Profiles

Bryant BestBryant Best
Specialization: Justice and Diversity in Education
Advisor: Rich Milner
Email: bryant.o.best@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: Education Policy, Education Leadership, Teacher Education

A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Bryant received his B.A. in Psychology and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. in Sociology, specializing in Race, Class, and Gender from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt, Bryant leveraged research and policy to support education leaders at the American Council on Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, DC. While serving at these two national associations, Bryant worked tirelessly to advance justice, diversity, and educational equity for our nation’s most underserved students. At Vanderbilt, Bryant hopes to learn from Dr. Rich Milner and others how to further contribute to a more equitable education system and society through sound education policy, strong education leadership, and high-quality teacher education.

 

Laura BuckleyLaura Buckley
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor:Emily Phillips-Galloway and Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez
Email: laura.e.buckley@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: emergent bilingual learners, early language and literacy development, classroom language environments

Laura developed an interest in the critical role language plays in education while teaching in an immigrant student inclusion classroom in Paris, France. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology, Spanish, French, and Arabic at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and proceeded to receive her M.Ed. with a specialization in ESL Instruction at SMU as well. Laura taught third grade at a dual language elementary school in Texas. She also received a Fulbright Award which allowed her to return to France and teach English at the high school level. Laura is now Ph.D. student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She studies early language and literacy development of young linguistically diverse children. Her current research focuses on opportunities for language learning experienced by emergent bilingual learners in English-dominant classrooms.

 

Sarah BurrissSarah Burriss
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Kevin Leander
Email: sarah.burriss@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: learning about artificial intelligence & ethics, in and out of school learning, digital literacies, young adult and children’s literature

Sarah is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. She hails from Charleston, SC, where she was a public librarian before coming to Nashville. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from University of South Carolina. Sarah is interested in learning that happens inside and outside of school–including in libraries–and how adolescents navigate the increasingly complex world of digital and networked information.

 

Laura Carter-Stone
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Kevin Leander
Email: laura.j.carter-stone@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: Culturally-sustaining pedagogy, ELL education, performing arts

Laura developed a commitment to culturally-sustaining instruction while teaching kindergarteners on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As a high school Spanish and Response-to-Intervention English teacher in her home state of Kentucky, she incorporated dramatic play, digital media, music, and storytelling into her language and literacy learning classroom. She recently earned her M.S. in Social and Philosophical Issues in Education from the University of Kentucky. Laura currently explores how the arts might create more engaging and equitable learning environments for culturally and linguistically diverse adolescents.

 

Kate Chapman
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Melissa Gresalfi
Email: katherine.c.chapman@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: STEM learning from a socio-cultural/learning ecology perspective. Equity issues in designing for out-of-school spaces. Integration between in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.

Kate Chapman is from Seattle, Washington. She holds a B.A. in Russian from Reed College, and an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt. As an academic tutor and later a field trip facilitator, she became interested in working to build better bridges between formal and informal learning environments. Her dissertation focuses on practices around STEM learning in informal spaces, as well as how different sociotechnical configurations can index and reanimate remote spaces, creating potential for negotiation of meaning and identity. With NSF support she has recently been working in curriculum development for informal spaces looking at both traditional STEM concepts and new ideas around place and mobility.

 

 

Screen Shot 2021-12-08 at 4.43.22 PM - Lana CosicLana Ćosić
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Noel Enyedy
Email: lana.cosic@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: Embodied Cognition, Play, Informal Learning Environments, Science and Arts Education, Collaborative Learning

Lana Ćosić is a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, working with Dr. Noel Enyedy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in cognitive science and theater at the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s in learning and design from Vanderbilt University. Prior to her time playing with augmented reality environments at Vanderbilt’s HIVE lab, she worked in communications for IBM Data and AI. Her current work explores the intersection of embodied cognition, science learning, and theatre.

