|Dr. Jennifer A. Lee, Ed.D. earned her doctorate from North Carolina State University in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education in 2008. After successfully defending her dissertation, Dr. Lee served as assistant professor of technology education and human resources training in the STEM Education and Professional Studies Department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She has served as a professional development designer and trainer for the A+ Schools Network at University of North Carolina, Greensboro and taught public school in North Carolina, including at a STEM magnet school. She earned her B.A. from University of North Carolina at Asheville and M.Ed. from North Carolina State University. Jenny is also a certified motorcycle instructor for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Her research interests include examination of gender equity issues in technology education and the other STEM areas. Currently, Dr. Lee is the Career and Technical Education teacher at a middle school in the Durham Public Schools.
In my own words…
Once I received my Bachelor of Arts in Theater from UNC-Asheville, I worked for eight years as a theater "techie" in properties and scenery at several professional theaters around the country. Some of the theaters I've worked for include The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, and The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle, Washington. I also designed scenery for The Annex Theatre while in Seattle. Over the years, I worked with several famous people: Jillian Armenante who was in Judging Amy, Girl Interrupted, North Country, and several other stage and television productions; Morgan Freeman who starred in the play Gospel at Colonus performed at The Alliance Theatre, and Judd Hirsch who was in a play called Conversations With My Father which eventually went to Broadway. Hirsch won a Tony award for leading actor for that play.
After working in professional theater, I moved back to Asheville, NC in 1993, attended UNC-Asheville to get my K-6 teaching license, and became an elementary school teacher in 1995. I taught 4th and 5th grades for four years in the Asheville area at Woodfin Elementary and Randolph Elementary, and then moved to the Chapel Hill/Raleigh area where I taught 4th grade for 2 years at Y.E. Smith Science and Technology Magnet School and drama for 2.5 years at Douglas Elementary Magnet School. While working as an elementary school teacher, I got the opportunity to become an A+ Fellow. As an A+ Fellow, I design and facilitate workshops for teachers through the A+ Schools Network. The A+ Schools organization seeks to provide educators and administrators with workshops that help them to use arts and technology in their classrooms. A+ relies heavily on Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory. Additionally, I teach beginning motorcycle classes at several local community colleges.
From the moment I became a teacher, I have always used instructional technology in my lessons and units. I enjoy the ability to "take" students to places they could not physically go. This interest in the importance of using technology in teaching led me to North Carolina State University where I earned a master's degree in Technology Education in 2004 and a doctorate in the Technology, Engineering, and Design Education in 2008. As a departmental teaching assistant for 3.5 years, I taught TED 115: Wood Processing and TED 110: Materials & Processes Technology (see curriculum vita for descriptions of classes). During my last semester at NCSU, I served as assistant to the director of the College of Education’s Media and Educational Technology Resource Center. In that position, I edited the NCSU College of Education website as well as created tutorials and facilitated workshops about instructional technology for teachers and students.