Aman Yadav - MAET Program Director
MAET Program 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.
Candace Robertson - Assistant Director of Student Experience & Outreach
Candace is a curious learner, looking to the world to inspire her inquisitive nature. As Assistant Director for the MAET program, Candace's 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.
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.
Brittany Dillman – Director of Graduate Certificate Programs
Brittany is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. She is curious about teachers’ lesson planning practices and their preparation for lessons influences students' classroom experiences. She taught middle school mathematics for a decade prior to her graduate work. In her non-work time, she enjoys spending time with her husband (who also works at MSU) and twin toddlers. Brittany is organized by nature and loves to alphabetize and color code. She loves to travel and see beautiful places and different ways of being. She has deep love of 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.
Diana Brandon is an alumna of the Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology program at Michigan State University. Currently she is the Distance Learning Coordinator at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. Her research interests include technology integration in both K-12 and higher education and professional development for teachers and faculty members.
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.
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 and a former high school English teacher. Currently, Charles is an educational technologist at The Ohio State University. He works 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. 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.
Emily Stone signed up for a pilot Education Technology class at MSU in 2006 and has been hooked on technology integration ever since. She has taught brick-and-mortar middle school math and virtual elementary classes. Transitioning to higher ed, she worked at DePaul University as an Instructional Technology Consultant and Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. She is currently a freelance instructional designer and toddler/preschooler-chaser. Emily has been teaching for the certificate program since 2009, and her favorite part is connecting with each student and learning about their unique perspective and goals as an educator.
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 PLN via Twitter@nmzumpano.