TERRAPIN TEACHERS STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Daniel i. chazan, Ed.d., co-director
Professor, College of Education
Dr. Daniel Chazan is a co-Director of Terrapin Teachers, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at The University of Maryland College Park, and Director of the Center for Mathematics Education. The Center for Mathematics Education does research on the teaching of mathematics in local urban schools, prepares teachers for elementary and secondary schools at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels, educates researchers and teacher educators, and does outreach to schools. Dr. Chazan's professional interests include: student-centered mathematics teaching, the potential of history and philosophy of mathematics for informing such teaching, the role of technology in supporting student classroom exploration, exploring possibilities for constructive links between educational scholarship and practice, and the preparation of future teachers.
Dr. Chazan provides great leadership and support for the members of the Terrapin Teachers program. He assists with curriculum development, program approvals, and acts as a liaison between the Terrapin Teachers program and faculty collaborations from the College of Education.
Arthur N. Popper, Ph.D., Co-Director
Professor Emeritus, College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences
Dr. Popper, while “retired,” continues his research interests through collaborating with individuals around the world. His continued research interests focus on the effects of man-made (or anthropogenic) noise on aquatic life, with particular focus on effects of such sounds on fishes. This interest allows Dr. Popper to take advantage of his decades of basic research on fish hearing capabilities and mechanisms and apply them to issues that have the potential to directly affect behavior and physiology of animals as the noise levels in the aquatic environment increases (see www.popperlab.umd.edu). Recent studies have included effects of very intense man-made signals (pile driving, seismic air guns) as well as general increase in background noise levels (as from shipping and aquaculture). Dr. Popper is also very involved in working with U.S. and international institutions in evaluating overall effects of the increase in man-made noise on animals. He currently leads a research project on the effects of high intensity signals on fishes and he is also involved with a research project in The Netherlands on effects of seismic exploration on fish behavior. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Popper is editor of two major publications, the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research and the magazine Acoustics Today.
Dr. Popper’s involvement with Terrapin Teachers arises from his long-standing interest in seeing for the long-term improvement in the quality of STEM teaching in K-12. He also provides leadership and support for the members of the Terrapin Teachers program and serves as a liaison between Terrapin Teachers and faculty collaborations from the College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences. Dr. Popper focuses more on fundraising, staff development, and mentoring TT staff members.
Anisha M. Campbell, PH.D.
Dr. Anisha Campbell is a distinguished educator and leader who has more than sixteen years of experience in higher education. In 2008, while at Bowie State University, she became the principal investigator of a five-year, $12.4 million Math Science Partnership grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. As a result of the grant, Anisha developed two community outreach programs at the middle- and high school levels in collaboration with Prince George’s County Public Schools that focused on increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM.
As the associate director, Dr. Campbell is the face of the Terrapin Teachers program. She plays a very key role in the program's success. She is in charge of executing all the marketing efforts, fundraising, monitoring the program budget, and supervising the master teachers and the program management specialist.
Kathleen A. Angeletti, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Teacher Education, College of Education
Dr. Kathleen Angeletti is the Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Teacher Education in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She oversees the teacher preparation programs in the College and coordinates assessment and accreditation efforts related to educator preparation. In this role, she oversees the College’s P-16 Partnership Center; serves as the University’s Title II Coordinator and teacher certification officer; maintains and develops school system partnerships; serves as the University’s liaison to the Maryland State Department of Education; coordinates ongoing accreditation efforts (CAEP, Middle States, etc.); provides leadership for teacher education committees; coordinates edTPA implementation efforts; and directs assessment and program evaluation for all educator preparation programs at the university.
Dr. Angeletti serves on the University System of Maryland’s Inter-Institutional Coordinating Committee Articulation Group, which is committed to the successful transfer and retention of community college students at four-year institutions. She also is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Maryland edTPA Collaborative, a multi-institutional group that is committed to creating a P20 learning community that advocates for the use of meaningful performance assessments (i.e., edTPA) and best practices in teacher education. She has also served as an evaluator for a number of State/NCATE (CAEP) accreditation visits, including serving as chair of the State Teams for the UMUC, Towson, and Stevenson University accreditation visits.
Joelle C. Presson, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Academic Programs, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Dr. Presson holds a Ph.D. in neurobiology and has been a researcher, advisor, instructor, and administrator at UMD since 1987. As the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in CMNS, Dr. Presson has a diverse set of duties and campus involvements. These include the post-bac Science in the Evening Program, work on learning outcomes assessments for campus and for the biological sciences program, work in curriculum development and integration across disciplines, teaching an I-series course, and advising.
Dr. Presson has been liaison from the sciences to the College of Education for over 20 years and was a part of the initial work team which designed and secured funding for the Terrapin Teachers program. Dr. Presson continues to serve on the Terrapin Teachers Steering Committee, and contributes particularly to advising, curriculum, and student research issues.
Catherine VanNetta, Ph.D.
