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Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies is limited to a cohort of select full-time students who are fully embraced as members of the School of Education. They are engaged, committed individuals with a passion for the field of education, the possibilities it represents and the motivation to respond to its opportunities and challenges.

Cohort 1
Matthew Duvall, Mollie Gambone, Seth Jacobson, Anthony Matranga, Jeaná Morrison

Matthew Duvall

Matthew Duvall

Matthew Duvall is enrolled in Drexel's Ph. D. program in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies, with an emphasis on STEM education.

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Mollie Davis

Mollie Gambone

Mollie Gambone is a PhD candidate in the Educational Leadership Development concentration. Her dissertation is an ethnography of a small urban school whose mission is to provide personalized education to an intentionally diverse student body through sustained progressive education reform. In it, she focuses on the role that teachers and teacher collaboration plays in sustaining progressive reform by creating an atmosphere of community at the school.

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Seth Jacobson

Seth Jacobson

A native of West Philadelphia, Seth Jacobson graduated from Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where he specialized in Theater Performance.

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Anthony Matranga

Anthony Matranga

Anthony Matranga is a student in the Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies doctoral program with a concentration in STEM education.

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Jeana Morrison

Jeaná Morrison

Jeaná Morrison is a Philadelphia native who earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and African American Studies from Temple University.

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Cohort 2
Amanda Barany, Jonan Donaldson, Tamara Galoyan, Jessica Novak, Elaine Perignat, Shawnna Thomas-EL

Amanda Barany

Amanda Barany

Amanda Barany is a graduate student in the Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies program. Her research interests focus on the development and implementation of games as learning tools to support engagement, interest, valuing, and identity development around STEM careers.

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Jonan Donaldson

Jonan Donaldson

Jonan has been an educator for two decades. The first decade was in Osaka, Japan, and in the second decade I taught technologies for teaching and learning in master’s degree programs in Oregon. His research focus involves metaphors of learning in relation to beliefs and practices related to learning. His research also investigates the intersection of learning sciences, creativity, agency, and technology.

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Tamara Galoyan

Tamara Galoyan

Tamara Galoyan is from Armenia and is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies doctoral program in the School of Education, Drexel University. Her research interests focus on educational technologies, learner cognition, formal and informal learning, game-based learning, and curriculum design. Tamara is also working as a volunteer teacher at the Language Program Department at the International House, Philadelphia.
Prior to entering the program, Tamara earned a Master's degree in TEFL from the American University of Armenia and a Master's degree in Linguistics from the Yerevan State Linguistic University, Armenia.

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Jessica Novak

Jessica Novak

Jessica is a former middle school and high school STEM teacher with certifications in Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle School Math, Middle School Science, and High School Earth Science.  Jessica attended Providence College and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary/Special Education and a B.S. in Psychology with minors in both Mathematics and Science.

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Elaine Perignat

Elaine Perignat

Elaine Perignat’s current research interests focus on Creativity, creative cognitive processes, and creative problem solving pedagogies in STEM curriculum. As a Ph.D. student, Elaine is a graduate assistant and teaches first-year courses for the School of Education, is a member of AERA, and is involved in various student activities on campus.

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Shawnna Thomas-EL

Shawnna Thomas-EL

Shawnna L. Thomas-EL is a Ph.D. student enrolled in Drexel's program in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies. A native of West Philadelphia, Shawnna grew up under the umbrella of University City where advanced education and the integration of research and practical applications were presented as solutions to the issues and challenges that are faced by communities. Intellectually curious and ambitious, she was educated in the Philadelphia School District and enrolled early from a progressive high-school in the Chestnut Hill section of the city into Drexel University where she completed her Bachelor's degree in International Area Studies and her Master's degree in Arts Administration.

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