Meet the Early Childhood Education Faculty

Nicole Reiber
Department Head/Instructor

Nicole Reiber earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and early childhood education from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. She continued her education at Penn State University, earning a Master’s degree in teaching and curriculum with a reading specialist focus. Her state teaching licenses include elementary education (K-6), early childhood education (P-3) and reading specialist (K-12). She taught in public schools for 10 years in kindergarten, first and third grades and coordinated a pre-school intervention program for incoming kindergarten children. She worked as a district reading specialist for 2 years, mentoring K-2 teachers at 5 different elementary schools. Nicole also taught early childhood and developmental reading courses as an adjunct instructor at Harrisburg Community College, Lebanon Campus. She started teaching at Coastal in 2003 and became the department head in 2004.

Susan Hardison

Susan Hardison earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She continued her education at East Carolina University, earning Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Administration.  Her N.C. state teacher licenses range birth – 12th grade.  She taught at Camp Lejeune Dependent’s Schools and served as an administrator in various early childhood programs for 12 years. Susan taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for 5 years prior to joining Coastal Carolina Community College in 2004.

Eugenia Baker
Adjunct Instructor

Eugenia Baker earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies with a concentration in elementary and middle school education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, earning a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Curriculum, earning an Advanced Certification in Curriculum and Instruction, and earning a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.  Her state teacher licenses include elementary education, middle school social studies, curriculum and instruction, supervision and administration.  She taught in public schools (Grades K-7th) for ten years and served in various administrative roles for 18 years.  Dr. Baker taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and St. Andrews University.  She has been teaching at Coastal Carolina Community College since 2008.

Karen McCarten
Adjunct Instructor

Karen McCarten earned a Bachelor’s degree and Master’ degree in Business Administration from Edgewood College in Madison Wisconsin. Karen continued her education and earned a doctoral degree in education with a concentration in curriculum development/systemic change from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Her state teacher licenses include Business Education and Exceptional Children.  She has been teaching in North Carolina public schools for the last 17 years as a Business Education teacher (grades 9-12) and Exceptional Children teacher (K-5). She has been a part time instructor in the early childhood education program at Coastal Carolina Community College since 2008.