About Us

About Us

ITTIP provides PK-12 outreach and is part of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Longwood University . As our mission indicates, we specialize in providing professional development for PK-12 teachers in best practices for teaching and incorporating technology into the classroom. Most of our work is funded through public and private grants. One of our primary focuses for professional development is on the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the classroom. We also provide opportunities for students, usually in the form of summer programs, so that they will also become engaged learners through the use of technology.

School divisions in Superintendent’s Region 8 and SVRTC member divisions are our primary targets for professional development. However, we also have partnerships with divisions across Virginia and the nation and have also provided professional development on location for teachers in Ghana, India, South Africa, and New Zealand.

ITTIP staff and Longwood faculty provide the content instruction for professional development and student programs. All learning opportunities are initially advertised through our consortium Superintendents and central office personnel for distribution to teachers. We also post available opportunities on our website.


Headshot of female ITTIP directorDr. Paula Klonowski Leach is the director of Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP). She first came to ITTIP in 2011 as a STEM Learning Specialist.

Before joining ITTIP, Dr. Leach was the state science coordinator at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for eight years. Prior to her work at VDOE, Dr. Leach was a division science coordinator, as well as a middle-school science and special education teacher, for Powhatan County Public Schools. A native of Lower Burrell, PA, near Pittsburgh, Leach earned her degrees at Slippery Rock University and Virginia Commonwealth University.


Kyle Kayhart, Technology Specialist

Brandi Ripley, Administrative Assistant

Brook Vess, Graduate Student Assistant

Dr. Stephanie Playton,
STEM Learning Specialist