Meet your 2019/20 Program Representatives below:
EPE Program Representative – Paul Gibbs
Paul Gibbs is a second-year EPE student with a background in international education. He completed his M.Ed. in Comparative and International Education at Lehigh University and, prior to moving to Phoenix, spent eight years in the Dominican Republic, where he worked with schools serving international, Dominican, and Haitian populations. His research interests include global citizenship education and international educational development.
LLT Program Representative – Ananí M. Vasquez
Ananí Vasquez is a graduate student in Mary Lou Fulton’s Learning, Literacies and Technologies PhD program. She comes to the program as a veteran elementary school teacher with certifications in elementary and special education and endorsements in bilingual and gifted education. Anani has dedicated her career to better understanding the needs of underserved populations, promoting differentiated instruction in the regular classroom and implementing problem-based, student-centered mathematics instruction. Anani has experience in pre-service and in-service teacher development and has been an instructor for teacher education courses (Math Methods and Elementary Mathematics). She has dedicated her career to better understanding the needs of underserved populations, promoting differentiated instruction in the regular classroom and implementing problem-based, student-centered mathematics instruction. Anani’s goal is to promote inclusion practices that meet the needs of the whole child, including developing individual strengths, passions, self-awareness and self-directed learning. Through qualitatively-driven mixed methods and a social disability lens, Anani continues to research asynchrony, creativity and equity in disability, gifted and twice-exceptional education.
LLT Program Representative – Ashley Domínguez
Ashley Domínguez is a second year PhD student in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies (LLT) program at Arizona State University. Ashley earned her B.A. in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and a M.Ed. in Reading Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to ASU, Ashley was a K-12 teacher for seven years in Dallas, Texas and taught a variety of subjects including Speech, Drama, Spanish, Dance, and Language Arts.
Ashley’s scholarship focuses on participatory action research (PAR) with underrepresented students, particularly Latinx youth. As a former educator of seven years, her passion to empower students to exercise student choice, agency, and leadership derives from witnessing the daily acts of oppression and marginalization that still run rampant in many educational institutions today. Her experiences as a K-12 teacher propels her commitment to research issues related to social justice, democratic schooling, and educational equity for all students. Further, her inclination to question and resist dominant structural and pedagogical processes in school systems fuels her interest to investigate the use of PAR to methodologically bridge students’ lived experiences to the school curriculum. In the future she intends to conduct research centered on the intersection of Latinx identities and artivism (i.e., employing activism through performance art) utilizing PAR methodologies within the education context.
LLT Program Representative – Jesse Ha
Jesse is a second year doctoral student in the Learning, Literacies, and Technology program and a research assistant in the Learning and Cognition Lab directed by Dr. Michelene Chi. He received his B.A. in Natural Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University, his M.A. in Theological Studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and his M.S in Adolescent Mathematics Education from Saint John’s University. Before entering his Ph.D program, Jesse taught physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and English at a private school, Edumost Academy, in Seoul, South Korea for 6 years as well as taught mathematics, physics, computer science, and statistics at EPIC High School North via project-based learning for 4 years as a founding teacher.
Jesse’s research interests focus on quantitative methodology, digital notetaking, learning sciences, education technology, and collaborative learning. He is currently working on the ICAP project which aims to develop a scalable online module that helps teachers use the ICAP framework to develop and revise their instructional practice. He is also working on PAIR-C project which aims to develop a teacher professional development that improves teachers pedagogical choices for teaching emergent thinking in STEM classrooms. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
EDD Program Representative – Eddie Boquilla
Eddie Boquilla is a second-year doctoral student in the Doctorate of Education program at MLFTC. He was elected to be the representative for ED.D. students. His military service as a U.S. Army Combat Engineer with 173rd Airborne 54th Engineer Sappers from 2009 – 2014 (12-13 OEF) motivated him to return back to school and help other veterans in need. He later went on to achieve a Masters in Legal Studies at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and began consulting veterans in higher education and reintegration. His ongoing research is on pedagogy, veterans in higher education, and developing innovations that will assist veterans in their post-military reintegration to achieve academic success.