ORC enhances teaching and learning by promoting standards-based best practices
in mathematics, science, English language arts, and social studies for Ohio schools and universities. ORC
serves as a trusted source of easily accessible, peer-reviewed, high-quality,
and effective resources.
Nicole Luthy began her career in education as a teacher in the
Columbus, Ohio, Public Schools, where she served on curriculum and professional
development teams. Before joining ORC, she was a reading and language arts
consultant in the Ohio Department of Education with responsibility for state
and federal literacy initiatives and grants. She was a member of the Ohio
Literacy Campaign team and coordinated the Summer Institute for Reading
Intervention program. Nicole received a bachelor's degree in English literature
from Emory University and a master's degree in reading from The Ohio State
University, where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree.
, Early Childhood Specialist and FAMS Program Coordinator
Nancy Brannon is a lifelong educator of young children. After
receiving her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University, she
taught second grade at Stockbridge Elementary School and went on to teach first
grade and kindergarten in Columbus Public Schools. All total, she taught for
eleven years before she and her husband, also an educator in Columbus Public
Schools, retired and went back to school. Nancy completed her master's of arts
in Christian education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and moved to
Huntington, West Virginia, to serve as a children's minister and child care
director. After working with elementary and preschool children, educators, and
families in the southern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, and West Virginia counties
located along the Ohio River, she moved back home to Columbus to broaden the
scope of her service.
, Science Content Specialist
After earning a B.A. from Capital University and an M.A. in teaching biology from Miami University, Tracy Cindric taught middle and high school science classes for five years near Columbus and then taught science methods courses at Ohio Wesleyan University. She also created and facilitated professional development workshops on science content and technology integration. She served as an instructional coach to support teachers during the implementation of local and statewide grants. Before joining ORC, Tracy worked on Ohio's New Learning Standards and the Model Curriculum as a science consultant at the Ohio Department of Education.
, Program Manager
Carol Brown Dodson
John Croyle began serving the education mission of The Ohio State
University in 1984. Highlights include producing the American College of
Radiology's 100th Year Case of the Day exhibit in Washington, D.C., and
serving as the senior illustrator/photographer for an international
best-selling anatomy text, Atlas of Axial, Coronal and Sagittal Anatomy with CT
and MRI (by A. John Christoforidis). More recently John was the
producer for a live weekly television program serving more than 1,500 hospitals
throughout the United States; and before joining the Ohio Resource Center team,
he was the program manager for an online distance education curriculum that
awarded over 50,000 professional development credits to more than 10,000
professionals from 86 countries and 46 U.S. institutions. Currently, John is
responsible for the development and implementation of education websites that
are a collaboration of the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Resource Center, Ohio
Department of Education, and other higher education institutions across Ohio.
, Outreach and English Language Arts Specialist
A 16-year veteran teacher in Ohio, Carol Brown Dodson has taught
English language arts and social studies at both the middle and high school
levels. Following her work in the classroom, she became a writing specialist
for Columbus, Ohio, Public Schools, where she participated in the development
and implementation of the Columbus writing assessment. She also served as
English language arts supervisor before becoming language arts consultant for
the Ohio Department of Education. Active in the National Council of Teachers of
English (NCTE), Carol has served on the Board of Directors and has been the
Ohio affiliate representative to NCTE. She has been a board member and
president of the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. Carol holds
a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master's degree from
The Ohio State University. She received education administration specialist's
training at The Ohio State University and the University of Dayton.
, English Language Arts Specialist
Anita Gonzalez began her career as an elementary school teacher in the
state of Texas. After eight years in the field, she pursued a master's degree
in reading specialization while teaching kindergarten. In 2005, she became an
adjunct instructor in literacy content areas and a campus reading specialist
while continuing her teaching in the elementary school classroom. With a
passion for learning and for being a resource for others, she has continued
her own education as a reading and literacy doctoral student at The Ohio State
University. Her expertise is wide ranged, with practice in beginning reading
instruction, vocabulary development for students, children's literature,
preservice teacher education, and literacy coaching for classroom teachers.
, Digital Education Specialist
Edward A. Hill, Jr., has over 20 years of experience in education and technology.
