Instructional Technology Staff
Dionne N. Curbeam
Director of Instructional Technology
Phone: (410) 951-3854
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.
Phone: (410) 951-3854
Brent has been a member of the Coppin family since April of 2015. Brent’s goal is to support the Instructional Technology team's mission to foster a culture where faculty effectively use technology to promote student achievement, retention, and graduation. Brent holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park. Brent is preparing for the next steps in his education, and is currently exploring Masters programs within the IT field.
Prior to Coppin, Brent worked as a Senior Instructional Designer for Laureate Education, where he developed expertise in classroom design, Blackboard administration, and faculty/staff technology support. Brent has worked with universities around the world, from designing the first online classroom of Torrens University Australia, to creating Blackboard training courses for new online faculty at the University of Miami. Prior to entering the higher-education arena, Brent spent a decade working in finance, with a particular focus on quality assurance and operational efficiency.
Instructional Technologist and Trainer
Phone: (410) 951-3868
Tykesha has been an employee at Coppin State University since 1997. She started as a temporary employee and earned a promotion as a permanent employee within months. She found her love for technology upon working in the Information Technology Division. Tykesha is zealous about helping others to become efficient in their use of technology. For more than 10 years, she was the voice that the campus community heard when they called for assistance at the Help Desk.
Currently, Tykesha is an Instructional Technologist and Trainer in the Instructional Technology Department within the Information Technology Division. She has a love for technology and is passionate about helping faculty to engage their students, creating strategies for interactive learning in online classes, helping to improve retention using technology and training staff to work productively using technology more efficiently. Tykesha enjoys facilitating one-on-one training sessions as well as group training to faculty, staff and students.
In 2009, Tykesha won the Technology Rising Star Award - The Women of Color (WOC) STEM Conference by CCG's Women of Color Magazine, and the IBM Corporation. Tykesha is a hard worker and values education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Coppin State University and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Development and Training with a certification in Instructional Technology and Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Tykesha often volunteers and does her due diligence in the community. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority which requires esteemed character and scholarship to become a member. Her motto is to uplift and encourage others. Her daily prayer is that she can be a blessing to whomever she comes in contact with and takes great pleasure in doing so.