Dr. Lalita Subrahmanyan
Dr. Lalita Subrahmanyan is Professor of Elementary and Middle Level Education. She has served as Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning since October 2009 and is an active member of the international association of faculty developers, the Professional and Organizational Development Network.
Having obtained her PhD in 1993 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in the Social Foundations of Education, Dr. Subrahmanyan teaches courses in elementary and middle level education, instruction and assessment, and social, historical and philosophical foundations. Her emphasis in her teaching and her work is on developing students to be thinking citizens for a global and pluralistic twenty-first century world.
Previously, Dr. Subrahmanyan has had several years’ experience in India in schools and urban community development projects. Further she has had extensive experience working with schools in Minnesota. She has served as the cultural diversity coordinator in the St. Cloud schools for two years and has directed a regionally recognized mentoring program for minority girls in collaboration with SCSU women students for five years.
Dr. Subrahmanyan has several publications and national and international presentations on faculty development, curriculum and instruction, middle level education, multicultural education, and social justice. Dr. Subrahmanyan is also a musician in the Northern Indian classical tradition.
Natalie Ringsmuth lives in Waite Park, MN. She received her degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and taught middle school choir in Atlanta, GA for three years. She then worked in churches for over a decade in the area of Music/Worship and Family Life. Since 2015, she has been the Executive Director of #unitecloud, a social change non-profit working to resolve cultural, religious, and racial tensions in the Central MN. She is a mother of three kids (two boys and a girl) and has been married to her husband for over 15 years! In her free time she enjoys singing with her husband at church, blogging about her community, and playing games with her children.
Abisola Femi-Jegede is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at St. Cloud State University. She obtained her first degree in Geology from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, a Post Graduate Certificate in Finance and International Business from The London School of Business and Finance, UK and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Wales UK. Abisola worked locally for several years in the banking sector in Nigeria and also in the Financial Services sector in United Kingdom. She is happily married with 3 children and enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with her family in her spare time.
Jodi is an alumni from St. Cloud State University, she has a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting and a Master's of Science in Information Media-Human Resource Development Training. After 20 years in the private industry, she returned to SCSU and is currently in the Higher Ed. Administration doctoral program. While working in the airline industry, she gained experience as an Instructional Designer creating classroom and online instruction working in team environments with Subject Matter Experts and multi-media professionals to produce objective based learning products. Recent focus areas included employee development and organizational effectiveness. While working for a global airline, she has grown to value the power of diversity embracing differences in people, thinking, and styles. She also believes that through education and innovation, change happens.
Emily Harrington is a Junior at St. Cloud State University, from Rosemount, MN. She has her Associate in Arts Degree from Inver Hills Community College. She is currently majoring in meteorology, minoring in computing, and working towards a certificate in information systems. Emily is President of the St. Cloud State Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and an officer of the Meteorology Peer Mentorship Program. In her free time, she enjoys being active, volunteering, fishing, and spending time with her friends and family.