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Successful Ed.D. Dissertation Defense: Michael St. Pierre

Morristown, N.J. (March 17, 2016) – Michael St. Pierre, a resident of Gillette, N.J., defended his doctoral dissertation, titled iPads and the Skill of Collaboration: Does the Use of iPads Among High School Freshmen Impact Their Ability to Collaborate?, at the College of Saint Elizabeth on March 14, 2016. This is the final step in his journey toward his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership as he will graduate in May 2016.

St. Pierre earned a B.A. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He began a career in educational ministry at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Stirling, N.J., and then at Oratory Prep School in Summit, N.J.

He served as campus minister and teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, N.H., and at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, M.D. During this time, he completed his first M.A. in theology from Seton Hall University and a second M.A. in educational leadership from Seton Hall University. He is presently in his seventh year as president of Morris Catholic High School in Denville, N.J.

His research looked at increasing student engagement with integrating technology into the classroom and the effects on collaboration. The action research study examined the impact of iPad use among 9th grade students, their teachers, and curriculum supervisors. Additionally, the study sought to measure the potential link between iPad use and collaboration. Analysis of the data revealed there is reason to believe that iPads may contribute to greater student collaboration with one another and their teachers.

"My experience with the College of Saint Elizabeth has been phenomenal!" says St. Pierre. "From the time that I applied, I was valued as a professional educator. Now that my studies are complete, I plan to recommend the College to many others."

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