Meridian Editorial Board

Vol. 13, Issue 1, 2010

About Meridian



Erin Thomas Horne is a research assistant for SUCCEED and a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral student at NC State University. Her research focuses on beginning teachers with regards to induction and retention. She holds a B.S. and M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Campbell University. She achieved her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification while teaching elementary school for five years at a public school in Wake County. During this time, she was also named Wake County's First Year Teacher of the Year. During her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking, spending time with her family or reading by the water on Lake Gaston.


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Jason Swan is a first year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction department of the College of Education. He is is a full-time student and graduate assistant and a senior instructional designer for a Department of Defense contractor in Havelock, NC. Jason holds a B.S. in history and a M.S. in Instructional Design from Utah State University. His research interests include informal learning and technology.

When not working and studying, Jason spends his free time with his wife and four children. He also enjoys fencing once a week and tinkering with an old motorcycle that never seems to work.

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Jennifer Tingen is a research assistant at The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. She is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She received her BA in Communication and her MA in English from NC State University. Jennifer has taught English at NC State University, Wake Technical Community College, and ECPI College of Technology. Her research interests include Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, online education, and online social networking utilities.


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Review Board


Sherry Booth

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Charity Cayton taught high school mathematics in North Carolina Public Schools for 12 years. During that time she obtained Nation Board Certification in Adolescent/Young Adult Mathematics and a MAEd in Mathematics Education. She left the classroom to pursue a PhD in Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. She served as a teaching assistant for three semesters, and she currently works as a graduate research assistant with Scaling up STEM learning with the VCL. Her research interests include: discourse and interactions in mathematics classrooms; students’ use of technology while learning mathematics; and teachers’ use and implementation of technology while teaching mathematics.

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Jennifer Forrester is a doctoral candidate in science education at NC State University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Western Carolina University and her M.A.T in middle grades education from UNC Charlotte. Prior to attending NC State, Jennifer taught middle grades science for three years at Sun Valley Middle School in Union County, NC and Biology, Environmental Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science for one year at the Fletcher School in Charlotte, NC. Her research interests include the impact of competitive science events (such as science olympiad and science fairs) on students’ science self-efficacy, interest in science, and attitudes toward science. She is also interested in investigating such informal education experiences on female and minority students’ views of science, scientists, and science careers.


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Lisa Hervey is a research assistant at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral student at NC State University. Her research focuses on K-12 technology integration and developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) for in-service teachers. She holds a B.S. in Special and Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and a M.Ed. in Reading from NCSU. She achieved her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification while teaching middle grades language arts for ten years at a public separate school. She currently teaches Learning and Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools, an online workshop for in-service teachers. Along with her husband, she enjoys hiking and camping. Running and reading keep her sane.


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Richard Lamb is a graduate student in science education at North Carolina State University. His research interests have revolved around the measurement of student outcomes in science, mediated through various technologically based instructional strategies. Working with Len Annetta he has focused on assisting his research into synchronous interactions in virtual environments through statistical support and instrument development.  Upon completion of his degree he would like to continue the development of his research into technology mediated science education and move into a professorship at a research institution.


Amanda Lambertus is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at NC State University. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from Indiana University. After teaching high school mathematics in Indiana and Carteret County, Amanda earned a M.S. in Mathematics Education with a Minor in Mathematics from NC State University. Currently, she is a research assistant for MOSS.


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Catherine LePrevost is a doctoral student in science education at NC State University. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Wake Forest University in 2006 and her master's degree in toxicology from NC State in 2007. She is the project coordinator for the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Project.


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Sheryl Long is currently a fulltime graduate student in NC State's College of Education, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on middle grades English education. Sheryl received her B.A. in English from Meredith College and her M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Sheryl has eleven years experience teaching middle grade English language arts.


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Kenny Nguyen is a doctoral student in mathematics education and is a research assistant for Generating Increased Science & Mathematics Opportunities (GISMO). He obtained his B.S. from the University of Chicago in mathematics in 2001 and M.A. from the University of Michigan in Learning Technologies in 2005. Prior to returning to graduate school, he served as network administrator for the Chicago based Joyce Foundation and taught summer school in the Chicago Public Schools. His research interests include the learning sciences, rational number reasoning, urban education, and assessment design.


