Skip to main content

Our People

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 funding for local education 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 funding for local education 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 has more than 11 years of experience working within Idaho’s education system, beginning at the Idaho State Department of Education in Federal Programs. She joined the Center in 2014 and ensures pre- and post-award management of all sponsored projects in the Center as well as the COED grant portfolio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boise State and will graduate Spring 2021 with a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership.

    Abbey has more than 11 years of experience working within Idaho’s education system, beginning at the Idaho State Department of Education in Federal Programs. She joined the Center in 2014 and ensures pre- and post-award management of all sponsored projects in the Center as well as the COED grant portfolio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Boise State and will graduate Spring 2021 with a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership.

  • Yliana Villegas

    Management Assistant

    Yliana joined the Center in 2014. Her experience includes more than 12 years of administrative support in academia in the State of Idaho. Yliana supports several programs at the Center, including iSTEM Summer Institute, Summer Academy, International Field Study and other College of Education grants and projects supported by the Center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time spectating sports, traveling, enjoying outdoor activities and tackling home improvement projects.

    Yliana joined the Center in 2014. Her experience includes more than 12 years of administrative support in academia in the State of Idaho. Yliana supports several programs at the Center, including iSTEM Summer Institute, Summer Academy, International Field Study and other College of Education grants and projects supported by the Center. 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. Rachel supports several programs at the Center, as well as College of Education grants. Her job includes a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities, such as purchasing, contracts and event planning. She met her husband in college and enjoys playing sports, basketball and volleyball in particular, hiking, and hosting barbeques in her backyard.

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

  • 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. 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. 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.

Project Staff

Affiliated Faculty

  • Leslie Atkins Elliot, PhD

    Professor

    Leslie is a Professor in the College of Education and Interim Department Chair of Curriculum, Instruction & Foundational Studies. She is the PI on Design in Scientific Inquiry project and the Assessing Disciplinary Attentiveness project, both funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on fostering participation in the practices of science and investigating how instruction can reduce barriers between classrooms and everyday life.

    Leslie is a Professor in the College of Education and Interim Department Chair of Curriculum, Instruction & Foundational Studies. She is the PI on Design in Scientific Inquiry project and the Assessing Disciplinary Attentiveness project, both funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on fostering participation in the practices of science and investigating how instruction can reduce barriers between classrooms and everyday life.

  • Hannah Calvert, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Hannah is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Associate Director of the Initiative for Healthy Schools. She is a co-investigator on the RK-12 and WIRES projects. Her work focuses on school-based wellness practices including physical activity and nutrition, as well as strategies to improve school climate and safety outcomes.

    Hannah is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Associate Director of the Initiative for Healthy Schools. She is a co-investigator on the RK-12 and WIRES projects. Her work focuses on school-based wellness practices including physical activity and nutrition, as well as strategies to improve school climate and safety outcomes.

  • Michele Carney, PhD

    Associate Professor

    Michele is an Associate Professor in the College of Education. She is Director of the Regional Math Center and co-PI on the Researching Order of Operations for Teachers (ROOT) project. She is co-PI on the Assessing Disciplinary Attentiveness project. Her work with teacher educators and administrators focuses on developing and delivering high-quality mathematics professional development opportunities.

    Michele is an Associate Professor in the College of Education. She is Director of the Regional Math Center and co-PI on the Researching Order of Operations for Teachers (ROOT) project. She is co-PI on the Assessing Disciplinary Attentiveness project. Her work with teacher educators and administrators focuses on developing and delivering high-quality mathematics professional development opportunities.

  • Hannah Carter, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Hannah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy, Language & Culture in the College of Education. She is co-PI on a newly-funded project from NSF, studying methods that parents and childcare providers use to improve math achievement in informal learning environments.

    Hannah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy, Language & Culture in the College of Education. She is co-PI on a newly-funded project from NSF, studying methods that parents and childcare providers use to improve math achievement in informal learning environments.

  • Laurie Cavey, PhD

    Professor

    Laurie is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. She is PI on the NSF-funded Noyce Scholarship Program, “Closing the Loop.” The project supports undergraduate students, preparing them to become grade 6-12 STEM teachers in high-need, rural school districts. Laurie’s work focuses on mathematical knowledge for teaching concepts related to algebra, functions, and mathematical modeling at the secondary levels.

    Laurie is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. She is PI on the NSF-funded Noyce Scholarship Program, “Closing the Loop.” The project supports undergraduate students, preparing them to become grade 6-12 STEM teachers in high-need, rural school districts. Laurie’s work focuses on mathematical knowledge for teaching concepts related to algebra, functions, and mathematical modeling at the secondary levels.

  • Joe Champion, PhD

    Associate Professor

    Joe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics. He is PI of the NSF-funded ROOT (Researching Order of Operations for Teachers) project, and Co-Director of the Regional Mathematics Center at Boise State. He also leads the Center’s Summer Academy program for students in grades 3-8. His work focuses on the the learning of current and future teachers.

    Joe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics. He is PI of the NSF-funded ROOT (Researching Order of Operations for Teachers) project, and Co-Director of the Regional Mathematics Center at Boise State. He also leads the Center’s Summer Academy program for students in grades 3-8. His work focuses on the the learning of current and future teachers.

  • Jeremy Ford, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Jeremy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early & Special Education in the College of Education. He developed the Aiding Student Success by Improving Secondary Transition (ASSIST) Lab, which provides an opportunity for Boise State students to be involved with research projects related to improving postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities, including the Postsecondary Rewarding Education is Possible (PREP) Academy.

