Our Approach

Design Teams

Pathways Design Teams are building strategies around key factors that impact third grade reading outcomes, including children’s social-emotional health, high quality birth-through-age-eight early care and education, and regular school attendance.

Design Team Description

Design Team Co-Chairs

Design Team Members

Design Team Meeting Materials



Children’s Social-Emotional Health Team Co-Chairs

Kathy Vail Pope
Kathy Pope is a dedicated child advocate and community leader and is  Board Chair of Preventing Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC).
Phillip H. Redmond, Jr.
Philip Redmond is the director of the Child Care Division of The Duke  Endowment and chairs the board of directors for the Council on  Accreditation.


High Quality Birth-through-Age-Eight Early Care and Education Team Co-Chairs

Patricia Beier
Patricia Beier serves as Executive Director for WAGES, a large community action agency In Wayne County, North Carolina, and serves on several statewide and regional and national Boards.
Cyndi Soter O’Neil
Cyndi Soter O’Neil serves as senior policy advisor for ChildTrust Foundation, which supports systemic impact in early childhood education and literacy efforts for under-resourced families in NC.


Regular School Attendance Team Co-Chairs

Steve Lassiter
Steve Lassiter was the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year in 2015, and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Auxiliary Services for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools.
Dr. Gerri L. Mattson
Dr. Gerri Mattson works in the Children and Youth Branch in the NC Division of Public Health, and practices medicine part time in a local health department pediatric clinic setting.


Design Team Members


Design Team Meeting Materials

Meeting One

Meeting Two 

Meeting Three