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Meet the team

FIUteach is a community build on the foundation of hard work, dedication and a passion for STEM. Meet our team below and get to know more about them!

Master Teachers

 Maria J. Campitelli

   Office: VH 175


Nicole Cook

Office: VH 178


Ingelise Giles

Office: VH 167


Leslie Nisbet

   Office: VH 169


  Nicholas Oehm

   Office: VH 168




Associate Director


Vishodana Thamotharan 


Office: VH 170


305-348 7684



FIUteach Co-Directors

FIUteach co-directors collaborate to ensure effective program operations and a high quality teacher preparation experience for students. They proactively advocate for programmatic needs and ensure that university leadership is kept informed of program progress and growth.

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Maria L. Fernandez, Ph.D.

Chairperson, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

College of Education Research Coordinator, STEM Transformation Institute


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Laird Kramer, Ph.D.

Director, STEM Transformation Institute

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences



FIUteach Staff

STEM major and FIUteach program advisors actively support careers in teaching and are well informed about the wide variety of degree plans leading to certification, ensuring that FIUteach pre-service teachers successfully meet all requirements for graduation.


Robert L. Brown

Coordinator of Administrative Services, STEM Transformation Institute

Office: VH 183

 Sonssire Tapanes

Academic Advisor 

Office: VH 184



Christina Moussa

Academic Advisor