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Summer 2005

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Shannon White

Anne Akers, a public school teacher for 20 years, has a master’s degree in history from VA Tech and an MLS from East Carolina University. Currently, she is assistant director of the Learning Technology Resource Center (LTRC) and the coordinator of the library media center in the College of Education at NC State University where she is working towards her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on technology.


Shannon White

Tom Warren has taught English at the high school level, TA'ed for elementary ESL, and currently subs in WCPS as a middle grades or high school Language Arts teacher while not working in the LRL. A full-time second-year graduate student in the M. Ed. Middle Grades Language Arts program, Tom completed the webdesign for this issue of Meridian, and he looks forward to graduating on-time Spring 2006.



Meridian Review Board:

Ben Dotger


Benjamin Dewayne Branch, a native of Raleigh, NC, is a doctoral student at NC State University in the Educational Research and Policy Analysis program. Dissertation interests include hierarchical linear modeling for purposes of educational planning.

Sharon Dotger


Lynnae Flynn is a doctoral student in science education at NC State University. She received her BS in science education in 1995 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught biology and physical science for four years at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, NC, before going back to graduate school in 1999. She received her MS in science education from NCSU in 2001. Her research interests include technology use and the “digital division” between students of differing backgrounds.


Maria Droujkova


Jackie Gottlieb is a masters student in training and development at NC State University. Her research interest is in technology-focused adult training materials specific to the skills necessary to educate utilizing technology including teacher technology fluency. Jackie's interest in developing educational materials also entails the assurance of its accessibility, usability, and quality information design.

Jackie Gottlieb


Rob Hambrick is a Web Content Developer for the DELTA Learning Technology Service in Online Instructional Programs at NC State University. He has a masters degree in instructional technology, and his research interests include the relationship between instructional technology and pedagogy, and the effect of synchronous learning environments upon teacher professional development and student achievement.

Prior to joining NC State, Rob was an Instructional Designer for ICES Ltd., a small multimedia company based in Washington, D.C. He is enrolled at Columbia Teachers College in the Teaching and Learning with Technology program and serves as the project manager for the NCSU Centra Service.

Beth Snoke

Rachel McBroom is a doctoral student in science education at NC State University. She worked for five years in public schools as a high school science teacher and elementary science curriculum specialist. She currently serves as the Science Education Program Coordinator at UNC-Pembroke. She received a B.S. in science education and chemistry from UNC-Pembroke and a M.A. in science education from NCSU. Her research interests include the use of technology and visualizations in science education.

Tina Link


Beth Snoke Harris (former Meridian editor) is a masters student in instructional technology. She earned a BS in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beth has taught high school physics and currently works as web master and coordinator with The Science House. Her interests include technology integration in science and mathematics education.

Rachel McBroom


Elizabeth Michael is a masters student in middle grades language arts. She holds a B.A. in English and minor in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently working towards her initial and Masters license in language arts education, with an initial social studies license as well. Her interests include curriculum integration, creative writing, and the use of technology and social studies.


Bethany V. Smith is a masters student in instructional technology. She earned a BS in technology education from NC State University. Bethany has taught in public school as well as in the corporate arena. She currently works on the VISE project for The Friday Institute as a teaching technician and runs the Usability Lab. Her interests include technology integration across curricular areas.

Jayesh Nath


Courtney H. Thornton served as the Educational Program Coordinator at the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science. She holds a B.A. in chemistry and a B.S. in science education from NC State University. She brings work experience from the public and private sectors that includes serving as a high school chemistry teacher and as a technician in an industrial adhesives laboratory. Courtney completed an M.Ed. in higher education at NC State University and is now pursuing her doctorate.

David Slykhuis

Annemarie Timmerman is a doctoral student in education research at NC State University. She received her B.A., C.A.S., and M.L.S. from East Carolina University. Annemarie has been a school library media specialist and a technology director in Caswell County Schools, NC. Currently, she works for the NC Department of Public Instruction as a Technology Consultant.

Courtney H. Thornton


Shannon White (former Meridian editor) is a doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction at NC State University. She received a masters degree from NCSU in curriulum and instruction with a focus in social studies education in 2001. Her research interests include social studies education and instructional technology, school and community partnerships using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and interdisciplinary uses of GIS in schools. Her dissertation research is focused on student and educator perceptions of GIS and instructional technology. She will graduate in Summer 2005.

Brett Zyromski is a doctoral student in Counselor Education at NC State University. He received his BA in Elementary Education in 1998 from Linfield College in Oregon. He has since taught English as a Second Language in Spain, worked for a welfare program in Ireland, worked as a youth pastor for three years, and worked at R.N. Harris Elementary School in Durham as the At-Risk Counselor for two years. Brett received his Th.M. from Houston Graduate School of Theology, a seminary in High Point, NC. He transferred there after completing 30 credits of his Masters of School Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include using technology to enhance counseling programs.


Faculty Editorial Advisor:

Edwin R. Gerler

Edwin R. Gerler Professor, Department of Educational Research, Leadership, and Counselor Education


Managing Editor:

Beckey Reed

Beckey Reed Consultant for School Services, College of Education


Technology Editor:

Lisa Leonor Grable

Lisa Leonor Grable (former Meridian editor)
Director, Center for Learning Technologies, College of Education


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Volume 8, Issue 1, WInter 2005
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