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Lap Nguyen

Lap Nguyen is an assistant professor at Central State University. Lap’s family immigrated to America in the early 80s from Vietnam. Lap attended public school in Los Angeles, received an undergraduate degree from InterAmericana University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then obtained his master's and doctoral degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Central Florida. His research interests include children with low socioeconomic statuses and innovatively integrating technology into education. During his time as a graduate student, he studied in both Italy and Finland. In Italy, Lap learned about the Reggio Amalia and Montessori approach. In Finland, he studied the country’s public education system. In addition to being an assistant professor, Lap also prepares students for the Ohio teacher licensure exams. During the summer, Lap works with the extensions and Seed to Bloom programs. In those programs, he works with middle school and high school students from diverse backgrounds teaching them STEM and preparing them to matriculate into a college or university.