Meet Our Officers
The Curriculum Theory Graduate Student Collaborative (CTGSC) is a diverse group of students pursuing a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction or Educational Leadership & Research. They travel the world, make connections, and impact their communities—they are the future of education.
Officers in the Graduate Student Collaborative come from various backgrounds and focus their research and studies in a wide range of fields. They love history, music, science, and more. Below are the Collaborative's current officers.
Lindsay M. Stewart
Lindsay Stewart is a PhD student in the Curriculum Theory Project Graduate program at Louisiana State University’s College of Human Science & Education. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in the Arts of Teachers, both from LSU. After teaching fifth grade, Lindsay returned to LSU to explore the role that literacy plays in the development and community growth of adolescents. Specifically, she is interested in examining the positive impact provided by of a physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD).
My favorite quote:
“Nothing determines me from outside, not because nothing acts upon me, but, on the contrary, because I am from the start outside myself and open to the world.” - Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Shana is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Louisiana State University’s School of Education in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education with a research focus on English as a Second Language (ESL) students, bilingualism, internationalization and migration/immigration. Shana has both an undergraduate and masters degree in Sociology. Shana has previously served as both a coordinator and general secretary of her undergraduate institution’s Rotaract Club.
My favorite quote:
“The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.” -- Pierre de Coubertin
Sher Ahmed is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Research at Louisiana State University. He holds two master’s degrees in Educational Leadership, one from Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan and the second from the George Washington University, Washington DC. He has ten years of teaching experience of English language and Social Studies at different High Schools and Urdu literature at an intermediate college. He also served as a high school principal for more than a year. Before leaving for the US for his studies, he was serving as a Senior Subject Specialist (Teacher Educator) in Bureau of Curriculum and Extension Center, Education Department, Government of Balochistan, Pakistan. Sher’s research interests concentrate to the school leadership role in school-community relationships.
My Favorite Quote:
“There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland
Shazia Humayun is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at Louisiana State University. She is working as a graduate Assistant with LSU Online. She has a Law degree with a Masters in Science and a postgraduate degree in Educational Leadership and Management. She is on study leave from a private educational organisation in Pakistan where her career has evolved from a classroom teacher to a teacher trainer with continuous and steady professional development. Her research interest is in situating professional development for teachers leading to development of communities of practices for improvement of the process of teaching and learning
“With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.” -- Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Julie Parrish is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy Studies. Before moving to Baton Rouge in 2016, she finished her 25th year in public education in Texas with experience as a special education teacher, elementary teacher, reading specialist, and language arts/early childhood coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Austin and master’s degree from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She is interested in researching how young children and their teachers negotiate the complex task of learning to read and write.
My favorite quote:
“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Paulo Freire