Teaching & Learning Team Staff

Blinstrub, Ashley  Student Success & Inclusion Librarian

Email: ablinstr@gmu.edu
Phone: (703) 993-3471
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ashley BlinstrubAshley Blinstrub is the Student Success and Inclusion Librarian. She has her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan. Before coming to GMU she served as the Research and Assessment Librarian at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI. Ashley is passionate about continual improvement of library services for students and creating inclusive environments. In her spare time, Ashley loves spending time with her dog, going on bike rides, and reading.

Burner, Sarah  Teaching & Learning Assistant

Email: sburner@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-3484
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sarah BurnerSarah is a Teaching and Learning Assistant for the T&L Team at Gateway Library. She is a GMU alum with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Business, and is currently pursuing her MLIS from Clarion University. Sarah is interested in University Library outreach, bringing information to students through instruction and workshops. Sarah’s hobbies include reading fairytale retellings, watching Disney movies, and spending time with family.

Hofmann, Katara   Peer Referral Coach Manger

Email: kwright1@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-9061
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Katara HofmannKatara Hofmann, a Mason alum, has a background in music and teaching. Currently in the role of Reference, Research & Instruction Specialist for the Teaching and Learning Team, she specializes in finding and utilizing information in all areas of research. In her free time Katara teaches violin, viola, and music theory, plays with the Manassas Symphony, sings, and collaborates to lead a children’s choir.

Kirker, Maoria J.   Team Lead, Teaching & Learning

Email: mkirker@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-9059
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Maoria J. KirkerMaoria J. Kirker is the Instruction and Assessment Coordinator. She has her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Educational Psychology from George Mason University. Maoria’s research interests include communities of practice for instruction librarians, reflective teaching practices and learning, and student-centered pedagogy. In her spare time Maoria likes playing Ultimate Frisbee, going to concerts, and cooking.  

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Lemmons, David  Instruction Coordinator

Email: dlemmons@gmu.edu
Pronouns: He/Him/His

David Lemmons is the Instruction Coordinator. He earned his MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA in Political Science from Appalachian State University. He is also a GMU alum, completing his BA in Government and International Politics here at Mason. David's primary areas of interest include student-centered pedagogy and critical information literacy. In his spare time, David loves playing video games, reading mystery novels, and playing piano.

Linsinbigler, Valerie   Online Learning Specialist

Email: vlinsinb@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-4424

ValerieValerie Linsinbigler is the Reference, Research & Instruction Specialist for the Teaching and Learning Team in the Gateway Library. She earned her Master's degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives and Digital Curation from the University of Maryland - College Park and her Bachelors in Information Science from Christopher Newport University. Valerie strives to improve accessibility of resources through designing online materials. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys curling up with a good book and experimenting with different art mediums.

Lowder, Christopher  Online Learning Assistant

Email: clowder2@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-3484
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Christopher LowderChristopher Lowder is the Online Learning Assistant for the Teaching and Learning Team. He has his BA in Media Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Christopher is passionate about improving information accessibility and web usability. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and scary movies.

 

Mattson, Janna   Online Learning Coordinator & Instruction Librarian

Email: jmattso1@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-5874
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Janna Mattson is the Online Learning Coordinator and Instruction. She has her Master of Education and graduate certificate in eLearning from George Mason University. She also has a Master of Library Science from Queens College - City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the co-editor of the book series "Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice" (2018, ACRL Press).

Mazyck, Taneisha   Teaching & Learning Support Coordinator

Email: tmazyck@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-9054
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Taneisha Mazyck is a long standing member of the Gateway Teaching and Learning Team serving over 10 years with the University Libraries. She originally pursued an Associates in Business Management at Northern Virginia Community College and then completed an online Bachelors of Arts degree program to further her career in Human Resources and to strive towards future goals working in Management. Taneisha’s research interests are geared more towards researching information about Immunology and Pathology since Science has always been her favorite topic of discussion. Hobbies include dancing, eating out at exotic restaurants, and writing poetry. In addition, relaxation and spending time with family and good friends is her favorite way to keep everything going in life.

Morrow, Kayla   Teaching and Learning Specialist

Email: kmorrow7@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-3484
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kayla MorrowKayla Morrow is a Reference, Research, & Instruction Specialist for the Teaching & Learning Team in the Gateway Library. She received a BA in English and a BA in Philosophy from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, and is currently working on her MLIS from Clarion University. Kayla has a strong interest in information literacy instruction, library outreach, and cross-campus collaboration. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, fall weather, and exploring local wineries.

Murphy-Lang, Anna   Online Learning Specialist

Email: amurph2@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-3484

Anna Murphy-LangAnna Murphy-Lang is a Reference, Research, and Instruction Specialist. She has her MLS from Queen’s College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College of Santa Fe. Anna is passionate about researching and developing better online teaching materials to improve and promote online library services. Anna is a multi-media artist and printmaker. She spends her spare time reading, making prints, book sculptures and collage pieces.

Reichelt, Megan   Teaching and Learning Specialist

Email: mreichel@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-1142

Megan ReicheltMegan Reichelt earned her Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science and her bachelor’s degree in drama from The Catholic University of America. Before coming to GMU, she was the sole librarian for Cardozo Education Campus, a middle and high school in DCPS that caters to low-income and immigrant students. She loves connecting the right person with the right resource at the right time, and she believes that stories can change the world. Consequentially, she focuses her efforts at GMU on outreach and user-centric practices. She is also a professional actress in the DC area and spends her evenings honing her stage combat skills as an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. In her spare time, she studies medieval history, folklore, and creative writing.

Watkins, Trevor   Teaching & Outreach Librarian

Email: twatkin8@gmu.edu
Phone: (703)993-2244
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Trevor WatkinsTrevor Watkins is the Teaching and Outreach Librarian on the Teaching and Learning Team (Gateway Library) for George Mason University Libraries. He previously served five years as the STEM Librarian at Kent State University Libraries. He has over eight years of experience in Library IT, having previously served as a Systems Engineer and a Systems Librarian in public libraries in Ohio. He consulted with academic and public libraries and researchers on issues concerning privacy, information security, penetration testing, forensics, vulnerability assessment, data management, data science, data security, software development, and knowledge acquisition and dissemination. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence (AI) Literacy, developing systems using autonomous software agents and bio-inspired algorithms, ethical hacking, and human AI interaction. He is currently completing work on a GNU/Linux operating system for libraries and museums called Black Squirrel. He is a professional member of IEEE, ACM (SIGAI, SIGCSE), ALA, and IFLA. Mr. Watkins holds a MS in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management and a MS in Library Information Science from Kent State University, and a MS in Computing and Information Systems from Youngstown State University. Mr. Watkins has been the recipient of a NSF Scholarship, has authored and co-authored published papers, posters, and presents regularly at conferences. In his spare time, he enjoys horror, sci-fi, and martial arts movies, gardening, and an occasional bourbon.

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