ur distinguished panel of members who serve on our Educational Advisory Board include some of the leading thought leaders and educational reformers as well as experts in Online/e-Learning, assessments, evaluations and Professional Development.
|1.||Dr.Amelia W Cheney||6.||Dr. Donna Peters||11.||Dr.Kristin Cuilla|
|2.||Dr.Barbara Treacy||7.||Elmer Seward||12.||Myk Garn|
|3.||Cathy Church||8.||Harold Brewer||13||Robin L. Marcus|
|4.||Dan Froelich||9.||Dr.John W Fleenor||14.||Dr. Tabitha Grossman|
|5.||David Edwards||10.||Katie Brosious|
|Dr.Amelia W Cheney|
|Dr. Amelia Cheney is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Instructional Technology program at Appalachian State University, where she has taught in 3D virtual environments since 2006. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Cheney had more than thirteen years experience in K-12 education, including serving as a high school teacher and a Chief Technology Officer for two school districts. She is a Board member of the Applied Research in Virtual Worlds (ARVEL), SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), as well as Past-President and current Board member of the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES). Dr. Cheney also serves on the Technology Committee of the Virtual World Consortium, and as a steering committee member for the International Journal of Web-Based Communities. Her current research is focused on constructivist teaching and learning in virtual environments, particularly issues of community, presence, and the building of relationships.|
|Barbara Treacy is the Director of EdTech Leaders Online, a national capacity-building online professional development program for state departments of education, school districts, regional education service providers and teacher training institutions, with participating organizations in over 35 states. Since the inception of EdTech Leaders Online in the fall 2000, Barbara has led teams of curriculum developers, online facilitators, instructional designers and online specialists to provide graduate level training programs in online learning, a catalogue of over 60 online workshops in specific K-12 subject areas and grade levels, and a national forum for online specialists implementing local online programs.
Barbara also directs EDC’s collaboration with E-Learning for Educators, an eight state consortium led by Alabama Public Television and funded by the US Department of Education, to establish state-wide online professional development programs. Barbara has taught at both the college and high school level, including serving as a math instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and coordinating a technology integration project for an inner-city Boston high school. Barbara holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an Ed.M in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
|Cathy Church has been photographing the beautiful underwater world since 1967. She has a Masters degree in Marine Biology, and is recognized as one of the world's foremost teachers and authors on underwater photography. She received the NOGI award for the arts in 1987, the DEMA "Reaching Out Award" in 2000 and was inducted into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2000 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in March 2000 and was admitted to be a member of the Explorers' Club. She was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2008.
A versatile photographer, she is well known for many styles of photography from documentary and editorial to the gallery art you see here. She shot the award winning Cayman Islands underwater poster "Wonderland," and has done extensive work for such clients as Kodak, Nikon, Dolphin Cruise Lines, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands. She was a photo editor for Skin Diver magazine for 15 years and her work has appeared in dozens of books and magazines, including five of her own popular books (co-authored with the late Jim Church) on photo technique and an instructional video. For fourteen years she produced serious black and white photography, spending long days in the darkroom to make her limited edition fine art black and white prints. Her coffee table book "My Underwater Photo Journey" was published in 2004. When hurricane Ivan destroyed her darkroom, and as she developed her digital techniques, she is now producing all of her imagery digitally. Her new "Imagination collection" was released in 2009.
|Dan Froelich is currently coordinating and facilitating both face to face online professional developments in the area of instructional technology at the North Carolina Teacher Academy. An advocate for social media and blended communication & learning, he can be found across many online educational technology channels. As an active member of the NEA affiliate – the North Carolina Association of Educators, Dan has provided support across many membership divisions, including ESPs, educators, administrators, and higher education.
He holds a North Carolina teaching certificate in Elementary Education and completed his graduate degree with a Master’s Degree in Education in the area of Instructional Technology. He graduated from East Carolina University as a certified Technology Coordinator. Working as a classroom teacher and as a school level Technology Facilitator, he has been vital in the integration of 21st Century Skills in school curriculum. Dan is a certified Intel Master Teacher and SMART Certified Trainer. His active role in the National Education Association and North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program has given him a variety of experiences at the state level. He has also presented at a number of national, regional, and state conferences.
