Summer Ventures Program Director
The director of the AppState Summer Ventures Program is Ms. Lori Tyler. Ms. Tyler has completed Ed.D. (Educational Leadership) coursework at Appalachian State University, Ph.D. coursework at Vanderbilt University in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Mathematics Education. She holds academic degrees in mathematics and mathematics education from Elon College (NC Teaching Fellow) and Wake Forest University, has studied school administration, biostatistics and public health at UNC-Chapel Hill, and holds an Ed.S. degree in University Leadership & Higher Education from Appalachian State University. Her research interests include the impact of the Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics program on NC, university and teacher leadership, the development and sustaining of professional teaching communities, and supporting middle-school mathematics teachers' instruction of statistical concepts.
Ms. Tyler's professional experience in secondary schools includes teaching mathematics in North Carolina at Orange High School (1998-2001), Cary High School (1996), and South Mecklenburg High School (1992-1996). She has supervised student teachers, developed mentoring programs for novice teachers, written mathematics curriculum, and coordinated many professional development seminars. She has also taught at the post-secondary level at several community colleges and Appalachian State University, including coordinating the AppState Math Contest, the North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS-Region 7), and the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF-Region 7). Ms. Tyler has been involved with both residence life and academic instruction with Summer Ventures at AppState since 1991. Her dedication to AppState's Summer Ventures originates with her own experience as a student in 1986.
2022 Residence Life Staff
Mr. Matt Hinson - B.M., Music Education, East Carolina University; Teacher/Director: Musical Theater, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Year #20 with SVSM--started in 2003.
Assistant Residence Director
Ms. Stephanie Harrison - Doctoral Candidate, University of South Carolina; B.S. & M.Ed., School Health Education, East Carolina University; Teacher: Health Education, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Year #10 with SVSM--started in 2013. UNC-C SVSM alum.
Student Life Instructors (SLIs)
Ms. Megan Aeschleman - M.S. & B.S., Middle Grades and Special Education (science & history concentrations), Appalachian State University; Middle School Teacher, Forest Park, IL. Year #5 with SVSM--started in 2018.
Ms. Lilley Brookshire - studying Biology, Appalachian State University, Year #1 with SVSM; AppState SVSM alum.
Ms. Morgan Clay - studying Chemistry and Biochemistry (biology and art history minors), Appalachian State University. Year #1 with SVSM.
Ms. Emma Fowler - studying Biology and History (chemistry minor), UNC-Chapel Hill; Year #1 with SVSM; AppState SVSM alum.
Ms. Tori Hunt - B.S., Chemistry (Education concentration), Appalachian State University/ Science Teacher: Concord High School, Cabarrus County Schools. Year #4 with SVSM--started in 2019.
Ms. Nina Johnson - B.S. Geology Education, Appalachian State University; Science Teacher: Gaston Virtual Academy, Gaston County Schools. Year #8 with SVSM--started in 2015.
Mr. Nathan Sinclair - studying Neuroscience, Duke University; Year #1 with SVSM; AppState SVSM alum.
Mr. Josh Speicher - studying Industrial Engineering (political science minor), NC State University; Year #1 with SVSM. AppState SVSM alum.
Mr. Dalton Stroup - master's student studying Student Affairs Administration, Appalachian State University; B.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management, Appalachian State University. Year #4 with SVSM--started in 2019.
Ms. Gigi Upchurch - studying Elementary Education, Appalachian State University. Year #1 with SVSM.
Ms. Jasmine Wiley - studying Special Education (psychology minor), Appalachian State University. Year #1 with SVSM.
Assistant Program Director/Assistant Instructor
Mr. Woody Madison - M.S. Mathematics, B.S. Mathematics Education, Appalachian State University; Teacher: Mathematics, Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy, Caldwell County Schools. Year #9 with SVSM--started in 2014.