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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.
Alexandra "Lolly" Smith
Alexandra “Lolly” Smith serves as a Research Specialist in the Center for Education Policy and Leadership. She assists with data collection for the South Carolina Project-Based Learning evaluation, as well as data collection and research logistics for the evaluation of the United Way of Greenville County OnTrack Initiative. She also helps coordinate the evaluation of the College Advising Corps’ South Carolina project, which strives to bring greater access to college for underrepresented populations. Prior to joining the Riley Institute, she taught middle and high school history for seven years. She received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and history from Vanderbilt University and her M.A.T. in Curriculum and Instruction from Furman University.