CREATE Board of Directors
Dr. Stacy Leggett, President
Stacy Leggett is an associate professor in the Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research department at Western Kentucky University. She joined the WKU faculty in 2016. She teaches EDAD 642 School-Community Relations, EDAD 643 Securing and Developing Staff, EDAD 644 Creating Organizational Structures and Operations, EDAD 645 Preparing for the Principalship, EDAD 684 Instructional Leadership, and EDAD 594 Leading Auxiliary Services. Dr. Leggett has 23 years’ experience in P-12 education that includes serving as a high school math and social studies teacher, an instructional coach for the North Carolina Department of Public Administration for turnaround schools, and a North Carolina school and district administrator. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Mississippi College in Political Science and History, respectively (1991, 1997). She earned her M.S.A. in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University (2005) and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The George Washington University (2015). Her research interests include evaluation of teachers and principals, evaluation of program impacts on student outcomes, and leading change. She was the recipient of the Achilles-Harper-Swenson Emerging Research Award at the 2013 CREATE Conference.
Corrie Rebecca Block, Ph.D., President-Elect
Corrie Rebecca Block, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Pegasus Institute after 15 years in academe which include tenure as an Associate Professor of Measurement, Evaluation and Policy Studies. She earned her doctorate from the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. And, holds a Master of Arts in Teaching as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Sociology. Corrie has taught social studies and special education in secondary and middle schools.
Dr. Susan Colby, Past-President
Susan Colby is the Director of Faculty Professional Development in the Center for Academic Excellence and professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. Prior to her work in educational development, she served as chair and assistant chair in the department for twelve years. Susan earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University; her MA in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Colorado, Denver; and her BS in Elementary Education with Distinction from the University of Minnesota. In 2002, she was the recipient of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Morphet Dissertation Award. In the public schools, she served as principal, Title I director, clinical professor, and teacher. Her research interests include assessment of student learning, teacher preparation program effectiveness, and the evaluation of preservice and practicing teachers. Her published articles have appeared in journals such as Studies in Educational Evaluation; Reading Research and Instruction; Action in Teacher Education; Teaching Education; Multicultural Education; and Educational Leadership.
Dr. Jessica Berry
South Carolina State Universityemail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal, St. Matthews Elementary School
Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentuckyemail: email@example.com
Dr. Linda Feldstein
Fort Hays State Universityemail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Feldstein serves as an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Fort Hays State University, in Hays, KS. Prior to joining academia, Linda spent 27 years in public education in varied roles, including a special education teacher, an instructional support specialist, and an elementary school counselor. Her educational background includes a B.S in Special Education from Gwynedd-Mercy College, a M.S. in School Counseling from Villanova University, and an Ed. D. in Educational Planning, Policy, and Leadership from the College of William and Mary. Research interests include classroom grading and assessment practices, working with redesign schools in Kansas, and student engagement. She has presented work in national venues such as American Educational Research Association, The Association of Teacher Educators, and The Consortium for Educational Research and Teacher Effectiveness, along with numerous state and regional conferences and professional development events.
Tanisha GarrettHistory Department Chair, Madison Park Academy
Oakland Unified School District, Californiaemail: email@example.com
Tanisha Garrett is History Department Chair, a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, the co-founder and sponsor of the Black Student Union at Madison Park Academy in the Oakland Unified School District in California, where she teaches history to 10th and 11th graders. She is in the second year of her doctoral program in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Tanisha holds a bachelor's degree in History and a master's degree in Teaching from Bellarmine University with a Learning and Behavior Disorders certification.
Danielle Hahn, Administrative Assistant
Danielle Hahn is the Administrative Support Specialist, Faculty Services in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Appalachian State University. She has been working in this capacity since 2012. Prior to her work at Appalachian, she was a bookkeeper, office manager, and medical secretary. She has a degree in Business Administration, with over 22 years of experience working with budgets and bookkeeping.
Graduate Student Representative
Carrie Hodge is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Carrie has over five years of experience teaching English at the community college level and ran the Writing Center at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC, for three years. Currently, she is working as a Senior Associate in Data & Advanced Analytics at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in Frankfort, KY. Her dissertation focuses on how six rural high schools in Western North Carolina create a college-going culture.
Dr. Nancy Nasr
Chemistry Content Leader
Granada Hills Charter High School, Californiaemail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Nasr is currently a secondary school science educator with over seven years of experience in the diverse classroom. Teaching a population of approximately 50% Latinx and Black students, Dr. Nasr’s continued research interest is anchored in cultural responsiveness in the science classroom as well as student attitudes toward culturally responsive pedagogy. Additionally, Dr. Nasr has an interest in exploring the ways in which the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS can be used to infuse science learning that is situated in phenomena associated with social justice, and empowering her students to overcome social injustices through the use of science. Dr. Nasr received her B.Sc. in Microbiology from University of Alberta. She received her M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Northridge and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of South Carolina.
Dr. Sheila Wilson
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Sheila Wilson is an educator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She has served at Regent University as an Adjunct Professor in the Teacher Leader program. Dr. Wilson has 30 years of experience teaching elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans in Drama and Communications and Curriculum and Instruction, respectively (1990, 2000). Sheila earned her doctorate in K-12 School Leadership from Regent University in 2014. In 2015, an article she co-authored on 21st Century School Leadership was the feature for Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s online publication. Dr. Wilson is a regular contributor to Classroom Q & A, an Education Week Teacher blog, and was featured on BAM! radio in 2019 speaking on the effectiveness of restorative practices in schools. Sheila was nominated Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2019. Dr. Wilson is an avid presenter and her research interests include school leadership, equity in education, amplifying 21st-century instruction, and assessment reform.
Dr. Abby Woods
Charleston County Schools
Abby Woods is the Director of Internal Consulting in Charleston County School District. Dr. Woods has been a teacher, administrator and consultant in public education in Illinois and South Carolina. Dr. Woods holds a Bachelor of Science from Millikin University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois, Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies: Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University in Chicago and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina.