Anastasia M. Trekles, Ph.D.
Dr. Anastasia Trekles is a clinical professor at Purdue University Northwest in Westville, Indiana. She also works with several professional non-profits to support educators and writers in Indiana and the Chicagoland area, including serving as board chairperson for the Indiana Connected Educators and the Indiana Writers Consortium. Dr. Trekles has an extensive background with educational technology, including design and pedagogical strategies as well as the effective integration of various technologies into teaching. Her specialty area is instructional design for online learning and technology integration, and in addition to providing professional development and mentorship for other faculty, she has taught a wide array of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in these areas, both in-classroom and via distance education.
Dr. Trekles is the author of the textbook, Putting People First: Human Issues in Instructional Technology, and has spent much of her career working toward understanding and teaching others how to employ universal and accessible design practices into online learning materials.
And while she might not have graduated from the Zondrell Magic Academy, but she has spent a fair amount of time around schools, as well as her personal passion of fantasy fiction. The world of M’Gistryn is a world completely her own, inspired by everything from Final Fantasy to Star Wars, from Harry Potter to the Sopranos, and from Ancient Rome to feudal Europe. But there’s more to M’Gistryn than magic and prophecies - it’s a world full of real people, struggling with real situations and emotions. In Core, the first book in the M’Gistryn series, she explores issues of war, coming of age, and the fulfillment of our life’s purpose.