2017 Recipients

Annabella Fung

Annabella Fung

Monash University Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Annabella Fung is a recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships, research grants, academic/community awards, and an Australian cultural ambassador. She is a musician-educator, internationally published composer, and psychotherapist. Fung completed postgraduate studies in music, psychology and languages, and recently graduated from her PhD which was sponsored by the Australian Postgraduate Award and Postgraduate Publications Award. She has been a research-teaching associate in the Faculty of Education at Monash University since 2014. Her transdisciplinary research interests include psychological, sociocultural and philosophical aspects of teaching, learning and being. Fung is also engaged in providing pro-bono counselling, teaching adult migrant English and studio music.

Karen Peel

Karen Peel

The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Karen Peel, University of Southern Queensland, has proven expertise in the field of classroom behaviour management. Recently, she completed an Australian research project, investigating the teachers’ roles in providing opportunities for students to self-regulate their learning. The findings from this research have led to a greater understanding of how teachers’ approaches to designing and implementing learning experiences, and managing classrooms, align with an educative and humane view of behaviour management. Karen brings over 25 years of school teaching experience to her research, having taught across all years; and also seven years of tertiary experience, teaching classroom behaviour management in initial teacher education programs.

Tina Montreuil

Tina Montreuil

McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Dr. Tina Montreuil is an Assistant Professor in the department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and an Associate Member of the department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is also a Regular Investigator of the Research Unit of Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP) at McGill. As a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists and a credentialed member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, she practices privately with children and family, focusing on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness approaches. Dr. Montreuil has published in several peer‐reviewed journals and has been a lecturer at several international conferences. In 2013, Dr. Montreuil was awarded the title of "Champion" in Mental Health in the "Research" category from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. Her current research focuses on investigating the role of emotion regulation in anxiety disorders and how deficits at the level of these strategies may interfere with self-regulated learning in a group context, as well as to developmentally contribute to the development of psychopathology. Parental socialization of emotions on the use of emotion regulation strategies in children is also investigated. C.A.R.E. Research Group has developed a manualized intervention targeting emotion and self regulation, as well as executive functioning and metacognition in school-aged children aimed at improving academic achievement and overall social functioning as well as currently developing a Teacher Training guide focused on Resiliency and Mental Health.

Felicia Wider

Felicia Wider

Edward Water College, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Dr. Felicia Wider Lewis is assistant professor at Edward Water College and coordinator of mathematics for the Department of Mathematics and Sciences. Felicia Wider Lewis research interests are in curriculum and instruction, statistic education and mathematics education particularly with a focus on preparing future teachers in STEM and mathematics majors in STEM careers. Her current research is related to urban agriculture and economic sustainability in urban communities through STEM education. Additionally she is co­director of private K­12 school with her husband Darrell Lewis.

Gladys Clay

Gladys Clay

Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, USA

Gladys Clay received her Bachelor of Science, Education degree from Knoxville College in Knoxville, TN and her Master of Arts Degree from Union College in Barbourville, KY. She comes to us from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN where she holds the honor of being the first Black instructor, Director of Academic Skills, and Supervisor of the campus-wide Tutoring Lab.

Mrs. Clay taught English in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida to the Talented and Gifted and International Baccalaureate students at the academic and collegiate levels.

Mrs. Clay is the Director of the Tutoring Labs at Edwards Waters College; Jacksonville, FL.

​Sarah Rapp

​Sarah Rapp

University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Sarah Rapp is a doctoral student in the Education Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on language, literacy, and culture. She received her MA in Educational Leadership at Sonoma State University, and was an English and English Language Development teacher and high school administrator for a decade. Sarah's work has been recognized with teaching awards and fellowships, and her current research is focused on the possibilities for students' learning and identity development when literacy is reframed as purposeful communication with the outside world. Sarah especially enjoys learning alongside her three inquisitive children and educator spouse.

Minyoung Lee

Minyoung Lee

University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA

Minyoung Lee is a graduate student in her master’s program in Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. She is in the Interpersonal Communication track. This is her 2nd year and she is expected to graduate in August 2017. She has been admitted to her 2nd master’s program in the College of Education and Human Performance at UCF. Her major area is in Instructional Design and Technology. Minyoung received her Bachelor's degree in Communication with a minor in Journalism in the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is an international student from Seoul, South Korea, however, she lived in the U.S for more than14 years. She is planning to go for her Ph.D. in Education and pursue a career as a faculty or an administrator in a university. Her current academic interest is in instructional communication, online learning development, and educational technology. She is a food adventurer and music lover. She loves to travel around new places.

