Chandra Orrill has served as the Director of the Kaput Center since July 2017. She is Professor in the Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development where she teaches in the STEM Education Ph.D. program and the MAT program. Before being appointed Director, Dr. Orrill served as the Chairperson for the Department for four years and she served as part of the interim co-director team of the Kaput Center for three years. Across her career, Dr. Orrill has received over 30 grants totaling more than $8 million. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences as well as the State of Georgia. Dr. Orrill’s research focuses on how teachers understand the mathematics they teach, how to better prepare and support teachers in being able to teach the content, and assessing their knowledge. Her current interest is in the design of professional development that engages teachers with mathematics in new ways through the use of dynamic technologies and playful engagement. Dr. Orrill has also been active in a variety of outreach efforts related to engaging students in programming and computational thinking. These include serving as the co-Champion for the Kaput Center’s CoderDojo and visiting STE(A)M events with various robots and programming games to engage K-8 students in programing. Dr. Orrill has published in many journals including Journal for Research on Mathematics Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and International Journal of Mathematics and Science Education. She has presented her work nationally and internationally.
Grant Support Specialist
Kym Welty joined the Kaput Center in December 2017. She has many years of grant administration and project management background as well as experience working with schools. In the Kaput Center, she provides pre-award and post-award support to the Research Scientists as well as providing support as a Project Manager for several grants. She also serves as co-Champion of the Kaput Center’s CoderDojo.
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The founding director of the Kaput Center was Dr. Stephen Hegedus. He has been the PI/Co-PI of various NSF-funded and US Department of Education (IES)-funded projects. His work focused on the development and study of dynamic software environments with associated curriculum focusing on classroom connectivity and haptic (force-feedback) technology. This work also involved the professional development of pre and in-service teachers and large-scale integration of innovative technologies into K-12 curriculum. To read his farewell remarks, click here.