Lynn Shoemaker
Executive Development Director 
With more than 23 years of education experience and a founding member of the organization, Lynn Shoemaker will lead tACT as its first Executive Director.  An '84 alumni of Peace College in Raleigh where she studied English and Business Law, she went on to earn both a Bachelors of Art in English and a Master's of Education in Secondary English (Instructional Technology) at UNC Wilmington.  She is currently licensed in North Carolina and is certified in Language arts, English, Science, ESL, Special Education: General Curriculum, EC mathematics, EC science, EC social studies and EC Language Arts.  She taught middle and high school in Pender, Columbus and New Hanover Counties and was a district nominee for Teacher of the Year.  Lynn left the classroom after discovering she could do more to help students and reach a broader number of them, by helping teachers.  She accepted a position with the North Carolina Association of Educators as a UniServ Director, serving Onslow, Sampson, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Robeson and Scotland Counties., winning two School Press Awards for her monthly newsletter "Chalk Talk" along with an organizing award for consistent annual increases in membership in her locals.  Lynn has also organized for South Carolina Educators Association and worked as a freelance consultant for the National Education Association as a political organizer.  Ms. Shoemaker's global initiatives include Paris, France; Adana, Turkey; Kajiado, Kenya and Hispanic/Latina communities.  In the short amount of time not spent actively engaged in advocating for the rights of public school employees, Lynn enjoys quality time with her husband Sandy and daughter Marlee in Wilmington, NC.  She also volunteers on multiple state boards that advance and protect  the rights of women - as with children, a cause she she supports with great passion and dedication.  
Contact Lynn at lynn.shoemaker@tactncorg.com
      Lynette Boykin
          Associate Executive Director
             Business Affairs
Lynette comes to tACT as Associate Executive Director for Business Affairs, most appropriately - with over a decade of experience as a Membership Specialist for the North Carolina Association of Educators, where she successfully managed a database of approximately 60,000 members, representing an over 11 million dollar budget and three different membership payment methods.  While at NCAE she developed important working relationships with every LEA in the state.  Just as all tACT leaders, Ms. Boykin served as a public school classroom teacher, teaching Business Education in both Greensboro and Kernersville, NC.   With knowledge and experience as a computer programmer, developed during Lynette’s career at Wake Technical Community College, she effectively trained new and existing employees/staff in using software, in accordance with campus protocol. She maintains a consistent and proven record of success in handling confidential payroll information - including salaries, bonus targets and pay grades, with skill in payroll procedures as well as performance in complex general accounting functions. When not helping people solve their problems, Lynette remains busy rescuing animals and finding them good homes.  Along with her beautiful and precocious daughter Kris, who attends a public high school, as well as a menagerie of adopted animals, Lynette resides in Garner, N.C. and is currently employed part-time at UNC - Chapel Hill.  tACT is extremely grateful to have Lynette's unsurpassed knowledge and experience on our team - competently managing our business affairs.
Contact Lynette at lynette.boykin@tactncorg.com
   Julie Dwyer
Associate Executive Director
Planning, Development and Public Affairs 
Ms. Dwyer brings more than two decades of experience in education to her role as tACT Associate Executive Director for Planning and Development.  After earning a Bachelor of Education from UNC- Chapel Hill, she began her career as a Language Arts teacher in Danville, VA, before returning to NC in 1990 to teach Economics and Civics at Cary H.S. While there, she coached volleyball and the school's highly successful Mock Trial Team - reaching two state finals. She served as a mentor to new teachers, was named twice to “Who's Who Among America's Secondary Teachers,” and was elected to the School Leadership Team.  To further her own education and career, Ms. Dwyer left the classroom for an appointment as Educator-in-Residence and served as Associate Coordinator for University-School Partnerships at NC State University.  Continuing a career devoted to public education, in 2000 she accepted a position at the NC Association of Educators, Center for Teaching and Learning, where she researched, designed and delivered professional development for educators across the state.  Her accomplishments at NCAE include designing an electronic tool kit for NC School Administrators, appointment to the NEA Cadre on Cultural Competency and dedicated service as a member of the NC DPI Appeals Panel for Graduate Pay and Non-Teaching Work Experience.  A developer of literacy training for teachers, she was appointed by NC State Superintendent June Atkinson to a statewide literacy task-force.  For her own writing, she was awarded1st place nationally by the NSAII, in the White Paper Category, for "NC's Exceptional Children: Providing Unwavering Commitment.” Julie chaired the NC State University Council on Teacher Education during the College of Education and Psychology's succesful reaccreditation process.  Most recently, she has worked independently with local school systems to design and deliver training for teachers.  Residing in Cary, NC, she continues working with local children as a reading tutor and with 3rd-5th graders at her church.  An avid sports fan, Julie enjoys cheering on the UNC Tarheels as well as her two teenage sons and two nephews - whom she says are more like sons. 
Contact Julie at Julie.dwyer@tacncorg.com 
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