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Our Team

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Jason Bryant, PhD
Director of Truman Pierce Institute

Dr. Jason C. Bryant is an Associate Clinical Professor at Auburn University where he began in January 2016 and is currently serving as the director of Truman Pierce Institute within the College of Education at Auburn. Dr. Bryant has seventeen years of K-12 experience as a former science teacher, assistant principal, and principal at both the middle and high school level in Alabama. He is a past president and board member for the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) and served on the executive board of the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership (AAPEL). His dissertation is titled “Student Perspectives of Supporting and Hindering Factors in School Integration and the Role of Racial Identity in the Process” which he received in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education from Auburn University.

Sandy Resa, M.Ed.
Project Director

Sandy Resa, a retired Alabama middle school principal and teacher, utilizes 32 years of experience to share evidence-based practices that can be replicated to enhance the educational experiences of Alabama’s children. Sandy strongly believes a positive culture creates an environment to allow success. Summer of 2019, Sandy attended Ruby Payne’s Emotional Poverty training and became a certified trainer. She is excited to share strategies from this training to equip childcare providers and educators with techniques to improve learning environments. Though retired, Sandy continues to be involved in education and as of late she has been a consultant with Truman Pierce Institute at Auburn University and is the project director of the Afterschool Quality Standards Project contracted with Alabama’s Department of Human Resources.

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Michelle Denney, M.Ed.
Professional Development Manager

Michelle Denney joined the Truman Pierce Institute after serving as an educator for 24 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Auburn University and a master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montevallo. She taught preschool for 5 years, fifth grade for 4 years, and middle school math and science for 15 years. During that time, she also served as a curriculum advisor and developer, a mentor teacher, and a variety of other leadership roles in her local schools. Currently, she supports early childhood and afterschool educators around the state as the professional development manager for the Alabama Afterschool Quality Standards Project, focusing on topics such as social and emotional learning, increasing engagement, and integrating STEM.

Erika Rucker, MPA
21st CCLC Coordinator

Erika Rucker is the 21st CCLC Coordinator for Truman Pierce Institute (TPI), a past President of Alabama Community Education Association (ACEA), and a Board Member for the National Afterschool Association (NAA). Erika began her role at TPI in 2020 after working within 21st CCLC for 11 years. She also began the Alabama Afterschool Task Force, holding bi-weekly Zoom calls to help afterschool professionals survive the pandemic's effects on Afterschool. 

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