Meet the 2018-2019 leadership team behind the Teachers College Doctoral Council below!

President – Garine Palandjian


Garine Palandjian is a PhD student in Educational Policy and Evaluation at Arizona State University. She was employed at the American University of Armenia between 2013-2017 where she set up the Center for Student Success and student support services. Garine received an IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunity (IARO) fellowship in fall 2012 to conduct fieldwork as part of her research on peace education in Armenia. Garine’s Master’s degree in Comparative and International Education focused on the Armenian national identity during Soviet and Post-Soviet Armenia. While at Lehigh, she conducted an internship at the United Nations Department of Public Information and NGO Relations in New York for seven months. Prior to Lehigh, Garine received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and went on to teach for several years in California.

Vice President – April Longa


April Longa is a second year PhD student in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies program. Prior to pursuing research in writing and literacies education, she taught kindergarten, seventh, and eighth grades in metro Phoenix. April is from Arizona, and earned a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction (Behavior Analysis emphasis), and a B.A. in literature, writing, and film from Arizona State University.

Treasurer – Janelle Griffo


Janelle Griffo is the treasurer of TCDC and a second year PhD student in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies program at Arizona State University. Her research interests include interdisciplinary curricula studies in Physical Education and creating active and healthy school climates. Her previous education includes both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Arizona State University. Prior to this program, Janelle taught Preschool – 8th grade in Gilbert, Arizona.

Secretary –  Kristi Glassmeyer


Kristi Glassmeyer is a second-year doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Evaluation (EPE) program. Her research interests are focused on academic standards implementation and preservice teacher preparation for science education. Kristi taught integrated sciences, biology, and science research in grades 7-12 for ten years prior to pursuing her PhD. 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.


Communications/Newsletter Officer – Cathy Cullicott


Cathy Cullicott is a second year doctoral student in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies Ph.D. program at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Her current research interests focus on science education and preservice and inservice teacher education. Prior to entering the program, she worked as a middle school, high school, and community college science and math teacher.  Cathy’s BA and MS degrees are in geology, and she worked as a professional geologist in the environmental consulting and mining industries for fifteen years prior to getting her secondary teaching license.


Social Media/Outreach Officer – Neelakshi Tewari

Neelakshi is a first year doctoral student in the Education Policy and Evaluation Neelakshiprogram. Her research interests include the purpose of higher education in society, public university systems, impact of privatisation and student development. She has been on various student  committees throughout her academic career. Prior to ASU, she was a consultant for the World Bank’s higher education projects in India and a curriculum consultant for an education technology start-up. Neelakshi has a Masters in Education from University of Oxford and a BA (Honours) in Literature from University of Delhi.

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