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Jacqueline A. Nunn, Ed.D.   CTE Director

Jackie Nunn

After joining CTE as acting director in 1990, Dr. Nunn immediately began to steer the center toward its focus on the development of research-based, technology-supported instructional strategies for K-12 classrooms. She has served as Principal Investigator for all of CTE’s hallmark grants and contracts, including two Technology Innovation Challenge Grants (TICG), the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) grant, and the federal grant that supported CTE in testing and establishing the efficacy of the Boundless Learning instructional delivery system. Dr. Nunn’s professional and research interests continue to drive CTE’s work in developing, researching, and disseminating evidence-based research practices that transform instruction to ensure that all students, especially those with disabilities, are afforded the best possible educational opportunities. Dr. Nunn has served Baltimore’s education community through participation in the many committees to which she has been appointed, including the Maryland Task Force on Inclusive Education, the Maryland Committee on Technology in Education, and the Blue Ribbon Technology Committee of the Maryland Business Roundtable. Before joining CTE, Dr. Nunn was an educational consultant for IBM. Dr. Nunn began her career as a classroom teacher and school psychologist, and then served as a school principal and central office administrator in Fairfax County, Virginia for 14 years.  Dr. Nunn has a B.S. in Social Welfare from Florida State University, an M.Ed. in Teaching Children with Severe Disturbances from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Ed.D. in Human Communication and Its Disorders from The Johns Hopkins University.  Contact: or 410-516-9838     


K. Lynne Harper Mainzer, Ed.D.   CTE Deputy Director

Lynne MainzerDr. Mainzer, who has been with CTE since 1993, is primary architect and leads ongoing development and implementation of Boundless Learning a specialized learning system for building inclusive, 21st learning environments that maximize achievement and performance among all learners. In addition, Dr. Mainzer has provided leadership, as PI, Co-PI, or Director, for many of CTE’s largest projects, such as the Steppingstones grant, which funded development of one of CTE’s premier tools, Student Compass; the federal Office of Special Education Program Model Demonstration Grant, which launched Boundless Learning; the Stars Schools Grant, which funded creation of in collaboration with Maryland Public Television; evaluation of the four-year One-to-One Laptop Initiative in Talbot County, MD; and CTE’s longstanding grants with the MD State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services. For the past 12 years, Dr. Mainzer has taught courses in leadership, supervision, as well as special education and technology in the JHU Graduate Division of Education, receiving the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award from the ISTE/JHU partnership online School Administration and Supervision program. Prior to joining CTE, Dr. Mainzer was a general educator, an award-winning special educator, Department Chair for Special Education and Guidance, and one of the first coordinators of the nationally recognized JHU Success for All Program. Besides teaching and program development, Dr. Mainzer has directed software development initiatives for a number of CTE’s tools and coordinated business agreements to disseminate Teacher Compass and Boundless Learning nationally. Dr. Mainzer earned her B.A. in Sociology at Dunbarton College of Holy Cross, her M.Ed. in Special Education at the American University and her Ed.D. in Special Education at The Johns Hopkins University. Contact: or 410-516-9825


Dave Peloff, M.A  CTE Associate Director, Senior Program Director for Emerging Technologies


Dave PeloffDave Peloff leads CTE’s research and development work relating to emerging educational technologies. Dave’s work focuses on the educational potential of various learning technologies and their impact on the teaching and learning process at both the K-12 and higher educational levels. One of his main research interests is the use of simulations and virtual learning environments to help engage reluctant learners and raise achievement in the STEM disciplines. Dave also leads the technical development branch within CTE that creates tools that support all of CTE’s work, including the Electronic Learning Community (ELC), the Digital Portfolio (DP), and the Virtual learning Environment (VLE). Dave has taught multiple courses in the JHU Technology for Educators program and designed the course ‘Gaming and Media Design for Learning.’ As the first Program Director of LEARN NC at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Dave led the design of a statewide electronic performance support system for teachers in North Carolina. He has also been on the conceptual design team for Thinkport a comprehensive professional development resource for teachers in Maryland. Mr. Peloff has a B.A. in Business from Indiana University - Boomington and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Contact: or 410-516-9845


Linda Carling, Ed.D   Program Director for Online Teaching and Learning

Linda Carling

Linda Carling has been developing and delivering online programs for over a decade. Ms. Carling leads the online teaching and learning team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education, focusing on web-based professional development and communities of practice. Ms. Carling writes extensive research-based content for online professional development, creates management systems for development and delivery of online learning, teaches online and face-to-face graduate courses as an adjunct instructor in the JHU School of Education, and has authored tutorials, manuals, and online courses to train new course developers. Ms. Carling also coordinates, teaches, and advises in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching the Adult Learner and the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning for Adults.   Ms. Carling has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.S. and Ed.D. in Education with a concentration in Technology for Educators from The Johns Hopkins University. Contact: or 410-516-9842


Lisa Reed, Senior Business Manager

Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed leads the financial and administrative operations of the Center for Technology in Education.  She manages the development and monitoring of budgets for federally funded grants and contracts for the center, in addition to creating pricing strategies for new initiatives.  Ms. Reed also maintains the center’s compliance with university policies and procedures regarding procurement, accounting, and human resources.  Previously Ms. Reed was the Controller at Hostelling International- USA, a non-profit organization, where she led the implementation of several enterprise-level financial and operational systems for the national office.  Prior to that, she served 11 years on the Executive Committee at The Art Institute of Washington as Director of Administrative and Financial Services, where in addition to managing the budget of the college, she supervised the Student Financial Services and Student Accounting offices, and the college bookstore.  Before that, Ms. Reed led the accounting and administrative operations of Triple A Student Painters, an entrepreneurial development company for college students.  Ms. Reed has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Contact: or 410-516-9835


Christopher Swanson, Ed.D   Senior Program Director for Quality Early Learning and Education

Chris Swanson

Chris Swanson leads a team focused on improving outcomes for young children and any child with diverse development and learning. This includes the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating and Improvement System; the Maryland Learning Links comprehensive website, the MATN – Maryland Assistive Technology Network, Making Access Happen initiative promoting inclusive preschool education; the Online IFSP; and early learning and special education competency-based workforce transformation badging models.  Dr. Swanson previously served as the Principal for the National Connections Academy School, a flagship virtual public and private hybrid program operated by Connections Academy, a provider of online charter schools.  Prior to that role, he was the Director of Professional Development and Instructional Supports overseeing all teacher training and RTI initiatives across the company’s 6,000 teachers and 100,000 students nationwide.  Before that, Swanson was a central office autism and cognitive delay specialist with Baltimore County Public Schools after being a classroom special educator and inclusion resource.  Swanson received his B.A. in English and Education from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a concentration in journalism.  He completed his M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in special education, and his doctorate from the same institution. Contact: or 410-516-9853








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