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Ruchi Patel


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Jonathan Rowe is a doctoral student in Computer Science at NC State University. He came to NCSU immediately after completing his B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is a research assistant in the IntelliMedia Center for Intelligent Systems at NC State. Jon's research focuses on the the use of artificial intelligence to enhance student interactions with narrative-centered learning environments and other game-based learning technologies.


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Jennifer Sharp is a full time doctoral student at NC State, working toward a degree in Science Education with a focus on chemistry education. She received her BS in chemistry from NC State and her MA in Education from Austin Peay State University. She taught high school chemistry in Tennessee and has worked on several grants through NC State's College of Education and the Friday Institute to help integrate technology in science and mathematics classrooms in rural northeast NC.  She now works as the Fayetteville Office Outreach Coordinator with NC State's Science House.


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Ryan C. Smith is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at NC State University and a research assistant at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. He received his B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Auburn University and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Houston. Prior to attending NC State, Ryan taught secondary mathematics for 5 years in Texas. His research interests include the use of dynamic geometry software in the teaching and learning of geometry, the role and use of technology in the creation of mathematical arguments and proofs, and the preparation of teachers to teach mathematics with technology.

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Daniel S. Stanhope is a research assistant at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, an associate consultant at SWA Consulting Inc., and a doctoral student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at North Carolina State University. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas. His many research interests and professional endeavors include, but are not limited to, test/survey development and validation, job analysis, performance measurement and management, executive coaching, leadership, psychometrics, training, learning and skill acquisition, self-concept, and individual differences.


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Tina Starling is a second year doctoral student in mathematics education. Her responsibilities at NCSU have included supervising student teachers, serving as an instructor for EMS 480/580 (Teaching Mathematics with Technology), and assisting professors in the PTMT research project. Before entering the math ed doctoral program full-time, Tina taught at Wake Technical Community College and Athens Drive High School in Raleigh for a combined nine years. Her research interests include teaching mathematics with technology, teaching and learning mathematics education online, and professional development.


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LaTricia Townsend


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Tom Warren is a second year doctoral student in the Educational Research and Policy Analysis Program at NCSU.

Tom's work experience includes private sector multinational operations management; K-12 public English, Language Arts, Spanish, and ESL instruction; and adult education at the technical school level. Tom's thesis work (M.S. Ed., NCSU, 2006) focused on the intersection of technology and middle school Language Arts instruction via a descriptive, qualitative research method.

Tom is currently researching Early College High Schools in NC for his dissertation work, actively pursuing research publications, and works as an EdIT Computer Support Specialist for the CED/School of Psychology.

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Zeynep Yurtseven was born in 1980, in Turkey. She has completed her early education in Turkey. She was graduated from Ankara University, Mathematics Department, in 2002. She has completed Master of Science in Ankara University Graduate School of Natural and Applied Science, and Master of education in Gazi University Institute of Educational Sciences in 2005. She taught Mathematics to students from different grade levels for three years in Turkey. She is currently a graduate student in NC Carolina State University, Instructional Technology Program. .

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Faculty Editorial Advisor


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

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Faculty Technical Advisor


Lori Holcomb is an assistant professor of Instructional Technology at NC State. Dr. Holcomb’s research is in the integration and evaluation of instructional technologies into an educational setting and distance education. More specifically, her current research is focused on the design, integration, and evaluation of emerging technologies into teaching and learning practices.

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Managing Editor


Beckey Reed Consultant for School Services
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Media Editor


Anne Akers, a public school teacher for 20 years, has a Ph.D. from NCSU in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on literacy and technology. Currently, she is the Director of the Media Center in the College of Education at NC State University. She also teaches courses for C&I and the MAT program at State.


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Technology Editor


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 is the Assistant Director of Learning Technologies for the College of Education at NCSU. Her interests include technology integration across curricular areas.

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