He began his career as an educator in Columbus Public Schools, and he has worked in
the field of educational technology in positions that run the gamut from web research
content specialist for Glencoe McGraw-Hill to director/project manager for major
technology initiatives in the state that included the federally funded projects STAR
Schools Middle School Achievement Through Technology Rich Interventions (MATRIX)
Learning, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (TLCF), and Enhancing Education Through
Technology (EETT). He was also the project manager for the Virtual Middle School
project and served as a consultant and collaborator with the Catalyst Ohio PT3 Federal
Grant Project. He has contributed to multiple committees, ranging from standards and
curriculum development to professional development and research/investigation of
technology impact. He completed his undergraduate work in education at Southern Illinois
University, Carbondale, and earned a master of arts from The Ohio State University. His
areas of expertise include classroom instruction; 21st century learning; information and
communication technology; mobile, distance, and virtual learning technology; staff
development; and standards development and alignment.
, Director of Information Technology
Richard Huggins has worked in the Information Technology field for over 13 years at
The Ohio State University. He began working
for University Computing Services monitoring computer labs and building databases
for scheduling and key management. Richard then moved on the Eisenhower National
Clearinghouse, first providing desktop support as a student, then as Network
Administrator and full-time staff member. While working for ENC, he began developing
web sites using ASP, ColdFusion and Tcl/Tk, as well as implementing Microsoft Exchange,
and Active Directory. Richard has continued this work at the Ohio Resource Center,
managing a team of web developers building sites on the Microsoft .Net Framework.
, Mathematics Content Specialist
Virginia R. Moore
Jaime earned a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in chemistry from Wilmington College
and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Cincinnati. She has taught mathematics
and chemistry at the high school level in Blanchester Local Schools and mathematics
courses at the University of Cincinnati and OSU. In addition, Jaime has supervised OSU
M.Ed. students. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in mathematics at OSU.
, Social Studies Content Specialist
A middle school social studies teacher with eighteen years of experience, Virginia
left her Morgantown, West Virginia, classroom to become a social studies consultant with
the Ohio Department of Education, where she worked from 2004 to 2011. She holds a B.A.
in political science and an M.A. in secondary social studies education from West
Virginia University. Trained by the National Geographic Society as a teacher consultant,
Virginia was also a master trainer for the West Virginia Department of Education, working
extensively with teachers to develop standards-based instruction. Virginia worked with
West Virginia University as a teacher education liaison and with the EdVenture Group in
Morgantown, helping teachers integrate technology with instruction. Virginia's major
areas of interest are the integration of technology in the social studies classroom and
American and local history.
, Director of STEM Initiatives
Teresa (Terry) Shiverdecker began her career in education as a
high school science teacher at Russia Local School in Shelby County, Ohio.
While at Russia, she taught both physical and biological sciences, served on
curriculum committees, and designed and taught a course for the Concord
Consortium's Virtual High School. Her teaching experience also includes adjunct
work at the University of Cincinnati and Wright State University, Lake Campus.
Before joining ORC, Terry was director of secondary curriculum and instruction
for the Shelby County Educational Service Center. She is a member of the
National Science Teachers Association, Science Education Council of Ohio, and
the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Terry received a
bachelor's degree from Wright State University, her master's degree from Miami
University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of
, Mathematics Content Specialist
Sigrid Wagner has broad experience in teaching mathematics in secondary school and college classrooms. During her career as a mathematics teacher educator, she has served in leadership positions with a number of professional organizations and has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. She served as associate editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, coeditor of Research Issues in the Learning and Teaching of Algebra (1989) and series editor of Research Ideas for the Classroom (1993). Before joining ORC, Sigrid directed Project SUSTAIN (Schools and Universities Statewide Teaching Approaches to INquiry), a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort of the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education to institutionalize improvements in mathematics and science teacher preparation programs. Since joining ORC, she has directed PRIME (PRompt Intervention in Mathematics Education), the ORC PROMISE (PROgram Model Instructional Support for Educators) for mathematics, and the ORC Problem Corner. Sigrid earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Kent State University and Purdue University, respectively, and her Ph.D. in mathematics education from New York University.
, Web Developer/Graphic Designer
, Administrative Assistant
, Assistant Business Manager