OUR TEAM

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Grace East
Virtual Learning Liaison

Grace facilitates CLICK workshops and supports teaching partners through the design and implementation of their projects. She is a doctoral candidate in linguistic anthropology at the University of Virginia, studying language contact in one of Accra, Ghana’s immigrant neighborhoods. She attended Michigan State University for her BA (2013) in arts and humanities and Wayne State University for her MA (2016) in anthropology. She has been a teaching assistant and instructor at the university level for the past six years and enjoys nothing more than sharing her love of linguistics and anthropology with undergraduates. She has also served as an organizer and facilitator for the UVA anthropology department’s teaching and fieldwork workshops and recently completed a podcasting internship with the National Humanities Center. In her free time, Grace can be found doing just about anything outdoors, listening to a podcast, or admiring her beloved cat, Cricket.

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Lu Shi
Data Analyst

As the Data Analyst, Lu designs, distributes, and analyzes student and faculty surveys for Gazelle International. She works to improve our assessment and reporting practices. Lu is a doctoral candidate in the Chemistry department at the University of Virginia. Her work is focusing on chemistry education research to understand the barriers to disseminate learner-centered instructional practice and assess instructors’ beliefs about assessment in chemistry. She earned her Bachelor of Engineering (2014), and Master of Engineering (2017) at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. As a research assistant, Lu conducted several projects in chemistry education by using both quantitative and qualitative methods including confirmatory factor analysis, mixture model clustering, linear regression model, and phenomenology study.

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Stephen Hager
Sales and Marketing Strategist

As the resident Sales and Marketing Strategist, Stephen helps optimize Gazelle International's online presence and is responsible for evangelizing the company’s value proposition to institutional partners. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of Virginia and is in the process of completing his dissertation on early sound cinema and modernist prose. Prior to his time at UVA, Stephen worked in sales and business development at Groupon and LinkedIn, among others. When he is not expounding on Gazelle’s virtual exchange platform he is probably watching old movies and reading Virginia Woolf.  

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Alexa Jeffress

CLICK Teaching & Learning Coordinator

As the CLICK Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Alexa Jeffress designs and participates in CLICK teacher training, coordinates workshops and meeting schedules, serves as the CLICK Network Facilitator, and aligns learning goals with the CLICK rubrics. She earned her PhD in Spanish from the  University of Virginia in May 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (2015) and Master of Arts (2017) in Spanish at the UVA as well. Alexa taught many Spanish courses at UVA, including Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Intermediate Spanish, Grammar and Composition, and Translation from Spanish to English. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Alexa also participated in and facilitated programs through the university's Center for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests include 20th-century Spanish literature and film, with a particular focus on works that depict Barcelona; translation studies; pedagogy; technology in the classroom.

Mikhail Arefev
Data Analyst 

Mikhail Arefev is a doctoral candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. He previously earned a Bachelor of Science (2012) and a Master of Science (2014) at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. He has experience in teaching and working on educational platforms, such as Wiley. As a Research and Teaching Assistant at UVA, Mikhail performs Molecular Dynamics simulations to study kinetics of melting in metals and Kinetic Monte-Carlo modeling to study second order phase transformations in Fe-Ni. He also has programming and analytic knowledge in PCA, linear regression models, C++, Fortran 90, and Python.

Sarah Rabke
CLICK Coach

Sarah Rabke works with CLICK teachers to help bring their project ideas to reality. She served as the Virtual Learning Liaison for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and she had great success with our CLICK teaching teams. Sarah is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia in the department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, studying contemporary Spanish theater and representations of migration on the stage. She attended Baylor University for her Bachelor of Arts (2014) and Master of Arts (2016) in Spanish literature. Sarah has taught a variety of courses at Baylor and UVA, including Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Intermediate Spanish as well as an introductory literature course in Spanish called Texts and Interpretation. She has also had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students on study abroad programs in Costa Rica and Spain, and she enthusiastically participates in programs and workshops with UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Institute of World Languages. Sarah loves acting, learning French, and volunteering with English as a Second Language classes in her community.

Hannah Sturtevant, PhD

Instructional Designer

Dr. Hannah Sturtevant has experience in college teaching, international student support, mixed methods evaluation, and research on evidence-based instructional practices. A native of Washington State, she gained a B.S. in chemistry at Western Washington University (2011), earned her PhD in chemistry with emphasis in chemical education at Purdue University (2016), and completed a postdoc at the University of Virginia's Center for Teaching Excellence (2019). She has taught Teaching Methods in Higher Education courses for undergraduate and graduate TAs in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and engineering at the University of Virginia and currently teaches general chemistry at Ohio Northern University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Her research interests include 1) effects of teaching methods courses on TAs and their students 2) faculty barriers to using evidence-based instructional practices, and 3) metacognitive training and inclusive teaching methods for student success. 

Karen deFur-Maxwell, Ed.D., MA

Curriculum Consultant

Karen deFur-Maxwell, Ed.D., MA, teaches in the Graduate School of Education at Quinnipiac University.  Her career has included that of Curriculum Supervisor of World Languages for New Haven Public Schools, 25 years as a schoolteacher, public speaking engagements, conference presenter and a Board of Education elected position.  Karen advises in areas of curriculum development and teaching methods.  She was awarded the honor of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the French Embassy in 2013 for her role in the development of the first public school French immersion program in Connecticut.