Dan completed his undergraduate work in Elementary Education at UNC Pembroke as a Teaching Fellow. His concentrations were in Sociology and Computer Science. During his undergraduate studies, Dan completed an exchange program at Vaxjo University in Sweden.
|David Edwards, a creator, writer, and educator, teaches at Harvard University and is founder and director of Le Laboratoire in Paris, France. His work, which spans the arts and sciences, has been featured prominently in the international media, and is at the core of a network of art and science labs in Europe, USA and Africa. David Edwards' work includes new approaches to treating infectious diseases, as pioneered by the pharmaceutical company Pulmatrix, and the nonprofit MEND; it includes new ways of eating, such as Le Whif, and Le Whaf, as commercially developed through the Food Lab of Le Laboratoire; and it includes new ways of cleaning the air with plants, such as Andrea, commercialized through the cultural incubator LaboGroup. David Edwards' work also includes new approaches to experimental learning through art and science creation including the Art Science Prize, and the Idea Translation Lab. David Edwards lives primarily in Paris, France, while he teaches at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and is a member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Beyond David Edwards' scientific publications, for which he was made the youngest member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001, and, later a member of the French National Academy of Engineering (2008), he has written widely on creativity in the arts and sciences. For his essays and novels and notably his work as founder and director of the art and design center in Paris, Le Laboratoire, David became a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture in 2008.|
|Dr. Donna Peters|
|Dr. Donna Peters is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice located in Denver, Colorado. She holds both Masters as well as Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology and a wide breadth of experience in helping individuals struggling to find solutions to problems or to grow and expand in desired directions. Donna Peters has 15 years of clinical experience with diverse populations and Board Certified in Forensic TraumatoIogy, Board Certified in Domestic Violence and Board Certified in Child Trauma. She also holds Certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has attended advanced trainings in the use of EMDR with trauma clients. She further holds certification in Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), a widely used approach to treating couples experiencing marital difficulties. Dr. Donna has served as guest lecturer and provided trainings on various topics in psychology and holds membership in a variety of professional organizations.|
|Elmer Seward currently serves as a Supervisor of Instruction and Professional Development at Virtual Virginia. With around 40 years of professional experience Elmer has previously served as the Director of Technology at Poquoson City Public Schools, Principal and Assistant Principal at Poquoson City Public Schools, Assistant Principal at Southampton County Public Schools and English Teacher at Hampton City Public Schools. Elmer has expertise in supervising, coordinating and facilitating both face to face online professional developments and has received the Consortium for Interactive Instruction's Excellence in Technology Award for Administrators. Elmer has supervised the implementation of instructional technology K-12 for the school division and led a team in planning and executing division-wide implementation of Moodle to support face-to-face instruction. He has also interviewed, hired, trained, supervised, and evaluated instructional and support staffs. Elmer holds the M. Ed., School Administration and Supervision from the College of William and Mary and B. A., English from Christopher Newport College and is specialized in English, instruction, supervisory skills, staff development.|
|With more than 30 years of professional teaching experience Harold Brewer has served as a Sr. VP for Programs at The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning, Superintendent at Montgomery County Schools, Asst. Director at Principals Executive Program UNC Chapel Hill, Asst. Supt. for Curr. and Instr. at Burlington City Schools, Principal at Walter M. Williams High School, Principal at Wallace-Rose Hill High School and Asst. Principal at North Moore High School. His main Goal was to stop doing school and start creating the schools we want to do and follows the principle “Success for every child every day”. Harold wanted to learn new things every day and shares the things that he has learned. Harold Brewer delivered high quality professional development programs that result in better, more thoughtful teaching and greater student engagement and achievement. He often provided a professional context that daily demonstrates the priority of teaching and learning and ensures a collaboration that is synergistic and engages the strengths and commitments of a true learning environment.
Harold Brewer has specialized in Organizational Development, Leadership Development, School Improvement, Coaching, Building Collaboration, Common Sense orientation to performance improvement and building capacity for growth. He holds the Ed. Sp., Educational Administration from University of North Carolina, MS in School Administration from Appalachian State University and MS, Psychology from UNC Pembroke .
|Dr.John W Fleenor|
|John is a research director at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC, where he is responsible for managing research on instruments used for leadership assessment. Since joining the Center in 1991, John has worked as a research associate, research scientist, and group director. As leader of feedback research at the Center, he was responsible for research on the development and use of 360-degree feedback instruments. John's PhD is in industrial and organizational psychology from North Carolina State University, where he currently serves as an adjunct associate professor of psychology
John has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters on 360-degree feedback and related topics. He is a co-author of four books on 360-degree feedback. John was co-author of an article that was selected as the best paper of 1998 by the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, and he is listed in the 2000 Who's Who in the Management Sciences. Additionally, John received a Distinguished Reviewer Award from the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements in 2005. He serves on the editorial board of Human Resource Management and is the former book review editor of Personnel Psychology. John is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association.
|Katie Brosious is both a marketing manager and social media manager specializing in K-12 and Higher Education software products at AllofE Solutions, and an MBA student at the University of Kansas concentrating in Marketing. She love’s working closely with clients to help them really be successful through the use of innovation technology tools and systems. Katie is interested in advertising, consumer behavior, customer relations, editing, market research, marketing, research, web site content creation and management, social media networking and marketing and has special interest in the education sector and how it can leverage technology to its advantage. Katie has also served as a Senior Marketing Assistant at AllofE Solutions, Marketing Intern at Jayhawk Sports Marketing and Process Integrity Intern at Bell Helicopter.
