Jessica M. Harlan is a PhD student in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama (USA). She is currently working with the USA evaluation team for the Engaging Youth through Engineering middle school engineering module program. Prior to her work at USA, Jessica was a training officer for the Office of Research at the University of California, Davis. She continues to work as an instructional design consultant for multiple UC campuses. Jessica also has a Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in program evaluation from California State University, Stanislaus. She has taught undergraduate psychology online and in person for the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento since 2008. Additionally, Jessica has provided program evaluation, program development, and instructional design services as a consultant for non-profit and local government agencies.
Dr. Susan Pruet has been actively involved in STEM education – as a teacher, teacher educator and director of reform initiatives for over 30 years. Since 1998 she has directed two STEM reform initiatives for the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF): the Maysville Mathematics Initiative and, most recently, Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYE), a K-12 workforce development and STEM initiative in Mobile, Alabama. Both initiatives involve valuable partnerships with the Mobile County Public School System, the University of South Alabama, and area business and industry. Change the Equation, a non-partisan, CEO-led commission focused on mobilizing business communities to improve the quality of STEM learning in America, recognized the EYE Modules as one of Change the Equation’s STEMWorks Programs. Dr. Pruet currently serves on a number of education boards and committees including vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering Coalition (AMSTEC), is a former member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) K-12 Division and past chair of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Instructional Issues Advisory Committee. Dr. Pruet received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College, her master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and her doctorate from Auburn University in mathematics education. Currently, Dr. Pruet provides professional development and consulting services related to STEM education with an emphasis on using engineering in support of K-12 mathematics and science through STEMWorks, LLC (susan.STEMWorks@gmail.com)
James Van Haneghan is Professor and Director of Assessment and Evaluation in the College of Education at the University of South Alabama where he teaches courses in research methods, assessment, and learning. He has research interests in the areas of program evaluation, problem- and project-based learning, mathematics education, motivation, and assessment. He has been at the University of South Alabama since 1995. Before that he held positions at Northern Illinois University and George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His doctoral training was from the Applied Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Maryland. He also holds an MA in Experimental Psychology from S.U.N.Y at Geneseo, and a B.S. from S.U.N.Y.at Brockport where he majored in psychology and business administration.
Melissa Dean is a respected leader in STEM education based on engineering content in the Mobile, Alabama community. For the past few years she has served there as Assistant Director of the Engaging Youth through Engineering Program at the Mobile Area Education Foundation. In that capacity, she has coordinated the development of a series of STEM modules for middle school grades that truly integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning in the classroom.
She is an experienced science educator having lead for years the development of informal curriculum and programs for the Science Centers in Alabama and Louisiana. She is highly experienced in curriculum development, writing, training and implementation. She has lead teacher development programs, as well as conducted pilot engineering design lessons in the classrooms. She works closely with STEM teachers in the 60,000 students Mobile County Public School System and has the reputation as a teacher leader and change agent. Her work with K-12 students, teachers and education administrators is gaining attention and respect nationally.
Melissa Dean received her bachelors of science from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and is currently working toward her graduate degree in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
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