“I’m excited about helping educators to see the big picture – how the whole instructional process fits together.”
Aiming for a career in computer science, Roland started out by studying engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School. Encouraged by his mother, a local school principal, he decided instead to try teaching math and science, and was quickly hooked by the opportunity to integrate technology into instruction – which he did as mathematics department chair at Louisville’s academically acclaimed Saint Xavier High School.
As CTL Director of Programs, Roland led project implementation efforts, coordinated the work of project managers, and continued to provide professional development and technical assistance support to clients and partners in college readiness, mathematics instruction and technology integration. Roland also continues to serve as Project Manager for CTL’s partnership with GEAR UP Kentucky.
He has designed and implemented hands-on and experiential learning programs for students in math, as well as professional development that enables other teachers to use these curricula. In a project funded by the Louisville Nature Center, Roland’s students monitored water quality and helped clear this local wetland of non-native plant species. With faculty at the University of Louisville, he helped pioneer student-centered investigative learning in geometry. Roland has also developed teaching strategies that push students to use mathematics applets to visualize algebraic concepts and communicate their learning with others.
As former Instructional Technology Coordinator for CTL, he continues to apply his expertise in web design and instructional uses of digital tools to all CTL projects, with particular focus on distance learning and virtual coaching and support. Roland has developed and implemented computer training for new and advanced users, including employees at Louisville’s General Electric Appliance Park, and received a grant from the Aegon Corporation to implement an interactive website in algebra classrooms. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation in curriculum and instruction at the University of Louisville.
At St. X, Roland coached volleyball and nationally ranked swimming and cross-country teams as well as coaching the math team. He lives in Louisville with his wife, four daughters, and one grandson. He enjoys spending time with his family and riding his bike whenever he can.
- Member, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Kentucky Council for Teachers of Mathematics, American Educational Research Association and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Ph.D. Candidate, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
- Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics and History, University of Louisville
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