Meet the 2020-2021 leadership team behind the Teachers College Doctoral Council!
President – Carolina Torrejon
Carolina Torrejon is a third-year doctoral student in the Learning, Literacies and Technologies program (LLT). Prior to completing her Masters degree in TESOL at UIUC, she taught English for four years in Chile in grades Pre-k-6. Her research interests engage creativity and collaboration in the context of teacher training and education. In the future, Carolina plans to develop spaces where teachers are able to explore their creativity, collaborate with others and safely reflect on their teaching practices. In her free time, Carolina volunteers at an animal shelter located in Tempe and enjoys spending time with her two dogs and cat, Jupiter, Io and Finnegan.
Vice President – Jodie Ray
Jodie is a second-year doctoral student in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies (LLT) program at ASU. Jodie’s research interests include literacy instruction and interventions, culturally responsive teaching, and positive behavior interventions. Recently, Jodie has become interested in how we can integrate affinity spaces in the classroom to leverage students’ interests and promote deep learning. Prior to becoming a doctoral student, Jodie taught middle school English Language Arts in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for three years, teaching a diverse population of students across all spectrums. In 2018, Jodie earned her Master’s in Special Education from her alma mater, Florida International University. This experience allowed her to hone in her focus on academic and behavioral interventions for students with disabilities, and also cultivate a passion for targeting reading instruction to meet the needs of her learners. In 2019, she moved to Phoenix and taught English, Math, and Reference and Study Skills to students with disabilities at Paradise Valley Unified School District. Her passion for supporting students with disabilities led her to pursue a doctorate in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies.
Secretary – Kristi Glassmeyer
Kristi Glassmeyer is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Education Policy and Evaluation (EPE) program. Her research interests engage K-12 STEM education from an organization perspective looking at the relationships between organizational characteristics, teacher instructional practices, and course offerings focusing on who has access (or lack thereof) and what implications this has on a student’s future educational opportunities. Prior to starting the program, Kristi taught science in grades 7-12 for ten years in Arizona. Kristi received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a science emphasis from Arizona State University and her B.S. Cum laude from Cornell University.
Treasurer – Alfred Aaron
Alfred is from Guyana located in South America and he is a second year student at Arizona State University in the Education Doctoral Degree Leadership and Innovation Program. His research focus is on creating effective teaching and learning environments through advanced instructional innovation. He is currently lecturing at the University of Guyana for the past fourteen years in their undergraduate programme in Business Management and Accounting. Alfred is the holder of a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor degree in Business Management. Alfred is an aspiring business management life coach, a very ardent sports enthusiast who enjoys a good game of cricket and lawn tennis in his free time. Buoyant, creative, determined are just a few words that best describe his personality.
Co-Communications/Social Media – Shagun Singha
Shagun is a third-year doctoral student in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies program from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, USA. She has obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature and master’s degree in English Literature from Madras University, India. Her research focuses on the role of play, games, and art-based methods in education.
Co-Communications/Social Media – Germaine Koziarski
Germaine Koziarski is a second year doctoral student in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies (LLT) program. Prior to studying at ASU, she was a special education teacher in Las Vegas. Germaine taught grades 2-5 in the Resource setting. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Her research interests include inequities within special education, student behavior and discipline practices, and multi-tiered systems of instruction.