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Debra Hall portrait
Debra Hall
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Crystal Patillo

Debra Hall BUGG Creative Arts and Science Magnet School, Elementary Science Specialist, UBEATS Curriculum Leader, Author/Consultant. Mrs. Hall is a science specialist in the Wake County School System. She has thirteen years teaching experience and has been a science specialist for the past five years. She was awarded Teacher of the Year for Bertie County in 2003. Mrs. Hall earned her master’s degree in science education from East Carolina University in 2004. She is National Board Certified teacher and has worked as a science curriculum writer and consultant for the North Carolina Department of Education. She was awarded an innovative curriculum design opportunity through a Kenan Fellowship focusing on the UBEATS project. She is the recipient and co-author of several Science and Arts in Education grants.

Crystal Patillo BUGG Creative Arts and Science Magnet School Elementary Music Specialist, UBEATS Curriculum Leader, Author/Consultant. Mrs. Patillo celebrates fifteen years of teaching experience acquired in North Carolina, Virginia and Michigan. Her career experience spands the elementary, middle and high school music curricula. Currently she is a music specialist in the Wake County School System. Mrs. Patillo holds a master of art’s degree in elementary music from The Ohio State University. She has been an adjudicator and guest clinician. Mrs. Patillo is a North Carolina State University Kenan Fellow class of 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and achievements throughout her career. Her colleagues selected her as Bugg’s 2009 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Patillo has authored and co-authored various cultural arts grants integrating the arts and core curriculums. She also is a National Board Certified candidate.

Dr. Patricia Gray portrait « Dr. Patricia Gray is Clinical Professor and Senior Research Scientist of BioMusic at UNC-Greensboro's Music Research Institute. In 1986, she developed the BioMusic Program of the resident ensemble at the National Academy of Sciences and continues to lead a team of distinguished scientists and musicians that explores the musical sounds in all species. She was the lead author of a BioMusic article in the journal, Science, and represented Biomusic research in articles fo NYTimes, BBC, CBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, The Boston Globe, London Daily Telegraph, Muse Magazine, and newspapers in Latin America. Dr. Gray helped lead the development and serves as Co-PI of a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation for the development and touring of a BioMusic national science exhibition and public programs project for informal science centers nationwide, "Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life" ( She is the PI for UBEATS, a multi-year project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop BioMusic teaching modules for elementary grades for both science and music education. Dr. Gray leads an ongoing, multi-year music research program that focuses on 'musical perception in apes'. Working with humans' closest living relatives, bonobos (Pan paniscus), the research currently focuses on music perception and cognition in regards to timing, tonal and time relationships, and rhythm.