Discover Together is a partnership between ScholasticSewanee: The University of the South, the Yale Child Study Center, and the community of Grundy County, designed to build family resiliency through programs focused around place, community, and literacy.

Community Partners

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Our Staff and Individuals within our Partnership

Emily Partin (Grundy County)   
Emily was born and raised in Grundy County, TN.  She has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed professional counselor. Emily worked in community mental health for 15 years prior to her current role as the Director of the Family Resource Center for Grundy County Schools. She is also a founding member of the Discover Together Collaborative and is now serving as the program's director. Emily serves on multiple boards in the area and has a great passion for community building. She is the liaison between Discover Together, Tracy City Elementary, and many other community programs. 

Sherry Guyear (Grundy County)
Mrs. Sherry, born and raised in Grundy, spent 30+ years teaching K-3 grade in the area and has been with the camp and co-op since its inception in 2011. Sherry was recognized on Scholastic’s blog “On Our Minds” as one of five inspiring teachers from across the country.

Karen Yu (Sewanee)
A member of the Sewanee faculty since 1996, Karen Yu earned her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Her research interests are wide-ranging within the area of cognition, including decision-making, metacognition, unconscious components of and influences on cognition, and the influence of prior knowledge and expectations on various perceptual and cognitive processes. In recent years, she has helped to co-direct collaborations between Sewanee and Yale and has helped to develop a collaborative Sewanee-Yale course on Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia.

Linda Mayes (Yale)
Dr. Linda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center. After graduating from the University of the South in 1973, she received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University in 1977. Following an internship and residency in pediatrics, she spent two years as a fellow with Dr. Mildred Stahlman at Vanderbilt in the division of neonatology and worked in the area of developmental outcome of high-risk preterm infants. Dr. Mayes’s interest in the long-term impact of perinatal biological and psychosocial stressors developed during that fellowship and she came to Yale in 1982 to do a Robert Wood Johnson General Academic Pediatrics fellowship. In her Yale fellowship, she began a close collaboration with the department of psychology and Dr. William Kessen and with investigators in the Child Study Center including Dr. Donald Cohen. She joined the Center’s faculty in 1985 and established a laboratory for studying infant learning and attention. Subsequently, she also developed a neurophysiology laboratory for studies of the startle response and related indices of emotional regulation in children and adolescents and currently oversees the Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory that includes dense array electroencephalography as a method for studying brain activity in real time.

Karen Baicker (Scholastic)
Karen Baicker is the Director of Community Affairs at Scholastic. She is the author of children’s picture books including Tumble Me Tumbily, Pea Pod Babies, and I Can Do It Too! She has also written over a dozen books for teachers on a range of topics including Origami Math and Teaching with Primary Sources. Before her role at Scholastic, Karen was the Editor-in-Chief for Blues Clues Magazine and the Party Lady and Craft Lady for Nick Jr.

Janelle Cherrington (Scholastic)
Janelle Cherrington is Vice President and Publisher for K–5 Literacy Development for Scholastic’s Education Group. There, Janelle manages all aspects of literacy product development for multiple markets and consumers including children, teachers, administrators and parents. As part of her editorial work, she has also written over 300 books for children of all ages.

Anna Bardaus (Scholastic)
Anna currently works as a Senior Editor in Scholastic’s Education Group. There she develops a wide array of literacy products for children of all ages, their caregivers, and educators. As part of her editorial work, she has also written several books for children ages 0-5 that promote social-emotional skills, community awareness, and active, healthy development. Titles include Dinos On The MoveWhen We Grow Up, and I Am SuperKid! Other recent publications include Parent & Child magazine’s “100 Greatest Book For Kids” and “The 25 Coolest Schools.” Anna holds degrees in English and music, as well as a master’s degree from NYU, where she specialized in contemporary trends in children’s and young adult literature.

Morgan Ford (Scholastic)
Morgan is the Coordinator for Community Affairs at Scholastic. There, Morgan helps to foster and maintain community relations and partnerships with a focus on corporate social responsibility and piloting innovative educational programs (one of which being Discover Together). Prior to Scholastic Morgan worked as a Family Engagement Coordinator in Burlington, Vermont and a middle school Social Studies teacher in Apopka, Florida. Morgan holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Management from the School for International Training and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Miami University.

Bonnie McCardell (Sewanee, founding member)
Bonnie McCardell has been involved in connections between the University and the local community since moving to Sewanee in 2010 when her husband, John McCardell was named Vice Chancellor of the University of the South. She has a MEd in preschool special education from the University of South Carolina and directed NAEYC accredited early childhood and after school programs while living in Middlebury, Vermont. She served as director of Vermont’s Building Bright Futures state early childhood initiative from 2005-2007 and was involved in a variety of advocacy efforts for children and families. She currently serves on the board of the South Cumberland Community Fund.

Kate Wiley (Sewanee) grew up in Sewanee. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2015 with a B.A. with majors in English and Psychology and now works as a research associate for Discover Together, assisting with grant writing and the program’s community needs assessment.

Brandon Miller (Sewanee) worked as a research associate for Discover Together between 2015 and 2016. He is originally from Tullahoma and the Franklin County area. He attended Sewanee and graduated in May of 2015, majoring in biochemistry and mathematics. He is currently in medical school.

Allie Horick (Sewanee)
Allie Horick is a recent graduate from Sewanee: University of the South and was the 2015-2016 Robinson Child and Family Resilience post-bac fellow. Under the fellowship, Allie assisted with the Family Co-Op, planed and implemented curriculum for the after school Learning Lab, and started the Story Place program, an after school photography and visual narrative workshop for Camp Discover kids. She is interested in pursuing both photography and education.

Sarah Brown (Sewanee)
Sarah is a graduate of Sewanee: University of The South with a B.S. in biochemistry. After graduation Sarah worked as the 2014-2015 Sewanee post-bac fellow for the Robinson Child and Family Resilience Fellowship. Under this fellowship Sarah worked both with Discover Together and the South Cumberland Plateau Health Network (SCPHN). Within Discover Together, Sarah was a classroom assistant for the pre-school program, Discover Together Family Co-op, and also worked as staff for the summer program for elementary school aged children in Grundy County, Camp Discover. Within the SCPHN she conducted the community-based participatory research for a grant to improve health and healthcare for the people of the plateau.

Taylor Stavely (Sewanee)
Taylor Stavely served as the 2013-2014 Robinson Child and Family Resilience Fellow after her graduation from Sewanee: The University of the South. Her research focused upon the planning and development of Discover Together projects as well as a needs assessment of heath care resources in Grundy County, TN. Currently she is a student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, planning to graduate with her M.D. in 2018.

Katharine Freeman (Sewanee)

Katharine graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2012 with a B.A. in anthropology. She was then named the first Robinson Child and Family Resilience Fellow for 2012-2013, where she helped start the Family Co-op program and organize the second Camp Discover. After completing her fellowship, Katharine applied and was admitted to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where she is currently working toward her dream of practicing family medicine. She credits her experience with families at Discover Together as showing her how important it is, as a future doctor, to become a part of the community, working toward better healthcare for all.


Brooke Irvine (Sewanee)

Brooke graduated in May 2016 from Sewanee. She is the 2016-2017 Robinson Child and Family Resilience post-baccalaureate fellow. Brooke is spending the year assisting at the Family Co-op and leading Story Place.

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