Sunday Olawale Olaniran

Sunday Olawale Olaniran

University of Zululand, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Sunday Olawale Olaniran is a trained literacy advocate and community development practitioner with over six years of experience implementing development initiatives aimed at combating basic and functional illiteracy, youth unemployment and poverty in rural and urban communities. He is the team lead of LEEDNigeria, an Ibadan based local NGO committed to training and mobilizing young people as literacy advocates in under-resourced communities. Sunday holds B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees in Adult Education and Community Development from Adekunle Ajasin University and the University of Ibadan, both in Nigeria, and he is currently completing his Ed.D programme in the Department of Human and Social Sciences Education, University of Zululand, South Africa. His Doctoral thesis examined the pre-service teacher training in two open and distance learning based universities in Africa.

Milka Derisma

Milka Derisma

University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA

Milka is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, a member of the UCF foundations of Excellence committee & the CEO of BYG Shift. Milka started BYG Shift after she experienced hardship transferring from a two year college to a four year university. Milka almost missed out on her first semester at the University of Central Florida because she wasn’t aware of the deadlines or the transferring process. Byg Shift is committed to helping students have an easier transition from a 2 year college to a 4 year college and also giving them helpful tips on how to be successful transfer students at their university. In addition to her company she is a member of Toastmaster International Inc. and received over 12 titles including Orlando Toastmaster’s best speaker, District 84’s best humorous speaker, and Best Table topics/ impromptu speaker. Milka is a full time graduate student at the University of Central Florida majoring in Interpersonal Communications and is currently interning with the Orlando Utilities Commission. She has been a part of the UCF Speech Team and currently serve as the campus representative for the Clinton Global Initiative University. She is has previously served on the Foundations of Excellence Student Advisory Council and the UCF Starter community. When she isn’t studying, speaking, or running BYG Shift she enjoys serving her community by volunteering and mentoring “at risk” youth.

2017 Recipients (cont'd)

Katie McGuire

Katie McGuire

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, USA

Katie McGuire is an Instructional Design Specialist from Sam Houston State University: SHSU Online in Huntsville Texas. She currently supports various programs in the College of Science to implement online and face to face courses within Blackboard. She is a Sam Houston State graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Production and recently completed a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Her research focused on the effectiveness of interactive training programs in the online environment. Further research interests include the psychology of online learners and the effects of their cognitive state to their achievement in an online course. In addition, she presented at the 2016 Tx Distance Learning Conference, and the Lamar University’s Digital Ticket 2016 conference on the evolution and importance of communication in the online environment. In the future she would love to begin teaching at the University level, and maybe one day pursue a Doctorate in psychology specializing in the cognitive neuroscience as it relates to the online learner.

Hannah Custis

Hannah Custis

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA

Hannah Custis is a doctoral student in the East-West Psychology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies as well as a senior teaching fellow and peer tutor for the Center for Writing and Scholarship at CIIS. Her academic background is in philosophy and English Literature; she holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD and a Master's degree in Liberal Studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Hannah has worked with both children and adults as a Literacy AmeriCorps reading coach and ESL instructor in South Florida, as an after school teacher, administrator, and teaching artist for various non-profits in New York City, as well as an adjunct English lecturer at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her current research interests include how themes from mythology and archetypal psychology influence our lives in conscious and unconscious ways, how myth and storytelling can inspire critical self-reflection and deeper interpersonal connections, and how insights from myth can be practically applied in our lives, work, and writing.

​ Liz Stewart

​ Liz Stewart

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Liz Stewart is a PhD Candidate in the School of Education, Deakin University, Australia. Liz has previously completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and a Master of Professional Education and Training with a major research project. Her current doctoral research springboards off her master’s research to explore how experiences of undertaking higher education alongside paid work relate to valuations of higher education and the support which employers provide to employees undertaking higher education – both in policy and in practice. This is framed within a broader focus on discovering innovative and more equitable ways to support diverse adult learner groups undertaking higher education as a formative phase of lifelong education. Liz has worked in higher education administration, professional learning and development, generalist human resources and career development coaching. She is currently lecturing in the area of professional learning and development at Deakin University.

In Their Words

Attending an international conference has made me more aware that educational research is being conducted worldwide and that we have colleagues from many different countries and universities with whom we can confer and collaborate, to our mutual benefit."

Rosemary Carolan, 2014 Awardee

My favorite part of the conference was the discussion sessions. I liked the conference format - (it) was very insightful but in an informal mode. Additionally, I liked when I had to present my work and my colleague graduate scholar had to chair my session. It was just a memorable experience."

Julien, 2014 Awardee