Center Director, Center on Educator Preparation & Effectiveness
Dr. Christina Reagle is the Director for the Center on Educator Preparation & Effectiveness. She joined The Research Institute at Western Oregon University after working at Oregon Department of Education and in Alaska. Her responsibilities are primarily focused in educational evaluation and program implementation. Dr. Reagle believes in a systems approach to education beginning with young children and continuing as adults work toward furthering their educational goals or making life changes toward a new career. She has comprehensive experience in Pre-K-12, adult, and university teaching; research and evaluation; educator preparation; program coordination; educational professional development; and grant writing. Besides education Dr. Reagle has been involved in social and mental health services, and justice department federal and state grants and contracts.
Dr. Serra Acar is a Project Coordinator at The Research Institute (TRI). Dr. Acar works on projects with an early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) focus. Serra received her Ph.D. in Early Intervention Program from the University of Oregon and her master's in Birth-Kindergarten: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED) from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Serra's primary areas of expertise are family-centered practices, culturally and linguistically responsive assessment approaches, and personnel preparation in EI/ECSE. She has over 10 years of experience in the field.
Serra is the project coordinator of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm. Serra has presented at numerous national and state conferences and is very involved with the Division of Early Childhood (DEC). Serra is the elected Member-at-Large to the DEC Executive Board and a liaison for DEC’s diversity council, VOICES. She is also serving as Oregon Ambassador for the the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center’s aRPy project. At the state level, she serves as an active member for Oregon DEC and Oregon Higher Education Consortium. When not working, she enjoys painting, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.
Project Director Project PEPI, Project Executive Function, and Co-PI Project PIECE
Patricia is a Senior Fellow at Western Oregon University (WOU), and at TRI, works through the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year professional development project to recruit, retain, and graduate Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. Both of these projects are funded by the U. S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). She is Project Director of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm is funded for three years by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The study will follow infants and toddlers born LBW who do not have major medical conditions, and babies born full term without known delays. In addition, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University. When not working, she enjoys riding her horse, running, reading, and enjoying time with family.
Aaron is a Financial Specialist at TRI. He earned his baccalaureate of science in 1987 from Western Oregon State College with a major in law enforcement and minor in business administration. Aaron's primary expertise is program and financial management. He has worked in the field managing programs in the areas of military service, criminal justice and early childhood for 25 years. Aaron started at TRI in 2013 as a Grants Financial Specialist. When not working, Aaron enjoys playing golf, wine tasting and hiking the red rocks of Sedona Arizona.
Mentoring Program Coordinator
Annie Friedman is a Project Coordinator at TRI. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed her Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University in April 2017.
Her primary expertise is in higher education student services and she has worked in the field for three years. Annie started at TRI in June 2016 and is establishing a mentoring program at WOU that aligns career services, alumni relations and advising on campus.
Annie has been a Corvallis Ultimate Board Director since 2013, where she serves as one of eight directors for a local non-profit supporting youth ultimate Frisbee and fostering international and national amateur competition.
When not working, Annie enjoys anything outside including ultimate Frisbee, hiking, camping, backpacking, and snowboarding, usually with her husband, Steve, and border collie, JD.
Traffic Safety Education Program Coordinator/ 21st CLCC TA Specialist
Amber Ryerson has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has a 2nd Masters degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.
She has worked in the field of Education for the past 20 years with expertise in working with families, observation and assessment, EI/ ECSE. Her prior experience includes being a preschool-6th grade teacher, mentoring and evaluating K-12 teachers new to the field, being a literacy coach, and being a Title One Administrator of K-12 programs.
Currently, Amber works as a Program Coordinator for Traffic Safety Education and Oregon’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
21st Century Community Learning Center Project Director and Early Learning Specialist
Candice (Candi) Scott is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Project Director for the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness and an Early Learning TA Specialist with the Center on Early Learning. She earned her MS in Counseling and BA in Elementary Education from Oregon State University. She has served as an instructor and head teacher at Oregon State University's Child Development Center, as a Head Start teacher, and as an elementary teacher in the Corvallis, Lebanon, and Hermiston school districts. She has worked in the field for over 25 years.
Candi began working at TRI in 2013 as a TA Specialist for Central Coordination of Child Care Resource & Referral. Since then, she has worked as a TA Specialist for Oregon's QRIS and is the Project Director of Oregon's 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant with ODE.
When not working, Candi enjoys spending time with her husband and sons -- a junior at Western Oregon and a freshman at Oregon State University. She's also been playing women's slowpitch softball in Corvallis for the past 25 years -- including unsuccessfully trying to retire for the past three years.
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