Who am I?
I am Leshell Hatley, Ph.D. Welcome to my site!
I am a computer engineer & computer scientist, an educator, an entrepreneur, and a researcher who enjoys animation, the challenge of expressing myself in all forms, the energy of sharing with family and friends, and the thrill of wanting to be a poet and freestyle. lol
In 2016, I completed my doctoral degree in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education & Human Development at George Mason University. An accomplishment I am extremely proud of and happy about! #Whew 🙂
This website is my platform, my soapbox, and my portfolio. I hope you enjoy browsing. Feel free to contact me with questions, ideas, and/or suggestions.
Thanks for visiting! 🙂
What I do.
Although I am now junior faculty in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Coppin State University (a small HBCU in Baltimore, MD), I have been teaching STEM topics to PreK-12th grade students for almost 20 years. I am the Founder, Executive Director, and Lead Instructor at Uplift, Inc., a nonprofit in Washington, DC that immerses students in STEAM+CS (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics + computer science) education. Through Uplift, I also teach during and after school at local charter and public schools.
I am the creator of Myles & Ayesha, African-American animated characters that are positioned as learning companions for early childhood and elementary school students.
I am the Principal Investigator for Coppin State Lab for Artificial Intelligence and its Applications (LAIA). LAIA is host to a number of amazing current projects.
How I share.
I enjoy speaking and sharing my experiences as someone who cares. This caring is manifested in my teaching, research, and making. This photo is from one of my favorite speaking engagements – Creative Mornings DC – May 2015. It is my favorite for several reasons – some obvious, others not so obvious. Check it out!
I Think. I Write.
My most recent post: “Full”
From time to time, I share thoughts, experiences, and ideas. These may include entries about:
- The world around me
- Research & Development
- Teaching & My Students
- Conferences & Trips
- Reactions to Others
- Who Knows. Anything Goes.