University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Laurie M. Gelles (Ph.D. Program)

Graduated January 2013

Laurie M. Gelles
Laurie M. Gelles ('13)

Laurie M. Gelles was born and raised in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.  She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, and received her undergraduate degree in 2002.  After receiving her elementary and middle level mathematics and music teaching license, Laurie moved to Sausalito, California where she taught technology at Mill Valley Middle School.  Laurie has always had a passion for music, and plays six musical instruments.  She was very intentional in her integration of music and technology into her classrooms.  Laurie received her Master’s degree in Education and Instructional Technologies in 2004. Shortly thereafter, she returned to UVM as the Director of Technology for the College of Education and Social Services.

Laurie’s passion for research began as an undergraduate student when she learned about the Mozart Effect.  She has focused her work on cognition, multisensory learning, and educational pedagogies related to technology and music.  For the fall 2011 semester, Laurie developed and taught an undergraduate course entitled “Video Games and Learning Theory”.  This course focused on conducting new research related to multisensory learning environments.

Laurie successfully defended her dissertation for the Ph.D. program for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies!  Her dissertation focused on measuring the effects of repeated practice and relevant multisensory stimuli on learning a related motor task.

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