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Winter 2002


Katrina Staley

Katrina Staley is a Doctoral student in Math Education at N.C. State. She received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A & T State University in 1989, and a Master of Science in Mathematics Education from North Carolina A & T State University in 2000. Katrina has taught both elementary and High School math courses, and is currently working with Dr. Berenson in the Center for Research for Mathematics and Science Education as a Research Assistant. Her research interests include using technology in the classroom.


Lee Carroll

Lee Carroll
is a second year graduate student in the department of Math, Science, and Technology Education. He is pursuing a Masters of Science in Technology Education with a Concentration in Graphic Communications and a Minor in Art and Design. During Lee's undergraduate, he received a varsity letter in wrestling four times and received the Garland Kermitt Hilliard, Jr. Award for outstanding achievement in the Graphic Communications Major and evidence of potential leadership in the field of Graphic Science. Prior to entering graduate school, Lee worked as a Designer, Animator, Technical Writer, and Consultant while completing his degree. Lee is most notable in the College of Education for an animation of the Research and Development Center at the new Centennial Magnet Middle School. Currently Lee is working for the Center for Learning Technologies in the College of Education. His duties include writing tutorials, video editing, web page design, animation, and technical support. Outside of the Center for Learning Technologies, Lee maintains online courses for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and works as a consultant with Autodesk.


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Debbie Savage

Debbie MacIvor Savage is an NSF Graduate Research Trainee in the Instructional Technology for Science Education program (InSTEP). She is a Ph.D. student in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at NC State, with specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is interested in the application of  GIS to environmental education, and the effective use of maps and charts for communicating spatial information. She has worked in the computer industry in a variety of positions before coming to NC State as a graduate student: Computer-Based Training Developer, Human Factors Engineer, and Programmer.

Pru Cuper

Prudence Cuper is a first-year doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in literacy instruction and instructional technology. Pru has recently been awarded a Kenan Fellowship for her doctoral work on Literacy Junction, a literacy web site being funded by grants from Bell South and the Kenan Institute. Literacy Junction will offer unique, technology-enhanced learning experiences for teachers and students and will serve as a sister site to NC State's highly-successful Science Junction. Pru previously taught middle school reading/language arts classes in New Jersey, where she received the New Jersey Partners in Education Outstanding Teacher Award, 1994-96, and the New Jersey Governor's Teacher Award for 1998.

Rita Hagevik

Rita Hagevik is a second-year doctoral student in Science Education and Forestry at NC State University. She received her Masters degree in Science Education with a concentration in Environmental Science from NC State University and BS in Biology from Meredith College. Her certification areas include K-12, Science and AG. She has worked as an elementary school and middle school science teacher for 10 years. Her research interests include the use of Geographic Information Systems in Education and the teaching of thinking in schools. Her goal is to pursue a career in academics that will include research and writing in the area of science and technology education. Most recently, she is working with NCSU and the NC Department of Public Instruction as a Coach 2 Coach Teacher-in-Residence.


Judy Lambert


Judy Lambert is a first year doctoral assistant in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina State University. She received a Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology at NCSU and is currently focusing her PhD research on the methods of integrating technology and teacher training in education. Judy's experiences include teaching technology and integration in both public schools and higher education, designing web pages for commercial and educational organizations, and consulting in the area of technology integration.

Angelia Reid

Angelia Reid
is a second year doctoral student, majoring in Science Education. She has a BS degree in biology and a M. Ed. degree in Science Education from East Carolina University. She has taught various science courses at the high school level. Her research interest includes improving the use of technology in science classrooms at all educational levels, increasing its influence on the success of minorities, and the role of science education in community colleges. She is currently working on a project to improve use of technology in middle school science and math classes.

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson
is a third year Masters student in Psychology focusing on industrial and organizational psychology. He earned a BS degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. Jason works on web design for the College of Education for NC State, and he is also the head teaching assistant for the Learning Technologies Resource Center. Jason's research interests include work-related measurement and analysis pertaining to O*NET (An Online Occupational Information Network).

David Slykhuis



David Slykhuis graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1996 with an all-science teaching degree and a coaching minor. He moved to Pana, Illinois and taught chemistry, advanced chemistry and physics for five years. He was also the girls golf coach and freshman boy's basketball coach. While in Illinois David received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Physical Science from Eastern Illinois University in 1999. He started on his PhD here at NCSU full time this past fall, 2001. He is interested in technology and science education, especially the delivery of science content via the web to high school students.

Beth Snoke

Beth Snoke
is a first year 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 student program coordinator and web master for The Science House. Her interests include technology integration in science and mathematics education.

Karen Creech

Karen Creech is a fourth year Masters student in Curriculum and Instruction at NCSU. She received a BS in Elementary Education from Atlantic Christian College in 1977. Karen taught elementary school in the Nash/Rocky Mount School System for eight years. She is currently working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an Educator-on-Loan in the Instructional Technology Division and provides WebQuest training opportunities across the state. Karen also received the Carolina On-Line Teacher (COLT) certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education through its LEARN North Carolina program for achieving advanced competencies in Internet-based online teaching methodologies and technologies.

Celia Rowlan a first-year doctoral student in Applied
Mathematics. Her BS is in Business Administration with a
mathematics minor from Univ of Kansas. One of her master's
degrees is in Public Administration (also from KU) and the
other in Mathematics & Statistics (from Wichita State
Univ). Celia has been teaching developmental mathematics since
'93. Her research interests are the neurocognitive link to
learning mathematics and coding and graph theories.
Presently she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the mathematics
department at NCSU and is teaching developmental math and algebra I for Durham Tech as online courses.


Faculty Editorial Advisor:

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


Managing Editor:

Dr. Reed
Beckey Reed Consultant for School Services, College of Education and Psychology


Technology Editor:

Lisa Leonor Grable
Lisa Leonor Grable Director, Center for Learning Technologies, College of Education and Psychology


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