I currently serve as a Senior Research Scholar at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and Teaching Assistant Professor in the College of Education. Prior to my work in research and evaluation, I spent 10 years in K-12 education, beginning my teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and later teaching in the public school systems of Michigan and North Carolina. In 2009, I received the NCCTM Outstanding Elementary Math Teacher distinction and was awarded Math Teacher of the Year by my school district.
My research and evaluation work centers on evidence-based design and the use of analytics to improve online and blended learning systems. I currently serve as PI on the Friday Institute’s research and evaluation work for North Carolina’s Digital Learning Initiative. Recent research roles include Principal Investigator on a MOOC Research Initiative funded grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and co-researcher on a U.S. Dept. of Education funded study involving online communities of practice. I have led several comprehensive mixed-methods evaluations including a pilot and efficacy study of a 1:1 pilot initiative in a large urban Tennessee school district; the Massively Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) for the Hewlett and Oak Foundations; the Leadership in Blended Learning initiatives funded by the Learning Accelerator; and North Carolina's Race to the Top online professional development efforts.
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology Concentration from NC State University in 2014
M.A. in Instructional Technology from Western Michigan University in 2008
Post B.A. Certification in Elementary Education from Michigan State University in 2003
Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages and Literature from University of Michigan in 1999
- ECI 519 Introduction to Learning Analytics
- ED 795 Text Mining in Education
Honors and Awards
- William C. Friday Doctoral Fellowship, Friday Institute (2013)
- Math Teacher of the Year, Hoke County Schools (2009)
- NCCTM Outstanding Elementary Math Teacher, N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2009)
- Congressional Scholar 8th District, North Carolina (2008)
- Peace Corps Certificate of Service (2001)