 

Bethany DanielBethany Daniel
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Noel Enyedy
Email: bethany.r.daniel@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: World Language Education, Race and Equity, Teacher Education

 

Bethany is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She received a B.A. in French and German and an M.A. in Second Language Teaching from Brigham Young University. She has worked and taught in a variety of K-12, university, and government settings, with an emphasis on designing learning environments to foster language proficiency. Her research interests lie in understanding how language is conceptualized in different spaces, how this conceptualization intersects with social identities to impact learning opportunities, and how to work with teachers to (re)conceptualize language for more equitable learning. She is currently exploring the intersection between second language acquisition and inquiry-based science working with elementary science teachers and beginning-level world language teachers.

 

zbZarabeth Davis
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Debbie Rowe
Email: zarabeth.davis@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: PreK teachers’ support of emergent writing practices, connections between play and literacy in early childhood classrooms, professional learning communities for teachers, and project-based learning.

Zarabeth Davis is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Language, Literacy and Culture program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. She completed her undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College and began her teaching career in rural Arkansas. She taught PreK-1st grade for 8 years in both urban and rural low-income communities and served in various leadership capacities including grade level chair and Reading First lab classroom instructor. Prior to beginning the PhD program, Zarabeth supported classrooms in various capacities through curriculum design, teacher coaching, and professional development primarily in the Memphis community. Her interests are in high-quality PreK practices and ensuring our youngest learners get to engage in big thinking. Zarabeth is currently working with Debbie Rowe on the Early Literacy Partnership to support emergent writing practices within MNPS PreK classrooms.

 


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Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Jessica Watkins
Email: natalie.delucca@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Expansive Engineering & Science Learning, Secondary Science Teacher Preparation

 

As a doctoral student in the Mathematics and Science specialization, Natalie thinks about what expansive forms of K-12 engineering and science learning looks like, and how to prepare secondary science teachers to engage in the sociopolitical dimensions of STEM learning. Prior to Vanderbilt, Natalie taught high school Physics and Engineering.

 

Screen Shot 2022-02-18 at 3.20.44 PMEfrat Dim 
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Corey Brady
Email: efrat.dim@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: Math Education, Technology Based Learning

 

 

 

 

nadav Nadav Ehrenfeld
Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Ilana Horn
Email: nadav.ehrenfeld@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: Math education, culture and learning, classroom discourse, teacher learning

Nadav is a third year PhD student. He is currently a research assistant on project SIGMa (Supporting Instructional Growth in Mathematics) and a teaching assistant for Introduction to Mathematical Literacies. He is studying what it means to support mid-career teachers in providing students with rich math learning experiences. Nadav taught math in pre-college and college programs, and facilitated teacher PD in southern Israel. He holds a BSc in Mathematics & Computer Science and an MSc in Mathematics (with focus on math education) from Ben Gurion University.

 

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Laura Fittz 
Specialization: Justice and Diversity in Education
Advisor: Rich Milner
Email: laura.l.fittz@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Student leadership, Restorative Practices, Youth Participatory Action Research

Laura Fittz (she/her) is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning. After earning her B.A. from Wheaton College (IL), she taught English Literature for seven years at Glencliff High School in Nashville, Tennessee. While teaching, she earned her M.Ed. in the Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies program at Peabody and began coordinating Restorative Practices at GHS. In 2016, she started the Peace Team, a Restorative Student Leaders team whose model has spread through the district, region, and even nationally and internationally. She is interested in how the mindset and practices of working with students (rather than to them or for them) can bring about transformational change in schools and teacher preparation programs.

 

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Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisors: Amanda Goodwin and Kevin Leander
Email: michael.s.havazelet@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: Classroom discourse, student dialogue, project based learning, elementary literacy education, intersections between learning, identity, and affect

 

 

 

Mariah Harmon
Mariah Harmon
Advisor: Ilana Horn
Email: mariah.harmon@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Teacher learning as it pertains to inclusive instruction for diverse students.

Mariah Harmon is a first year doctoral student at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She is originally from Decatur, Georgia and earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University (College of Arts and Science), and her Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. Mariah started her career in education in Okolona, Mississippi as a middle school English/Language Arts Teacher. Most recently, she has served as an instructional coach in Indianapolis Public Schools. Her research interests are in teacher learning and understanding how teachers build inclusive and equitable classrooms.

