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Dr. Monds is a Professor of Management Information Systems and Founding Director of the Center for Educational Opportunity (CEO) at Albany State University in 2018. The CEO is a $3M, five-year grant funded by the TMCF and CKF/CKI and provides support for K-12 research on educational innovations, opportunities, access, and models germane to students living in fragile communities.
She served as Co-Director of the Center for Economic Education from 2007-2018 to improve economic and entrepreneurship education to underserved communities where she hosted and led workshops for K-12 teachers in helping them deploy creative skills, design thinking, and problem-solving skills in developing the economic and entrepreneurial way of thinking.
Recognized for her contributions to teaching and leadership, she participated in the 2019-2020 Georgia Department of Education STEM/STEAM cohort; the 2019-2020 Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Fellows Program; a 2020-2021 edChoice Fellow; member of the 2020-2021 Research Committee for the Global Home Education Exchange (GHEX); and is a former Teacher of the Year at Albany State University; former a Fulbright Professor at the Universiti of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; former Researcher of the Year and the Teacher of the Year at Grambling State University. In 2015, she launched the premiere study abroad to Belize, Central America for Business students at ASU.
Dr. Monds is a 2012 graduate of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, Region 10; served on the Georgia Department of Education (DoE) Steering Committee researching open-source economics education curriculum. She volunteers with Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia on the Gold Award Committee with a specific interest in helping girls develop their Computer Science skills.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Kathaleena holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University, an M.A. in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in Computer Science from Wayne State University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Spelman College. She is a first-generation college graduate and has been living in rural Georgia since 1999. She is the mother of three sons and one daughter.