I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Maryland – College Park in the College of Education (Teaching and Learning & Policy and Leadership). I am affiliated with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL). My Ph.D. is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on science education (chemistry). I have an interdisciplinary background focused on learning sciences, human-computer interaction, and science education. I conducted my postdoctoral fellowship research at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.
Prior to my life as a researcher, I was a teacher of chemistry (AP Chemistry and standard), math, and biology for seven years. I have taught in West Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr (PA), and Silver Spring (MD) in elementary, middle, and high schools.
Design-based research, curriculum development, families and media, human-computer interaction (child-computer interaction), games and learning, informal education, learning sciences, participatory design, science education (chemistry), self-identity and ownership, visualization technology.