Aman Yadav – MAET Program Co-Director
MAET Program Co-Director
Dr. Aman Yadav is a professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Aman’s research focuses on professional development for teachers to teach computational thinking and computer science in K-12 classrooms. He teaches courses on educational technology, research methodology, technology & leadership, and computing education at the undergraduate and graduate level. Over the last decade, Aman has led professional development workshops at the national and international level to engage teachers in embedding computing ideas and technology in the classroom. He serves on the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) executive board of directors. You can find out more about Aman on his website.
Liz Boltz – MAET Program Co-Director
As Co-Director, Liz is dedicated to supporting students and the diverse goals, needs, and backgrounds they bring to MAET. Liz is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Educational Psychology & Educational Technology program, where she studied videogames for learning. She has been an instructor for the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program since 2013, and has taught in the online, hybrid, and overseas formats. Liz writes and plays music, and also enjoys drawing and playing video games.
Candace Robertson – Assistant Director of Student Experience & Outreach
As the Assistant Director of Student Experience and Outreach, Candace connects with students, instructors, key stakeholders, and school partners to support the connection between theory, research, and practice to support learning in a range of educational contexts. She advises all MAET students and coordinates the online, hybrid, and overseas student experience. Her work revolves around supporting educators in developing meaningful and creative experiences for their learners. She utilizes technology as the medium to facilitate conversation about pedagogical approaches across content areas and grade levels. Candace has also taught sixth grade ELA and science, served as a 1:1 technology facilitator at the middle school level, and was a member of the MSU-WIPRO STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship’s instructional team.
Brittany Dillman – Director of Graduate Certificate Programs
Dr. Brittany Dillman loves working with the MAET program especially her roles of advising all GC students, curriculum development for GC and MAET courses, and teaching both online courses and hybrid courses. Brittany has a doctorate from the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. She is curious about teachers’ decision making process. She taught middle school mathematics for a decade prior to coming to MSU. Brittany is organized by nature and loves to alphabetize and color code. She loves being silly with her family, traveling, making books on Shutterfly, teaching MAET courses, and working with MAET students. For more information, visit Brittany’s website.
Maria Serrato – MAET Program Assistant
As Program Assistant, Maria is often the first point of contact for students interested in the MAET and graduate certificate programs. She also handles student inquiries and admissions. Maria is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters and has been a part of the East Lansing community since coming to Michigan State in the Fall of 1999. She has served as a crisis intervention counselor, community educator, assistant coordinator for MSU’s Annual Dia de la Mujer Conference and has recently started Capital Area Latina Youth (CALY), a program that fosters empowerment, education, cultural advancement and leadership among Latina youth in grades 4-12.
Faculty & Adjunct Faculty
Courses in our Master’s in Educational Technology (MAET) program are taught by an outstanding team of adjunct faculty, tenure-stream faculty, and graduate student teaching assistants within the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education in the College of Education. Our Graduate Certificate Courses are taught by adjunct faculty, many of whom are:
- K-12 classroom teachers who have experience using educational technology in the classroom
- Graduates from our certificate and master’s programs
- Exceptionally skilled in educational technology
- Winners of awards such as technology Teacher of the Year from the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and the national award of the International Society for Technology in Education.
Edie Erickson is an instructional designer, certified K-8 teacher, and MAET alumna. She has over a decade of experience in K-12 and higher education teaching and instructional design. Edie is an active member of ISTE and MACUL and was the 2016 MACUL Technology Using Teacher of the Year. She is also a proponent of open education and pedagogy and was named a 2017 Designing with OER Fellow through the Open Education Group.
Collin Gallagher is an international educator who has been teaching with MAET since 2013. Colin has taught in Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Finland. Colin’s leadership philosophy centers on embracing diversity, empowering ownership, empathetic communication, establishing environments, and encouraging leaders.
Anne Heintz is a graduate of the EPET program at MSU and has been an MAET instructor for eight years. Her scholarly works include contributions to the Handbook for Digital Learning in K-12 Schools, Teachers College Record, and Contemporary Issues in Technology, and Teacher Education. She is the co-author of a practitioner book on dialogic instruction and co-editor of a volume on writing instruction. She enjoys creative writing and has both led and participated in creative writing groups for writers of all ages throughout her career.
Ron has worked at the Kent Intermediate School District and the Kent Career Technical Center for 15 years both teaching in the classroom and providing educator and student professional development. He is an experienced instructional technologist with experience in instructional design, and development of online, blended and technology enhanced courses and experiences. Ron has many years of experience helping others use technology to enhance their teaching and learning, classroom engagement and collaboration. As a board member of MACUL and the REMC Association of Michigan, Ron actively contributes to helping students learn and teachers teach while using technology to enhance their effectiveness, learning outcomes and engagement.