 

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Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Nicole M. Joseph
Email: micaela.y.harris@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Black women math teachers, Identity, Recruitment and Retention

Kaitlin Herbert is a first year doctoral candidate in the Development, Learning and Diversity program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Prior to coming to Peabody, Kaitlin taught first grade at a charter network in Washington, D.C. Seeing the enormous variability in children’s academic achievement, even in the earliest years of schooling, pushed Kaitlin to pursue a Masters degree in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduation School of Education. Following graduation from the Masters program, she stayed on at Harvard GSE, working as the lead research assistant for an intervention study designed to increase parent’s gesture use in order to improve young children’s language development. Kaitlin hopes to continue this type of work at Peabody by examining the role of adult linguistic input in children’s language development. She is particularly interested in how certain types of linguistic input in the early childhood years (birth-5) help prepare children to be more or less successful upon formal school entry in Kindergarten.

 

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Specialization: Learning, Literacy, and Culture
Advisors: David Dickinson and Deborah Rowe
Email: kaitlin.herbert@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Early childhood, language development, teacher sensemaking, teacher learning

 

 

 

Kaitlin Herbert is a 5th year PhD student in the Language, Literacy and Culture concentration in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Kaitlin’s research focuses on examining the quality of the classroom language practices in early childhood classrooms. Most recently, Kaitlin’s work has explored teachers’ sensemaking practices around language learning in the classroom. Her work seeks to influence the creation of professional learning experiences and ECE curriculum that are more aligned with teachers’ existing sensemaking practices.

 

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Tessaly Jen
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Dr. Noel Enyedy
Email:tessaly.t.jen@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: elementary science and environmental education, curriculum design, equity, technology-enhanced learning, science identity development

 

Tessaly Jen is a second year doctoral student in the Learning and Design program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. Tessaly was an environmental educator for a couple years and then spent six years as a science curriculum developer at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. She is interested in the design and study of science and environmental learning environments that more equitably support understanding and science and environmental identity development.

 

Sara GouldSara Jones
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Amanda Goodwin
Email: sara.jones@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: experiences of historically marginalized students in middle school Literacy classrooms; reading motivation as a collective, critical endeavor

 

Sara Jones is from Simsbury, CT.  She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Elon University and her M.Ed. in Urban and Minority Education from the University of Maryland.  Sara taught for eight years in Washington, D.C.  During the course of those years, she taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, but fell in love with and became passionate about 5th grade ELA.  She served as the ELA department chair and grade level team lead for numerous years, which allowed her to gain experience in curriculum design, teacher training and leadership, and data analysis.  Sara hopes to focus her work on practical, applicable strategies for classroom teachers. She is currently pursuing a mixed-methods research agenda focused on reading motivation as a collective, critical endeavor grounded in Literacy as a means of social justice.

 

Sarah LeeSarah Lee
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Noel Enyedy
Email: sarah.lee@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: STEM education, out of school time (OST) learning, early and middle childhood, multilingual learners

 

Before Vanderbilt, Sarah was the Research and Advisory Associate at a children’s museum in the San Francisco Bay Area. She contributed to publications on STEM, the benefits of play, and technology in early childhood. She also worked on state and national grant funded projects, such as developing resources for librarians based on school readiness research. Sarah also served on the board of directors for Next Generation Scholars, a non-profit college access program for low-income students of color. After earning her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, Sarah is now excited to return to academia and combine her passions for language, education, and equity.

 

Madison KnoweMadison Knowe
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Melissa Gresalfi
Email: madison.l.knowe@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Mathematical Play and Design of Mathematics Learning Environments

Madison, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Pure Mathematics and Chemistry in 2011 from the College of Charleston and her Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education in 2014 from Vanderbilt University. She has been a classroom math teacher for 7 years at international, public, and private secondary institutions. During this time learning math with students, she became interested in incorporating play as a platform for equitable mathematical inquiry in her classroom, and therefore is now currently working with Melissa Gresalfi on Mathematical play and learning environment design.

 

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Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Melissa Gresalfi
Email: candice.love@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Technology, computational thinking, computer science education
Candice Love is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning. After earning a B.A. and M.A. in education, Candice taught in an elementary school in Oakland, CA. Currently, Candice’s research interests are in how people learn to relate to technology, and how these relationships are mediated and formed based on a person’s identity.


Taylor McNeill 

Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Luis Leyva
Email: reagin.t.mcneill@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Equity and inclusion in postsecondary mathematics education

 

Taylor McNeill is a Ph.D. student in Mathematics and Science Education at Vanderbilt University. Their research interests are focused on centering the experiences of students from marginalized populations in higher education mathematics and STEM classrooms to inform more inclusive pedagogy. Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt, Taylor received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rice University. Taylor has taught in a variety of contexts at the elementary, secondary, and undergraduate levels, however their teaching experiences have been primarily oriented towards supporting high achieving and STEM career-aspiring math students. Witnessing inequities amplified by commonplace classroom interactions has fueled their interest in contributing to research that disrupts the white patriarchal standards of advanced mathematics.

 

Heather Meston

Heather Meston
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Emily Phillips Galloway
Email: heather.meston@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: The intersection of academic language and writing, the role that equitable access to academic language plays in determining student perceptions of and success in classroom environments

 

While working as an English and Social Studies teacher in Nashville middle schools, Heather discovered an interest in the role that equitable access to academic language plays in the development of classroom culture, student engagement, and educational success. Heather is working with Dr. Emily Phillips Galloway to study the ways in which educator-learner ideologies affect classroom discourse and linguistic practices. Prior to becoming a teacher, she received her M.Ed. at Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in Psychology at Yale University. She taught in Nashville public schools for six years, where her role as a mentor teacher further contributed to her passion for creating conditions for success for both students and teachers. For her contributions to student learning and engagement, she earned National Board Certification and was awarded a Blue Ribbon Teacher Award.

 

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Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Ilana Horn
Email: elizabeth.c.metts@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: math education, teacher learning, statistics and data learning, equity and justice

 

Lizi Metts is a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University Peabody College and a research assistant on Project TAU. Her research interests broadly revolve around mathematics education, data and statistics literacy, issues of equity and social justice, and teacher learning. Prior to graduate school, she was a high school math teacher in Tennessee for eight years. Returning to graduate studies at Vanderbilt, she is interested in exploring teacher learning around ambitious and equitable pedagogies and the teaching and learning of statistics, modeling, and data science drawing on socio-cultural, situative, and critical perspectives.

 

Min OhMin Oh
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez
Email: min.hyun.oh@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Language and literacy development of linguistically diverse learners

 

 

Min is a third-year doctoral student at the Peabody School of Education and Human Development. She holds an Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Mercer University as a Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Scholar. As a former English learner in the U.S. school system, Min is interested in supporting linguistically diverse learners’ language and literacy development and exploring various components that contribute to the process. She works with Drs. Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez and Emily Phillips-Galloway, to further engage in language and literacy development research focused on linguistically diverse learners. Currently, Min’s work focuses on: (1) exploring the link between teachers’ beliefs about dual language development and English language and literacy outcomes and (2) investigating equitable assessment approaches to distinguishing language differences and language disabilities among English learners.

 

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Emma D. V. Reimers
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Rogers Hall
Email: emmadvreimers@gmail.com
Research interests: digital literacy, place-based learning, ‘in the wild’ learning, design-based research, music as storytelling
Website: emmavendetta.com/research

Emma Reimers is a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, working alongside advisors Dr. Rogers Hall. Her work stretches across the fields of learning sciences and critical media studies, finding a balanced blend in her research on sound and the social construction of listening. She also studies spatial learning and narrative in the context of public space, combining methods that draw together storytelling and digital representation. Emma has worked in the nonprofit sector as a grant writer, communications director, and business consultant. Additionally, she is a writer, musician, and graphic designer. Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in English Creative Writing and Space and the Human Condition from Vanderbilt.

