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MaryShannon Williams

Instructor Learning Design and TechnologyCurriculum & Instruction

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Dr. MaryShannon Williams is currently working as a third grade Virtual Academy teacher in Dallas ISD. She just returned to the K-12 classroom this year after having worked in higher education since 2010. When not teaching elementary students, she works as a limited term lecturer for the Master of Science in Education in Learning Design & Technology program at Purdue University. She earned a Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dr. Williams’ dissertation explored the nature of participation in a hybrid community of practice on teacher efficacy, leadership, and practice. She continues to be interested in research on communities of practice, faculty professional development and active learning. She recently relocated to Dallas, TX from College Station, TX, where she was Postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas A&M University, working on preparing faculty to teach in their new Innovative Learning Classroom Building. Prior to working at Texas A&M, Dr. Williams worked as an Instructional Design Specialist at Purdue University. Prior to that, she worked as an Instructional Designer developing online teacher professional development for eMINTS National Center, an ancillary partner of the College of Education at the University of Missouri. Before moving into higher education, Dr. Williams taught for 10 years in the K-12 environment in Seoul, South Korea (1 year) and San Antonio, TX. She has a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Learning Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor’s of Science in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas. She is certified in Texas to teach PreK-6, Generalist 4-8, and Technology Applications PreK-12. She is a lover of movies, an avid reader, and a world-class sleeper.

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