Prior to coming to the University of Chicago in 2005, Jeanne Century was a Senior Researcher at Education Development Center (EDC) in Newton MA. Jeanne has a BA in general science from Brandeis, and a MEd and doctorate in science education curriculum and teaching from Boston University. Her research focuses on the impact of inquiry science instruction, strategies for improving utilization of research and evaluation, sustainability of reform efforts, and measurement of intervention fidelity. Century served on the Education Policy and Department of Education Agency Review transition teams for the Obama-Biden administration where she was responsible for STEM education and education research and development issues.
Katie joined the Outlier team in March 2017 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship and Research Assistant Professorship at the Institute for Applied Research and Youth Development at Tufts University. She is currently working on several projects including the S3 and Broward County STEM + C research projects. Her previous work focused on program evaluation of positive youth development outcomes in out-of-school time contexts, particularly those positive outcomes youth receive through participation in sports and Boy/Girl Scouts. She received her Ph.D. in Life Span Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University and a B.A. with Honors in Psychology from Muhlenberg College.
Stephanie Loo joined Outlier as a research assistant in March 2016. She received her BA in Psychology and English and a certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is currently working on a number of projects including the Amplify arts organizations evaluation project, the Broward County STEM+C research project, the Hive Chicago strategic planning project, and the Lincoln Park Zoo program evaluation project.
As an undergraduate, Stephanie worked in a learning and transfer research lab and completed an honors psychology thesis on the link between word sounds and object properties. Stephanie has also participated in research on urban transportation, wildlife resource management, and the toxicity of household cleaning products.
Dr. Lisa Milenkovic is a STEM+Computer Science Curriculum Supervisor at Broward County Public Schools, the nation’s sixth largest district. Dr. Milenkovic is the District Director for the Code.org Regional Partnership for CS, the K-12 STEM Olympiad and other programs to engage students and teachers in STEM. She has a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry, with experience as a consultant in laboratory automation and training adult learners in technology applications. Dr. Milenkovic has elementary classroom experience as a K-5 science resource teacher and 5th grade classroom teacher. Dr. Milenkovic served on the Florida Dept. of Education committee to frame and write computer science standards for K-12.
Annmargareth Salyer Marousky is a Computer Science Instructional Specialists for Broward County Public Schools, a Florida Atlantic University alum, a National Board Certified Teacher with 20 years of teaching experience, and a Code.org District Facilitator. Prior to her current position, Annmargareth has worked in the private, charter, and public educational system in various positions. She has been a STEM Teacher, Science Coach, 5th – 8th grade classroom teacher, and an active member of Leadership teams. She has experience writing curriculum for Broward County Public Schools, Science4Us.com, and for other NSF grants, as well as providing a number of professional development trainings for teachers in elementary Education, STEM, and blended-technology.
Debra Kelly Thomas is a Computer Science Instructional Specialists for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to her current position, Kelly served as teacher, STEM Magnet Coordinator as well as Science Coach for Colbert Elementary Sprouting STEM Museum Magnet School in Hollywood, Florida. She obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Florida where she specialized in math and science elementary education. She completed her Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on elementary STEM education at Florida International University (FIU). Kelly is also a certified trainer for Engineering is Elementary, Code.org CS Fundamentals, and Lego Education Academy.
Dr. Kaczmarczyk’s consulting business provides research and evaluation services for the hi-tech industry and academia. Her academic partners include K-12 and post-secondary clients. Dr. Kaczmarczyk has nearly 20 years of experience as a university and college faculty member; currently she is Adjunct Faculty in the Computer Science Department at Harvey Mudd College. Dr. Kaczmarczyk holds an interdisciplinary doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation utilized artificial neural networks to model human learning, followed by human subject studies that investigated the predictions of her computational model. Dr. Kaczmarczyk also holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon, and has completed extensive graduate level coursework in Intercultural Communication studies and Systems Science. Dr. Kaczmarczyk was lead author on the 2014 ACM Education Policy Committee report “Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States”. She currently serves on the ACM Education Council, is a Board Member of Global Tech Women, and is active in computing education policy initiatives.