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
From the time she started at Montgomery College in January 2007, Dr. Shinta Hernandez has helped to advance work in the social science disciplines, open educational resources and open pedagogy, social justice and equity, inclusive curriculum, faculty professional development, international collaborations, and online education. Dr. Hernandez currently serves on the leadership teams of the Montgomery College Achieving the Dream (ATD) Student Success Network, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) Executive Council, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Faculty Advisory Council. She is also the co-founder of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) Open Pedagogy Fellowship. Previously, Dr. Hernandez taught sociology courses at Montgomery College, UMBC Shady Grove, UMD College Park, and Towson University. She also served as the SOCY 100 Common Course Coordinator and Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Montgomery College. Prior to academia, she worked as a public policy analyst at think tank organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, namely the Urban Institute and Westat.Dr. Hernandez received her BA degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, MPP degree in Social Policy from Georgetown University, and PhD degree in Sociology at the University of Maryland College Park. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled “A Sociological Analysis of the Impact of Online Education on Community College Completion: A Case Study of Montgomery College in Maryland.”
Dr. Hernandez was also awarded the Montgomery College Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising for AY 2016-2017 and the NISOD Excellence Award in 2018.
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, 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 342F
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 ELITE.
Christine is a doctoral candidate at 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 BA in Political Science from Villanova University.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MK Building
Marcy Jackson is a diverse educator with 25 years of experience educating adults and leading initiatives. She has been at MC for 17 years, beginning as an adjunct faculty for WDCE and CPOD. For the past 15 years, she has been a WDCE program manager/ director for multiple programs and institutes delivering contract, grant, and open enrollment courses. Her duties included enrollment management, program and instructional design, and faculty development. She has led webinars and supported faculty in the use of Blackboard. She has contributed her leadership and advocacy skills college-wide, on entrepreneurship, governance, industry partnerships, sustainability, and disability programming.
Marcy has been recognized at MC with the Above and Beyond Award for grants and external funding, a Visionary Award for the Event Management program, and a Teamwork Award for a database implementation. She graduated from Towson University as a student-athlete with a BA degree in International Relations and a minor in Asian Studies and Management. She was honored as Towson’s Outstanding Woman of the Year for her leadership and innovation. She also earned an MA degree from University of South Dakota in Education Administration with an emphasis on Adult and Higher Education. She holds certifications as a Faculty Developer (CFD), Program Planner (CPP), in Special Needs Advocacy, and as a Facilitative Leadership Trainer.
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: 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.
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.