    Jeremy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early & Special Education in the College of Education. He developed the Aiding Student Success by Improving Secondary Transition (ASSIST) Lab, which provides an opportunity for Boise State students to be involved with research projects related to improving postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities, including the Postsecondary Rewarding Education is Possible (PREP) Academy.

  • Evelyn Johnson, EdD

    Professor

    Evelyn is the Alan and Wendy Pesky Professor of Special Education in the Department of Early and Special Education. She is PI of RESET, an IES-funded project to develop psychometrically sound observation protocols to improve teacher practice. She also oversees the research agenda at the Lee Pesky Learning Center, which focuses on developing assessments and interventions aligned with a self-regulated learner framework that supports students in becoming connected, self-aware, self-determined, strategic and resilient learners.

    Evelyn is the Alan and Wendy Pesky Professor of Special Education in the Department of Early and Special Education. She is PI of RESET, an IES-funded project to develop psychometrically sound observation protocols to improve teacher practice. She also oversees the research agenda at the Lee Pesky Learning Center, which focuses on developing assessments and interventions aligned with a self-regulated learner framework that supports students in becoming connected, self-aware, self-determined, strategic and resilient learners.

  • Ya Mo, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Ya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. She is also a research fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. Her research focuses on quantitative methods, psychometric measures, and assessments, and applying quantitative research methods to study substantive education topics, especially large-scale assessments. She is a co-investigator on the new NSF-funded Assessing Disciplinary Attentiveness project.

    Ya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. She is also a research fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. Her research focuses on quantitative methods, psychometric measures, and assessments, and applying quantitative research methods to study substantive education topics, especially large-scale assessments. She is a co-investigator on the new NSF-funded Assessing Disciplinary Attentiveness project.

  • Gena Nelson, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Gena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early & Special Education in the College of Education. She is PI on a newly-funded project from NSF, studying methods that parents and childcare providers use to improve math achievement in informal learning environments. Her research focuses on early math interventions for students with disabilities and students who are at risk, long-term outcomes for students with disabilities, and building teacher knowledge and the use of evidence-based practices.

    Gena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early & Special Education in the College of Education. She is PI on a newly-funded project from NSF, studying methods that parents and childcare providers use to improve math achievement in informal learning environments. Her research focuses on early math interventions for students with disabilities and students who are at risk, long-term outcomes for students with disabilities, and building teacher knowledge and the use of evidence-based practices.

  • William Parrett, PhD

    Professor

    Bill is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. He founded the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies in 1996 and served as the Director until 2020. His nationally and internationally-recognized work in school improvement focuses on children and adolescents who live in poverty.

    Bill is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. He founded the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies in 1996 and served as the Director until 2020. His nationally and internationally-recognized work in school improvement focuses on children and adolescents who live in poverty.

  • Claudia Peralta, PhD

    Professor

    Claudia is a Professor in the Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture in the College of Education. She is PI of the Rural Endorsement and Development Opportunities (REDO) project, funded by NSF to help teacher-leaders become well-grounded in teaching strategies, theory, and research related to teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse settings. Her work centers on educational issues related to Spanish speaking and English language learners in U.S. schools.

    Claudia is a Professor in the Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture in the College of Education. She is PI of the Rural Endorsement and Development Opportunities (REDO) project, funded by NSF to help teacher-leaders become well-grounded in teaching strategies, theory, and research related to teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse settings. Her work centers on educational issues related to Spanish speaking and English language learners in U.S. schools.

  • Carl Siebert, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Carl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. He is also the Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Lab (PEARL) and the Director of the Master’s in Program Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (PEMS). His work involves finding better ways to measure, analyze, and evaluate latent constructs, most often with a goal of reducing disparities for marginalized populations. He is PI of several projects, including research on social-emotional programs for healthy youth development, and is a co-investigator on the RK-12 project. He also leads program evaluations on early childhood care and education, and school-based mental health supports.

    Carl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. He is also the Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Lab (PEARL) and the Director of the Master’s in Program Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (PEMS). His work involves finding better ways to measure, analyze, and evaluate latent constructs, most often with a goal of reducing disparities for marginalized populations. He is PI of several projects, including research on social-emotional programs for healthy youth development, and is a co-investigator on the RK-12 project. He also leads program evaluations on early childhood care and education, and school-based mental health supports.

  • Keith Thiede, PhD

    Associate Dean

    Keith is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Programs in the College of Education. His primary goals are to help build collaborations between faculty and the educational community. This includes partnering with school districts to write grant proposals, connecting districts with faculty on funded research and evaluation projects, and serving schools through sharing the expertise of our faculty for professional development activities.

    Keith is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Programs in the College of Education. His primary goals are to help build collaborations between faculty and the educational community. This includes partnering with school districts to write grant proposals, connecting districts with faculty on funded research and evaluation projects, and serving schools through sharing the expertise of our faculty for professional development activities.

  • Julianne Wenner, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Julianne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. She works with preservice and inservice teachers to support high quality science teaching, and also conducts research on teacher leadership. She is the PI on Project GIFT (Graduate Identity Formation for Teachers), a co-investigator on WIRES, and PI of contracts to support professional development for STEM education at schools in Idaho.

    Julianne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies. She works with preservice and inservice teachers to support high quality science teaching, and also conducts research on teacher leadership. She is the PI on Project GIFT (Graduate Identity Formation for Teachers), a co-investigator on WIRES, and PI of contracts to support professional development for STEM education at schools in Idaho.