Familiar Faces with New Responsibilities

Dr. Maureen Marron, Associate Research Scientist for the Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration, will be working with Dr. Clar Baldus over the next year to integrate the administration of the Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) into her responsibilities.  As one of the 18 forms of acceleration, the administration of IOAPA is a great match!

Dr. Alissa Doobay, just completed her second year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Wallace Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) and has recently earned her license as an Iowa Licensed Psychologist.  Dr. Doobay is now the staff psychologist for the ACC and will continue to work as a clinician and participate in the clinic research with Professors Assouline and Foley Nicpon.

Ms. Emily Ladendorf entered the University of Iowa as one of the participants in the Belin-Blank Center’s early-entrance program, the National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (NAASE).  She conducted research as an undergraduate scholar and upon her graduation, she became a project assistant for the newly-developed product, IDEAL Solutions® for Math Acceleration.  Now she is part of the IT team and serves as the Administrator for Digital Media and Technology.

Ms. Jean Oberbroeckling and Mr. Leon Lueck  will  co-coordinate the Challenge Saturdays Program and Invent Iowa. Ms. Oberbroeckling holds a Master’s Degree from Marycrest College in Gifted Education and has coordinated gifted and talented programs for 34 years in the Cedar Rapids Community School District.  She has taught classes for College for Kids,  CHESS, Challenge Saturdays and WINGS for the Belin-Blank Center. Currently, she is the Iowa Regional Coordinator for Future City 4000.

Mr. Leon Lueck has taught design and invention classes at College for Kids, CHESS, Challenge Saturdays, and WINGS at the Belin-Blank Center, as well as at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids, where he was  the program manager for gifted and talented students for 21 years. Currently, he coaches speech and invention programs at Franklin Middle School.

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