Presenting my Valedictory Speech at Florida State University (2012)

Presenting my Valedictory Speech at Florida State University (2012)

About Me

I am finishing my PhD in Technology, Learning and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. My minor is Higher Education.

My dissertation committee is made up of Diane Jass Kelehut (Advisor), Ben Bederson, Tamara (Tammy) Clegg, David Weintrop, Marvin Titus, and Kate Drabinski

At Maryland, I have worked with and learned from scholars from across campus:

  • Dr. Sarah McGrew studying how high school students practice civic online reasoning to decipher between real and fake news online.

  • Dr. Diane Jass Kelehut and the STEM+C team researching how elementary teachers learn about and incorporate Computational Thinking (CT) into their teaching practice.

  • Dr. Ben Bederson and Dr. Alice Donlan at the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center studying college teaching effectiveness and student perceptions of teaching with technology.

  • Dr. Tammy Clegg, Dr. Jon Froehlich, and the BodyVis Team researching how teachers can scaffold authentic scientific inquiry with everyday wearable activity trackers and Live Physiological Sensing Visualization tools.

From 2012 - 2016, I served as the Student Life Coordinator for Leadership Development and Education at UMBC. There, I taught undergraduate courses and leadership retreats, provided curricular consulting across campus, and contributed to the assessment efforts within the Division of Student Affairs. While at UMBC, I earned a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Design.

In 2012 I earned a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Florida State University. At FSU I served under the guidance of Dr. Laura Osteen and Antron Mahoney as a Graduate Assistant at the Center for Leadership and Civic Education coordinating and advising leadership and service programs. In 2010 I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Marketing.