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Administrative Team

  • Lindsey Turner, PhD

    Director/Research Professor

    Lindsey is a Research Professor in the College of Education and the Director of the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies. She has been on faculty at Boise State University since 2014, founding the Initiative for Healthy Schools and securing more than $10 million in funding for education research projects. Currently, most of her work is focused on building partnerships with schools to create settings that support the physical, social, and emotional well-being of students and educators.

    Lindsey is a Research Professor in the College of Education and the Director of the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies. She has been on faculty at Boise State University since 2014, founding the Initiative for Healthy Schools and securing more than $10 million in funding for education research projects. Currently, most of her work is focused on building partnerships with schools to create settings that support the physical, social, and emotional well-being of students and educators.

  • Abbey Denton

    Associate Director

    Abbey is the Associate Director for the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies (CSI&PS) and has more than 11 years of experience working within Idaho’s education system, beginning with her tenure at the Idaho State Department of Education in Federal Programs. She joined CSI&PS in 2014 and works to support sponsored projects in the provision of technical assistance to participating K-12 schools in Idaho. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boise State University and will graduate Spring 2021 with a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership.

    Abbey is the Associate Director for the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies (CSI&PS) and has more than 11 years of experience working within Idaho’s education system, beginning with her tenure at the Idaho State Department of Education in Federal Programs. She joined CSI&PS in 2014 and works to support sponsored projects in the provision of technical assistance to participating K-12 schools in Idaho. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boise State University and will graduate Spring 2021 with a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership.

  • Yliana Villegas

    Administrative Assistant II

    Yliana arrived at Boise State University and the Center for School Improvement (CSI&PS) in 2014. Yliana’s experience includes more than 12 years of administrative support in academia in the State of Idaho. Yliana supports several programs at the CSI&PS, including iSTEM Summer Institute which provides K-12 Idaho teacher professional development, Summer Academy, International Field Study and other College of Education grants and projects managed by CSI&PS. In her free time, she enjoys spending time spectating sports, traveling, enjoying outdoor activities and tackling home improvement projects.

    Yliana arrived at Boise State University and the Center for School Improvement (CSI&PS) in 2014. Yliana’s experience includes more than 12 years of administrative support in academia in the State of Idaho. Yliana supports several programs at the CSI&PS, including iSTEM Summer Institute which provides K-12 Idaho teacher professional development, Summer Academy, International Field Study and other College of Education grants and projects managed by CSI&PS. In her free time, she enjoys spending time spectating sports, traveling, enjoying outdoor activities and tackling home improvement projects.

  • Rachel Swindon

    Administrative Assistant II

    Rachel grew up on the Oregon coast and moved to Boise for college. She met her husband in college and enjoys playing sports, basketball and volleyball in particular, hiking, and hosting barbeques in her backyard. Rachel supports several programs within the Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies (CSI&PS), as well as College of Education Grants.  Her job includes a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities, such as purchasing, contracts and event planning.

    Rachel grew up on the Oregon coast and moved to Boise for college. She met her husband in college and enjoys playing sports, basketball and volleyball in particular, hiking, and hosting barbeques in her backyard. Rachel supports several programs within the Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies (CSI&PS), as well as College of Education Grants.  Her job includes a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities, such as purchasing, contracts and event planning.

  • David Bridgeman

    Web and Graphic Design Specialist

    David is a sophomore in the Honors College at Boise State University, and provides web and graphic design services to the Center for School Improvement (CSI&PS). He plans to graduate in 2022 with a major in Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile. He is also a music fan, and can be found both playing and watching shows around town with his band Downcoast. He hails from Portland, Oregon, and his “Keep Portland Weird” sensibilities have followed him to his current residence in Boise.

    David is a sophomore in the Honors College at Boise State University, and provides web and graphic design services to the Center for School Improvement (CSI&PS). He plans to graduate in 2022 with a major in Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile. He is also a music fan, and can be found both playing and watching shows around town with his band Downcoast. He hails from Portland, Oregon, and his “Keep Portland Weird” sensibilities have followed him to his current residence in Boise.

Affiliated Faculty

  • William Parrett, PhD

    Director Emiritus/Professor

    William H. Parrett has received international recognition for his work in school improvement related to children and adolescents who live in poverty. He has co-authored eleven books, the past three being best-sellers. He is a frequent speaker at international and national events. His work with state and regional educational organizations, districts, and schools, spans 46 states and 15 nations.

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    William H. Parrett has received international recognition for his work in school improvement related to children and adolescents who live in poverty. He has co-authored eleven books, the past three being best-sellers. He is a frequent speaker at international and national events. His work with state and regional educational organizations, districts, and schools, spans 46 states and 15 nations.

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  • Michele Carney, Ph.D

    RMC Director / Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

    Michele has worked as a teacher, math coach, district math coordinator, PD specialist, and most recently serves as a professor at Boise State. In her role as director she works with teacher educators and administrators to develop high-quality mathematics professional development opportunities.

    Curriculum, Instruction, & Foundational Studies

    Michele has worked as a teacher, math coach, district math coordinator, PD specialist, and most recently serves as a professor at Boise State. In her role as director she works with teacher educators and administrators to develop high-quality mathematics professional development opportunities.

  • Joe Champion, Ph.D

    RMC Associate Director / Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Dr. Champion is a mathematics education professor in the department of Mathematics at Boise State University. He specializes in the learning of current and future teachers.

    Dr. Champion is a mathematics education professor in the department of Mathematics at Boise State University. He specializes in the learning of current and future teachers.

Project Staff

  • Michelle Pancoast

    Administrative Assistant II

    Michelle is an Administrative Assistant in the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies (CSI&PS) within the College of Education. Michelle has worked for CSI&PS since 2017 and currently assists the Researching Order of Teaching (ROOT) project and the Idaho Building Capacity (IBC) project. Michelle has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and is currently working on her Master’s of Public Administration.

    Michelle is an Administrative Assistant in the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies (CSI&PS) within the College of Education. Michelle has worked for CSI&PS since 2017 and currently assists the Researching Order of Teaching (ROOT) project and the Idaho Building Capacity (IBC) project. Michelle has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and is currently working on her Master’s of Public Administration.