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Professor and Chair of Doctoral and Graduate Education Studies, Dr. Lucarelli serves as the director of the online Doctorate in Educational Leadership and the nationally ranked Master of Education and certificate programs. She is committed to supporting collaborative inclusive learning and work environments to support innovation. Her research interests include best practices to support design and innovation in education, online learning, educational technology, and educator professional development. Dr. Lucarelli has served as the PI on the TeachCS@CSS grant funded by Google and as Co-PI on an NSF CS10K grant to scale up CS teacher professional development by leveraging online communities of practice. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the annual Teaching and Learning Conference. She is a former elementary teacher. She holds a PhD in Professional Studies in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology from Capella University, an M.Ed. in Math and Science Education from the College of St. Scholastica, and a BAS in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Dr. Lucarelli believes in the positive potential that others bring to collaborative spaces and is intentional about seeking joy in work and play.
My name is Karen Rissling, and I am an education professor that teaches both undergrad courses, as well as courses in the Literacy Certificate program in the M.Ed program here at CSS. Originally a Canadian transplant from Vancouver, British Columbia, I immigrated to the U.S. (El Paso, Texas) after completing my Bachelor’s degree to do some volunteer work, and ended up staying.
My teaching background is in secondary education, and I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) certified 7th grade English Language Arts teacher in El Paso for 9 years. It was an incredible experience to teach in a Title 1 public school on the border of Mexico, and I loved teaching middle school! In August 2019, I packed up my car and moved to Duluth, Minnesota from Pittsburgh, where I completed my Language, Literacy, and Culture PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. There I was able to teach classes and help facilitate practicums, supervised reading specialist candidates, and worked closely with refugee and immigrant students as part of my dissertation study.
Some of my personal interests include volunteering, learning Spanish, playing tennis, kayaking, enjoying live music, writing young adult fiction, and traveling.
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