she also received the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Award for outstanding contributions in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Copeland is Co-Founder of the Florence H. Lee Scholarship Fund at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Portsmouth, Virginia. This scholarship fund was established more than twenty years ago in honor of her aunt who raised her, the late Florence H. Lee, a retired educator who always emphasized to her and others, the importance of acquiring a college education. Over the life of this scholarship, more than 75 young people have received college scholarships.

Dr. Copeland received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Elizabeth City State University, Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.