Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence
900 Hungerford Drive, Mannakee Building (MK), Suite 342
Rockville, MD 20850
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MK Building, Room 342L
Dr. Michael Mills is the Vice President of the Office of E-Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) at Montgomery College. He has been with Montgomery College since 2009. Dr. Mills oversees faculty and staff professional development as well as the distance education program and libraries. His focus is providing faculty and staff with the professional development necessary to positively impact student success, and on using open educational resources to reduce the cost of education for students.
Prior to joining Montgomery College, Dr. Michael Mills had 18 years of experience at the Delaware Technical and Community College. He served as DTCC’s Director of Distance Learning beginning in 2001. Before that, Dr. Mills was a full-time Education Technology faculty member and the Communications Department Chair. He began teaching online in 1998.
Dr. Mills holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Adult Education from the University of Delaware. He also has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, 330A
Shinta Hernandez, Ph.D. is the founding dean of the virtual campus at Montgomery College (MC), providing leadership in online education, open education, and the Digital Learning Center. From the time she started at MC in January 2007, she has helped to advance work in open education and open pedagogy, social justice and equity, inclusive curriculum, faculty professional development, international collaborations, online education, and the social science disciplines.
Previously, Dr. Hernandez served as the department chair of sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice and professor of sociology at MC. She also served on the leadership team of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Student Success Network. She is the co-founder and co-developer of two MC faculty fellowships centered on online education and open education, including the global award-winning United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship, which has grown to 13 institutional partners across North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. She also has experience in external leadership roles with the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), MarylandOnline Leadership Institute (MOLLI), and the Maryland Chief Officers of Online Learning (COOL).
Dr. Hernandez received her B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University, M.P.P. in Social Policy from Georgetown University, and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park. She was recently recognized by Women We Admire as Top 50 Women Leaders in Maryland. She was also awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising from MC in 2017 and the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in 2018. Follow Dr. Hernandez on Twitter @ProfHernandez2.
Paul D. Miller has extensive experience in STEM instruction; K-12 curriculum development; instructional design and teaching methodologies; project evaluation; inclusive professional learning/development; instructional technology integration; instructional systems development; program implementation fidelity and evaluation; and over $34 million in federal and state grant facilitation and management. He has worked with school systems in 28 states and presented internationally at conferences on cooperative learning models, scaling programs for enhanced math achievement, effective leadership coaching practices, professional development, competency-based learning, and technology integration to support teaching and learning.
From 2007 to 2018, Dr. Miller worked at the Success for All Foundation and Johns Hopkins University, where he led the development of technology-based learning materials (for reading and mathematics), piloted web-based professional development and personalized learning systems, developed training workshops for teachers and administrators, and managed teams to develop early childhood program materials in partnership with Sesame Workshop, Inc.
Before joining Montgomery College, Dr. Miller has served as Director of Strategic Operations/Section Chief for Monitoring and Accountability for the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services, where he led the design and development of a statewide micro-credentialing program and provided professional development support for the integration of specially designed instruction within an inclusive environment to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Dr. Miller holds an Ed.D. with a focus on Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, Macklin Tower (MT) 303J
Suzette Spencer is the Director of Library and Information Services at Montgomery College. Her 25-year career in public and academic libraries has been dedicated to serving students, faculty, and staff, with a committed focus to lifelong learning opportunities for community users. She provides vision and direction for the Montgomery College Library’s three-campus library system, as well as our virtual presence. Prior to Montgomery College, Ms. Spencer served as Associate Dean of Library Services and Interim Associate Dean of Library Access and Discovery at Broward College in south Florida. Ms. Spencer and the library team are proud to be a teaching and learning partner with college peers, the academic departments, and external community stakeholders.
Ms. Spencer earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and Finance
from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her Master’s degree in Information
and Library Science from Pratt Institute in New York City, New York.
For more information about the library services and resources, please visit https://library.montgomerycollege.edu/
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MK Building, Room 342G
BiographyNghi Nguyen started working at Montgomery College in 2008 as the Web Specialist for the Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence. He earned a BA in Communication-Journalism and an MA in Distance Education: Teaching and Technology.
He specializes in working with web design, video production and captioning, and document designs (brochure, flyers, etc.). Additionally, he also offers technology workshops that include YouTube, video caption, and Adobe.
Nghi is also a member of the Montgomery College Rising Professionals Associationnew window, Staff Enrichment Day Planning Committeenew window, MC Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Planning Committeenew window, and also volunteers as a mentor for FutureLink.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MK Building, Room 325D
Christine Crefton began her journey at Montgomery College in January 2009 serving
as the Faculty Outreach Librarian before becoming the Campus Library Manager at the
Rockville campus library; instituting changes that focused on student needs, staff
morale, relationship building, and the overall culture of the campus library.
