Meet The Developers

Dr. Gail Fitzgerald
University of Missouri

Photo of Dr. Gail Fitzgerald Dr. Gail Fitzgerald is a Professor in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. Her primary teaching areas include the integration of educational technologies in K-12 education, research and evaluation methods, and technology applications in higher education. She has extensive experience in the design and development of interactive instructional programs, including multimedia cases and observation training procedures for teacher preparation and electronic performance tools to assist youth with disabilities. Current research activities focus on the design and evaluation of hypermedia learning environments, multimedia case study approaches, and Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) tools for students with disabilities. Gail received her BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology and special education from the University of Iowa and completed a post-doc in special education technology at the University of Kentucky.

Gail is recognized at the national level as an expert in technology applications for learners with special needs and the use of technology in the preparation of teacher educators. She has directed seven U.S. Department of Education grants to create a virtual resource center for professionals working with youngsters with behavioral problems in the schools. Gail was the co-director of the funded projects to develop KidTools, KidSkills, and StrategyTools. In 1995 she was awarded the 1995 TAM Service Award by the International Council for Exceptional Children-Technology and Media Division. Currently Gail co-directs an Institute for Education Sciences project, Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) as Assistive Technologies: Improving Secondary and Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Mild Disabilities and a Phase 1 Steppingstones Project, No Tool Left Behind: Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) Tools for Students with Mild Disabilities.

Dr. Kevin A. Koury
California University of Pennsylvania

Photo of Dr. Kevin A. Koury Dr. Kevin Koury is a Professor and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at California University of Pennsylvania. As a faculty member he taught in the areas of learning disabilities, strategies instruction, assessment and instructional methodologies, inclusion, and applied technology. Dr. Koury was due process hearing officer in Delaware and was a childcare counselor at The Lincoln Hall School for Boys in New York. Kevin taught and coordinated field experience practicum in Special Education while a faculty member at West Virginia University, and directed the School of Education Faculty Technology Center as a faculty member at West Chester University prior to his current position. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Dr. Koury received a BS in Mathematics from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an MA in Learning Disabilities, and an EdD in Special Education from West Virginia University. He has extensive background in hypermedia and anchored instruction through participation in MacAdemia, CEC's Project Retool, and Vanderbilt University's Project AIMM.

Kevin was the co-director of the KidTools Support System and the Strategy Tools Support System projects. He coordinated the research activities for the use of the KidSkills programs in public schools in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the development of the orientation module for the KidTools Support System, and was the content developer for Strategy Tools software. served Kevin was co-director on a Phase 2 Steppingstones Project, Implementation of Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) Tools for Students with Mild Disabilities: Field-based Research and participated as a member of the Research Consortium Project on Case-based Instruction in Multiple Contexts.

Dr. Kate Mitchem
California University of Pennsylvania

Photo of Dr. Kate Mitchem Dr. Kate Mitchem is Professor and Chair in the Department of Special Education at California University of Pennsylvania (CalU). Dr. Mitchem has certification in secondary education, multicategorical special education, and autism and has a doctorate in special education with an emphasis in prevention of emotional and behavioral disorders from Utah State University. During her career in special education, Dr. Mitchem has taught students with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders eight years in a variety of settings, as well as coordinated a large federally funded prevention project in the middle and high schools of an inner city school district.

As a faculty member for six years at West Virginia University (prior to her current position at CalU), she worked extensively as a consultant and staff developer in a number of districts in West Virginia and Maryland assisting schools and counties in developing academic and social programming for students with or at risk for emotional and behavior disorders. Dr. Mitchem is Past-President, West Virginia Council for Exceptional Children; co-editor, Rural Special Education Quarterly; and reviewer on two scholarly research journals. She is co-director on a current Institute for Education Sciences project, Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) as Assistive Technologies: Improving Secondary and Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Mild Disabilities, and served as co-director on a Phase 2 Steppingstones Project, Implementation of Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) Tools for Students with Mild Disabilities: Field-based Research, and research partner on a Phase 3 Steppingstones Project, Implementation of Case-Based Instruction in Multiple Contexts (VRCBD-RC). Her current research interests focus on bridging the research to practice gap in special education through effective preservice and inservice teacher education, multimedia case-based instruction, and use of EPSS to support students with disabilities in inclusive settings.

Dr. Louis Semrau, Professor Emeritus
Arkansas State University

Photo of Dr. Louis Semrau Dr. Louis Semrau is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Special Education at Arkansas State University. During his tenure at ASU he served as the coordinator of the ASU Emotionally Disturbed M.S.E. training program and was the primary instructor in technological applications in special education. Lou co-directed two U.S. Department of Education grants to create a virtual resource center for professionals working with youngsters with behavioral problems in the schools through dissemination of multimedia training materials, matched software for children and youth, web-based training support for teachers and mental health professionals, and participated in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of the KidTools programs.

