Jung Yeon (Ellie) Park, Ph.D.

Title: Project Evaluator

Groups: Project Leaders

Dr. Jung Yeon (Ellie) Park is an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Research Methods at GMU. Her research interests cover psychometric assessment, longitudinal analysis, Bayesian analysis, and learning analytics. She received her PhD degree in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics from Columbia University (2015). During her postdoctoral training in KU Leuven, Belgium (2017-2019), she was a lead statistician for various projects developing computer-based assessment and learning analytics tools to support technology-enhanced personalized learning at schools. Dr. Park’s publication covers both methodological development and application in peer-reviewed journals including Behavior Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Applied Statistics, Computers & Education, Applied Psychological Measurement, and International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education. Dr. Park served as a program chair for the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI; 2020) and a proposal review panel at NSF (2021, 2022).

Joan Kang Shin, Ph.D.

Title: Co-Principal Investigator

Groups: Project Leaders

Joan Kang Shin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University Director of Mason’s Global Online Teacher Education Center (GOTEC). Dr. Shin specializes in teaching English as an additional language to young learners and teenagers and has provided both in-person and online professional development programs and workshops to English language teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is also an expert in online TESOL education and conducts research on building international virtual communities of practice for English teachers. In 2016, Dr. Shin was named one of the 30 Up and Coming Leaders of TESOL by TESOL International Association. In 2021, she was named as one of the top 30 English Language Specialists by the U.S. Department of State in recognition of her lasting impact on

the Specialist Program and on the field of TESOL. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).


Dr. Shin is an award-winning author and series editor. She is a co-author with Dr. JoAnn Crandall of Teaching Young Learners English: From Theory to Practice, which won the Ben Warren International House Trust Prize. Dr. Shin is also a Series Editor, with Dr. Crandall, of four English language books series by National Geographic Learning: Our World, Explore

Our World, Welcome to Our World, and Impact. In 2021, she published a co-edited volume through Routledge called Contemporary Foundations for Teaching English as an Additional Language and a co-authored book through TESOL Press called The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: Young Learners in a Multilingual World.


Kathleen Ann Ramos, Ph.D.

Title: Co-Principal Investigator

Groups: Project Leaders

Dr. Ramos is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development, School of Education. She is also the Academic Program Coordinator for the Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) graduate program.

Dr. Ramos is an experienced educator who has been working closely with culturally and linguistically diverse learners and their families since 1992.  She began her teaching career in Pittsburgh Public Schools where she taught Spanish in grades 6-8 for 11 years and ESOL in grades 9-12 for 9 years.  She also served as an Instructional Team Leader, a Clinical Resident Instructor, and a K-12 ESL Curriculum Coach.

Dr. Ramos earned a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and also holds an M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching earned at Pitt.  She began her work as a teacher educator in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Ramos joined the faculty of Mason’s TCLDEL graduate program in August 2016. As a teacher educator, she is dedicated to supporting preservice and in-service teachers locally, nationally, and globally to strengthen their capacity to serve culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families with excellence and equity.

Sujin Kim, Ph.D.

Title: Project Director / Principal Investigator

Groups: Project Leaders

Dr. Sujin Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners Program, College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. As a Korean-English bilingual, TESOL scholar, and teacher educator, Dr. Kim has worked with teachers of multilingual learners to support their capacity building in content-integrated instruction, family engagement, and asset-based approach to teaching language to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. She has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters on the topics of translanguaging and transmodalising theory and pedagogy in multilingual classrooms, STEM education for ELs, critical multiliteracies pedagogy, interactive virtual community of ESOL educators, and critical discourse analysis in education research.