Wiebking Master Teacher, Mathematics
Dr. VanNetta attended Towson University where she earned a B.S. in mathematics in 1988 and a M.Ed. in secondary education in 1994. In 2000, she earned a Ph.D. in mathematics curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland. Catherine taught six years in the Howard County Public School System at Mt. Hebron, Wilde Lake, and Oakland Mills High Schools. In addition, she taught for five years in the Ingenuity Project at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore City. Other experiences include two years teaching at a middle school, two years teaching at a community college, working on two NSF funded grants, supervision of secondary mathematics UM interns, and teaching in-service professional development courses. She is interested in teaching mathematics for understanding through effective classroom discourse and technology.
As the Wiebking Master Teacher, Dr. VaNetta plays an integral part in the recruitment and advising of Terrapin Teacher students. Dr. VanNetta is also responsible for collaborating with principals and teachers at our partner schools in preparation for TLPL 101.
Anita Sanyal, Ph.D.
Master Teacher, Science
Dr. Sanyal received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.Ed. in Science Education from UM; and Ph.D. in International Education Policy from UM. She is a former public school science teacher, so she has taught biology, earth science, and algebra at the secondary level. She has served in multiple capacities in supporting in-service and pre-service teachers by helping teachers develop curriculum and instructional modifications. She has led courses in science education at the elementary and secondary levels, and she has experience teaching courses in equity and diversity. Her experience at the higher education level includes teaching a course in Chile called Teaching Science Through Inquiry. Her diversity of experiences brings a broad view of the teaching experience that will be invaluable in supporting college students in considering teaching as a career.
As a Master Teacher, Dr. Sanyal is responsible for collaborating with principals and teachers at our partner schools in preparation for TLPL 102. Dr. Sanyal also plays an integral part in all research efforts for Terrapin Teachers.
Sarah Henson-Darko, M.Ed.
Master Teacher, Science
Sarah attended The College of Saint Rose, where she earned a B.A. In Biology. She worked as a staff scientist for a groundwater consulting firm before returning to graduate school. Sarah earned a M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education through University of Maryland’s MCERT program. She spent four years teaching high school science in Montgomery County Public Schools at Northwood High School, followed by four years teaching middle school science at Two Rivers Public Charter School, an Expeditionary Learning school in Washington, DC.
As a Master Teacher, Sarah has a strong background in problem based learning, database development, and grant writing.
Julie Brenner, M.S.Ed.
Master Teacher, Mathematics
Julie received her B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Fredonia; M.S. in Education with a specialization in Educational Computing from the State University of New York College at Buffalo; and M.A. with a specialization in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership from National University. Julie has 18 years of teaching experience. She has taught middle school, high school and adult learners in Maryland, North Carolina and New York. She has mentored many first year teachers and has held several leadership positions at Northwood. Her past and current classroom experiences will be valuable for providing powerful feedback.
Julie's position is unlike other Master Teachers. She is also currently a full time employee of Montgomery County Public School, where she teaches mathematics at Northwood High School. Julie will work with TT 60% of the time and spend 40% of her time teaching at Northwood High School. This is a really remarkable collaboration that brings unique opportunities to TT and our partner schools.
Steven Karig, M.Ed.
Master Teacher, Science
Steven attended the University of Maryland, earning his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. He has been teaching in Maryland and Washington, D.C. ever since. With over 11 years of experience teaching all areas of science in grades 6-12 and the distinction of National Board Certification, Steven is excited to continue his work in secondary classrooms while also guiding the teachers of tomorrow as part of the Terrapin Teachers program. Steven believes science provides people with important knowledge and tools to make sense of the world around them and has the power to transform them into lifelong learners.
Steven's position is unlike other Master Teachers. He is also currently a full time employee of Montgomery County Public School, where he teaches science at Northwood High School. Steven will work with TT 60% of the time and spend 40% of his time teaching at Northwood High School. This is a really remarkable collaboration that brings unique opportunities to TT and our partner schools.
Kayla Freeman, M.Ed.
MASTER TEACHER, MATHEMATICS
Kayla attended The University of Delaware, where she earned a B.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education and the University of Maryland where she earned her M.Ed. in Human Development. Kayla currently teaches at Paint Branch High School, where she has been for the past 9 years. Kayla is a leader at Paint Branch High School and has experience teaching students of all levels from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus BC. She is eager to share her classroom knowledge and experiences with the Terrapin Teacher Program.
Kayla's position is unlike other Master Teachers. She is also currently a full time employee of Montgomery County Public School, where she teaches mathematics at Paint Branch High School. Kayla will work with TT 60% of the time and spend 40% of her time teaching at Paint Branch High School. This is a really remarkable collaboration that brings unique opportunities to TT and our partner schools.
Jahaira Dixon, M.A.
Program Management Specialist
Jahaira is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Science and Bowie State University, with a Masters of Arts in Human Resource Development. She has an extensive background in administrative assistance, website development, social media communication and photography. As a member in the Terrapin Teachers family, her focus is to help the day to day operation run smoothly while fostering great working relationships with students, faculty, staff and donors.