Graduate Assistants

Laurel Dias

Laurel is a graduate student the Learning Sciences PhD program in the Educational Psychology department. Her research interests focus on mathematics education, equity, and teacher learning and collaboration. Before returning to graduate school, she taught special education in Granite School District. In her free time she loves to go camping and travel.

KC Hill

K.C. is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Utah in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology. Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, she earned her B.S. in Human Development and B.A. in Psychology at UC Davis, and her M.S.Ed in Counseling and Mental Health Services at the Penn Graduate School of Education. For the last two years she has been a high school counselor in her home town in Northern California. She enjoys hiking, skiing, and trying new coffee shops.

Ana Katz

Ana Katz is a doctoral student at the University of Utah in the Department of Educational Psychology, Reading and Literacy. She earned her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Brigham Young University and her B.A. in English and American History from the University of California, San Diego. She also works as adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University as a professor in Rhetoric and Composition, has taught Secondary English in West Valley City, Utah, and currently works with a Utah based non-profit on creating anti-racist literacy curriculum for local school districts.

McKenna Maguet

McKenna Maguet is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, Reading and Literacy. She earned her M. Ed. in Teacher Education from Brigham Young University and her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Brigham Young University. She worked as a first grade teacher in a Title I school for six years. She enjoys road trips, hiking, spending time at the lake, and being with her family.

Ashely Silcox

Ashley Silcox is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, Reading and Literacy. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and her M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy from the University of Utah. She has worked at public, charter, and online schools with students K-6, as well as in school administration, for 8 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, reading, and eating chocolate.

Jessica Totsky

 

Tamara Young

Tamara Young is a doctoral student in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the College of Education, studying­­­­­­­­­­­ Physics Education Research with Professor Lauren Barth-Cohen.  Currently their research is focused on middle-grade students modeling magnetism. Tamara has an M.S. in Physics from the University of Utah, where they researched planet formation using computational astrophysical fluid dynamics. They also have a B.S. in Physics from Utah State University. Previously, they have been a teacher in the public school system, teaching math and science in urban, rural and online environments. Currently, Tamara is an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College teaching astronomy. They also work in partnership with the College of Education and the Utah FORGE Geothermal Energy Project to develop K-12 science curriculum.