Doctoral Students

Virginia Byrne
Virginia Byrne
  • Entered program in 2015. 
  • Education: B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign and M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Florida State University.
  • Experience: Spent 3 years as the Student Life Coordinator for Leadership Development and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) facilitating learning through curricular and co-curricular programs.
  • Research Interests: Adult learners; Technology that supports formal and informal learning on leadership and social justice topics.
Lautaro Cabrera
Lautaro Cabrera
  • Entered Program in 2016.
  • Education: B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • Experience: Worked for two years as a teacher aide at a university-based preschool and for little under a year as a Research Assistant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.
  • Research Interests: Early childhood learning, specifically in conjunction with the development of early computational thinking skills and the role of technology in facilitating this learning.
Kevin Collabro
Kevin Calabro
  • Entered program in 2013. 
  • Education: B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and M.S in Civil Engineering (project management) from the University of Maryland. 
  • Experience: Spent the last 8 years working as an instructor with the Keystone Program in the Clark School of Engineering and continues to work full-time for Keystone and serves as the program’s Associate Director.
  • Research Interests: Interdisciplinary approaches to engineering curriculum and studying how organizational cultures change when adopting reform activities.
Merijke Coenraad
Merijke Coenraad
  • Entered program in 2017.
  • Education: B.S. in Elementary Education and Spanish & Hispanic Studies from Creighton University and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. 
  • Experience: Taught a variety of middle school courses including social studies, Spanish, and technology for 4 years at Saint Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, Massachusetts. 
  • Research Interests: Technology design, development, and implementation in K-12 education settings.
Ashley Coon
Ashley Coon
  • Entered program in 2013. 
  • Education: B.S. in genetic engineering from Cedar Crest College and M.A in in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
  • Experience: Spent two years as a research technician at Duke University, studying cardiac regeneration in zebrafish. She taught high school biology at Hereford High School in Parkton, Maryland from 2006 to 2013.
  • Research Interests: Scientific identity formation and undergraduate science education program recruitment.
Michael Galczynski
Michael Galczynski
  • Entered Program in 2015.
  • Education:  B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, University of Maryland College Park. M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering: Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate, University of California Berkeley.
  • Experience: Spent 3 years as the Head Graduate Student Instructor of Introductory Physics at the University of California Berkeley developing new course materials and instruction techniques.  Participant in the Elevate Fellows Program at The University of Maryland College Park.  Lecturer in the College of Engineering Keystone Program at the University of Maryland.  Currently a lecturer in the College of Engineering. 
  • Research Interests: Engineering Education, Design thinking Education, Teamwork, Student Perceptions.
Janet Bin Shufor
  • Entered program in 2018.
  • Education: Equivalent of Masters degree in Electrical Engineering/ Electronics
  • Experience: High school electronics teacher in vocational school. Founder of STEM focused schools and maker spaces. Active startup community advocate and robotics coach for team Cameroon
  • Research Interests: Use of advanced technologies/devices in education, artificial intelligence and robotics and design thinking.
Amy Green
Amy Green
  • Entered program in 2011.
  • Education: B.A. in elementary education and M.A. in science education from the University of Maryland.  
  • Experience: Taught elementary school in Montgomery County for nine years; served as program coordinator, grant manager, and an instructor for the M.Ed. Teacher Leadership, Special Studies in STEM Education degrees program. 
  • Research Interests: Focus on ways that pedagogies can work to integrating personal and scientific identities, particularly in the context of integrated and transdisciplinary STEM education. 

 

 

