Dr. Hiller A. Spires is a Distinguished Graduate Professor of Literacy and Technology in NC State University’s College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in literacy education from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Spires served as the founding director of The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation from 2002-2006 and currently serves as FI Senior Research Fellow. Her research focuses on the effects of digital literacies on learning, including emerging literacies associated with gaming environments, and on inquiry-based disciplinary literacy for middle and high school teachers and students. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Cognition & Instruction, Journal of Educational Computing Research, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Literacy Research & Instruction, Computers and Education, and Journal of Research in Technology Education.Dr. Spires led the development of the New Literacies & Global Learning graduate program and co-directs the Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative (www.newlit.org). For her ongoing work with teachers in China, Dr. Spires received the Jackson Rigney International Service Award in 2011 from NC State University for her work with teachers in China.
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Erin Lyjak is a research associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, working with the New Literacies Collaborative. She received her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Radford University. Ms. Lyjak has been in the field of educational research for over 15 years. She has worked a wide range of educational studies (digital literacies, disciplinary literacy, standardized testing), MOOC-Ed course development (Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning), and worked with students and teachers both nationally and internationally (New Literacies Teacher Leader Institutes, Summer/Winter Camps). Ms. Lyjak is currently the project coordinator for Suzhou North America High School: Connecting to the Future project.
Marie Himes is a research associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. She received her bachelor of arts in international politics and international studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and a master of education in curriculum and instruction from Penn State in 2012. Prior to graduate school, Marie taught English as a second language in Schweinfurt, Germany as a Fulbright Grantee and interned as a policy and communications aide on Capitol Hill. After earning her master's degree, Marie taught high school social studies for a year in central Pennsylvania, and then relocated to North Carolina where she taught middle school English and social studies for an additional year. At the Friday Institute, Marie is working within the New Literacies Collaborative as a team coach for the PBI Global Initiative and as the curriculum specialist for the Suzhou North America High School Project.
Alison Schleede is an assistant principal at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. Prior to that, she was an Instructional Technology Facilitator at the school and district level. While at Mooresville High School as Technology Facilitator, she was part of a renowned digital conversion where the school was named as an Apple Distinguished School for two consecutive years. Dr. Schleede spent ten years as a classroom teacher, working primarily with fifth and sixth grade students. Dr. Schleede will begin working at Suzhou North America High School in August 2016.
David Schwenker is the principal at Wake STEM since June of 2014 after two years as the principal at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School: Center for Leadership and Technology, a National Magnet School of Excellence. While at Raleigh Magnet High School, David was awarded the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Outstanding Administrator Principal Award. Prior to his high school experience, David served as principal at Carnage Gifted and Talented AG Basics Middle School and Hunter Gifted and Talented AG Basics Magnet Elementary School, both of which earned National Magnet Schools of Excellence Awards. David completed his undergraduate work in elementary teaching at Houghton College in New York, his master’s degree in educational administration at North Carolina State University, and his superintendent’s certification from East Carolina University.
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Nicholas Fortune is pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics education at North Carolina State University. Before moving to North Carolina, Mr. Fortune was in Troy, New York completing his BS and MS in Applied Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His mathematics education research interests are students’ mathematical conceptualizations and mathematical undergraduate content knowledge for teacher training.
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Andrea Gambino is the lead teacher coordinating the PBI Global collaboration between Suzhou North America High School and the Wake STEM ECHS. Ms. Gambino received her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in new literacies and global learning. Mrs. Gambino is presently teaching Honors English III and Honors Civics & Economics.
Katie Green taught middle school science for twelve years in Portland, Oregon and Raleigh before beginning her PhD program at NCSU. She earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Anthropology and worked as an archaeologist prior to teaching. Her research interests include evolution instruction, student misconceptions and integrating the arts into science instruction. Katie's academic goals are to earn a faculty position at a research university after completing her PhD.
Ted Richardson is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Chapel Hill. He has taught courses in photojournalism and multimedia journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, and his video and photo assignments have taken him to Nepal, Afghanistan, Cuba, and Mexico.Richardson graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in English, and from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master's in Journalism.He recently directed and produced a feature film, The Last Barn Dance, and currently covers assignments for editorial clients to include the Washington Post, The New York Times & the Associated Press.