2022-2023 Fellows


Lauren Angelone is the Assistant Professor of Science Education and Instructional Technology in the School of Education at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a PhD in Cultural Foundations, Technology, and Qualitative Inquiry from The Ohio State University. Currently, she teaches courses to undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of science and technology integration. Her research interests include the cultural study of technology in education, STEM, qualitative methodology, and antiracist pedagogies. She has a particular interest in the disrupting discourses surrounding technology use in the classroom as a critical pedagogical strategy. Lauren has been an avid traveler since raising her own funds to leave the country for the first time in order to participate in a student exchange to the UK and Ireland in the summer before her senior year of high school. In her technology classes, she uses the International Society for Technology in Education standards to help students learn to become global collaborators. During this year as a Global Teacher Education Fellow, she will revise her Instructional Technology course to more purposefully invest in internationalizing the curriculum. This course will be taught in both fall of 2022 and spring of 2023.

Lisa M. Dembouski is Associate Professor of Education, Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN); Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, & Instruction/Culture & Teaching from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Before joining the Gustavus faculty, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer, wilderness survival counselor, SpEd teacher in St. Paul Public Schools, and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. At Gustavus, she teaches a variety of courses in the Education department and supervise student teachers both locally and abroad. She is the point person for the department’s “Global Educators” program, created a January-term course on the island of Sint Maarten (which she will focus on during this fellowship), and is developing another study-away for a future June-term course on the Camino de Santiago (in Spain). She loves teaching as a vocation/profession, the many opportunities that a small liberal arts college offers, and the ability to direct her interests in a variety of ways as a natural part of her work. In my free time, she loves to read, cook, garden/grow things, the outdoors, and travel. She is currently working on my goal to camp, hike, and/or kayak in every one of Minnesota’s 66 State Parks (only 28 to go!). Course focus for this Fellowship: EDU 235: Supporting Pupil Learning on Sint Maarten, Dutch West Indies. This course is for elementary, secondary, and K-12 initial teacher licensure candidates.

Cheryl Ellerbrock is an Associate Professor Education at the University of South Florida. She earned her PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of South Florida. At USF she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in middle level and general secondary education. Dr. Ellerbrock co-coordinates both the residency-based middle school teacher preparation program and the Ph.D. program in Teacher Education at USF. Dr. Ellerbrock has authored over 40 publications that center on ways to promote responsive school experiences for young adolescent learners. Dr. Ellerbrock has won numerous awards for her teaching excellence, including the Margaret Burlington Tritle Excellence in Teaching Award in 2022, the USF College of Education Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award in 2022, USF Student Success Award for Academic Excellence in 2020, and USF’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year award in 2011. She currently serves as Immediate Past Chair for AERA’s Middle Level Education Research Group, member of the Association for Middle Level Education’s Research Advisory Committee, Southern Regional Director for the North American Professors of Middle Level Education, and the Secretary and Collegiate Representative for the Florida League of Middle Schools.  The course she plans to revise in Spring 2023 is ESE 4322 Classroom Management for a Diverse School & Society.
Christina Wright Fields is an Assistant Professor of Education at Marist College. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in academic success of historically marginalized populations from Bowling Green State University. As a diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) educator and researcher, Dr. Fields broadly explores the issues of race, gender, and equity in education and administrative practices. Additionally, through use of critical qualitative methodologies, she centers the experiences of Black educators, administrators, and students in both K-12 and postsecondary education. Dr. Fields teaches coursework in foundations of education and social and cultural foundations of education. The course she plans to modify and teach during Spring 2023 is EDUC 101 Foundations of Education; this course is a required course for pre-service teachers at Marist College.
Rabia Hos is an associate professor of TESOL/BDL and the graduate program director at The University of Rhode Island’s School of Education. She was an ESOL teacher in Rochester public schools for over a decade before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2012. She has been a faculty in teacher preparation programs for the past decade and worked at an international university in Turkey and the Illinois State University before arriving at the University of Rhode Island. Her research focuses on immigrant and refugee newcomer students with inconsistent/interrupted formal education (SIFE), teacher education, and professional development of teachers. She recently served as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State providing professional development to English language teachers and teacher mentors at the USPEaK Organization in Lebanon. She is also a co-PI for “Preparing Globally Competent Teachers for Rhode Island and beyond: A collaborative project with Providence College and University of Rhode Island”, funded by the Longview Foundation.  The course that she will modify/create is EDC441-Comparative and International Education. This is a new course that will be created and offered in Spring 2023 for pre-service and in-service teachers in the teacher education program.

Grace Kang has taught at the K-6 grade levels for ten years. Grace received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kang is an associate professor of Elementary Literacy at Illinois State University. Grace teaches various literacy methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and her research explores culturally sustaining and responsive pedagogies, expanding definitions of literacy, and social justice-oriented teacher education, specifically in writing. She will redesign Elementary Issues & Practices in Fall 2022 which focuses on elementary issues and practices that review assets-based pedagogies, multiple teaching and learning strategies and techniques, and rapport and relationship building. It is required for Elementary Education licensure.
Jessamay T. Pesek earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota. She is a Minnesota licensed secondary social studies teacher who has worked in K-12 schools in Budapest, Hungary and Minnesota. Currently, she is associate professor of professional education and serves as program coordinator for the Professional Education Distance Learning (PEDL) programs at Bemidji State University in Northern Minnesota. At Bemidji, Jessamay teaches undergraduate and graduate courses to preservice teachers in social studies education, education foundations, and multicultural education. Her research focuses on global citizenship education, learning technologies, social studies education, and inclusive classroom practices in K-12 and higher education. The course she will revise is a course for preservice teachers that will be taught spring 2023 titled Elementary Social Studies Methods.