Meet the 2017 North Carolina Summit on US/China Education Organizing Committee.

 

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Professor and Senior Research Fellow Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State

Biographical Info

Dr. Hiller Spires, who has been on the NC State faculty since 1986, is a Professor of Literacy and Technology in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in literacy education with a cognate in English from the University of South Carolina. She served as the founding director of The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation from 2002-2006 and currently serves as FI Senior Research Fellow. Dr. Spires has received several awards for her work, including NC State’s Outstanding Alumni Award in Outreach and Service for providing professional development seminars for K-12 teachers in NC, the Jackson A. Rigney International Service Award for her work with Chinese teachers and students, NC State’s Distinguished Alumni Graduate Professor Award, and in 2015 she received NC State’s Centennial Campus Partnership Award for her international work with Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School. Dr. Spires co-directs the Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative (newlit.org) and the New Literacies & Global Learning program, including the K-12 Literacy Cohort. She is currently helping create a state-of-the-art school in Suzhou, China. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU_HuQjV5aE

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Research Associate Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State

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Erin Lyjak is a research associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, working with the New Literacies Collaborative. She received her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Radford University. Ms. Lyjak has been in the field of educational research for over 15 years. She has worked a wide range of educational studies (digital literacies, disciplinary literacy, standardized testing), MOOC-Ed course development (Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning), and worked with students and teachers both nationally and internationally (New Literacies Teacher Leader Institutes, Summer/Winter Camps). Ms. Lyjak is currently the project coordinator for Suzhou North America High School: Connecting to the Future project.

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Research Associate Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State

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Marie Himes is a research associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. She received her bachelor of arts in international politics and international studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and a master of education in curriculum and instruction from Penn State in 2012. Prior to graduate school, Marie taught English as a second language in Schweinfurt, Germany as a Fulbright Grantee and interned as a policy and communications aide on Capitol Hill. After earning her master’s degree, Marie taught high school social studies for a year in central Pennsylvania, and then relocated to North Carolina where she taught middle school English and social studies for an additional year. At the Friday Institute, Marie is working within the New Literacies Collaborative as the curriculum specialist for the Suzhou North America High School Project.

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Director Confucius Institute, NC State

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Anna L. Dunaway is a North Carolinian native but grew up in Hong Kong, where she learned Mandarin Chinese and gained an appreciation for Chinese culture. She received her B.S. from Appalachian State University in International and Comparative Politics and received her Master of International Studies, with a focus on U.S. and Chinese Foreign policy, from NC State University. She has worked at NC State in the Office of International Affairs since 2009. She is the Director of the Confucius Institute, and Program Director of the Global Engagement in Academic Research (GEAR) Summer Research Program. Since her time at NC State she has been awarded the NC State University Outstanding Extension Service Award (2011-2012), 2013 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award at the 8th Confucius Institute Conference held in Beijing, China (December 2013), and the 2014 Leaders in Diversity by the Triangle Business Journal.

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Special Assistant for Global Education North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Website: NCDPI

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Helga Fasciano is the Special Assistant for Global Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Here, she is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the NC State Board of Education’s strategic plan for global education. Previously she served as K-12 Programs Section Chief (Arts Education, ESL, Healthful Living, Student Support Services and World Languages), 2007 – 2013, and World Languages Consultant, 2003-2007. A former teacher of French and German, Helga is involved at the state, national, and international levels in development of curriculum, policy, and standards for teachers and administrators. She is a past Vice-President for the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages. She serves on the advisory board for World View in Chapel Hill, NC and was elected to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Board of Directors (2016 – 2019).

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World Languages Consultant NC Department of Public Instruction
Website: NCDPI

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Ann Marie Gunter serves as the K-12 World Languages Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  She has taught French and English in K-20 classrooms, and is focused on standards development, support, and implementation. Current projects include initiatives with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, especially involving the World Language Essential Standards, and work with LinguaFolio, dual language/immersion programs, and global education initiatives pertaining to leading-edge language instruction.

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Director of Communications Go Global NC
Website: NC Go Global

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Lisa Yanke is the Director of Communications at Go Global NC and is responsible for oversight of communications and marketing.

Prior to joining Go Global NC, Lisa was the manager of technology communications at NBCUniversal – Office of the CIO, where she developed and managed executive communications and special events for the global EVP/CIO and technology leadership team and served as the liaison to NBCUniversal corporate communications.

Previously, Lisa gained diverse experience in strategic internal and executive communications, media relations, community relations, integrated marketing, event and project management and corporate training in increasingly responsible positions at US West, Qwest Communications, R.H. Donnelley and Dex One.

Lisa earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Mass Communications and Integrated Marketing from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds her certification to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Lisa has traveled extensively and studied in cultural and language immersion programs in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Spain.

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Director of Education and Training Go Global NCChair – 6th Biennial North Carolina Summit on United States/China Education
Website: NC Go Global

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Nicholas “Nick” Rau is the Director of Education and Training at Go Global NC and is responsible for education and training-based programs, including Global Teachers, China programs and other areas of cultural training across North Carolina.

Prior to joining Go Global NC, Nick was an active duty member of the United States Army for more than 11 years.  Most recently, he was a military liaison to United Nations organizations in the Republic of Djibouti, Africa and the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East with a focus on humanitarian relief efforts to war-torn Yemen.

Additionally, Nick’s service included development and execution of security plans to ensure secure transportation of ballots through Afghanistan during the 2014 Afghan presidential election.  He also served as a military advisor in Baghdad, Iraq and Paktia, Afghanistan. Nick continues to serve as an Army Reserve Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer and will help coordinate Army Reserve responses in the event of a natural disaster in North Carolina.

Nick earned a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Kansas State University.

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Program Coordinator for Education and Training Go Global NC
Website: NC Go Global

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Rachel Rosenbaum is the Program Coordinator for Education and Training at Go Global NC and is responsible for managing logistics, outreach and events for education and training programs.

Prior to joining Go Global NC, Rachel was a Program Associate at a nonprofit in Raleigh where she worked to increase retention for low income students in post-secondary education.  Previously, she served an intern for the United States Senate, including a focus on environmental policy team assignments, research and projects, and for Kidznotes, a worldwide music for social change program that started in Venezuela.  She also worked as a resident assistant (RA) at Oregon State University.

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in visual arts from Oregon State University, where she was a member of the nationally ranked intercollegiate equestrian team.  She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, an invitation-only honor society established to recognize and encourage superior scholarship.

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