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21st Century Leadership Academy 2020 Fellows Selected

February 01, 2019

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Council on Technology & Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE) proudly announces newly selected 21st Century Leadership Academy (CLA) 2020 Fellows.


Andrew Hughes, Ed.D., Assistant Professor

California State University San Bernardino

Andrew J. Hughes earned his Ed.D. through the Technology Education program at North Carolina State University. Prior to earning his doctorate, Andrew taught 2nd through 5th grade gifted; elementary courses focused on engineering and technology; 7th through 12th grade engineering, multimedia, manufacturing/material processing, and engineering/technical graphics courses in Pennsylvania. Andrew is a third generation Industrial Arts, Technology, and Engineering educator. Andrew's research interests lie in empowering students with STEM experiences that improve their interest and ability to pursue future STEM careers and schooling. Andrew also studies metacognition and how teachers' and students' knowledge and regulation of their thinking impacts their teaching/learning.


Deidre L. Kelly, Doctoral Student and Teaching Assistant

North Carolina State University

Deidre L. Kelly is a doctoral student in the Technology, Engineering, and Design Education Program at NC State University with a minor in Adult and Community College Education. Additionally, she is completing two certificate programs, one in Teaching and Communication and the other in Leadership. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Niagara University in Western New York and a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University. Deidre has worked in higher education for more than 15 years, first in marketing and public relations and then in student affairs and counseling. Ultimately, her goal is to teach at the collegiate level in the areas of communications technology, design theory, leadership, motivation, and change. Her research interests include the motivations of and influences on first-generation college students in engineering and technology education. Currently, she is conducting qualitative research through an NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Grant with faculty from NC State, Embry-Riddle, and Texas Tech. Deidre serves as the 2018-2019 Epsilon Pi Tau Technology Honor Society President.


Byron McKay, Assistant Professor

Technology & Engineering Education

Pittsburg State University

Byron McKay earned an M.S. in Educational Leadership and a B.S.E in Technology & Engineering Education from Pittsburg State University. He taught technology & engineering and math in Missouri for several years before becoming an assistant professor at Pittsburg State University. He is now the Program Coordinator for the Technology & Engineering Education program and adviser for its student group TEECA. Byron focuses on STEM integration in his Technology & Engineering courses and also promotes hands on, practical application lessons to elementary education majors in his STEM emphasis classes. Byron serves in his community, working with students, in many ways, including being on the local Rec Board and Youth Program Coordinator at his church.


Molly Miller, Technology & Engineering Educator, Penn Manor High School
Ed.D. Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
Molly is currently an Ed.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Instruction & Learning with a concentration in STEM education. Molly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education as well as her Master of Education in Technology and Innovation from Millersville University. Molly is currently a technology and engineering teacher at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, PA. At Penn Manor, she has helped to develop and grow both the engineering and computer science course pathways in the district. Molly also serves as the advisor for the district's Technology Student Association (TSA), Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math, and Science (TEAMS), and robotics clubs. Molly's research interests focus on the role of productive struggle in STEM education. Outside of school, Molly stays active through mission work, cheering on Pittsburgh sports, and her most important work as mother to her two children, Landry and Scarlett.


Joanna Papadopoulos, PhD Candidate

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Joanna Papadopoulos is a PhD candidate in the Integrative STEM Education program at Virginia Tech and a full time I-STEM Teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative STEM Education as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of New Jersey. She has taught for four years in New Jersey and holds multiple endorsements in in the STEM disciplines. Currently, Joanna is also a Special Project Associate and Engineering byDesign™ National Teacher Effectiveness Coach for ITEEA’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning. She was recently honored at the 2018 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference with the Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators Maley Spirit of Excellence Outstanding Graduate Student Citation and the Epsilon Pi Tau (ΕΠΤ) International Honor Society for Technology- 2018 Warner Graduate Student Research Award. Joanna was recognized as a Virginia Tech Graduate School Citizen Scholar for creating STEM opportunities for her community. Her research interests focus on Integrative STEM Education through technological / engineering design based learning approaches.  


Euisuk Sung, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher

Indiana University

Euisuk is a postdoctoral researcher in Indiana University since Fall of 2018. He studied computer science for his bachelor’s degree in South Korea and worked in a start-up company as a software engineer. He engaged in various software development projects including a real-time remote controller and web-sharing video communication. After the three years of working, he decided to become an educator which was the most exciting and valuable work for him. He taught in public high schools for nine years and wrote five technology education textbooks for South Korea K-12 national curriculum. He received master’s degree in career & workforce education from Seoul National University, South Korea, and completed his Ph.D. degree in engineering and technology teacher education at Purdue University, IN. His research interest includes the maker movement, computational thinking, design thinking, and issues in the K-12 STEM pipeline.


Participants are selected from early career university technology and engineering education teachers. Each participant is self-nominated or nominated by another CTETE member and must agree to participate in the program for one year.

This program provides an opportunity for rising technology and engineering educators from across the country to develop as professional leaders, develop community, and have experiences related to the promotion of technology and engineering education and technological literacy in our schools.

For more information about the 21st Century Leadership Academy program, go to: Twenty-FirstCenturyLeadershipAcademy.aspx#tabs  

For more information about the 2020 CLA participants, go to: Twenty-FirstCenturyLeadershipAcademy/45386.aspx#tabs