Meet the Teams

Research and Development Team

Lee Pearce

Lee R. Pearce, EdD in Educational Psychology
As principal investigator, Lee reviewed scientifically-based research to develop a multi-tiered system of supports model and evaluation methods. He revised and validated selected student attribute measures, directed model implementation, and managed the project data base. He used regression techniques to determine MTSS model impact. He talks about this work. (Link to Interview)




Daluss Siewart

Daluss Siewert, PhD in Mathematics
As co-pi, Daluss targeted 30 learning outcomes for pre-college algebra coursework, and identified My Math Lab problem sets as the formative assessments to implement the MTSS model. He designed and maintained the daily data collection system to evaluate impact. As mathematics department head, he hired and supervised the developmental mathematics instructors as well as the math mentors while serving as Director of the Math Assistance Center during the two year project. He tells about his work. (Link to Interview)



Curtis Card

Curtis Card, PhD in Mathematics
As co-pi, Curtis re-structured the Basic and Intermediate Algebra coursework schedule to institute four blocks of time to pass three units of instruction while serving as department chair when the NSF grant proposal was submitted. This administrative change provided the necessary foundation to build a multi-tiered system of supports model in a university setting. His early leadership established the cultural shift required to commit developmental math faculty to student success. Now as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, he oversees institutional reporting of demographics and longitudinal data to track academic progress of students enrolled in Basic and Intermediate Algebra during the two year project.

Kristi Pearce

Kristi L. Pearce, EdD in Educational Psychology
As co-pi, Kristi designed the professional development process for MTSS model implementation and on-going evaluation. She utilized participatory action research methods with students and instructors to define and refine the use of evidence-based instructional practices in Basic and Intermediate Algebra. She facilitated the use of video review as the professional development process to encourage instructors to use an explicit instruction routine to engage students in interactive learning. She talks about this work. (Link to Interview)





Developmental Mathematics Instructor Team

Kristel Ehrnhardt

Ms. Kristel Ehrhardt
Ms. Ehrhardt taught multiple sections of Tier I developmental mathematics during the two year project.








Colin Garnett

Dr. Colin Garnet
Dr. Garnet taught one section of Tier I developmental mathematics during the last semester of the two year project.








Paul Kopco

Mr. Paul Kopco
Mr. Kopco taught multiple sections of Tier I developmental mathematics during the two year project.








Hui Ma

Dr. Hui Ma
Dr. Ma taught multiple sections of Tier I developmental mathematics during the last three semesters of the two year project.








Chad Pelster

Mr. Chad Pelster
Mr. Pelster taught multiple sections of Tier III developmental mathematics during the two year project.








Holly Stillson

Ms. Holly Stillson
Ms. Stillson taught multiple sections of Tier I developmental mathematics during the first three semesters of the two year project.








Gretchen Thompson

Ms. Gretchen Thompson
Ms. Thompson taught two sections of Tier I developmental mathematics during the first year of the project.








Gretchen Thompson

Ms. Jill Trimble
Ms. Trimble taught two sections of Tier I developmental mathematics during the last semester of the two year project.