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Edstar Analytics has over 25 years of experience providing program evaluation services to educational organizations.

Meet Our Experienced Team

Our talented staff includes professional writers, data analysts, graphic design artists, qualitative data specialists, and professional educators.

Dr. Lee V. Stiff


Dr. Lee Stiff is the Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and is currently a Professor of Mathematics Education 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.

Kenneth Gattis, Ph.D.

Quantitative Research

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.


Brittany Preiss

Qualitative Research Support

Brittany has an extensive background in qualitative research with a demonstrated history working in education and health system management industries. Prior to her work at Edstar she worked for RTI on behalf of the Department of Education collecting data and analyzing it for compliance with federal regulations. She brings a dedication to supporting research and is committed to helping programs follow federal guidelines.

Julie Johnson

Technical Writer

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.

John Wittle

Information Technology

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.

Janet Johnson Ph.D


Dr. Johnson she 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. She also serves on the Data and Service Quality 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.

Cindy Corcoran

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.


Jackie Alvarez

Data Analyst

Jackie has more than 3 years of extensive experience in working with large quantities of data sets from various educational entities. Her duties include managing a data entry team, data analytics, and creating client-facing data visualizations to ensure our clients can make data-driven decisions.


Wendy Rich Ph.D

Qualitative Research Head

As a former Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Asheboro City Schools, Dr. Wendy Rich, supervised instructional practices which included assisting with data analysis and in the district. Dr. Rich has 30 years of experience in various capacities in public education, including leadership roles in national, statewide, and regional organizations. She has been involved as a writer and facilitator of mathematics professional development modules that have been shared across the state. Dr. Rich is the 2015 recipient of the W. W. Rankin Award for distinguished contributions in the area of mathematics education for North Carolina. Dr. Rich has also served on advisory boards for the TEAM II Project and the OPCHEM Project and has served on numerous committees and panels, such as the NCTM Editorial Panel for the 2004 Yearbook and as an NSF Teacher Enhancement Panel Reviewer in Washington, DC.

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