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tamara_rndTamara Holmlund Nelson, Ph.D.

phone: (360) 546-9663

Dr. Nelson is an assistant professor of science eduacation at WSU Vancouver. Her research is on the transformation of science teachers’ knowledge and beliefs through professional development (including preservice education) and how teachers translate their new understanding into practice. She is especially interested in how teachers think about teaching and learning in relation to students from populations underrepresented in science education.



David Slavit, Ph.D.

phone: (360) 546-9653

Dr. David Slavit is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at WSU Vancouver. His research is on teacher development as well as student understandings of mathematical content. Dr. Slavit has been principal investigator of numerous National Science Foundation and USDOE grants with both a research and professional development focus.



Anne Kennedy, M.A.T.
phone: (360) 546-9676

Anne Kennedy serves as Co-PI on STRIDE. She provides support and leadership tothe research team in the area of school and district culture and context, school leadership, professional development, impacts of state and national agendas for change and grant development, management and evaluation. Kennedy has a Masters of Arts in Teaching and Administrative Credential from Lewis and Clark college in Portland, Oregon. Her current teaching and research interests include school change, leader development, sustainable program development in science and mathematics education, and K-12 / Higher Education Partnerships.




Linda Edwards
phone: (360) 546-9123

Linda Edwards is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a teaching endorsement at WSU Vancouver. She provides administrative support to the STRIDE research team. Her interest as an educator is to inspire students to discover that history is more than a required course, but rather an epic story of past events with relevance to who we are today and into the future.







Angie Deuel Foster, Ph.D.
phone: (360) 546-9123

Angie Deuel Foster earned a PhD from University of California at Santa Barbara with a research interest in discourse analysis. Her teaching background is in middle and high school Language Arts. In graduate school she used discourse analysis to study her 10th grade english class participating in book clubs. For STRIDE she conducts discourse analysis on PLC meetings to better understand the support PLCs need and how they change over time. She is thrilled to be studying PRiSSM because she believes is shifts expectations, resources and control from district and state officials to classroom teachers.





Michele Mason, M.A.
phone: (360) 546-9123

New to STRIDE in 2008, Michele Mason joins the team with experience in K-8 teaching and event planning. She is currently student of Washington State University where she continues to hone her research skills while focusing on the teaching and learning of English Language Learners (ELLs).