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Allison Swan
University of Pittsburgh
5H26 WWPH
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
alsst103@pitt.edu
(412) 624-2941

Allison Swan is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. in elementary education from King's College, Wilkes-Barre, and her MEd in Reading Education from Bloomsburg University. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Allison taught in Brodheadsville, PA. She currently serves as the LEADERS Project Manager, organizing, communicating and keeping databases. She is also a site liaison and a consultant to Pitt's America Reads Tutoring Challenge.

Tiffany Chrisman
Northwestern Primary School 256
Edgewood Blvd. Darlington, PA 16115
hchrisman1@home.com

Part of the Leaders Research Team at the University of Pittsburgh, Tiffany Chrisman has been a classroom teacher and a reading specialist and is presently a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently supervises the Reading Center at the University. She is active in reading organizations at the state and local levels. Her interests are children's literature, writing, reading instruction and reading teacher preparation.

Dr. Rae Tucker
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Tucker recently received her PhD in Reading Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as one of the school liaisons for LEADERS at the University of Pittsburgh. She also supervised the Reading Center at the University. She has taught for more than fifteen years in the early elementary grades. Her interests focus on working with struggling readers to help them learn to read and working with teachers to help them focus on individual reader needs.

Kim Simons
University of Pittsburgh

Kim Simons, M.A., is a certified teacher who joined the LEADERS staff at the University of Pittsburgh as a Graduate Student Researcher and pursued her certification as a reading specialist. She was particularly involved with the Burgwin elementary school site, but also provided general support to the LEADERS program, including work on the website and the newsletter.

Carin J. Liberati
University of Pittsburgh
5H29 WWPH
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
acmelock@stargate.net

Carin J. Liberati has worked in the field of education as a teacher for 12 years and is on sabbatical from the Pine-Richland School District, where she works as a Reading Support Teacher. She is currently working on her Master's in Reading at the University of Pittsburgh. Carin served as a liaison between Knoxville Elementary and the University of Pittsburgh, assessing students and serving as a resource for Knoxville teachers, as well as working on the newsletter.

Angela Villella
University of Pittsburgh
avillell@yahoo.com

Angela Villella, B.A. Elementary Education, is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She worked as a graduate assistant working on the LEADERS project, administering student assessments, compiling and analyzing student interview data, and constructing the LEADERS newsletter and website. Angela moved to Colorado in January 2001 to pursue her educational goals.

Francisco Tellez
University of Pittsburgh
5H29 WWPH
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
fjtst3@pitt.edu
(412) 624-3014

Francisco Tellez is a doctoral student in the Administrative and Policy Studies Department in the School of Education. He received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Catholic University in Chile, and has an MEd from the University of Pittsburgh. His academic field of interest focuses on the relationship between research-based information and decision-making processes in education. Francisco is managing data analysis for the LEADERS project.