Meet our Staff

The James Center staff serves in a variety of roles to support and advise teacher education majors at Appalachian State University. Click on the staff profiles below to book an appointment with a staff member.



Mr. Ike Smith joins the Reich College of Education following ten years as an educator throughout North Carolina. Mr.... [read more]

Associate Director for Retention Initiatives

(828) 262-8914

Dr. Alicia Muhammad is a passionate and committed education professional with over 15 years of service as an... [read more]

Assistant Director for Student Engagement

(828) 262-3168

Megan Kasper attended Appalachian State University for both her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Secondary... [read more]

University Program Associate

(828) 262-6095

Melissa Isaacs serves the RCOE and the James Center as an administrative specialist. She manages budgets and logistics... [read more]

Rebecca K. Murray

Undergraduate Teacher Education Advisor

(828) 262-2685

Rebecca K. Murray earned her undergraduate degrees in Recreation Management and Technical Photography from Appalachian... [read more]

Undergraduate Teacher Education Advisor

(828) 262-2696

Mel S. Falck earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Art from West Liberty University in 2002.  Upon... [read more]

Octavia Little

Associate Director of Admissions for Teacher Education Recruitment

(828) 262-8915

Octavia Little formerly taught second and third grades in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. She... [read more]

Stephanie Moretz

Scholarship Coordinator and Accelerated Admissions Recruiter

(828) 262-8554

Stephanie began her journey in education at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. where she earned her undergraduate... [read more]

Student Employees

Office Assistant

Brandon is a English, Secondary Education major with a minor in Medieval Studies. He is a James Scholar and a founder... [read more]

Recruitment Assistant

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Graduate Assistant for Appalachian Educators

Libby graduated from Appalachian State in May 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education. She is in the process of... [read more]

Graduate Assistant for Residential Learning Communities

Danielle Perkins graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in... [read more]