Instructional Technology Staff
Dionne N. Curbeam
Director of Instructional Technology
A native Baltimorean, Dionne joined the Coppin family in June 2007 as an Instructional Technologist, where she supported faculty in their use of technology. Now as Director of Instructional Technology, Dionne's goal is to shape a culture where faculty effectively use technology to promote student achievement, retention, and graduation. She holds a B.S. degree from Bowie State University, M.A. degree from Towson University, Post-Graduate Certificate from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Ed.D. degree also from Bowie State.
Prior to Coppin, Dionne worked as a teacher/building technology coordinator for the Baltimore City Public School System, and a lecturer at Community College of Baltimore County Essex. In both positions, Dionne was a trailblazer in integrating technology into the curriculum, ranging from using a learning management system for instructional delivery to having students create web portfolios to demonstrate learning in a specific content area.
She has received a Baltimore City Public School System Best Educator Using Technology award, IBM/Career Communications' Technology All-Star award, Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Department of Energy Doctoral Research grant, and Bowie State Department of Education Chair's Award for Outstanding Research. Furthermore, she has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society and listed in Who's Who Among American College and University Students.
Dionne has presented at several local and national conferences, including Educause Learning Initiative's Annual Conference, Blackboard World, Campus Technology Conference, Maryland Society for Educational Technology Annual Conference, Prince George's County Powering Up with Technology, and Baltimore County Public Schools' E-Learning Summit. She volunteers with the Baltimore NAACP ACT-SO and the Maryland Business Roundtable Speakers' Bureau.
Although Dionne is thankful for her accomplishments, her life's motto is "blessed to be a blessing." Living with that in mind, she works hard to make a positive contribution in the lives of others and in the world around her.
Holly Bielak joined Coppin State University's Instructional Technology team in March of 2013. Holly is a native of Southern Maryland. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a MEd in Instructional Technology from the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC), and is in the process of completing her second Master's degree in Distance Education and eLearning with UMUC.
Before coming to Coppin, Holly was an Instructional Support Specialist with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). She also has experience a high school educator, and is certified to teach secondary education in the state of Maryland. Holly has experience teaching education courses at the university level as well. Education and technology are just two of her many passions in her career.
During her time at NOVA, Holly promoted the use of student response systems (SRSs), commonly known as the "clickers", on NOVA’s Alexandria campus. She enjoys seeing the positive impact that technology has in the classroom. Holly has also presented at several conferences, including Power-Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) and Technology Day at Rappahannock Community College. Holly enjoys helping educators and students build what she likes to call "tech-confidence" when using educational technology tools. Furthermore she believes that in order to be a successful educator in the 21st century you have to embrace technology to connect with students and the curriculum.
Holly is grateful for the many opportunities that she has been given thus far in her professional life. In her free time, Holly enjoys volunteering at an animal rescue agency, training for 5Ks, and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to be a part of the extraordinary Instructional Technology team here at Coppin State University and looks forward to working with faculty, students, and staff.
Tiffany Thompson is an alumna of Coppin State University. She graduated from Coppin in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree and later completed a Master of Science degree from Towson University. Tiffany joins Coppin's Instructional Technology and Training Department with a myriad of experiences in education and instructional technology. Equally noteworthy, Tiffany has extensive experience in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating instructional strategies, methods and resources as it relates to technology to improve student learning and their development as 21st century learners.
She taught and lived in Tokyo, Japan for four years where she gained her love for technology. Tiffany previously worked for Anne Arundel County Schools and Baltimore City Public Schools as an eCoach and Technology Coordinator, respectively. As an eCoach, she worked closely with staff in using technology in instruction and evaluation. While there, Tiffany planned and conducted a series of "Technology Integration Interactives" workshops, which helped staff build skills and knowledge of Web 2.0 tools for instruction. As a Technology Coordinator, she provided onsite technology support and peer assistance in software, hardware, and other tech resources needed to implement the Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students and Maryland Teacher Technology Standards. In both positions, Tiffany made a great impact on student learning and staff development by encouraging all to use technology resources including Smartboards, podcasting, wikis, blogs, iPad apps and presentation tools.
Tiffany has presented at several conferences, including the Anne Arundel County Reading Conference and Anne Arundel County eCoach Conference. Her research interests include: digital equity; social media & networking and its impact on higher education; and innovative learning technologies and the growth of technology literacy in higher education. Tiffany's philosophy is, "In order to improve rigor and relevance in the classroom, instructors must become proficient and comfortable in using technology to create innovative and engaging lessons that extend students' personal limits and potential. Using various instructional technology tools is key in advancing 21st century skills."
Her professional career outside of academia includes consulting with local educational centers on instructional technology as well as promoting health awareness in the non-profit sector for her aids awareness foundation, The Maria A. Ryals A-Life Foundation. Outside of professional interests, Tiffany is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her free time, she likes to travel, read, and work on writing her children's book.