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Research and Evaluation Team Profiles

Graphic Bar DividerHarini Rajagopal (she/her) Sr. Research Analyst

Harini Rajagopal (she/her) is a listener of stories and enjoys working on collaborative and creative pedagogical designs to listen relationally. She is grateful to currently live on the traditional, unceded, ancestral territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people.

Harini earned her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from the University of British Columbia. Rooted in antiracist and equity-aligned perspectives, Harini’s interests include languages and literacies in the early and elementary years, multiliteracies, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, childhood studies, decolonizing methodologies, and teacher education. In her years of research, teaching at UBC, and community work, she focuses on qualitative methodologies and participant-friendly methods towards collectively thinking about and designing justice-oriented structures for racialized and marginalized children and families. Since joining Surrey Schools, Harini has enjoyed collaborating with teachers on literacy initiatives and indigenous education projects, and engaging in multiple ways to communicate good ideas and facilitate meaningful action.

Graphic Bar DividerKat Morrison (she/her) Research Analyst

Kate Morrison holds an MA in Human Development, Learning, and Culture from the University of British Columbia. Since joining the Research and Evaluation Department in 2022, Kate has been involved in various research projects, including reporting on the Numeracy Initiatives, as well as an evaluation of French Immersion programming.

Prior to joining Surrey Schools, Kate has worked on a number of research projects that have explored topics such as student wellness, bullying, and the impact of technology-facilitated violence on victims. More recently, Kate’s own research work has focused on the development of healthy relationships among adolescents, how adolescents perceive and respond to dating violence, and contextual factors that impact discriminatory beliefs.

Graphic Bar DividerMatthew Waugh (he/him) Senior ManagerOver his career, Matthew has led or collaborated on more than 70 research projects and program evaluations with non-profits, local governments, provincial ministries, and international organizations in the education, healthcare, justice, legal, victim services, and anti-violence sectors. Matthew is dedicated to advancing equitable and just services, neighbourhoods, systems, and societies that meet the needs of all children and their families. Having established a Research and Evaluation Department, the Surrey School District has provided the opportunities for Matthew to continue dedicating his career to meet these equitable ends.

Matthew Waugh earned his Ph.D. in Human Development, Learning, and Culture from the University of British Columbia. His research interests include family-school relationships, educational programming and evaluation, and the development and experiences of racialized and marginalized children, youth, and families.

Prior to joining the Surrey School District, Matthew was a dual-licensure teacher (K-12 special education and K-8 general education) in the state of New Mexico. Matthew took his passion for teaching to the post-secondary level, having taught close to 1,000 UBC students in the Faculty of Education. He has been an instructor in the Early Childhood Education Program and Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education Department related to human development and diversity, family-school-community partnerships, social and communication development of infants and young children, and classroom assessment.

Screen%20Shot%202022-11-02%20at%209.19.04%20AM.pngMegan Giroux (she/her) Sr. Research Analyst

Megan Giroux earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and Law from Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include cognitive biases in legal contexts, children’s memory, and social cognitive development. With over seven years of experience in managing diverse research projects in a variety of academic and applied settings, she was eager to join the Surrey Schools Research and Evaluation Department as a Senior Research Analyst in September 2021 to combine her passions for research, practice, and public service. Since then, she has enjoyed applying her research expertise to collaborate with district educators and support district initiatives by developing evidence-based research instruments, implementing a wide range of quantitative and qualitative analytical methodologies, and developing accessible reports

Graphic Bar DividerSajjid Budhwani

Sajjid Budhwani holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. His work undertakes a transdisciplinary approach by leveraging traditional research methods and statistics, innovative geospatial research methods (GIS), and environmental factors to understand PK-12 and the higher education system. His leadership, research, and practice included several projects related to program evaluation, adult learning and teaching, youth empowerment, social enterprise development, access to quality education, early childhood education, school improvement, and community partnership.

Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he owned and managed Montessori preschools in India. He also provided educational consultancy to other educational institutions and non-profit organizations for more than a decade. 

At Surrey School District, Dr. Budhwani has been actively involved in several collaborative projects related to data visualization through geospatial mapping and research. His research examines school facets through surrounding factors, interrogating spatial equity in the distribution of social capital resources within neighbourhoods, and school communities.

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The Research and Evaluation Department works closely with Kathy Puharich (Director of Instruction, Priority Practices) and Christy Northway (Assistant Superintendent), while collaborating on initiatives with District Principles and Assistant and Deputy Superintendents.

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