2016 Brock Prize Jurors

 


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Noelle Witherspoon Arnold

Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Director of the EdD Program, The Ohio State University
Nominee: Angela Valenzuela

Noelle Witherspoon Arnold is an associate professor and the director of the EdD Program in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University.  A former administrator at the district and state level, Dr. Arnold currently serves as a consultant throughout the U.S. advising districts in data analysis, cultural mediation, and STEM leadership. She is president of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the first African American female to serve in this capacity for UCEA.  Dr. Arnold has over 40 publications and her articles have appeared in leading educational journals, including the Teachers College Record, International Journal of Leadership in Education, The Journal of Negro Education, International Journal of Educational Reform, and the Journal of Educational Administration. She has nine books published or in press and serves as the series editor of New Directions in Educational Leadership and assistant editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education.  Dr. Arnold is a two-time nominee for both the Jack Culbertson Award for UCEA and Division A Emerging Scholar Award (AERA). She has served as an expert on issues in urban schooling and religion and education for NPR and other news outlets.

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Natalia Arredondo

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Natalia Arredondo
Researcher in Training, SOLE Central, Newcastle University
Nominee:  Sugata Mitra

Natalia Arredondo received her bachelor’s degree in special education in Colombia and later migrated to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in special education at Columbia University. From 2003 to 2006, she worked in Pittsburgh Public Schools, and later moved to New York City to work as a special educator for the Public School system up until 2013. While in New York, she piloted the Nest Program and the Intensive Kindergarten to integrate students with autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s syndrome into regular education. As a result of this endeavor, she published the article “When New Things are Exciting” at Asperger’s Digest. Natalia also served as a lecturer at Hunter College in New York City, where she provided professional development to graduate students and teachers. In 2012, Natalia piloted a dual language classroom in New York City in PS 112. As part of an inquiry-based approach, Natalia applied Professor Sugata Mitra’s self-organized learning method. In 2013, Natalia began her Ph.D. studies under the mentorship of Professor Mitra.

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Mónica Byrne-Jiménez

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Mónica Byrne-Jiménez

Associate Professor and Director of the Educational and Policy Leadership Doctoral Program in the School of Education, Hofstra University
Nominee:  Antonia Darder

Mónica Byrne-Jiménez is an associate professor and director of the Educational and Policy Leadership Doctoral Program in the School of Education at Hofstra University. Her research focuses on Latina/o identity and school leadership, the role of faculty diversity on doctoral student experiences, the leadership for English Language Learners, and professional development. Before joining the faculty, she worked in a number of urban settings, including as a K-6 bilingual teacher, Even Start coordinator, and trainer for the Accelerated Schools Project. She is coauthor of Developing Effective Principals Through Collaborative Inquiry. Her work has appeared in the Leadership and Policy in Schools Journal, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity, Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership, Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas: Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia, and Voices in Urban Education. Dr. Byrne-Jiménez holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies/Sociology from Columbia University, an M.A. in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is president-elect of the UCEA, and board president of the Community Training and Assistance Center.

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Heidi Curry

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Heidi Curry

Founder, Managing Director, Caye Caulker Ocean Academy
Nominee:  Tony Wagner

Heidi Curry co-founded Ocean Academy as the first and only high school on the island of Caye Caulker, Belize. Now in its sixth year, Ocean Academy has become a model school within Belize and internationally—winning 14 awards in the 2014-2015 school year for its innovative programs that engage students to find and follow their passion through social enterprise, mentors, and real-world applications.  Heidi is dedicated to universal education as a means to end systemic poverty. Her work has resulted in 90 percent local high school enrollment compared to the 32 percent rate prior to Ocean Academy’s opening. Because school is only partially funded in Belize, she has led the development of a financing model that intertwines student-led hotel, restaurant, and tourism services within the school campus to serve as a real-world learning laboratory for skills ranging from engineering to culinary arts, air-conditioning repair to accounting, and fly fishing to marine biology. Heidi graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her master's degree in education from Boise State University. She was awarded the Bernard & Audrey Rapoport Fellowship for research conducted in Peru.

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Michael Gunzenhauser

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Michael Gunzenhauser
Associate Professor of Administrative and Policy Studies in the School of Education, the University of Pittsburgh
Nominee:  Nel Noddings

Michael Gunzenhauser is a philosopher of education and a qualitative research methodologist at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has been an associate professor of Administrative and Policy Studies in the School of Education since 2004, and in 2014 he became associate dean for Student Affairs and Certification.  Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Dr. Gunzenhauser was an assistant professor in the College of Education at Oklahoma State University.  As a philosopher of education, he applies ethics, epistemology, and social theory to issues of social justice in education and qualitative research. Most recently, he has published work on professionalism among teachers and school leaders under pressure from accountability systems, including the 2012 book from Continuum Press, The Active/Ethical Professional: A Framework for Responsible Educators.

