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Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal

Our Team

The Goodlad Institute is made up of research scholars, faculty instructors, artists, designers, students, and administrators who work together toward equity in education.

Dr. Carrie Tzou, Director

Carrie Tzou is a professor in science education in the School of Educational Studies and a PI in the Goodlad Institute. She holds a PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in science education from Vanderbilt University. Her research has three major components, all connected with an interest in addressing issues of culture, identity, and equity in science and environmental science learning: 1) ethnographic work to understand how youth and their communities are positioned and position themselves through place-based education, 2) design-based research to design curricula to bring youths’ out of school science and cultural practices into science and environmental science teaching and learning, and 3) research and design of elementary and secondary preservice teacher education that explores how to orient preservice teachers to the sophisticated learning and identities that their students construct both in and out of school in order to make science more accessible to all of their students.

Dr. Tom Bellamy, Former Director

Tom Bellamy is professor emeritus of Education at the University of Washington Bothell and the founding and former director of the Goodlad Insitute. His 50 years of experience in education include work as a special education teacher, university faculty member, research center director, federal program executive, and university administrator. Tom has developed educational leadership programs for principal preparation and preparation of local special education administrators and is currently leading two leadership programs at UW Bothell, ECSEL and AIMS (see page 9). His recent scholarly work focuses on school leadership and change and has resulted in two books and several articles on the principalship.  

Dr. Allison Hintz

Allison Hintz is an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies at UW Bothell. Her research and teaching focus on mathematics education. She studies teaching and learning alongside partners in formal and informal educational settings and focuses on beliefs and practices that support all children and families in lively mathematics learning. She is co-author of Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions.

Kellie Holden, Administrator

Kellie is the administrator for program operations in the Goodlad Institute. She serves many functions within the organization including overseeing all aspects of the Institute’s fiscal affairs, managing all grant pre- and post-award activities, and coordinating faculty effort distributions. She applies wide-ranging knowledge of funding agency requirements and university regulations to ensure compliance and effective management of the Institute’s projects.

Dr. Veronica Cassone McGowan

Veronica is a research scientist and instructor at UW Bothell. She received her doctorate in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the UW Seattle where she worked as a graduate researcher for the Institute for Math and Science Education and the LIFE Center. Her research focuses on broadening participation in STEM fields, particularly K-12 engineering and computational modeling, with a focus on connecting learning across settings in ways that incorporate learners’ everyday interests, identities and community knowledges as foundations for sociotechnical learning.

Nat Mengist

Nat is a research study lab coordinator in the OpenSTEM Research Group. He completed a Master’s in Education Policy at the UW Seattle College of Education after receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative History of Ideas, also at UW. He is also currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Comparative History of Ideas Department at UW and the Board President of The Common Acre, a 501(c)(3) organization that creates space for science and stories across cultures. Nat’s research interests include facilitation design, posthuman learning, and plant consciousness.

Amy Pitt

Amy is the aministrative assistant in the Goodlad Institute and provides support to all grant projects. She is responsible for routine fiscal activities including budget reconciliation, expense reports, reimbursements, and coordinating orders for project materials.  Amy’s role requires knowledge of University systems and adherence to the UW records retention policies. 

Dr. Priya Pugh

Priya is a postdoctoral research scientist at UW Bothell and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Priya received a certificate in Education for Environment and Community from IslandWood in 2011, and has directed, designed, and been a field instructor for environmental education and STEAM-focused learning programs in Seattle. Priya’s research focuses on how youth, adults, and families understand and actively make sense of complex ecological phenomena, and the social and cultural influences on this sense making.

William Rasplica

William (Bill) has extensive experience in district-wide (PK-12) and school-based implementation of integrated MTSS, including the areas of universal screening, multi-level prevention systems, progress monitoring, and data-based decision making. Bill provides overall program coordination for both of the Institute’s leadership programs: the ECSEL Program and the newly awarded AIMS Project. Bill retired after 18 years serving as the Executive Director of Learning Support Services for the Franklin Pierce Schools in Tacoma, WA.

Dr. Antony T. Smith

Antony, an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies at UW Bothell, has a research focus on the intersection of reading and mathematics and how exploring children’s literature can help deepen comprehension, develop vocabulary knowledge, and increase motivation and engagement for students to become lifelong readers.

Elizabeth Starks, Lead Designer

Elizabeth (Zuni/Navajo) is a research scientist in the OpenSTEM Research Group at UW Bothell and research assistant at Western Washington University. Her work as a cultural technologist and artist focuses on creating and using tools for empowerment of Indigenous communities through collaborative design processes. She co-designs with stakeholders to understand and communicate complex ideas through creative visual methods. She holds a Master’s degree in Software-Driven Systems Design, a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art.

Perrin Teal Sullivan

Perrin is an artist, designer and educator, and a research scientist at UW Bothell and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her work in STEAM education focuses on integrating art and science practices to help learners develop new perspectives and enhanced capacity for understanding, and creating, the world around them.

Dr. Blakely Tsurusaki

Blakely is a faculty member in the School of Educational Studies at UW Bothell with expertise in curriculum development, professional development, culturally relevant teaching and environmental education and has experience teaching both formal and informal K-12 STEM education. She holds a Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University, an M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound. Her research interests include how to better make connections between students’ everyday lives and school science, identity, engagement and equity issues in education, and environmental literacy.

Project Alumni

Theresa Horstman, Wendy Iwaszuk, Brad Portin, Nancy Price, Gavin Tierney, Alice Tsoodle