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Chrystalla Rokopou

I am from Cyprus. So far, I have worked as a teacher in public schools in my country. In 2002, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and I came to the United States to pursue a graduate degree in education. I have recently earned my master's in Instructional Systems Technology and upon my return to Cyprus I will start working for the MInistry of Education. My goal is to direct all of my efforts and work towards an effective reform of the educational system of my country in order to meet European standards and the needs of an Information Age society.


M.Sc. Instrucitonal Systems Technology
Indiana University, May 2004

B.A. Elementary Education
University of Cyprus, June 1998

You can reach me by email at



John Keller

John Keller, Ph.D.

Although I've lived in Indiana since 1990, the rest of my large family lives in Maine. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there until I was nine years old. Soon after my family moved to Maine, my parents decided to try home schooling. This was a very positive experience for me. I think that part of my love for learning came from the learning experiences that I had as a home schooler. Interestingly, I decided to go to college to become an elementary school teacher. I taught in the public schools of Warsaw, IN for six years. For the first three years, I taught 6th grade. For the second three years, I taught a class of 5th and 6th graders who were in the district's gifted and talented program.I loved teaching and continue to enjoy it, but sometime during my 5th year of teaching I began to think about my career future. I thought that perhaps I could have a broader influence in the field of education if I got an advanced degree and so I applied to Indiana University. Eventually, I was accepted to the IST program here at I.U. and have enjoyed the last three years immensely. I've enjoyed the classes, the opportunities for extra-curricular involvement through my role as the president of the student association (GIST) <>.

I've also enjoyed the opportunities for research and involvement in service opportunities that were part of my membership on the Systemic Change Support Team where I served for two years.My dissertation title is "A Systems View of Professional Development in a K-12 School District". I'm hoping for a position in a K-12 school district or at a university where a large portion of my time involves direct work with teachers or pre-service teachers in a role focused on improving pedagogy.Education:

  • Ph.D.Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University 2003M.S. Education, Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne 1996
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Grace College 1994

If you'd like to know more about me and my interests, take a look at my web site at

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