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 a K-12... [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

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

Samaria McKnight

Office Assistant

Samaria is a junior Elementary Education major with a minor in The Arts. She is from Waxhaw, NC and attended... [read more]

Hudson Miller

Recruitment Assistant

Hudson Miller is a sophomore Middle Grades Education from Charlotte, NC. He is a Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholar, and his... [read more]

Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement

McKenna Wild is a second semester graduate student in the Accelerated Admissions Reading Education Masters... [read more]