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OnTrack Staff

Tracy Waters
Tracy Waters is the Center for Education Policy and Leadership's Assistant Research Director and manages the comprehensive evaluation of OnTrack Greenville, as a part of the Social Innovation Fund grant secured by the United Way of Greenville County. She received her B.A. from Central Michigan University and her Ph.D. from Clemson University and has extensive experience in diverse nonprofits and education research and evaluation. Dr. Waters previously served as Research and Grants Manager for the United Way of Greenville County and has helped plan and implement data collection for several research studies, including an NIH-funded study on rural teen dating violence and a mixed-methods examination of children's neighborhood and civic engagement.


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.
David Fleming
David J. Fleming,  is an Associate Professor in the Politics and International Affairs Department and a Senior Researcher with the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. His scholarly work has been published in the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education and Urban Society, and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, among other outlets. His current research projects include evaluations of Montessori schools in South Carolina and the Early Warning and Response System and associated interventions in Greenville County. He has recently presented research at the American Montessori Society annual conference and the American Educational Research Association annual meeting. At Furman University, Dr. Fleming teaches courses in American politics, public policy, and political analysis.
Kelly Gregory
Kelly Gregory serves as a Research Specialist in the Center for Education Policy and Leadership. Currently, she assists with data collection and compilation, instrument and report creation, and research logistics for the evaluation of the United Way of Greenville County’s OnTrack Greenville Initiative. Prior to joining the Riley Institute, Kelly taught special education for eight years at both the elementary and secondary level. From 2005 to 2013, she also assisted with several Institute initiatives, including the Emerging Public Leaders program and the Hewlett Foundation research study on public education in South Carolina. Kelly holds a B.A. in Psychology from Furman and an M.A.T. in Special Education from Converse College.
Sally Morris
Sally Morris is a Research Associate in the Center for Education Policy and Leadership. Sally graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Furman University. She is completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she already has received an M.A. in Sociology and a Certificate in Survey Methodology. As Qualtrics Technical Consultant for the H.W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, Sally worked extensively with students and faculty to design and implement small and large-scale survey research on a variety of topics. She also has significant experience in qualitative research, particularly in designing and fielding in-depth interviews in a wide range of settings. Sally’s work history includes the following projects: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Single Fathers Due to Cancer study; the Survey of International and U.S. Nurses out of UNC’s Department of Health Care Environments; and Research Triangle International’s study on food security, with funding from a grant provided by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA.
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.



Abigail Emerson
Abigail Emerson is a Political Science major from Simpsonville, South Carolina. She anticipates a career in policy research, and she takes a special interest in education policy. Abigail is involved on campus through the Shucker Leadership Institute, Delta Gamma sorority, College Democrats, and working at the Writing and Media Lab.
Nicole Hyman
Nicole Hyman is a Junior Political Science and Sociology double major, and Poverty Studies minor from Hartsville, South Carolina. She is active with The Riley Institute Advance Team and is a campus chapter officer for Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Some of Nicole's favorite things include: drinking cold-pressed juice, keeping up with current events, and watching Grey's Anatomy.