SUDDS Interdisciplinary Team

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Dr. Jere Confrey

Dr. Jere Confrey

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jere Confrey is the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. She directs the SUDDS team (“Scaling Up Digital Design Studies”) in building new learning maps and related diagnostic assessments to support personalized learning. Confrey served as Chief Mathematics Officer of Amplify Learning from 2012 to 2014. She served on the National Validation Committee on the Common Core Standards and built www.turnonccmath.com, a website unpacking the Common Core. She was Vice Chairman of the Mathematics Sciences Education Board, National Academy of Sciences (1998-2004), chaired the NRC Committee, which produced On Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness, and was a coauthor of NRC’s Scientific Research in Education. She co-founded the UTEACH program for the secondary math and science teacher preparation program at the University of Texas at Austin. She authored Math Projects, Function Probe, Precalculus Interactive Diagrams, Graphs N Glyphs and LPP-Sync software. Dr. Confrey received a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Cornell University.

Dr. Will McGowan

Dr. Will McGowan

Project/Outreach Coordinator

Will McGowan has spent five years as a middle school mathematics teacher, and three years developing a digital mathematics curriculum. He has worked with teachers on implementing new curricula and technology in the classroom, and is excited to take on the role of project/outreach coordinator. Will earned his Ed.D. in mathematics education at Rutgers University where he studied the ways in which teachers attend and respond to student reasoning. He lives in Durham and enjoys exploring the local scene with his wife and children.

Dr. Garron Gianopulos

Dr. Garron Gianopulos

Psychometrician

Garron has spent nearly fifteen years in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, both in the private and the public sector. In the private sector, Garron worked as a trainer and instructional designer at Capital One, where he delivered training, developed multi-media instructional materials, and conducted program evaluation studies. Garron started his career in psychometrics in 2005 at the University of South Florida where he worked on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations. After earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Measurement and Evaluation from USF in 2008, he developed assessments for the certification and licensing industry. Garron joined the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2010, where he collaborated with content experts to develop summative assessments in science and mathematics. Garron lives near Raleigh with his wife and two children. In his free time he enjoys hockey, jogging, and hiking.

Margaret Hennessey

Margaret Hennessey

Senior Research Scholar

Margaret received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in 2008. After she received her MAT degree from Duke University in 2012, she taught high school mathematics at Durham School of the Arts. She is a recipient of the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship, which grants financial and professional support to early-career math and science teachers. Since leaving the classroom, she has worked both at Duke and at NC State on grant-funded projects to improve secondary teaching and learning of math and science. When she isn’t working at SUDDS, you might find her practicing yoga, cooking, or making crafts.

Yungjae Kim

Yungjae Kim

Lead Software Engineer

Yungjae was a successful game designer and developer. He has been in teams that developed MMORPG (Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game) titles which were huge hits across Europe and Asia. After leaving game development, his main concentration moved to web development. Previously, he was involved in creating web interfaces for various industries, including the medical, healthcare, magazine and gaming industries. Yungjae provides technical direction in areas of networking, architectures, software, and information security.

Gary Aleixo

Gary Aleixo

Software Developer

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Gary went to Seneca College, where he studied Computer Programming and Analysis. From there, he transferred to University of Windsor, where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Upon coming out of school, he was fortunate to land a job working with Python and fell in love with the language, which reinvigorated his passion for software development. From that point on, he pursued a career working with Python and Django and hasn’t looked back. Today, he works with the SUDDS team to help build educational tools. When he’s not working, you can find him eating delicious food, going on hikes, and hugging his wonderful wife.

David Meza

David Meza

Software Developer

Prior to joining SUDDS, David worked as an AngularJS Developer for the City of Raleigh, where he built multiple helpful tools for the local community. He graduated from the University of Mount Olive with an MIS degree; he was honored there with the Student of the Year award. Afterwards, he enrolled in Viking Code School, an intensive code bootcamp, to embrace his passion for programming and learn modern web development technologies. When not building amazing tools for education, David can be found kayaking at the lake, or petting other people’s puppies.

Michael Moody

Michael Moody

UI/UX Designer

Moody is a creative artist who has been involved in game development, UI/UX and other digital media for over 18 years. He has worked alongside some of the industry’s best talent in AAA game teams like EA and Ubisoft and developed virtual training solutions for the US Military, Special Forces and other Government Agencies. Outside of work, he enjoys watching Football “Geaux LSU” and helping others in need through Baptist Men Missions. Those who know him will say, he’s not down with the woods at night, Bigfoots, or maniacs with chainsaws during Halloween.

Meetal Shah

Meetal Shah

Graduate Research Assistant

Meetal is a doctoral student and is interested in teacher professional development as well as teacher perspectives on teaching geometry with technology. Before joining SUDDS and the doctoral program at NC State, Meetal was teaching mathematics across grades 7 to 12 in Sydney, Australia. During that time, she was also lecturing the Mathematics Methods course at the University of New South Wales. Meetal has received her B.Sc. (Mathematics) from the University of Sydney, Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Education from Macquarie University. She is a keen yogi and experiments a lot in the kitchen. If she is not exploring the sights and sounds of her new home Raleigh, she is definitely thinking about mathematics education.

Michael Belcher

Michael Belcher

Graduate Research Assistant

Mike is a doctoral student in mathematics education at NC State. Prior to joining the SUDDS team, Mike taught high school mathematics in North Carolina for seven years and spent three years developing a digital middle grades mathematics curriculum. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University and his Masters degree in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mike lives in Durham with his wife and daughter and enjoys reading and running in his spare time.