Dr. Carol Sue Harless is a media specialist for DeKalb County School System in Georgia for the past thirteen years. Prior to this position, she was a reading specialist at both the elementary and middle school levels for five years in Dekalb County schools.
Dr. Harless holds a bachelors degree in History from Long Island University, a Master's in Education and Doctorate in Reading from Indiana University, and a Master's in Library Science from Clark Atlanta University.
Carol has taught grades kindergarten through grade twelve, as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses. She is currently a member of the International Reading Associations Adolescent Literacy Commission. Carol has served as a reviewer on the Editorial Board of the American Library Association's Reference Books Bulletin, and is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of The Reading Teacher and The Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy of the International Reading Association.
Dr. Harless has been a member of the International Reading Association for over thirty years, and presents at the conference regularly. She has been the recipient of many grants, such as the AT&T Mini Grant, the Bell South Mini Grant, Dekalb County's Innovative Project grants, the PEN American Center's Readers and Writers grant, and NBC's Author in Residence Grant.
Dr. Harless' interest in exposing students at the high school level to reading fiction and non-fiction as part of their content area classes was able to be realized with her award winning author visitor grants.
She and Knowledge Loom panelist, Sandra Scott, who teaches social studies, collaborated on a very successful cross-curricular literacy project at Stone Mountain High School.