Dr. Molly Henschel’s path to educational research and evaluation began in 2011, when she started work as a research assistant in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center. She assisted with various evaluations of the medical curriculum and STEM programs for underserved populations. Molly continued working as an evaluation specialist for VCU Medical Center while she obtained her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the College of William and Mary. She decided to focus her evaluation expertise towards K–12 education as a result of her personal experience in the c
lassroom. In 2016, she completed her Ph.D. in research and evaluation studies at VCU, where her work targeted beginning STEM teachers’ experiences with professional development and varying methods of program delivery. Her research and evaluation interests span a wide range of areas and include educational inequity, professional development, professional learning communities, and STEM education.
Molly came to Magnolia Consulting in 2015 as an extern. Upon completion of her externship, she continued working with Magnolia on projects as an independent consultant. She officially joined the team as a researcher and evaluator in 2016. Her roles include supporting quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies in proposal planning and design, instrument development, recruitment, implementation, data collection and management, analysis, report writing, and communicating findings using data visualizations.
Molly has a passion for baking, exercising (to counterbalance the baking), and traveling with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dogs.