Graduate Research Associates
Stephanie M. Cruz Ortiz
Originally from Humacao, Puerto Rico, Stephanie completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education specializing in band instruction at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (CMPR). As flutist, she was a member of the Puerto Rico Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Humacao Municipal Band, the CMPR Wind Symphony and CMPR Flute Choir. In 2012 she played at the National Flute Association Conference in Las Vegas with the CMPR Flute Choir. Stephanie is K-12 certified music teacher and has taught 1st-9th grades in public and private schools; she also taught 5th grade Spanish. She is pursuing an M.A. in Music Therapy at TWU. Stephanie is Spanish-English bilingual.
Claudia Pacheco Orcasitas
From Lima, Peru, Claudia holds a B.Sc. in Psychology specializing in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor in General Education from San Marcos University of Lima. She also completed her dance studies at San Marcos School of Ballet and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Dance. She was a member of the San Marcos Ballet Company in Peru and the Contemporary Dance Fort Worth Company in Texas. Claudia is Spanish-English bilingual, Texas K-12 certified Spanish and K-6 certified bilingual educator, and has taught 1st-9th grades in public and private schools for almost 14 years. Her current interest as an educator and researcher is on educational programs that prepare elementary school students for a career in the arts.
Born in the cool hills of Manchester, Jamaica, Suzan South is pursuing her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Development and Education. She completed her B.A. in Jamaica and her M.A. at Prairie View A&M University. Her goal is to work with professionals, educators, and caregivers to improve practices, instruction, policies and professional development in Early Childhood Education. Suzan's research interest is on the impact of early literacy skills in young children for later learning outcomes, and on the use of technology to diversify learning experiences and to make teaching and learning interactive and engaging. She has published in the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Science Journal.