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College Advising Corps Staff

Brooke Culclasure
Brooke Culclasure is the Center for Education Policy and Leadership’s Research Director. Currently, Dr. Culclasure oversees the Center’s Program and Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative and serves as the Principal Investigator of studies related to Montessori education, New Tech schools, and project-based learning. She also serves as a co-Investigator for the United Way of Greenville County’s OnTrack Greenville initiative. She is a lecturer in the Politics and International Affairs Department at Furman University and an editorial board member for the Journal of Montessori Research. She has had recent presentations at the International Montessori Congress, the American Education Research Association annual meeting, and the American Montessori Society national conference. Dr. Culclasure earned master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of South Carolina and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.



Student Intern

Mattie MacDonald
Mattie MacDonald ('20) 

I am a senior Economics and Politics and International Affairs double major from Myrtle Beach, SC. Furman has been an amazing academic experience that has provided me with unbelievable academic opportunities. My interest in international affairs was piqued during my study away experience in Brussels, Belgium in Fall 2018. I was fortunate enough to have an internship in the European Parliament working for a member from Malta, which was an introduction to how culture impacts worldview. I am interested in education policy, which led me to spend Summer 2019 doing research with the Politics and International Affairs department and my current internship with the Riley Institute’s Center of Education Policy and Leadership in which I assist with the College Advising Corps (CAC), the Montessori Education, and TransformSC projects.