Kenna Hernly

  • Entered program in 2017.
  • Education: B.A. in Art History from St. Mary's College of Maryland and M.A. in Contemporary Visual Art from Falmouth University, UK.
  • Experience: Worked as Learning Curator for Adult Programs at Tate St Ives, UK, for 4 years developing and delivering the museum's public program and exhibition interpretation. Also, worked as an independent artist and curator for 8 years.
  • Research Interests: Museum education, art education, nonformal and informal program design, and how technology supports learning in out of school environments. 
Hannah Jardine
Hannah Jardine
  • Entered program in 2016.
  • Education: B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish from the University of Maryland and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland.
  • Experience: Spent 3 years teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Parkdale High School in PG County Maryland. As a master's student, spent 2 years working with Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) Living Learning Honors Program conducting ethnographic research.
  • Research Interests: Student-centered instruction in undergraduate science courses; undergraduate teaching/learning assistant preparation; faculty professional development; responsive teaching in science
Hannoori Jeong
Hannoori Jeong
  • Entered program in 2017.
  • Education: B.A. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, M.A. in Science Education from Columbia University.
  • Experience: Spent 2 years working with high school students and teaching biology and chemistry.
  • Research Interests: Informal science education and feminist perspective in science education, equity.
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Heather Killen
  • Entered program in 2017. 
  • Education: B.A. in Biology with minors in chemistry and Asian studies from Linfield College, McMinnville Oregon. M.A. in Biology, Boston University.
  • Experience: Resident faculty of biology, Mohave Community College, Arizona. Field ecologist, Colorado River Indian Tribes. Administrator, U.S. Antarctic Program, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
  • Research Interests: The role of informal STEM education in STEM learning ecosystems, the evaluation of STEM education environments and the technology that can support them.
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Noel Kuriakos
  • Entered program in 2018. 
  • Education: BA in Economics and BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign, MBA in Strategy, Technology Marketing from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a MAT in Math Education from Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

  • Experience: Teaching fellow in Math & Science at Mother Caroline Academy, Boston, MA.

    Pre-service teacher in middle school math at Boston Public Schools. After school teacher at Paraclete in Boston, MA. Scratch Instructor at MIT, Gabrieli Labs Project at the Boston Collegiate Charter School. Instructor at Girls Who Code & Black Girls Code. Comp Sci Teacher at Dir. of Project Based Learning, Dir. of Curriculum Development in Maranyundo Girls School, Nyamata, Rwanda. Enterprise software product management.

  • Research Interests: Middle school girls' STEM education, gender-based STEM education through experiential-informal and game based learning,transnational advocacy for peace & gender equity through STEM, outcomes based management through learning analytics
Jennifer Mesiner
J. Elisabeth Mesiner
  • Entered program in 2017.
  • Education: B.S. in Social Science Education and an M.S. in Science Education from the Florida State University.
  • Experience: Worked three years as a teacher at the Florida State University Lab-Research School (FSUS)  in sixth grade science.
  • Research Interests: Responsive teaching, Next Generation Science learning, and preparing science educators, both pre-service and in-service.
Kelly Mills
Kelly Mills
  • Entered program in 2013.
  • Education: B. S in Biology and M.A in Science Education from University of Maryland.
  • Experience: taught high school science in Montgomery County, Maryland. Has taught undergraduate science methods, supervised undergraduate science interns and worked in the edTPA office. Currently works as a research assistant on two NSF-funded projects.  
  • Research Interests: Generally, integrating novel technologies in science classrooms. Specifically, how social media can be used to illuminate funds of knowledge in science classrooms.
Scott Moses
Scott Moses
  • Entered Program in 2017.
  • Education: B.A. English from Southern Methodist University, MA English from Boston College, MSc Global Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Experience: Currently a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Maryland, where I also serve as Blended and Online Learning Coordinator for the Professional Writing Program.
  • Research Interests: Higher Ed faculty access to teaching and technology resources and training.

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Hannah Sabo
Hannah Sabo
  • Entered Program in 2016.
  • Education: B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Seattle Pacific University.
  • Experience: 4+ years as a learning assistant or teaching assistant for physics courses including calculus-based introductory physics, modern physics, and quantum mechanics.
  • Research Interests: Physics Education Research: Learning Assistants, Conceptual Resources, Engagement, and Affect.
Natalie Ylizarde
Natalie Harr Ylizarde
  • Entered program in 2015.
  • Education: B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Kent State University and an M.A.T. in Biological Sciences from Miami University, Oxford.
  • Experience: Taught kindergarten and 1st grade for nine years at Crestwood Local Schools, Mantua, Ohio. Served six weeks on an NSF-funded polar research team in Palmer Station, Antarctica. Served two consecutive fellowships as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. 
  • Research Interests: STEM early learning, elementary science teacher professional development, and climate change education.