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New Tech Evaluation 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.
Alexis Sprogis
Alexis Sprogis joined the Riley team in 2008. She is currently a Research Specialist with the Center for Education Policy and Leadership, where she is responsible for assisting with data collection, instrument and report creation, research logistics, and database compilation associated with several research projects, including the South Carolina Public School Montessori study, the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program evaluation and the education model evaluation funded by the Education Oversight Committee. She received a B.A. from Winthrop University in 2006 and is in the process of earning her M.A. at the University of Nebraska (Kearney).


Our co-researchers on this project Drs. Eric Stocks and Mike Odell, University of Texas (Tyler) 


Student Intern

Elizabeth Ortiz
Elizabeth Ortiz has been a student intern with the Center for Education Policy and Leadership since February of 2019. She has worked on formulating and finalizing reports for TransformSC, NewTech, and OnTrack Greenville. Her current focus is on data collection and evaluation for OnTrack Greenville. In addition to her work with the Riley Institute, Elizabeth is currently working on a research project focused on the disparities found in urban public schools including field research in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She will be graduating in May of 2021 with a B.A. in Politics and International Affairs and a B.A. in Urban Studies. She hopes to pursue a masters degree in Education Policy after graduation in order to pursue her passion for helping with the inequality found in the public school system.