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PRISE Graduate Research Fellows

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Tori Hollas (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)

Tori comes to us from Katy ISD where she where she held positions as a middle school teacher as well as Instructional Technology Facilitator. She brings a great deal of technology experience into educational research and began her doctoral studies in the fall of 2007 with the PRISE Research Group. Her research interests include teacher working conditions, science and math teaching and learning, and teacher staff development. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M in the December 2011 and will begin a position as assistant professor at Sam Houston State University in the fall of 2012.

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Toni Ivey (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)

Dr. Ivey comes to us from MacArthur High School where she taught IPC, Chemistry, and Physics for 3 years. There she gained knowledge of teaching in large urban schools, teaching diverse populations, most with low socio-economic status. Prior to MacArthur, she taught as a graduate assistant for physical geology and geological field methods courses. Her research interests include science teacher education, science teaching and learning, and education policy. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M in the Fall 2009 and currently holds a position as assistant professor at Oklahoma State University.

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Ra'Sheedah Richardson (M.Ed., Texas A&M University)

Ra'sheedah is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction. Her decade of experience in science and science education include work as a biology Research Technician studying regulatory genes in E.coli and curriculum designer of the website Stepping into Biotechnology. Ra'sheedah received her teacher certification in biology in 2003. Her current interests include the development of instructional strategies emphasizing authentic science and specialization of school recruitment practices for science teachers

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Caroline Vasquez (M.Ed., Texas A&M University)

Caroline is a Graduate Student completing a Ph.D in Science Education. Caroline comes to us from Puerto Rico where she worked as an Educational Consultant for Pearson Education. She has almost 20 years of combined experience as a science and mathematics teacher, curriculum coordinator, instructional facilitator, college instructor and educational director in the non-profit world and academia. Her international grassroots experience in Puerto Rico and Mexico, as well as the policy research work she currently does within PRISE, are aimed at shedding light onto the sociocultural and historical factors that affect the livelihoods and education of disfranchised groups, especially Latinos, children of the poor and peoples of color.

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Dawoon Yoo (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)

Dawoon is a graduate student in the department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. She has B.S. in Science Education and a M.S. in Biology. She acquired a science teacher certificate in 2000. As a graduate assistant in Korea, Dawoon worked for a national agricultural institute to find particular insect resistance mechanism in the mung bean plant. After Dawoon came to the United States with her family, she enrolled in the doctoral program at Texas A&M University to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Science Education. Her research interests include science teaching and learning as inquiry. To learn more about current state of inquiry in science classrooms, she is studying high school science teachers' perceptions towards inquiry and constructing a classroom representation scheme for their Inquiry teaching. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M in the Spring of 2011.

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Laura Ruebush (M.S., Texas A&M University)

Laura comes to us as a graduate research assistant evaluating the effects of innovative, reform-based teacher professional development in classrooms. She also worked for two years at a parochial school teaching 6th-12th grade sciences. Laura obtained her bachelor's of science and master's of science in Chemistry at Arizona State University and Texas A&M University, respectively. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education. Her research interests include chemical education, science teacher professional development, student science achievement and college readiness, and science outreach opportunities.

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Tyrone Blocker (M.Ed., University of Houston)

Tyrone is presently a doctoral student studying in the area of curriculum and instruction with specialization in urban education. He is a former middle school principal and has eleven years of combined experience in school administration, supervision, and classroom instruction in Texas public schools. He is most acquainted with science education in the high school setting through supervisory and instructional support provided to science teachers in a large urban high school in Aldine Independent School District. Tyrone's research interest involves the study of equitable pedagogy in science education.

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