Dr. Stephanie Jennings is the Director of the Master of Arts in Education (MAED) program in MSU’s College of Education. She holds a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Communication and Rhetoric focusing on game studies. Stephanie explores video games, learning, critical digital pedagogy, and educational technology. You can connect with Stephanie via Twitter at @stephaniejngs.
Matthew Koehler is a professor of educational psychology and educational technology. His research focuses on understanding the affordances and constraints of new technologies; the design of technology-rich, innovative learning environments; and the professional development of teachers. His research examines how new technologies, such as video and hypermedia, may be well-suited to help learners (especially teachers) acquire new knowledge, skills, or understanding in complex and ill-structured domains. This has led to a program of research about a form of knowledge, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK), that has developed theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological perspectives that characterize teachers who effectively integrate content, pedagogy, and technology in their classroom practice.
Michael Lachney is an assistant professor of educational technology. With expertise in qualitative social science methods, he is interested in the role that technologies can play in strengthening school-community relationships. He is currently working on educational technology design strategies and implementation tactics to help teachers enroll community-based expertise in culturally responsive STEM education. In addition, Michael’s work aims to show how STEM can make contributions to everyday anti-racism in schools, with specific attention to engineering and computer science. His work has appeared in the journals Learning, Media and Technology, Computer Science Education, Computational Culture and more.
Charles is a 2018 MAET almuni, a former high school English teacher, and a former an educational technologist at The Ohio State University where he worked with faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education and Human Ecology to improve teaching and learning through group workshops and individual consultations focused on critical pedagogy, evidence-based teaching practices, effective course design, and constructive uses of technology. Currently Charles is a doctoral student at Northwestern University. You can connect with Charles on Twitter @charleswlogan.
Bill is an award-winning educator with a unique background in technology and arts education that allows him to leverage creativity in the learning process. Bill possesses more than 10 years of experience teaching K-8 students in urban public schools. He has been teaching with MAET since 2013 and is an innovative educational technology leader who uses his expertise to support fellow educators by providing ongoing professional development training and peer coaching. Bill promotes teamwork through project-based learning and uses the same approach when completing administrative tasks. Leads by example and motivates others to contribute fully through strong interpersonal skills and ongoing communication across multiple modalities.
Debbie has a master’s degree in Educational Technology (MAET) from Michigan State University. She works in California for the Burbank Unified School District in Instructional Technology. She provides professional development and technology integration support for teachers and students across 22 schools. She is passionate about making sure all students are creators, not consumers, when using technology. She encourages teachers to provide students with an authentic audience. Debbie has presented at and organized numerous conferences and EdCamps and is a Google Certified Educator.
Ralph Putnam is an associate professor of educational psychology whose research focuses on the cognitively oriented study of classroom teaching and learning and role of technology in learning. His recent research examines the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary school classrooms, especially the knowledge and beliefs of mathematics teachers, and the different ways that students learn about mathematics from various kinds of instruction.
Kyle is currently a Social Studies teacher at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he works to provide his students with an authentic and meaningful educational experience. He is interested in the intersection of creativity, technology and mindfulness, and how they impact learning. Before joining MAET as an instructor Kyle was a member of the MSU-Wipro STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship’s instructional team, where he worked with Chicago Public Schools teachers to create transformative, innovative and multimodal instructional experiences for students.
Chris teaches high school media production, AP English, and photography at Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Educational Psychology & Educational Technology program, where he studied student motivation in online learning spaces. He co-created Youth Voices with a colleague from the National Writing Project, where Chris has also served as technology liaison and teaching consultant. A Google Certified Innovator, he has spent decades helping his students learn to create compelling multimodal compositions. Check out Chris’s blog.
Mary Wever is a Junior High School STEAM teacher in Holt, Michigan. In addition to teaching MAET courses, she serves as a Board member and President-Elect for MACUL and a teacher consultant for the Red Cedar Writing Project. Her interests include classroom design, movement in the classroom, the maker movement, STEAM, and effective and creative uses of technology to assist teaching and learning. Mary loves to travel around the world with her husband and three boys as well as connect and share at teaching conferences all over the U.S. You can find her on Twitter @WeverWorld.
E. David Wong
E. David Wong
David Wong is an associate professor of educational psychology. He is interested in global education with a particular focus on how learning abroad experiences can foster student development. He is also interested in motivation, especially in what educators can learn from fields such as music, film, art, and architecture to create compelling experiences for their students. Finally, he has broad interests in the field of science education, urban education, the design of online instruction and educational philosophy.
Nicole M. Zumpano
Nicole M. Zumpano
Nicole Zumpano is a National Board Certified Teacher with 27 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, an instructional technology coach, and currently as a regional educational technology coordinator in an Illinois State Board of Education grant program. She holds master’s degrees in Administration & Supervision and Technology in Education. Nicole also adjuncts for two private universities in Illinois. She is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, as well as an Apple Teacher and Apple Education Trainer. She occasionally blogs about technology in education in her blog. Please join her Professional Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter@nmzumpano.