CS for All Teachers Support Staff
CS for All Teachers is maintained by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Members of the AIR support team are listed in alphabetical order. Please feel free to contact us for further information. General comments and requests may be sent to CSforallTeachers@air.org.
Okori Christopher is currently a project technology specialist at AIR. He joined the CS for All Teachers team in December 2015 and supports all aspects of the website and other technology-related tasks. At AIR, he leads technology support for other projects, including the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS), The National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC), and the National Resource Center Healthy Safe Children (NRC). Prior to AIR, Okori worked in different social science services, including social work and mental health. He holds a M.S. in criminal justice, specializing in juveniles, from the University of Baltimore and a B.S. in psychology from Morgan State University.
Alex R. Lishinski is a researcher at AIR. He works on research and evaluation for CS for All Teachers. He joined the project and AIR in 2017, and he has an extensive background in quantitative research methods. He also has experience conducting empirical research in the field of computer science education, studying the factors that influence success in computer science courses. Alex has an M.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University.
Deirdre Magnan is a Project Technology Associate on the Learning Technologies Team at AIR. She joined the CS for All Teachers team in August 2016 and serves as Task 1 Lead, overseeing community facilitation and leadership. Deirdre has extensive experience in managing webinar productions including scheduling, design, staffing, reporting, and software support. Her work at AIR also includes audio/visual media production and editing, module development, and online communities of practice. Deirdre has expertise in learning management systems and providing technical assistance to external users of data collection tools. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Concentration in the Humanities, from Unity College.
Karla Mckenzie is a research associate at American Institutes for Research. She has been a part of the CS for All Teachers team since October 2017, providing technical support to the community. Her other work at AIR serving as task lead on a variety of dissemination activities; managing project websites and social media channels, and creating multimedia products. Karla graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in Political Science, and holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications.
Maria Payri is a research associate at AIR’s Center for Survey and Data Science. She has been a part of the CS for All Teachers team since May 2015, providing support on anything website-related as well as leading the research and evaluation activities of the project. Her other work at AIR includes research and evaluation, technical assistance, and survey operations support for various federal and foundation-based contracts. Maria graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a combined B.A. and M.A. in psychology, and holds a graduate certificate in political psychology from The George Washington University.
Michelle Perry is a researcher at AIR. She has experience in technical assistance and training, as well as integration of web-based learning tools for both K-12 and adult education. Michelle has been working with CS for All Teachers since 2013, providing technical support and guidance to grantees within the community. Since 2015, she has also been managing the social media content and other special projects. Her other work at AIR includes supporting the Intel Teachers Engage online community of practice, taking a leadership role in OCTAE’s National Reporting System for Adult Education Support Project, and providing technical assistance to the LINCS Resource Collection. In the past, Michelle has co-authored or contributed to several documents about connected learning and professional development for K-12 educators. She has also provided technical assistance, training and research support to various youth health and education programs.
Melissa A. Rasberry is a senior education consultant at AIR. She serves as the principal investigator for CS for All Teachers, providing guidance on best practices for the virtual community of practice, cultivating collaboration among myriad partners, and maintaining regular communications with representatives from the National Science Foundation. At AIR, Melissa also serves as co-PI on a NSF-funded partnership grant with SRI Education, supporting computer science teachers in improving their assessment literacy, and collaborates on other initiatives aimed at infusing technology into teaching and learning. She holds multiple education degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including a doctorate in educational leadership.
Joseph P. Wilson, PhD (“Joey”) is currently a Senior Education Consultant at the American Institutes for Research, where he focuses on ensuring all PK-12 students have access to equitable and rigorous computer science education. Joey has worn many hats including high school science teacher, bioengineer, researcher, and STEM education advocate. He is a proud graduate of many fine, public institutions from Kindergarten through PhD, including the University of Florida (Go Gators!), Arizona State University, University of California-San Francisco, and University of California-Berkeley.