Katie graduated from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in May 2009 with a BSJ in Strategic Communication and a Minor in English. Katie graduated with Honors as she completed requirements from the KU Honors program, and also got the Certification in Service Learning during her undergraduate program. During her undergrad, she was a member of the University of Kansas Women’s Rowing Team, which she believes was one of the best decisions she have ever made. During her time with the rowing team she had the opportunity to develop her leadership skills. As a captain of the team for two seasons, she led more than 50 young women daily, and made life-long friends.
|As the Director of the North Carolina network of New Tech schools, Kristin’s primary focus is to support and sustain the state’s network. In 2006, Kristin joined the New Tech Network as Principal of the East Wake School of Integrated Technology, a new NTN school in the North Carolina network. Since joining New Tech as a Director, Kristin has partnered with local, state, education, government and business partners to support 20 New Tech schools and 9 districts in North Carolina.
Prior to formally joining NTN, Kristin worked for 16 years in high schools as an English teacher and coach, assistant principal, principal and district administrator. During her tenure, Kristin was directly responsible for opening two innovative high schools and supported the opening of four additional high schools in her growing district. Her experiences as teacher, leader, and district official provide unique insight to her current work with schools and districts.
Kristin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University in 1992. After completing a Masters of English Literature from FSU in 1993, Kristin pursued and was awarded a Masters of School Administration from North Carolina State University in 2001. The pinnacle of her academic pursuits occurred when Kristin earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Research and Policy Analysis in 2004.
|Myk Garn is the Director of Educational Technology for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). The SREB was founded in 1948 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with leaders and policymakers in 16 member states to improve pre-K through postsecondary education. Myk directs the SREB Educational Technology Cooperative, which provides information and analysis on the potential impact of educational technology to guide schools, colleges, state education agencies, and legislative policy makers as they create and expand effective uses of technology. Prior to joining SREB in May 2008, Dr. Garn was Associate Vice President for eLearning at the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE) where he served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Virtual Campus managing the strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations of the Virtual Campus and leading statewide distance education policy and technology efforts. Myk holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky and Masters in Educational System Design from the Michigan state University.|
|Robin L. Marcus|
|Robin Marcus works as an Assistant Professor with the University Of Utah College Of Health. Robin Marcus holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Master of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Utah. Realizing the powerful impact of physical activity and exercise interventions on a variety of health related outcomes in older adults, Robin Marcus research interests revolve around both the mechanisms of how exercise improves health outcomes, and importantly how to bring the benefits of exercise to more older adults in our the communities. Robin is particularly interested in the plasticity of skeletal muscle and how it responds to mechanical stress or Resistance Exercise via Negative Eccentric Work (RENEW). She have observed that in addition to improving mobility and metabolic function in older adults, RENEW also results in changes in muscle composition - both increasing lean tissue and decreasing intramuscular adipose tissue. Robin Marcus is interested in the role of abnormal adipose tissue deposition and its consequences on mobility and metabolic impairment. This important research direction may provide novel therapeutic targets for combating physical disability in older adults with a variety of co-morbid disease conditions including diabetes, sarcopenia and arthritis.|
|Dr. Tabitha Grossman|
|Dr. Tabitha Grossman is a Sr. Policy Analyst at the National Governors Association (NGA) Centre for Best Practices. She is leading work on a number of human capital issues including; school leadership, teacher and principal compensation, teacher and principal effectiveness and teacher and principal preparation. She began her professional career in public education in 1998 as teacher in Richmond City Public School. In 2005 Dr. Gross Man accepted a position leading Governor Mark Warner’s Project Graduation and Early College Scholars initiatives and she was named Project Manager from Virginia Honor States Grant Program. In 2007 Grossman accepted a position as Director of Governor Mike Easley’s Learn and Earn Early College High School Initiative. Dr Grossman received her doctor of philosophy degree from Virginia Common Wealth University in August 2008.|