Currently serving as a resource and support person for projects and programs at the college including M.O.S.T. Commons, Microcredentials, Pressbooks, UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship, and facilitating various Professional Development opportunities such as the 2020-2021 Presidential Innovation Leadership Institute. With many years of experience working in the private sector, government, and in academic and public library settings, she brings her passion for transformational leadership, courageous visioning, and identifying the strengths and motivations of individuals to maximize employee engagement and help lead teams through change to her position in the Office of E-learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence.
Christine is a Doctor of Education, earning the degree from Drexel University’s Educational Leadership and Management program with a concentration in Organization Development and Adult Learning. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Systems from Drexel and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, PK Building, Room 164
BiographyTom Cantu is an Instructional Designer in the Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE).
Since 1998, he has been an Instructional Designer in higher education guiding professors in planning and building online and blended courses consulting with faculty on ways to integrate web technologies into their teaching.
He has a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Tom has been at Montgomery College since 2002.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MK Building, Room 330B
BiographyGloria Barron works for the office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence. She is an instructional designer, professional development trainer and course developer. Gloria is a technical subject matter expert and provides guidance to less experienced Montgomery College employees. Gloria is also a part-time faculty member in the Computer Science department.
- Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems, University of Houston
- Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, George Mason University
- Master Certificate in IT: eLearning, George Mason University
- Web Development and Design, Montgomery College
Office Location: Rockville Campus, PK Building, Room 162
Dr. Carolien Annink is an Instructional Designer in the Office of E-Leaning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence at Montgomery College.
She has been with Montgomery College since 2004.
Dr. Annink coordinates the Academy for Teaching Transformation, an instructional professional development program for full-time faculty in their first three years of teaching at Montgomery College.
Her special interest is in higher education teaching techniques for equity and diversity.
Before coming to Montgomery College, Dr. Annink was a full-time faculty member and taught Multicultural Education at Indiana University’s School of Education.
In the DC area, she co-taught in two cooperative nursery schools, and served on their Boards of Directors.
Dr. Annink holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from the Ohio State University.
She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Black Studies from the Ohio State University and a Master in Science degree in Pedagogical Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.
Office Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, RC 212
BioMegan Calvert has over 20 years of experience in education focusing on instruction, curriculum design, and teacher professional development. She has worked in at the college since 2009 as an Adult ESOL Instructor and Educational Specialist in Workforce Development and Continuing Education. Currently, she focuses on supporting instructors through the Fundamentals of Teaching Initiative and supporting staff and faculty in learning Microsoft Office.
Previously, Megan served as a Fulbright-sponsored teaching assistant in France, an AmeriCorps volunteer at the International Rescue Committee, a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, and a US State Department-sponsored English Language Fellow in Turkey. She earned a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from American University in Washington, DC.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MK Building, Room 330E
BiographyOver 20 years of professional experience working internationally, specializing in human resources, global leadership and collaboration, organizational behavior and cross-cultural competency development.
Richard works closely with Fons Trompenaars and senior principals of the THT management consulting group. He is an Intercultural Awareness Profile licensee and is certified to deliver exclusive training and consulting in the form of cultural research, digital learning tools (e-books and APPs) and applied theory. His focus is on developing transcultural effectiveness for teams and individuals. Richard is also certified in Myers Briggs, e-Coaching and Crucial Conversations.
Having worked in Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Dubai, the UK and the USA, Richard’s professional experience and interests include intercultural competency awareness and leadership development, values to behavior workshops, team charter creation with in-tact teams, coaching and consulting.
At MC, Richard is directly responsible for The Global Supervisor cohort and the Change Management Learning Pathway, and is proud to deliver some training in the MC Management and Tapestry cohorts.
Richard is a Canadian national (and, perhaps not surprisingly, an avid ice hockey player) who earned a Master degree at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, where he met his future wife. Together they have three tri-lingual children, none of whom play hockey.
Anna Donohoe is an Instructional Designer in the Office of E-Learning, Innovation,
and Teaching Excellence (ELITE). She joined Montgomery College in 2021 and participates in
a range of college initiatives, including MCRPA, Governance, and MC Pride & Allies. Her areas of expertise include adult education, computational linguistics, technology
training, teaching English as a Second Language, and curriculum development.
Anna has an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, a BA in Linguistics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a TESOL certification, as well as experience in software user testing, nonprofit IT support, linguistics research, and program management. She speaks three languages and is proud to be the child and great grandchild of immigrants to the United States.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MK Building, Room 325C
Cynthia Mauris coordinates the Leadership Development Institute and MC Management
Program cohorts and several learning pathways. She also facilitates department retreats
Cynthia is certified to administer several assessments: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC, FIRO-B, and Personality Dimensions. She also is certified to facilitate licensed, certificate programs: Facilitative Leadership: Tapping the Power of Participation, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Getting Things Done, and The Power of Habit.