Ohio Resource Center

About ORC

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.

ORC Staff

Nicole Luthy, PhD, DirectorContact the Director

Dr. Nicole Luthy began her career in education as an elementary teacher in the Columbus City Public Schools, where she also participated in developing curriculum and professional learning experiences. Before joining ORC, she was a reading and language arts consultant at the Ohio Department of Education with responsibility for state and federal literacy initiatives and grants. Nicole served as the Reading/Language Arts Content Specialist for ORC from 2001 to 2006 and as Assistant Director of ORC until becoming Director in 2010. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Emory University and a master's degree and doctoral degree from The Ohio State University.


Tracy Cindric, Science Content Specialist

After earning a B.A. from Capital University and an M.A. in teaching biology from Miami University, Tracy taught middle and high school science classes for five years near Columbus. She then taught courses for preservice science teachers at Ohio Wesleyan University and Capital University. She served as an instructional coach for rural, urban, and suburban schools 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. She has served as district director, president, and web designer for the Science Education Council of Ohio and as a board member of the Environmental Education Council of Ohio.

Her areas of expertise include implementing project-based learning, using environmental education as a basis for integrated lessons, and incorporating Citizen Science experiences into classroom instruction. She is currently creating and facilitating professional development workshops on science pedagogy, content, and technology integration.

Anita Gonzalez, English Language Arts Specialist

After eight years teaching elementary school in Texas, Anita Gonzalez earned 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. She is currently a reading and literacy doctoral student at The Ohio State University, researching spelling instruction for her dissertation.

Anita's 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. Her research has included early spelling instruction, effective vocabulary instruction, and the reading process.

Anita's work at ORC focuses on standards-based literacy instruction. Recent presentations have explored ways to incorporate literacy in after-school programs, use graphic novels in the classroom, and integrate the ORC resource collections for elementary literacy into classroom instruction. With a passion for learning and for being a resource for others, Anita continues to help teachers connect with high-quality resources to improve classroom instruction.

Richard Huggins, 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 websites 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.

Marcie Kamb, Program Manager of Operations

Marcie has experience managing the details and logistics of large projects, working with a multitude of academic and community partners, and developing outreach and promotional content. She has led collaborations with the Language and Reading Research Consortium and implemented communications initiatives with clients including SRA/McGraw-Hill, OhioHealth, Charles Penzone, and KEMBA Financial Credit Union.

Jaime Kautz, Mathematics Specialist

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.

Teresa Shiverdecker, Director of STEM Initiatives

Dr. Teresa (Terry) Shiverdecker earned her Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Terry taught high school science; was an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati, Wright State University–Lake Campus, and Ohio Wesleyan University; and served as the director of secondary curriculum and instruction for the Shelby County Educational Service Center.

Terry was ORC's Science Content Specialist from 2002 to 2013. As the Director of STEM Initiatives, Terry works on developing and sustaining partnerships and pursuing state and national funding to support activities related to STEM education and teacher professional development. Current ORC projects include Materials Science as Content Integrator in the Physical Science Classroom and Connecting Climate Science and Inquiry. Current and past collaborators include Action for Children, Battelle for Kids, Byrd Polar Research Center, Capital University, College of Education and Human Ecology at OSU, Columbus City Schools, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU, Engineering Education Innovation Center at OSU, Knowledge Works, Springfield City Schools, Teaching and Learning Collaborative (T&LC), Worthington City Schools, WOSU, and others. Her publications include articles for ORC's features 3GRG Policy into Practice, In Perspective, ORC-On, and Science Instructional Strategies: A Look at the OGT and the NSTA Press book Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 3–5. She has presented at state and national conferences and participated in numerous webinars.

Terry's areas of expertise include the learning cycle, inquiry-based instruction, the integration of literacy into inquiry-based instruction, and the planning and delivery professional development.