Leshell A. D. Hatley, MS

Leshell A. D. Hatley, MS


Leshell Hatley is PhD candidate at George Mason University, in the Learning Technologies Division. She graduated from Howard University’s School of Engineering twice with a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science.  She is the founder and Executive Director of Uplift, Inc.and its research & development arm, the Center for Learning and Educational Media (CLEM).  Leshell is also a certified K-8 teacher and a 2009-2010 Anita Borg Google Scholar.

Her research interests includes exploring technology’s influence on a learner’s cognitive activity, creativity, motivationsense of agencypersistence, when learning any topic or attempting any desired task, in formal and informal educational environments.   This influence can come from a result of learning about, teaching with, and/or creating technology.  She is also interested in the interaction between a learner’s cognition and his/her use technology.  Essentially, she studies the various ways technology can be used to create meaningful and effective learning environments. Transmedia is one example of all these in action.

She typically investigates these phenomena using a lens of cultural relevance and work with students as they learn topics such as historyscience, technology, engineering, art, mathematics (STEAM), computer science, and reading.  Currently, her target audience includes African-American and Latino American males and females in PreK-12th grade.

In addition to research, Leshell teaches out-of-school courses in Washington, DC in the subjects of Science,Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM), Reading, and Black History by way of Lego Mindstorm Robotics, computer programming, and game design – all powered by Uplift, Inc. One of the organization’s robotics teams recently won 1st place in robot design and 1st place in robot performance at the local VA/DC First Lego League Competition.  Uplift, Inc. is also a MacArthur Foundation 2010 Digital Media & Learning Competition Winner.  This award has powered Youth APPLab, the first afterschool program designed to teach African-American and Latino students how to create Android Apps in the United States.