At the national level, Lou served as a member of a state CSPD council for eight years, was active in the CEC's efforts to identify quality teacher training practices (task forces, trainer for folio preparation, folio reviewer, Subcommittee Chair for Accreditation in the Professional Standards and Practices Standing Committee), and member of NCATE Board of Examiners. Lou has been both a contributor to and primary writer and director for a number of private foundation, state, and federal grants involving research, model development, teacher training, and training of other professionals and parents. In 2001, Lou was awarded the 2000 TAM Leadership Award by the International Council for Exceptional Children - Technology and Media Division.

Christian M. Cepel
University of Missouri

Photo of Christain M. Cepel Christian M. Cepel holds a B.A. degree in Computer Science at the University of Missouri. He serves as the computer programmer / technician and audio engineer for KidTools, KidSkills, and Strategy Tools and is the webmaster for the VRCBD, KTSS, and STSS web sites. He solves challenges by providing advanced technical software programming, graphic design, production of tangible media for distribution, organizing online discussion groups, enabling online data collection, preparing software programs for various means of distribution, preparing documents and dissemination materials for web and print, and hardware / software support.

Thitinun (Ta) Boonseng
University of Missouri

Photo of Thitinun Boonseng During his years at MU, Ta served as the co-programmer of StrategyTools and KidTools Website. Ta was responsible for the screen design of all the tools in StrategyTools. Ta was also a programmer of "CBR Tools", a research software tool for analyzing time interval coded observation data. Ta presented at national and international conferences, and assisted in many aspects of the StrategyTools project

Ta holds a B.A. degree in Computer Science and a Master of Education degree in Educational Technology at the University of Missouri. Ta is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri. He plans to graduate in December 2010. Ta's dissertation focused on using an Electronic Performance Support System to facilitate the intercultural competency development.


Dr. Hsinyi Peng
University of Missouri - Columbia

Photo of Dr. Hsinyi Peng During her years at MU, Sindy served as the co-programmer of KidTools and KidSkills, coordinated audio development of the children's voices, facilitated the KidTools online conference for users, maintained project records, compiled research data, co-presented at national and international conferences, and assisted in all aspects of the KTSS project. Sindy was responsible for the graphical interface of KidSkills. She also worked on the VRCBD project as a multimedia case developer.

Dr. Hsinyi Peng received her doctorate in Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri in August, 2003. Sindy's dissertation focused on the epistemological beliefs of teacher education students and their usage and learning outcomes with interactive, case-based training materials in behavioral disorders. She was a faculty member at the Graduate Institute of Education at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, prior to returning to the USA where she now lives in the state of Washington.



Yemin Huang
University of Missouri


Photo of Yemin Huang Yemin Huang was responsible for the development of TeacherTools, KidTools Resource and KidSkillsReource. She served as a co-programmer of StrategyToolsResource and assisted in the interface design and testing of PictureTools and StrategyTools. Together with teammates, she conducted a usability testing of PictureTools, analyzed research data and co-presented the findings at national and international conferences.

Yemin Huang who is originally from China is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) at MU. Her current research interest is on learning environments, especially design of technology-enhanced learning environment for problem solving and peer interaction in online learning environments. Before coming to U.S., she received a B.A. and a M.A. degree in Educational Technology at Beijing Normal University.



Zhenyu He
University of Missouri


Photo of Zhenyu He Zhenyu He served as the co-programmer of StrategyTools Resources and Kid Coach Website. She assisted with transferring all the screen images of eKidTools from Authorware to flash. Zhenyu also assisted with the user interface design of the new StrategyTools. She worked with colleagues to conduct usability testing of PictureTools, collected and analyzed research data, and co-presented the findings at national and international conferences.

Zhenyu He is from Suzhou, China. She is a fourth-year doctoral student in School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at MU. Her research interest is usability testing and information behavior of people with learning differences. She is also interested the application of pedagogy and technology tools to enhance learning in online learning environments. Zhenyu holds a B.E. degree in Computer Science Education at Suzhou University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education in Computer Science from Mississippi College.



Contributors to the
Development of KidTools and KidSkills

KidTools
Ran-Young Hong
Jennifer Lynch
Rhetta Standifer
Patricia Watson

KidSkills
Abdurrahman Arslanyimaz
Min-Yuan Chen
I-Ling Cheng
Strategy Tools
Mihai Cernuska
Hui-Hsien Tsai
Thitinum Bonnseng
Zhenyu He
No Tool Left Behind Updates
Yemin Huang
Zhenyu He



PictureTools
Yemin Huang
Zhenyu He

TeacherTools
Yemin Huang

Funding Partners

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» University of Missouri College of Education

» School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

» Allen Institute

» California University of Pensylvania College of Education

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