2015 Brock Prize Jurors

Deirdre Johnson Burel

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Deirdre Johnson Burel
Executive Director, Orleans Public Education Network
Nominee:  Jeannie Oakes

Deirdre Johnson Burel has a background in education, nonprofit management and state level policy analysis, advocacy and program development. Her work spans the state and local levels, in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University’s, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. With a career spanning more than 20 years, she has honed a reputation as an education policy expert, trusted leader, skilled facilitator with a keen ability to foster alliances among unlikely allies. She brings these skills to her current work leading the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) an organization committed to building the bridge between schools and community to ensure an excellent and equitable education for every public school student in in New Orleans.

She has been on the front lines of public education and community engagement in New Orleans post-Katrina and has spoken on the subject at numerous national conferences including Policy Link, American Education Research Association Education  and National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) among others. Under her leadership at OPEN, the organization has launched programmatic anchors like the Parent Leadership Training Institute, engaged more than 3,000 New Orleanians, and successfully advocated for development of the ONE APP and increased transparency in the charter application process. OPEN continues to serve as the only community outlet for addressing the long-term plan for local governance of public schools and has the developed the only community framework for public education – The People’s Agenda.

Deirdre is the proud of aunt of four nieces and three nephews and currently resides in uptown New Orleans with her husband, Dwight.

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Larry Frolich

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Larry Frolich
Professor, Natural Sciences, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Nominee:  Jaimie Cloud

Larry Frolich is faculty in Natural Sciences at Miami Dade College's Downtown Wolfson Campus and Editor of the Journal of Sustainability Education. He teaches anatomy and physiology to future health care providers, evolution to future biotechnology professionals, and serves on the Earth Ethics Institute Council.  He is a Prometeo scholar to Ecuador and has worked implementing an online Master's Program in Community-Based Resource Management in Ibarra, Ecuador, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2010.

Larry has an undergraduate degree in Paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Anatomy from the University of Chicago, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Ecology and Morphology group at Brown University. He has 25 years of experience teaching biology as well as anatomy to doctors and other health care professionals in both the U.S. and Ecuador. He has a long-standing interest in human evolution and how an urbanizing population can adapt to drastic lifestyle changes. Given a 20-year connection with the country of Ecuador, Larry is especially fascinated by the Global South-Global North binary, and how that affects human quality of life and the educational process.

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Peter Markes

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Peter Markes
Director of Orchestras, Edmond North High School
Nominee:  John Ferguson

Peter Markes is currently in his thirteenth year as director of orchestras at Edmond North High School, and most recently was named the 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. In October, he was also named the National Federation of High Schools Outstanding Music Educator for Oklahoma and Region 6 (OK, TX, AR, CO, NM). In 2012, Mr. Markes performed with the Edmond North Orchestra at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago and has also twice performed with the orchestra in Carnegie Hall. He is the conductor for the Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic, and he sings and plays guitar with the band, Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road. In the spring of 2013, the band toured for five weeks as part of the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program, giving performances in Korea, Taiwan, Burma, and Russia. Mr. Markes resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Kris, and their sons, Patrick and Vincent.

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Richard Miller

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Richard Miller
President, Olin College of Engineering
Nominee:  Howard Gardner

Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99. The previous 17 years were spent on the Engineering faculty at USC in Los Angeles and UCSB in Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. A member of the NAE, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2011. Miller served as Chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation and has served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the NAE, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in addition to others. Furthermore, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities. A frequent speaker on engineering education, he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California at Davis, where he earned his B.S. He earned his M.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, where he received the 2014 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Tina S. Ornduff

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Tina S. Ornduff
Program Manager, Engineering Education, Google
Nominee:  Mitch Resnick

Tina coordinates educational outreach efforts as a program manager for the engineering education team at Google. She manages various online learning initiatives and partnerships and has contributed to many of Google’s massive open online courses like Mapping with Google and Making Sense of Data with Google. Previously, she led the Google Geo Edu group, where she was an advocate for geographic literacy through the use of technology like Google Maps and Google Earth. Prior to Google, Tina was a principal technical writer specializing in administrator and developer documentation for companies like Netscape, Tandem, Motorola, and Good Technology.

Tina earned her Master's degree with an emphasis in Educational Technology from the Boise State University and her Bachelor's degree in English from San Jose State.

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Michelle D. Young

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Michelle D. Young
Professor of Educational Leadership, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; Executive Director, University Council for Educational Administration
Nominee:  Robert C. Pianta

Michelle D. Young’s scholarship focuses on how school leaders and school policies can support equitable and quality experiences for all students and adults who learn and work in schools. She is the recipient of the William J. Davis award for the most outstanding article published in a volume of the Educational Administration Quarterly. Her work is published in highly ranked peer-review journals, including the Educational Researcher, the American Educational Research Journal, and the Journal of Educational Administration. She recently edited the first Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders.

The organization she leads, UCEA, is an international consortium of research institutions with master and doctoral level programs in educational leadership. As Executive Director, Young works with universities, practitioners, professional organizations, and state and national leaders to improve the preparation and practice of school and school system leaders and to develop a dynamic base of knowledge on excellence in educational leadership. Young’s work has significantly increased the focus of education research on leadership preparation, and brought that research to bear on the work of policy makers. Young was recently appointed to co-chair with Joseph Murphy and James Cibulka the revision of national educational leadership and preparation and practice standards.

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Teresa Zutter

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Teresa M. Zutter
Special Programs Director, First Star Greater Washington Academy
Nominee:  Barbara K. Given

Teresa Zutter has dedicated the past 35 years of her professional career to serving students with serious emotional, social and cognitive learning difficulties.

She administered the educational program at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, and was honored as Fairfax County Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the Virginia Teacher of the Year. Ms. Zutter served as principal of a middle school for students with serious emotional disabilities.

She later served as the Director of Alternative School Programs assisting 5000 students annually with a multiplicity of concerns. Ms. Zutter’s expertise in serving students with unique and complex needs has been requested on local, state, and national levels.

Ms. Zutter was the co-principal investigator, Youth of Promise Project, Krasnow Adolescent Learning Research Center, working to bridge the gap between brain research and educational practice.

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