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. Sheila Wilson, Recording Secretary
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. Jessica Berry
South Carolina State Universityemail: email@example.com
Dr. Jessica Berry is a native of Huger, South Carolina. She is currently the acting department chairperson and assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology at South Carolina State University. She completed her B.A. and M.A. in speech language pathology & audiology from Winthrop University and South Carolina State University and her doctoral studies at Louisiana State University in Communication disorders with a minor in Linguistics.
Dr. Berry is a fluent Gullah/Geechee speaker who is passionate about the Gullah/Geechee language and has worked as a translator/transcriber with the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture project (2014). She is the creator of the first series of Gullah/Geechee, cultural competency focused professional development sessions for teachers in Charleston County School District (2017-present). She was recently awarded theAmerican Speech Language Hearing Associations Editor’s awardfor her work which examined the use of strategic scoring and probes as alternative assessment methods for children who speak African American English.
She is the author of a new book,The Little Gullah Geechee Book: A Guide for the Come Ya. She wrote this book with hopes to reach tourists, the transplants to the low-country region, andanyone who is interested in learning more about the Gullah Geechee language and culture.
Dr. Berry is an advocate for creating spaces where children who do not speak Mainstream English are provided the same opportunities and additional assistance that they need to be successful. As a part of this goal, her research focuses language impairment in the context of regional dialect variation, non-biased assessment of children who speak nonmainstream varieties of English, and Gullah Geechee linguistic structure and sociolinguistic complexities.
She enjoys learning and growing and plans to use all that she has learned through her years as an educator/clinician to mentor the next generation of scholars and educate the public about the Gullah Geechee language. She is a wife, mother of two girls and enjoys singing and reading in her spare time.
Principal, St. Matthews Elementary School
Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentuckyemail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottie has been the Principal of St. Matthews Elementary School since 2014.
Before being principal, he was the Vice Principal at St. Matthews Elementary after he served as principal when he developed and started the alternative education school, Horizons Academy in Bardstown, Kentucky with Nelson County Public Schools. Scottie has spent 19 years in public education. Six of those years as a special education teacher with Jefferson County Public Middle and High Schools. He attended graduate school at Spalding University and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master’s in Educational Administration.
Mr. Collier and his team have developed a character education program that includes training and curriculum that all students at the school participate in on a daily basis. He credits this focus on character education as one of the many reasons for the academic success of the school. This character education program has been a cornerstone for the school that propels Mr. Collier’s vision that a school should educate the students academically and help raise good human beings who will be successful at every level.
While at St. Matthews he has established great relationships with the school district, community, local government that has allowed opportunities for the students at the school. Every year it has remained a priority for the 4th grade students to visit the Capitol building in Frankfort, Kentucky. Mr. Collier has also worked with the Mayor of St. Matthews, Mayor Tonini, to help secure funding for needed playground updates and additions, as well as, requiring a lot of school fundraising to meet this goal. Also, St. Matthew Elementary welcomes local Church volunteers to work with the students and help build relationships and bridge educational gaps.
Outside of school, Mr. Collier enjoys spending quality time with his family and loves spending time outdoors. He and his wife, Amy, who is a certified social worker and therapist have two children, Clara and Matthew, both students in Jefferson County Public Schools.
Dr. Linda Feldstein
Fort Hays State Universityemail: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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. 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.