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Early Career Leadership and Professional Development Initiative:
Twenty-first Century Leadership Academy


2008 - 2009 Twenty-first Century Leadership Academy Cohort

Andy KlenkeAndy Klenke
Pittsburg State University

Andrew Klenke is an associate professor of Technology Education at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. The Technology Education program is housed in the Department of Technology Studies which is part of the College of Technology. He currently teaches, advises, serves on departmental, college and university and ITEEA committees, is the International Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) advisor, as well as the local TECA chapter advisor. Andy earned his A.A. degree from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ while in the military, a B.S Ed (Technology Education), an M.S. Ed (Technology Education) and an Educational Specialist (Higher Education) from Pittsburg State University. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas, pursuing an Ed.D. (Workforce Development), and plans on finishing the degree in the Spring of 2009.

Mark SpringstonMark Springston, Ph.D.
SUNY Oswego

Mark Springston received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, while he served as a graduate teaching assistant and later as adjunct faculty. For his dissertation topic of teamwork and technological problem solving he conducted an experiment with 294 (99 teams) first year college engineering students. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology at the State University of New York Oswego, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate professional education courses. In addition, he instructs imaging and multimedia related laboratory courses. He has created several multimedia instructional products and web sites. His research interests include technological problem solving and design in the context of student teams.

Maurice FrazierMaurice Frazier, Ph.D.
Chesapeake Public Schools

Maurice Frazier graduated from North Carolina State University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Education.  He finished his Master’s degree in Occupational and Technical Studies from Old Dominion University in 2004.  He graduated again from Old Dominion University in the Spring of 2009 with a Ph.D. degree in Occupational and Technical Studies. Maurice’s research interests include standardized testing and advancements in technological literacy through STEM education.  He recently served on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) planning committee where we developed a framework for a national testing instrument to measure technological literacy.  He has been teaching Communication Technology and Graphic Communications for 11 years at Oscar Smith High school in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Married for 7 years, his hobbies include motorcycle riding, shooting pool, and bowling. 

Sonya DraperSonya R. Draper, Ph.D.
North Carolina A&T State University

Sonya R. Draper is an assistant professor in the Department of Graphic Communication Systems and Technological Studies at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T SU). She teaches undergraduate/graduate technology education courses. She received her BS degree in Business Education from East Carolina University, MS in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Technology Education) from Virginia Tech. Currently, Sonya serves as the student advisor for the Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) at NC A&T SU.

Phyllis OparePhyllis Opare
Old Dominion University

Phyllis Bernice Opare graduated from University of Education of Winneba in Ghana with a Bachelor of Education in Technology Education and Clarion University of PA with Masters in Science Education. Currently, she is a student in the PhD Technology Education program at Old Dominion University (ODU). Her projected graduation date is Spring 2010.
Phyllis’s research interests are in discovering ways to increase female participation in STEM. Additionally, Phyllis helped organize and facilitate the annual STEM clinic for girls in Ghana for several years. In the future, Phyllis plans to get actively involved in the Educational and Socio-economic Development of Ghana through, policymaking and revision.

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