 

Jackson Reimers

Jackson Reimers
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Corey Brady
Email: jackson.e.reimers@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Modeling; collective and embodied learning; intersection of science, art, and craft
Jackson is a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, focusing on Learning and Design. He is advised by Corey Brady and is a member of Brady’s CROWD Lab. Jackson originally came to Vanderbilt from his native Southern California to study engineering and education at Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, after which he taught physics and engineering at a public high school in suburban Tennessee for three years. His design research focuses on multimodal modeling environments for enhancing collaborative, equitable, and playful learning.

 

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Katherine Schneeberger McGugan
Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Ilana Horn
Email: katherine.e.schneeberger@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Culturally relevant curriculum design, impactful models for professional development

 

Katherine started exploring the intersection of curriculum design and professional development as a middle school Math Coach in the Boston area. Prior to her role as a coach, she received her M.A.T. from Boston University before becoming a 7th grade math intervention teacher. She is currently a research assistant for Dr. Ilana Horn’s Project SIGMa. Her research interests include how to create sustainable curricula in STEM fields that address issues of inequity in gender, race, and socio-economic status, and models for professional development that combat teacher retention and student achievement problems in high-needs districts.

 

Mandy Shimizu

Mandy Shimizu
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Debbie Rowe
Email: amanda.y.shimizu@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Writing Instruction, Teacher Education

Mandy has a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Literacy Education. She has taught in a variety of K-5 classrooms in the U.S. and abroad. At Peabody, Mandy examines what writing instruction looks like in online elementary classrooms. Specifically, her research attends to the multimodal interactions between students across digital spaces, as they collaboratively write.

 

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Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture Advisor: Dr. Emily Phillips Galloway Email: Rachel.M.Siegman@vanderbilt.edu Research Interests: English Language Learners, Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogy, Equitable Teaching Practices, Multicultural Education, Learning Sciences, International and Comparative Education

Website: https://rachelsiegman.weebly.com 

 

Rachel Siegman is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Diversity at Vanderbilt University. As a K-12 certified teacher, holding multiple and single subject credentials (in English) and an EL authorization, Rachel has taught at the PreK-12 grade levels including elementary school in inner city Los Angeles, CA, high school English in Oakland, CA, and World History/Honors United States History in Richmond, CA. She obtained her credentials, Spanish concentration and Liberal Arts Education Bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in California. Rachel’s MSc. in Comparative and International Education is from The University of Oxford, with a research focus on the public opinion of Syrian refugees and its role in public policy, opinion, and political action among European nations. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Rachel established a high school Internship Program and Model United Nations team as well as taught English, International Studies, and Design Lab at Design Tech High School located on Oracle’s campus in the California Bay Area. As a former resident of Argentina and England, with teaching and school-community partnership experience in public and public charter schools, Rachel values context and the multiple stakeholders involved in successful learning experiences, especially for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

 

IMG_5786 - Lauren VogelsteinLauren Vogelstein
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisors: Rogers Hall and Corey Brady
Email: lauren.e.vogelstein@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests:Learning Sciences, Embodiment, Choreography, STEM, Ethnography, Design Based Research, Interaction Analysis, Relational Aspects of Collective Learning

Website: laurenvogelstein.com
CV: Lauren Vogelstein CV

I investigate how embodied theories of learning, informed by the expressive and artistic practices of dancers and choreographers, can reframe what is learned in STEM environments; how it can be learned; who can participate; and to what ends. I pair ethnography with design-based research to support and study embodied and collaborative STEM learning. With deep roots in both dance and mathematics, I have always conceptualized the tools and ideas of these disciplines as mutually supportive, not conflicting. In my research, I design and study hybrid learning environments integrating dance and STEM. I explore how such hybridity can invite learners to draw upon resources typically left out of STEM contexts, contributing to their depth of engagement and understanding.

