Jessica Robinson Bolden is a second year doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction for Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a B.S. in Biology and a M.A. in Teaching (Secondary Science). Jessica has been a middle and high school educator for the past four years. Her research interests include STEM teacher qualifications, teacher preparation, and school discipline.
Courtney Glavich Mayakis is a former Middle Grades math teacher and a current doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina State University, and a Master's degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include pre-service teacher dispositions as well as the quality and rigor of STEM pedagogy and content courses in pre-service teacher education in the primary grades.
Eugenia B. Hopper is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum & Instruction, Urban Elementary Education doctoral program at UNC Charlotte. Eugenia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a mathematics concentration from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She received her Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology from Purdue University with a concentration in measurement and evaluation. She acquired her Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) graduate certificate from UNC Charlotte. Eugenia is an Early Childhood Generalist-National Board Certified Teacher. She taught in Charlotte Mecklenburg schools for 11 years and served as a Title 1 Instructional Coach for four years. Eugenia's research interests include teacher preparation, professional development, and urban teacher retention, as well as culturally relevant teaching.
Michelle Boone Pass is a PhD student in the Curriculum and Instruction: Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University and a Master's Degree in Biology from North Carolina A&T State University. Michelle has over 19 years of experience in Higher Education as a lecturer and lab coordinator in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include diversity and academic achievement in Higher Education at the disproportionality of African Americans in Stem Majors.
Sonyia Richardson is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction: Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 15 years of social work experience including entrepreneurship, management, nonprofit development, and directing a university counseling center. Additionally, she has over eight years of educational experience teaching undergraduate and graduate social work courses. Her research interests include educational policy reform and social justice among faculty of color at primarily white institutions.
Kellan W. Strong is a second year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum & Instruction Literacy doctoral program at UNC Charlotte. Kellan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master of Arts degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kellan has taught middle school language arts in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for nine years and earned a Master of Arts in Education from Gardner-Webb University. Her research interests include curriculum development, Black female literacy, and academic resilience in marginalized youth.
John A. Williams, III is a second year doctoral student in Urban Education at UNC Charlotte. John obtained his B.A. degree in Sociology and his Master's degree in Education Policy Studies, with an emphasis on Diversity and Equity Issues at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his current position as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Office of Accreditation and Assessment at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, John gained additional knowledge in juvenile justice, alternative education, and workforce development organizations. His current research interests exist in discipline disparities, teacher preparatin, culturally responsive teaching.