Our Team

Cathie Norris

Cathie Norris
Co-Director Cathie Norris
Regents Professor and Department Chair
Department of Learning Technologies
College of Information
 
Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies, College of Information, at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. From 1995-2001, Norris was President of the National Educational Computing Association, and led its merger with ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, creating the largest, international organization for technology-minded educators in the world. Norris was Co-President of ISTE from 2001-2004. Norris’ 14 years in K-12 classrooms – receiving a Golden Apple Award from Dallas ISD along the way – has shaped her university R&D agenda: developing resources to support K-12 teachers as they move into 21st century classrooms. (Click here for more information.)
 

Elliot Soloway

Elliot Soloway

Co-Director Elliot Soloway
Arthur F Thurnau Professor
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering
Professor of Education, School of Education
Professor of Information, School of Information
 
Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Michigan. In 2004 and in 2011, students in the College of Engineering HKN Honor Society selected Dr. Soloway to receive the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.” (Click here for more information.)

 

Educator Team

Nicole Andreas

Nicole Andreas is an elementary educator with 16 years of experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and completed her Master’s degree in Technology Integration at Grand Valley State University. Currently, Nicole teaches computer science and STEM exploratory classes, K-5 at Kent City Elementary. She is also the technology integration coach for Kent City Elementary. Nicole is passionate about sharing STEM fields and future career opportunities with her students. Nicole also works to share her knowledge with other educators and has been a presenter at MACUL, miGoogle, AssisTechKnow, and the Michigan CEC Conference.

Liat Copel

Liat Copel is a Special Education teacher from Israel. Prior to joining the University as an Educational Administrator, she was a teacher at Hillel day School at Farmington Hills, MI. Before moving to the US, she also taught at Adanim School for kids with mental illness, Urim School for kids with behavior problems, and other schools. Liat is currently working with the Center for Digital Curricula and overseeing the implementation of BrainVentures and Remote Learning Schedules using the Roadmaps platform. She is excited to integrate technology into classrooms and bring deeply digital curricula to teachers and students alike.

Monique Coulman

Monique Coulman

Monique Coulman is an educational leader and distinguished educator with 19 years experience in K-12 classrooms in Michigan. Monique earned both her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Michigan.  She is certified in Science and Literacy K-12.  Monique has been a pioneer, bringing project-based learning and educational technology to her school and district.   It is Monique’s mission to blend technology use with best practice teaching to increase student engagement, ownership and achievement.

 

Denise Gallemore

Denise Gallemore is a 30+ year veteran K-6 classroom, Distinguished Evaluated Educator, & Co-Author of the 5th Grade State of Michigan Social Studies Open Education Textbook. She has been an integral part of the OER “Movement” at the District, State, and National levels. Denise serves on the MDE GoOpen Strategy Team (since 2016) as part of the Content Curation/Vetting Committee. She has traveled across Michigan and the US to train & consult other educators on how to use & implement OER’s in the classroom. She has presented at MACUL, ISTE, and many other state & national venues. Data over the past four years from her own and other district classrooms support the use of OER’s and digital curricula across the curriculum to provide personalized learning & individualized instruction. Furthermore, Denise feels strongly that the Collabrify Roadmap Platform is a powerful “key” for the use & implementation of OERs. She is looking forward to continuing her work in this area and bringing this important Roadmapping tool for Creating, Collaborating, & Customizing to assist other educators and students in the use of quality OERs as the “movement” continues!
 
 

Billie Freeland

 

Billie Freeland has received her teaching degree from Aquinas College and Masters from Western Michigan University where she specialized in Mathematics and Reading K-12. She has been teaching for 25 years in mainly 5th grade, but also 2nd, 3rd and 6th grade science. She is currently working at Kent City Elementary. Her training has also included Teacher Leadership and Cognitive Coaching. She is also the co-chair of the district Science Committee and the district’s K-5 STEM teacher. This position connected her with MSU’s Create for STEM project and the CDC at University of Michigan Roadmaps. In her words, “I have witnessed first hand the power of interactive technology embedded in research based, engaging curriculum as a way to grow learners. In just a short time, the unique platform of Roadmaps has grown my student skills in modeling, problem solving and collaboration. As an educator, I have grown more this past year than any other year in my career. I am inspired by the flexibility that the tool allows me to create lessons, share content, allow for students to express their learning and collaborate with each other and myself.”

Dawn Michalak

 
Dawn Michalak is a 24 year veteran teacher and is currently teaching in a third grade Gifted & Talented Cluster classroom.  She believes technology is an important tool for differentiating the core curriculum to meet the needs of all students, including support for struggling students and enrichment for gifted and talented students.  She recently joined the Collabrify team to create free, deeply-digital, OER lessons. Providing digital resources should make technology integration easier for busy classroom teachers as well as positively impacting our tech savvy students.

 

Brandon Mullins

Brandon Mullins

Brandon Mullins is Founder and Creative Director of PeRshGo Industries, a digital media marketing firm specializing in online branding, where he has worked with a variety of clients including National Amusements, Niantic Labs, Emagine Theaters, WeatherGard, and Salem Media Group. He holds a B.A. in Electronic Media from Eastern Michigan University where he delivered, “The End of Anonymity: How the Internet is Getting to Know the Real You” as part of EMU’s 2012 Undergraduate Symposium. Brandon’s focus is on supporting projects which leverage internet technology to build social capital, foster civic engagement, and support the common good.

Puja Mullins

Puja Mullins

Puja Mullins is the English Learner Coordinator at Lincoln Consolidated Schools. She is the recipient of the 2018 University of Michigan Press Award and Eastern Michigan University Dean’s Travel Award for her commitment to the field of TESOL. Through Change the Equation STEM and INTEL Math grants, she collaborated to design NGSS-aligned curricula and a repository of digital math resources. Mrs. Mullins has been an active presenter in the past, having shared her strategies with other educators at DCTM, MSTA and TESOL International. She’s deeply interested in integrating digital curricula to strengthen academic language and learning for ELs. She is passionate about the value of Collabrify, and particularly of the Roadmapping tool in engaging students in digital literacy and supporting data-driven instruction.