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Greater New York WIPRO Leadership: Mercy College Leadership

Dr. Amanda M. Gunning, Assistant Professor, Co-Director

Amanda M. Gunning, earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from the University of Richmond and after a short time as a journalist, taught Physics, Chemistry and Math in the Bronx, as a NYC Teaching Fellow. She later taught physics in Rockland County, NY. During this time, she participated in a Research Experience for Teachers, sponsored by the NSF and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, in electrical and mechanical engineering. This experience sparked her interest in engineering in science education, which continues today. Amanda went on to earn her PhD in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University doing research in elementary science education and adult learning. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Teachers College for two years before joining Mercy College.


Mary Ushay, Grant Facilitator

Mary Ushay has been the Grant Facilitator since 2014.  She comes to Mercy College after many years volunteering in the Tuckahoe School District to enrich curriculum through the PTA, as an after school teacher and organizer, and as PTA President. She also served as Secretary of the Tuckahoe School Foundation. She has a Masters in French from NYU and worked for many years in the NYC art world, doing production of exhibition catalogues.


Dr. Meghan Marrero, Associate Professor, Co-Director

Dr. Meghan Marrero is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education at Mercy College. While studying biology and marine science as an undergraduate at Cornell University, Meghan spent a semester at sea, sailing up the East Coast on a wooden schooner. She earned masters and doctoral degrees in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, focusing both theses on educating students about the ocean and its importance in the Earth System. Meghan taught high school science for 7 years, and then served as a curriculum director for an educational technology company, where she co-authored a high school marine science textbook.  Her research interests are in ocean literacy and teacher education in STEM.


Latanya Brandon, Project Manager

Latanya Brandon joins the Center for STEM Education after 10 years as a classroom science teacher in New York City where she participated in numerous partnerships, grant, and professional development opportunities to strengthen her pedagogy and to create a variety of learning experiences for students. She found herself driven to the research aspect of science education and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut. Her areas of interest include science teaching and learning, teacher leadership and development, community partnerships, and school conditions. Latanya will be putting this interest into practice as she does research and leads the second phase of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship for the CSE.  Her outside interests include time connecting with family, friends, and pets