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Jeni Henrickson

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Jeni Henrickson

Associate Creative Director, Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML), University of Minnesota
Nominee:  Aaron Doering

Jeni Henrickson is the associate creative director at the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) at the University of Minnesota. LTML is an innovation center within the College of Education and Human Development that designs, develops, and researches technology-enhanced learning tools and experiences with a focus on addressing humanity's most pressing educational, social, and environmental issues. An outdoor and adventure enthusiast, Jeni is passionate about sustainability issues, global collaboration, and getting kids excited about learning and the outdoors. Her international research collaborations include working with schools around the circumpolar Arctic, and with Aboriginal communities in both the Arctic and Australia. In 2013 she participated in an amazing pulking expedition across Baffin Island in Arctic Canada as part of an adventure-learning project for LTML. Jeni speaks often to groups on the topics of adventure learning, environmental education, and global collaboration. She is also a seasoned author in the field of adventure learning.  Jeni’s educational background includes a B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts from Bethany College, and an M.A. in Education from the University of Minnesota (UMN). She is currently a doctoral candidate in Education at UMN.

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Cheryl Jessogne

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Cheryl Jessogne

Vice President for Institutional Advancement, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Nominee:  Walter Massey

In 2005, Cheryl Jessogne joined the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now serves as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement overseeing development, alumni affairs, marketing and communications, and board relations. Prior to her role with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cheryl held positions with Museum Campus Chicago; The Field Museum of Natural History; Corporate and Foundation Development with the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division; and has supported various organizations as a consultant for events and development initiatives. In addition to these positions in Chicago, Cheryl established the first fine arts community festival in her hometown of Lake Zurich, Illinois (Ela Festival of Arts), created a cooperative gallery and studio space with a team of artists in Algonquin, Illinois, and has taught art (preschool – 8th grade) at St. Joseph’s School in Libertyville, Illinois, St. Catherine’s of Siena in Dundee, Illinois, and at Kaleidoscope, a private art school in Barrington, Illinois. She received her graduate degree in arts administration (MAAA) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and her undergraduate degree (BFA) from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1995.

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Doug Major

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Douglas Major
Superintendent/CEO at Meridian Technology Center
Nominee:  Gene Bottoms

Douglas Major began his career in education as a classroom teacher in Anadarko, Oklahoma, where he served as an agriculture education instructor.  In 1987, he joined Oklahoma’s Technology Center system and served in various administrative capacities at Meridian Technology Center before being named the Superintendent/CEO of Pioneer Technology Center in 2000.  In 2008, Major returned to Meridian Technology Center as Superintendent/CEO.  During this time, he earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University. Throughout his career Major has focused his efforts on improving educational opportunities through participation in Career and Technical Education (CTE).  He has participated in various local, state, and national professional associations and is a recent past-president of the largest national association dedicated to CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education.  Major was one of 30 selected to participate in the first National Leadership Institute sponsored by the National Centers for Career and Technical Education, was recognized by the National Council of Local Administrators as their Distinguished Service Award recipient and in 2012, The Journal Record honored Major as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs.

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Charles Slater

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Charles Slater
Professor of Educational Leadership, California State University Long Beach (CSULB)
Nominee:  Cecilia Fierro

Charles Slater is a professor of Educational Leadership at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). He previously served as a professor at Texas State University San Marcos and was superintendent of schools in Texas and Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MAT from Occidental College-Los Angeles, and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota.  He came to CSULB after serving as the Director of Doctoral Programs at Texas State University and at the University of the Incarnate Word. With this experience, he led the writing of the Ed.D. proposal at CSULB and guided it through the approval process. He now coordinates internal assessment for the Educational Administration Program and has served on numerous college and department Committees.  He teaches and conducts research in educational administration in Latin America and recently served as visiting professor at the University of Barcelona. He taught in the doctoral program at la Universidad del Valle de Mexico for five years and has collaborated with colleagues to publish comparative studies of Mexico, Korea, and the U.S.  He has conducted research on social justice leadership in Costa Rica as part of the International Study of Leadership Development Network (ISLDN), jointly sponsored by the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

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