Dr. Carole Cameron Inge, Founder of the International Association for STEM Leaders and CEO of the Institute for the Commercialization of Technology, Inc.
Carole Cameron Inge, Ed.D., a leading social entrepreneur and advocate for STEM education, founded IASL. She has led several major STEM organizations, to include directing the NASA Center for Distance Learning for NASA Langley Research Center. During her tenure, the NASA outreach program reached over 200,000 teachers and over 4 million children through 950 international television affiliates and online mechanisms. As part of this work, Dr. Inge designed scientifically based research projects for both NASA and Discovery Education to determine the extent of increased student achievement and career exploration in STEM areas. This work was published in the U.S. Department of Education's "What Works" Clearinghouse.
For Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Dr. Inge designed and led a modeling and simulation center with a focus on STEM in the energy and environmental fields. She also founded and directed the National Institute for Technology Policy and Research, which focused on the use and transformation of technology in teaching and learning. In 2003, Dr. Inge help found a nationally recognized multi-million dollar broadband company that today provides connectivity to hundreds of schools and universities throughout Virginia. She designed and led one of the first large scale two-way interactive technology projects for education in the country and she was instrumental in launching educational video on demand services in K-12 environments. Dr. Inge is considered a leader in asynchronous and synchronous education, holding a Masters and Doctorate in education technology policy from The George Washington University.
Dr. Usha Rajdev, President of STEM Certification
Dr. Rajdev has been part of Marymount's community since 2008. She was a recipient of the Faculty of the Year 2012 Service Award, the 2012 Virginia Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Award, and the 2012 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Rajdev and Fort Belvoir Elementary School earned the Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia 2014 School/University Partnership Award. She was also awarded the 2014 STEM Leadership Award by IASL, for her STEM program and activities in partnership with local schools and Marymount students. She was selected for a Fulbright Specialist Project in India, conducting professional development workshops with faculty and undergraduates in Education, and developing a community-wide service-learning project to promote literacy.
Dr. Rajdev’s expertise is in teaching math and science methodology with an emphasis on identifying errors and misconceptions in mathematics. She is currently developing STE(A)M integrated lesson plans with Marymount pre-service teachers in partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School counterparts. She has a continued partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Center, for over 15 years.
Dr. Rajdev initiated and implemented first pre-service teachers STEM Student Chapters at Marymount University, Arlington, and Stranmillis University, Belfast, UK.
Dr. Lisa Turissini, Vice President of STEM Certification
Dr. Lisa Turissini is IASL's Vice President of STEM Certification as well as Chair of the Education department and assistant professor of education at Marymount University. She oversees all graduate and undergraduate programs for teacher licensure, certification, and professional studies at both the main campus in Arlington, VA and the Reston campus in Reston, VA. She works directly with and supports all student teachers during their clinical experiences here and abroad. Her research focuses on Peer Coaching in the Professoriate and best practices and dispositions in teacher education.
Prior to her 12 years at Marymount, Dr. Turissini spent 15 years as a teacher, school principal, and executive vice-president of schools for a non-profit organization. As president of an educational consulting company, she conducted staff and faculty leadership development, evaluated educational programs, and developed curricula in all content areas.
Dr. Lois Stover
Lois T. Stover, a former teacher of middle and high school English and drama, is currently the Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at Marymount University. In her 25 years as a teacher educator, she taught secondary and middle school methods of teaching, educational psychology, curriculum development and children's and young adult literature courses. A former president of ALAN, she has been a y.a. literature column editor for English Journal, has served as a reviewer for English Journal, The ALAN Review, and Signal, and she has published widely in the field, including books on y.a. authors Katherine Paterson, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Jacqueline Woodson. In particular she is interested in issues related to the use of y.a. literature reflective of the diversity of the U.S. and the world in the English language arts curriculum and in interdisciplinary teaching.
Dr. Elizabeth Langran
Elizabeth Langran, Ph.D. is associate professor of Education at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, USA. Dr. Langran started her teaching career in 1992 as a secondary school French teacher. She educated U.S. middle and high school students for six years and taught overseas for five years, including in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer. She earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia with a certificate in International Leadership in Educational Technology, and then spent five years as assistant professor and director of the Educational Technology program at Fairfield University. She has traveled for collaborative technology projects and school visits to Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Dr. Langran is active in the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, and co-chaired the Geospatial Technology Special Interest Group before being elected as associate chair to the SITE Teacher Education Council.
Dorian Janney is the Senior Education and Communications Specialist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. She is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of a portfolio of STEM formal and informal education initiatives designed to share the science and technology behind this NASA Earth observing mission. Her work involves developing activities and messages that help to communicate the science and engineering of the GPM mission to the public in both formal and informal settings, and coordinating these efforts with a wide variety of education professionals across the country. In addition to this aspect of her work, she is also involved writing articles, blogs, booklets, and stories to communicate various aspects of NASA’s Earth-observing missions with the general public.
She retired from teaching after three decades, and currently works fulltime at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. As a formal educator, she taught across all grade levels during her tenure. In addition to teaching students, she also developed and implemented a variety of in-service teacher training workshops and semester courses. She holds her NBPTC in Science and completed her Earth/Space Certification from Johns Hopkins and her M.S. in Education from UMCP. She completed some doctoral level work in Science Curriculum and Instruction at the UMCP campus.
Dr. Todd Rimkus
Todd Rimkus is a Professor of Biology at Marymount University. He holds a Masters and a PhD in Zoology and Genetics from Iowa State University. He teaches anatomy and physiology, general biology, and genetics, as well as, marine biology and tropical ecology of Belize. His research interests revolve around many different turtles. He has freshwater turtles at Marymount and he also works with a population of Hawksbill sea turtles in Belize.
Ms. Rachel Brill-Lee, M.Ed.
Rachel Brill- Lee is a recent graduate of Marymount University’s ME.d. program. She is one of the first students to graduate from Marymount with a degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in STEM. As a STEM Leader in partnership with the IASL, Rachel helped conduct multiple STEM Events at local schools and abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In Belfast, Rachel and fellow service teachers created the first Makerspace Lab in an United Kingdom primary school. Before pursuing a degree in STEM education, Rachel was an elementary school teacher, Assistant Principal and STEM Camp Coordinator. Rachel, is also the president of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society's student chapter at Marymount University. Rachel is currently pursuing further education in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership.