Maranda Wilkinson is a former middle school Social Studies teacher and Curriculum and Instruction Coach and now serves as the Franklin County Tennessee’s School District’s STEM Curriculum Specialist. She holds a B.S. in Social Science from Athens State University and a M.S. in Instructional Media from Wilkes University. She was selected as a Russian/American Educators’ Exchange Program participant in 2015, An NCTA participant in 2017, a 2017-2018 Tennessee STEM Innovation Network Innovative Leaders Institute participant, a 2017-2018 Tennessee STEM Innovation Network Rural STEM Collaborative participant, a Korean War Legacy Foundation UN Peace Camp participant in 2018, and a Korean War Legacy Foundation Fellow in 2018. In addition, she currently serves as a board member at her local Hands-On Science Center and is an affiliated consultant for EF Education First, co-facilitating training sessions for educators planning to travel abroad on study tours with their students.
It would have been impossible to develop this digital publication without the substantial contributions of three people. Jeffrey Melnik, Assistant Director of the UTC Asia Program, spent an enormous amount of time designing and formatting the publication as well as communicating on a regular basis with module authors. Former graduate assistant, Megan Hayes, and our current graduate assistant, Danielle Hawkins, both spent extensive time assisting with several phases of the production process including copyediting, formatting, and checking links. All of these tasks are unheralded, but essential in creating a high-quality publication.