Monroe is an early
childhood teacher educator and researcher who came to FIE from the University
of Oklahoma. She served as the Director of the Institute of Child Development,
the laboratory preschool, and later as the early childhood faculty program
chair in the College of Education. Her work and research focused on field
experience supervision and coaching. In Oklahoma, Monroe also examined early
childhood state policy issues as a Research and Policy Associate at the Early
Childhood Education Institute (ECEI). She conducted state and local needs
assessments and planned and executed program evaluations of multi-million
dollar statewide early childhood initiatives designed to improve the care and
education of at-risk children. Monroe created a school readiness parent
education curriculum for families with children birth to five-years-old, targeted
at children who are at-risk for school failure. She has degrees in early
childhood education and a Ph.D. in Education Administration, Curriculum and Supervision
from the University of Oklahoma.
Matthew A. Ohlson is the Director of the Taylor Leadership Institute and Associate Professor of Leadership at the University of North Florida. A former teacher and administrator in the Boston Public Schools and the Florida Virtual School, Dr. Ohlson earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Florida and has served as a Leadership Coach to 7 Olympians, 10 professional athletes and more than 400 educational leaders throughout the nation. Dr. Ohlson’s research and community engagement work has been focused on collaborating with rural schools, athletic teams, nonprofits and businesses to increase recruitment, retention and achievement using leadership development as a catalyst for increased outcomes. For his efforts, Dr. Ohlson has received more than 20 external grants and has been awarded the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) Innovator Award, NPR American Graduate Champion, National Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Work of Heart Award from United Way. Dr. Ohlson also serves as the Leadership Advisor to UNF Athletics, Flagler County Schools & Youth Leadership Advisor to Sawgrass Country Club.