 

Devin WhiteDevin White
Specialization: Development, Learning, and Diversity
Advisor: Ebony McGee
Email: devin.t.white@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Black Students in STEM, and STEAM

Website: https://blackengineeringphd.org/

Devin is currently a Doctoral Student at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College in the Department of Teaching and Learning. In 2016, Devin earned a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College’s Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations. In 2014, Devin earned a B.A. in English & Philosophy from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Devin claims east Oakland as his hometown and is inspired by his city’s history of Black activism. Devin is a research assistant with the Explorations Into Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative (EDEFI). He hopes EDEFI’s work will transform the face of Higher Education and give way for more and more Black folks to navigate higher education and find success.

 

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Holland White
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Robert Jimenez
Email: holland.l.white@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Literacy practices of multilingual students, student-centered writing practices in secondary schools, translingual writing

Holland began her teaching career in the world of freshman composition and community college tutoring, which led her to pursue a deeper understanding of the pedagogies surrounding literacy practices. After completing an M.Ed. in Language and Literacy in the Urban Teach program at the University of Texas at Austin, she taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade ELA at a Title I school in Austin, Texas, utilizing writing and reading workshop practices. She is interested in the linguistic resources that multilingual students bring to literacy practices, how student-centered approaches to writing support multilingual students’ identities in and out of the classroom, and how multilingual students engage in translingual writing.

 

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Fai Wisittanawat
Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Melissa Gresalfi
Email: panchompoo.wisittanawat@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: students’ meaningful participation in STEM practices

Panchompoo (Fai) Wisittanawat is a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. She has a B.A. in Physics and Educational Studies from Swarthmore College, PA. Fai is interested in understanding disciplinary practices of mathematics and science and designing classroom environments that support students’ engagement with those practices in ways that are meaningful to them. Fai plays traditional Thai and Balinese music, and has helped teach children to play those musics in and out of school.

 

Chengcheng Zhou
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: David Dickinson
Email: chengcheng.zhou@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Early language development, multiligual learners

Chengcheng received her BA in English and two MAs in Intercultural Communicaiton and TESOL, respectively. She has taught Chinese as an instructor and ESL in a variety of K-12 classrooms in the US and abroad. She is interested in early childhood langauge development and its relationship with the “school readiness gap” between children from different SES.

 


Former Students

Amanda M. Bell
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Melissa Gresalfi
Email: amanda.m.bell@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: Computational thinking, computer science and mathematics education, in and out-of-school learning contexts, design

 

Portia BotchwayPortia Botchway
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Rich Lehrer and Ebony McGee
Email: portia.k.botchway@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: elementary and secondary mathematics and science

 

Caitlin Eley
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Robert Jimenez
Email: caitlin.eley@vanderbilt.edu
Research Interests: second language learning, culturally relevant pedagogy, borderland communities, cultural literacy practices, and multimodal literacies

Amy Amy Voss Farris
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Pratim Sengupta & Rich Lehrer
Email: amy.farris@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Children’s development of representational fluency in math, science, and computing in and out of school settings; the interplay and co-development of children’s aesthetic sensibilities with disciplinary
knowledge and practices.

BretteBrette Garner
Specialization: Math & Science Education
Advisor: Ilana Horn
Email: brette.garner@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Mathematics education, teacher learning, data use, equity

 

Elizabeth Hadley
Specialization: Development, Learning, & Diversity
Advisor: David Dickinson
Email: elizabeth.b.hadley@Vanderbilt.Edu
Research interests: language and literacy development in early childhood, emergent literacy, the contribution of early oral language skills to reading comprehension, vocabulary interventions, book-reading and play in early childhood classrooms, depth of vocabulary knowledge & assessment

Amy B. Holmes
Specialization: Development, Learning, and Diversity
Advisor: Rich Lehrer
Email: amy.b.holmes@vanderbilt.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Amy Holmes-01.24.15ABH-CV
Research Interests: design-based research, diversity and equity in STEM education, teacher education

 

