The Project Team
Chery Lucarelli, PH.D
Professor and Chair of Graduate Education Programs, Dr. Lucarelli oversees several graduate education programs, including the nationally ranked online Master of Education program and the Graduate Teacher Licensure program at the College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Lucarelli is committed to supporting inclusive learning and work environments. She believes that collaborative and inclusive settings provide the best opportunity for innovation. Dr. Lucarelli is the PI on the TeachCS@CSS grant funded by Google and the Co-PI on a National Science Foundation CS10K grant to scale up CS teacher professional development by leveraging online communities of practice. She is an experienced K12 teacher and licensed school administrator. Her research interests include innovation in higher education, online learning, educational technology, teacher preparation and teacher professional development.
Jennifer Rosato leads programs at the National Center for Computer Science Education at CSS, collaborating with staff and colleagues in the Schools of Business and Technology and Education. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from St. Scholastica and a Masters of Arts in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is committed to involving more women and underrepresented minorities in the CS field, especially young women in middle and high schools as well as supporting K-12 educators to integrate and offer computer science in their classroom. She directs and consults on multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, Google, and Infosys Foundation, USA as well as serves on the CSTA Board of Directors.
Assistant Professor of Education at The College of St. Scholastica. Jill is a Co-PI for the project. She has been teaching in higher education preparing teachers for the elementary classroom for the past 14 years. She currently teaches in and is the coordinator for the CSS Elementary Education Degree Completion Program on the St. Paul campus.
Heather Benedict is a Learner Experience Designer who consults with organizations to leverage technology as a creative platform. In her collaborations, she brings over 10 years of experience creating and delivering learning experiences for children and educators in both the formal and informal space. She has a BFA in Drama (Design) from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.Ed in Learning Technologies from the University of Minnesota. Her current work revolves around STE[A]M+C through computational thinking and the maker movement in education.
Christa J. Treichel, Ph.D., President of Cooperative Ventures, serves as the Project Evaluator for TeachCS@CSS as well as other projects NCCSE is working on like the K12 CS Pathways Grant.
Alexis Wyss is the Administrative Assistant for the National Center for Computer Science Education. She completed her B.S. in Biology and minoring in Environmental Science from Heidelberg University in ‘17 and is currently working on an M.Ed. in Secondary Education through Grand Canyon University. Alexis’ research interests include promoting inclusion, equity, and diversity in STEM classrooms. Over the past few years Alexis has gained experience as an intern at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in NC, was a science crew member for NOAA’s 2019 Spring Bottom Trawl Survey, and is currently working with the Great Lakes Aquarium here in Duluth as one of their Animal Ambassadors to promote science education.