Meet Our Experienced Team
Our talented staff includes professional writers, data analysts, graphic design artists, qualitative data specialists, and professional educators.
Dr. Lee Stiff is the Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and is currently a Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at North Carolina State University. He has served on NASA’s Inaugural Education Advisory Committee, the Mathematical Science Education Board of the National Research Council, and the Board of Directors of the Benjamin Banneker Association, among several other leadership activities. As a professor and co-author of K-12 mathematics textbooks, he has been innovative in the development of teaching strategies and tools that enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics in schools.
Before his retirement in 2017, Dr. Kenneth Gattis worked 12 years for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as Senior Research and Evaluation Coordinator. In this role, Dr. Gattis was involved with a number of NCDPI research studies and had primary responsibility for the oversight of alternative learning programs, as well as the collection and reporting of state discipline and dropout data. Prior to 2005, Dr. Gattis directed college tutorial programs at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Nova Southeastern University. A former industrial engineer and high school science teacher, he received a Master of Industrial Engineering degree in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Science Education in 1995, both from NCSU.
Julie Johnson coordinates writing activities and conducts literature reviews to determine what federal, state, and local policies and research findings are relevant for providing contexts for understanding programs and the interpretation of results. She is an award-winning writer and has the ability to take complicated data analyses and translate them into narratives for any audience.
Web Developer and Design
Jackie has experience creating client-facing data visualizations to ensure our clients can make data-driven decisions. She works with clients to understand their online behaviors and needs to design easy-to-navigate websites that can grow without becoming cumbersome. She is skilled in SEO, CSS, html, php, WordPress, Photoshop, and graphic design. She creates websites for use on evaluation projects, for school systems and non-profits to organize information for stakeholders.
Janet Johnson Ph.D
Dr. Johnson oversees all activities and is responsible for quality control in program evaluations. Janet holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education with a Minor in Statistics from North Carolina State University. She received an M.S. in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in Mathematics from Knox College. She also served on the Data and Service Quality Committees, and the Research and Evaluation Committees representing North Carolina on the College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium (CCREC). She has worked with school counselors to help them implement the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model for over a decade.
Laila Thompson, Ph.D.
Laila is currently a Mathematics Instructional Coach and Research Assistant for the Mathematics Science Partnership Funded Grant “Cultivating Conceptual Content Knowledge.” She has served as an adjunct lecturer for math classes at North Carolina State University. At the Person County Schools Leadership Conference, she spoke on Engaging Students in Mathematical Practices and Adapting Tasks to Engage Diverse Learners. She has received several awards for her outstanding teaching and research practices.
Lead Data Analyst
Cindy has experience as a business analyst who enjoys discovering the hidden value of data through analysis, trending, charting, and creating data-dashboards to assist in solving problems. She is adept at methodologies that ensure accuracy, integrity, validation, and quality of data while saving time and money. Cindy was recruited from the business analyst world, as EDSTAR Analytics has seen the need for these technical skills in the world of education and social services. Cindy brings her expertise from her many years analyzing data for large corporations within the Research Triangle.
John Wittle creates the online web-apps for our professional development and support modules. He also creates and supports Learning Management Systems, i.e., Moodles, for our clients who need to collaborate and have online modules. He creates our customized data-collection web apps, Sparc37. He maintains our servers and manages the technical work of staff.
We Know What Works
Edstar Analytics has over 25 years of experience providing program evaluation services and professional development for using data to promote equity, access, and success, School Improvvement Plans, and using the ASCA National Model to educational organizations.