Meet the Faculty

Dr. Lawrence McKenna

Program Coordinator and Advisor; Assistant Professor

BS, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Email: lmckenna1@framingham.edu

Larry McKenna has been teaching-at graduate, undergraduate, secondary and middle school levels-since 1987. His primary teaching practice is best described as “immersive.” He and his students use real data and real mathematics to understand both the content and significance of science to our society. McKenna teaches undergraduate classes on geology, physics, solar system astronomy, climate and statistics. He also teaches the capstone class in the M. Ed. STEM specialization, STEM 962 A World Connected: Interdependence and Systems in Science. His research interests center around numerical modeling of complex systems, currently focused on population dynamics of alligators and characterizing rates and causes of ecological change in salt marsh and near shore environments.

Dr. Robert Page

Associate Professor

MS, PhD, The University of Mississippi

Email: rpage@framingham.edu

Instructor for STEM929 Number, Operations, and Representation and STEM959 Examining the World through Data and Shape
 
Robert is the current Chair of the Mathematics Department as well as coordinator of the STEM Program at FSU. He has been teaching mathematics since 1997 to diverse student groups including future NFL players, pre- and in-service teachers, and future medical medical professionals at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. With support from a Technology Enhancement Competitive Grant 170-B through the commonwealth, he developed and implemented a graduate level professional development course (Closing the Proficiency Gap in Mathematics through Enhanced Technology) in partnership with South Middlesex and Assabet Valley Vocational School Districts. In addition to teaching mathematics with technology, his research interests include teaching Bayesian methods in introductory statistics courses and explaining/predicting cooperation using mathematical game theory (e.g., the Prisoners Dilemma).

Suzanne Dunn

6th Grade Math teacher, Hopedale Public Schools

BS, Northeastern University; MEd, Lesley College; MSCS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Email: sdunn1@framingham.edu

Instructor for The Art of Engineering Design - STEM 915, Framingham State University
 
Suzanne has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in computer science from WPI. For 10 years she served as a robotics engineer for the Department of Defense. Returning to school she obtained a master’s degree in education from Lesley College and has been teaching middle school math for the last 20 years. Most recently she has completed the Lift2 (Leadership Initiative for Teaching Technology) program which included an externship in the robotics department at MITRE Corp.

Laurie Wodin

Library Media Teacher and Specialist, Hopedale Public Schools

BA, UMass; MLS/Library and Information Science, Simmons College

Email: lwodin@framingham.edu

Instructor for 21st Century Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning, STEM 945
 
Laurie Wodin is a longtime Library Media Teacher and Specialist who has worked at all levels from kindergarten through college and supervised school systems as well. She specializes in curriculum development of resource-based research methodology and literature while incorporating technology into her instruction. Sound and current educational pedagogy underpin all curricula. She is also a longtime Social Studies Curriculum Chairperson and has served on the Massachusetts School Library Association Executive Board having managed the statewide video and bookmarks contests for many years. It is Ms. Wodin’s belief that all students learn best when active and that skills are learned best when integrated into curriculum and applied. Regarding professional development at the graduate level, Ms. Wodin believes in much the same philosophy. All projects are structured so that students can return to the classroom having developed projects that are relevant, useful and ready to implement.