Our success is due in large part to our team approach. Sun Associates is a group of people with varied and extensive educational experience as classroom teachers, school technology leaders, planners, researchers, and policymakers. With the variety and depth of experience of its personnel, Sun Associates has someone with the necessary expertise to meet each client's needs.
Currently, our staff includes the following key individuals:
Jeff Sun, Director, has 15 years of experience working in education and technology, mainly in the areas of distance learning, professional development, technical support, research, and support to educational policymakers. Jeff has extensive experience working with state and local education agencies and has worked in staff and consulting capacities to a number of U.S. Department of Education-funded programs. Prior to founding Sun Associates, he was the Director of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education's Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory (NEIRL). Jeff's decision to found Sun Associates was based on a desire to offer educational technology consulting services on a for-profit basis directly to schools and districts without regard to geographic boundaries. As learning technologies such as the Internet have developed, matured, and spread widely in schools Jeff perceived a need for smaller more flexible business enterprises which could quickly and efficiently serve the needs of immediate needs of educators. Sun Associates is such an organization. Jeff has a B.A. in Sociology and Public Health from Hampshire College and an M.A. in U.S. Cultural History and the History of Technology from the University of MA at Amherst.
Anita Beloff, Evaluation Assistant, is a veteran Massachusetts teacher with over 30 years of experience in elementary education. Anita holds a M.Ed from Salem State College.
Hilary Bresnahan, Evaluation Assistant, is an experienced teacher and educational researcher. Certified to teach in three state, Hilary has also worked in a variety of public and private sector educational research and evaluation firms. Hilary holds B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Sandra Carriker, Evaluation Associate, has over 30 years teaching experience. She served as the Assistant Dean of Educational Technology for North Shore Community College with the responsibility of integrating technology into the College's classes from the creation of technology-enhanced lessons to the development of online courses. Sandy has presented at numerous state and national conferences to disseminate results of the federal technology grants she coordinated and to conduct workshops on various topics including the development of student rubrics for technology integrated units. Sandy has her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Jeanne Clark, Evaluation Associate, has experience in K-12 instructional technology training, support, and evaluation. Jeanne has worked on a variety of projects at the national, state, and local levels. She specializes in issues related to teacher professional development, change, and the impact of instructional technology innovations on students and is one of the founding members of Sun Associates. Jeanne holds a B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College and an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Julie Johnson, Evalaution Assistant, has experience in classroom teaching, evaluation research, program management and curriculum development. Julie holds a B.A. in History from San Francisco State University and an M.Ed. from Lesley University.
Octavio Munist, Evaluation Associate. Prior to joining Sun Associates, Octavio worked as Director of Internet Technology for an online education company. He has been involved with technology in schools for over a decade. He holds an M.A. in education and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation at Boston College with a focus on technology-based assessment.
Zora Warren, Evaluation Associate, joins Sun Associates after serving as a middle school social studies and English Language Arts teacher in several Massachusetts school districts. She is a member of the National Council of Social Studies and has consulted extensively with a number of curriculum and media organizations. Zora holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Matt Welch, Evaluation Associate, is an experienced secondary school English teacher with an emphasis on working in urban inner-city schools. Matt has a B.A. from Boston College, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College.
If you would like to join our team, let us know! See our help wanted page for current openings and information on how to join.
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