Instructional Design Certificate Faculty

Ashley Navarro,  M.Ed. (Ph.D. pending August 2019)

Program Coordinator and Professor, Education

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  • Licensed Florida educator

  • 22 years teaching experience, with 16 years online teaching experience        

  • Certified Educational Media Specialist, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, Clinical Educator, and Elementary Education    

  • Presenter at national and international conferences:  International Conference of College Teaching and Learning, Florida Association of Teacher Educators and ANGEL Southeast User Group Virtual Conference    

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida (August 2019)        

  • Master of Education in Educational Media from the University of Central Florida        

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida

Gina Fontana, Ed.D.

Professor, Life Management

  • Clinical educator
  • 34 years of teaching experience
  • Published researcher in field of Primary Education
  • Certified in Beyond Centers and Circle Time
  • Trained in Brazelton Touchpoints
  • Certified as a Daring Leader – Brene Brown
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education with a Specialization in Adult Learning from Nova Southeastern University
  • Master of Education in School Law and Administration with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology with a minor in Education from Rollins College

Michelle Hollitz, Ed.D.

Adjunct Professor, Instructional Design

  • Licensed Florida educator
  • 21 years teaching experience, with 7 years online teaching experience
  • Certified in Reading and English (FLDOE) & MBTI, trained in Reading Apprenticeship
  • Designer and instructor of courses in Education (online, face-to-face), Reading (hybrid, face-to-face), and College Success (online, face-to-face)
  • Instructional Designer, Project Manager, and Professional Development Trainer
  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology & Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University
  • Master of Education in Reading from the University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Jacksonville University

Katherine Kellen, Ed.D.

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Professor, English

  • 24 years teaching experience, with 14 years online teaching experience
  • Designer and teacher of online courses in English Composition, Dramaturgical Studies, and Education
  • Published researcher in the field of Education
  • Analyst consultant for research firm evaluating business-essential learning impacts
  • 2009 Endowed Teaching Chair recipient
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Technology from the University of Florida
  • Master of Arts in Literature from American University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, with secondary teaching certification, from The College of New Jersey

Michael McCurdy, M.S.

Instructional Designer

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  • 19 years teaching experience, with 8 years online teaching experience
  • Certifications have included: Clinical Education, Music Education, Quality Matters Peer Reviewer
  • Presenter at national conferences: Educause ELI, Panopto North American User Conference
  • College clinician on topics of improving student success in online learning spaces
  • Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University
  • Education coursework at Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto


Ashley M. Navarro, Ph.D.
Professor, Education

Regina Fontana, Ed.D.
Educational Preparation Institute (EPI) Director

Janine McGrath, M.Ed.
Educational Preparation Institute (EPI)
Education Program Coordinator