2012 Cohort

 Doctoral Students Entering Fall 2012 Cohort

Kate Dunning

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I have been an educator for twelve years and I’m constantly looking for ways to connect technology (particularly instructional technology) and leadership. I am currently an Assistant Principal at Homestead High School in Mequon, WI. Prior to last year, I was an Assistant Principal at Sheboygan South High School in Sheboygan, WI for 3 years. I spent the eight years of my teaching career teaching Mathematics and Computer Science at Homestead High School. While teaching, I also was very involved with different aspects of student life. I coached multiple sports at the middle and high school levels including Junior Varsity Basketball, was a Student Council Advisor, and planned and supervised summer ecology/culture trips to Costa Rica.

I have always had a love of learning and with this program I will continue to explore my love of technology and leadership. I have a BS from UW-Stevens Point in Mathematics and Spanish. In 2004, I received a Master of Science Degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee in Computer Science Education. I received a Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree in 2008 and began my path into administration.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my parents, 3 sisters, 2 nephews, and my niece. I love the outdoors and am an avid cyclist. I also love to travel and have been fortunate to have seen much of the US as well as travel abroad.

Kevin Flora

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Kevin is a full-time student at the University of Kentucky and works for CASTLE as a student researcher. Kevin is customizing his course work to gain expertise in educational data visualization and informatics. Along with earning a certificate in school technology leadership, he is diligently pursuing advanced course work in research methodology / analysis, along with computer programming coursework. His research interests include the effect of data visualization within the field of education and the integration of technology within the educational context. He continues to pursue “best practices” within informatics and visualization by blogging (www.edmatics.org) and through his influence on social networks (@edmatics). Kevin plans to initiate his dissertation work starting August, 2013.

Tyler Gayheart

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Tyler Gayheart was born and raised in Frankfort, KY. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served in Electronic Communications and Satellite Communications and later served as a member of a Fire Support Team (FST) as a member of 1st Battalion 3rd Marines in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan. There he designed HF, VHF and Satellite Communications plans for several real world operations for long range communications. After being honorably discharged in Dec 2006, Tyler attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a BBA in Marketing and Telecommunications in Dec 2009 and a MS in Instructional Systems Design in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Education Technology Leadership.

While in undergrad, Tyler co-founded, and currently advises the University of Kentucky Military Veterans Of America, a group of college based military veterans dedicated to the recruitment, education, and support of veterans attending the University of Kentucky. As a result, the university opened its doors to the first-ever Veterans Resource Center and implemented veteran conscious policies across the university.

After graduation, Tyler worked as a Project Manager for the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History where he helped developed an oral history project concerned with veterans transitioning from the battlefield to the classroom. The first five interviews from,“From Combat to Kentucky” were later developed into a Docu-Drama play by the UK Theater Department. Recently, the play, re-titled ‘civilian’ was selected for the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival.

Tyler currently works as the Director of Interactive for Enrollment Management at the University of Kentucky, where he focuses on technology, multimedia and creatively bridging the technological gap between the university and prospective students. His research interest include: Instructional Technology, delivery methods, distance learning, and human technology interaction. Tyler lives in Lexington with his best friend and wife, Piper.

Ericka Hollis

Ericka Hollis

Ericka Hollis is an Instructional Designer in the Instructional Technology Center at Morehead State University. She joined the MSU staff in 2011. Ericka came from the University of Georgia where she earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Technology with a concentration in Instructional Design and Development. Ericka has been a Visiting Scholar at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia and Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden in the School of Communications. Ericka has also worked as an instructional design consultant and as an instructional developer in the corporate and private sectors. Ericka has been married for over six years. She, her husband Byron, and dog Humpfree relocated from Augusta, Georgia to the Kentucky area over a year ago. They currently live in Winchester, Kentucky. In their spare time, they like to travel in the U.S. and abroad and mentor young adults in the community and in their families.

Ericka’s interests include exploring technologies to reach students with learning and physical disabilities particularly in online and hybrid environments, investigating the impact of mobile technology in higher education, and the integration of technology through professional development for faculty.

Todd Hurst

Todd Hurst

Todd Hurst is a school development coordinator for the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis. He currently works closely with schools and educational leaders across the state of Indiana to implement and sustain innovative strategies and models of education.