Lara Jasien
Specialization: Math & Science Education
Advisor: Ilana Horn
Email: lara.l.heiberger@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: informal and formal in-service teacher learning, inquiry and play-based pedagogies, teacher collaboration, designing for shared social/material/intellectual resources

 

Jennifer Kahn 
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Rogers Hall
Email: jennifer.kahn@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: design-based research; interaction analysis; interdisplinary learning environments; counternarratives; data science; critical literacy, storytelling, and modeling with public large-scale datasets

 

Nicolas Kochmanski
Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Paul Cobb
Email: nicholas.m.kochmanski@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: mathematics instruction, teacher learning, teacher development, instructional coaching, teacher education
CV: Resume-Nicholas-Kochmanski_PhD1

Tess Lantos

 

Tess Lantos
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Amanda Goodwin
Email: terese.a.lantos@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: teacher learning, reading comprehension, literacy

 

 

Jess Lawson

Jessica Lawson
Specialization: Development, Learning, and Diversity
Advisor: David Dickinson
Email: jessica.r.lawson@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Language, Literacy, Music

 

Samantha Marshall

Samantha Marshall

Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Ilana Horn
Email: samantha.marshall@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: mathematics teacher learning, justice, professional development

Alexis McBride Alexis McBride
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Robert Jiménez
Email: alexis.mcbride@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: post-secondary English language learners and Spanish heritage language learners, multilingual education strategies, and basic writing instruction

 

 

Janna McClain

Janna McClain

Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez
Email: janna.mcclain@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: teachers as learners, language minoritized learners, language ideologies, language demands of classrooms

 

 

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Mary Miller

Specialization: Language, Literacy, & Culture
Advisor: Debbie Rowe
Email: mary.e.miller@Vanderbilt.Edu
Research interests: Bilingual literacy development; Translanguaging; Digital literacies; Multilingual family engagement in schools; Early childhood/elementary school literacy education; Teacher education

Sascha Mowrey
Specialization: Development, Learning, and Diversity
Advisor: Dale Farran
Email: sascha.mowrey@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: teacher and school leader development, school organization and professional culture, teaching assistants in early childhood education

 

Isaac Nichols-Paez
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Corey Brady
Email: isaac.t.nichols@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Mathematics education, education and technology, educational design

Alvin Pearman
Specialization: Development, Learning, & Diversity
Advisor: Dale Farran
Email: a.pearman@Vanderbilt.Edu

 

 

 

Ashlyn PiersonAshlyn Pierson
Specialization: Math and Science Education
Advisor: Doug Clark and Corey Brady
Email: ashlyn.pierson@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: modeling, translanguaging

 

Laura Piestrzynski

 

Laura Piestrzynski
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Debbie Rowe
Email: laura.e.piestrzynski@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: emergent literacy, language and literacy development in early childhood, teacher education

Dan Reynolds 
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Amanda Goodwin
Email: dan.reynolds@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: As a former high school English teacher, my core interest is in how teachers help students read hard books. So my research interests are framed around issues of text complexity, scaffolding of reading instruction, literature in the classroom, and English teacher preparation.

David Sabey
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Kevin Leander
Email: david.b.sabey@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: identity, literacy, new media, mobility, connected learning, learning across contexts

 

Elizabeth Self
Specialization: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Advisor: Ilana S. Horn
Email: elizabeth.self@vanderbilt.edu
Curriculum Vitae: SelfE_CV
Research interests: clinical simulations, cultural diversity, teacher education, design-based research

Ben Rydal Shapiro
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Rogers Hall
Research interests: Learning Sciences, Information Visualization, Architecture, Human-Computer Interaction

 

 

 

Grant Van Eaton
Specialization: Learning and Design
Advisor: Doug Clark
Email: grant.vaneaton@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: Teacher learning and professional development, international education, culturally responsive teaching, designing and validating formative measures of teacher growth

 

Megan WMegan Wongkamalasai
Specialization: Math & Science Education
Advisor: Rich Lehrer
Email: megan.j.wongkamalasai@vanderbilt.edu
Research interests: early childhood mathematics education