Todd currently leads CELL’s New Tech initiative, which supports the nation’s largest concentration of New Tech Network schools in the country. He also works closely with several other initiatives, including Early College High Schools, project-based learning training, professional learning network supports, and business-education partnerships.

Todd earned a B.A. in Greek, Classical Literature, and History from Ball State University. After earning a teaching license at Ball State, he continued his studies at the University of Indianapolis and earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. His research interests include: leveraging technology for 21st century skill development, professional learning networks, and hybrid/non-traditional learning environments.

Jill Janes

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Jill Janes is a middle school reading and language arts teacher from Ames, IA. She focuses on infusing technology and 21st century skills into her Boone Middle School classroom by using iPods, blogging, podcasting, and interactive whiteboards to ensure her students gain the communications skills needed today. Jill also is a partner in an educational assessment company, Ednalysis, Inc. The company provides simple assessments and data for 21st century skills. Her research interests include bringing 21st century skills to the forefront of curriculum and utilizing new technology to better assess 21st century skills. Jill holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Iowa State University.

Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann is the Director of the Center for Innovation & Technology in Education (CITE) at Northern Kentucky University. In this role, Sarah oversees the instructional designer team, the Blackboard support team and the IT technology training team. CITE staff support NKU faculty in the design, development, implementation and delivery of high-quality instruction for online, traditional and hybrid classes. Sarah also coordinates several faculty focus work groups who research, collaborate, and foster the adoption of emerging technologies. She has been at NKU since May 2002. Before coming to NKU, Sarah worked for the Pendleton County School District as a computer lab manager and a trainer. Sarah has a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from the University of Louisville and a B.S. in Organizational Systems Technology from NKU. Sarah is also a part-time, online instructor for the College of Informatics at NKU.

Kathryn Miller

Kathryn Miller

Kathryn Miller is currently a faculty member in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Kathryn holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Reading, both from Winthrop University. She holds a certificate in School Technology Leadership form the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After teaching middle school for 13 years in the Fort Mill, SC School District, where she taught middle school science, socials studies, and computer technology, she left the K-12 environment and began to work full time at Winthrop University. In her current position she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in classroom management, Gifted and Talented, technology integration and the senior capstone course. Her professional interests include leadership, technology integration and curriculum design. In her free time she enjoys road trips, spending time with her family and listening to live music.

Todd Norton

Todd Norton

Todd is the Media Arts teacher at Elkhorn Crossing School in Georgetown, Kentucky. Originally from Monticello, Iowa, Todd is a graduate of Simpson College. After college Todd moved to Kentucky and has been teaching for eight years. Todd completed his Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Morehead State, where he also completed a Technology Education certification. Todd’s Media Arts program is the first one like it in the state, and he hopes the curriculum he is developing can be a model for other schools.

Curt Rees

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Curt Rees is an elementary school principal in the School District of Onalaska in Wisconsin. He has also been a graduate faculty member for the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, working with practicing educators earning their Masters degree in Professional Development. He’s been an administrator in Wisconsin since 2003 and before that he was a principal and teacher in Illinois, New Mexico, and South Dakota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Morris with a degree in Social Science, then earned his BA in Elementary Education from Augustana College, and Masters in Educational Leadership from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His professional interests include the power of collaboration and connectivity (for students and teachers) through technology, and how classroom and school designs influence how students learn. When he’s not at school or messing around on his computer, you can find him playing with his wife and kids and fishing for trout in the beautiful Driftless region of Wisconsin. Find him on Twitter @WiscPrincipal, or at www.curtrees.com.

Dana Watts

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Dana Specker Watts is an international educator currently located in New Delhi, India. Dana began her career in higher education teaching English literature for SUNY Buffalo in the mid 1990s. Life brought her overseas where she taught IB English for the International School of Bangkok and there she developed a passion for ePortfolios and information literacy through post graduate work. Although Dana is still passionate about ePortfolios, she is amazed by the transformation iPads have made in such a short time within her school. Currently Dana teaches graduate courses for SUNY Buffalo and works as the Middle School Technology Coordinator at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. Several of her presentations and examples of her work can be found on her ePortfolio at www.danawatts.com or join the conversation on Twitter @teachwatts.