Meet Our Students 2014

"The First Sixteen"

Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah

Blanca

Hometown: Watsonville, California
Undergraduate: Social Science w/concentration in Anthropology
Minor: Mathematics, Sacramento State University
Graduate: Counselor Education, San Jose State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests:
1. Effective instructional strategies for English Learners
in mainstream common core math classes.
2. Peer instructional coaching as a model to improve the efficacy of teachers delivering and designing instruction to meet the needs of English Learners.
3. Why are there so few Latina Superintendents is California?
Personal Interests: 1. Traveling with my family  2. Photography 3. Playing sports- being outdoors




Marie-Helene BauguilMarie Helen Bauguil

Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Undergraduate: Architecture-Ecole National Superieure d'Architecture de Toulouse (ENSA-Toulouse, France)
Graduate: Architecture-Ecole National Superieure d'Architecture de Toulouse (ENSA-Toulouse, France)
Cohort:  2014    
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Art education, focused on project-based learning, art-integrated curriculum, leadership coaching to emphasize the importance of art in education
Personal Interests: Art exhibits, plays, movies and TV shows, gardening,
hiking in nature, and cooking.


Angela BritsAngela Birts

Hometown: San Mateo, California
Undergraduate: B.A., English and Communications,
Lake Forest College
Graduate: M.A., Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS), Stanford University 
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Professional Learning Communities, Cultural Relevant Pedagogy, School Leadership, Reculturing Schools for Equity, Multicultural Curriculum, Leading School for Social Justice
Personal Interests: Traveling abroad, running, hiking, swimming ,Ushering ,Writing
Spending time with friends and family.

 


Pam ChengPam Cheng

Hometown: Campbell, California
Undergraduate: Psychology and Sociology, UC San Diego
Graduate: Curriculum and Teaching/ Teachers College
Columbia University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: I'm interested in teaching practices and organizational structures that promote literacy engagement and achievement of English Learners and diverse student populations.
Personal Interests: An avid basketball player turned yoga enthusiast, I enjoy stretching and stretches of quiet time to punctuate an active life of a mother of two. Hikes, coffee, and good conversation also rank high among favorite activities.

 

M. Clara FernandezM. Clara Fernandez

Hometown: Watsonville, California
Undergraduate: A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences
B.A. Community Studies/University of California, Santa Cruz
Graduate: Education/University of California, Santa Cruz /
Educational Administration & Supervision, San Jose State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: I'm interested in teaching practices and organizational structures that promote literacy engagement and achievement of English Learners and diverse student populations.  
Personal Interests: My personal interests include: listening to music, watching movies,
spending quality time with my family, and most importantly, nurturing, caring, reading, talking, listening, and loving my 3 year old son.

 

 

Betsy FitchBetsy Fitch

Hometown: Hodgenville, Kentucky
Undergraduate: BA in Marketing, Murray State
Graduate: MBA, Xavier
Admin Credential, Masters in Education San Jose State
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Leadership for student centered learning
Personal Interests: Running, yoga, reading, gardening, anything outside!

 

 

Terry FloraTerry Flora

Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Undergraduate: Social Science. Schools Attended: De Anza College, San Diego State University, and The Institute for Shipboard Education "Semester at Sea"
Graduate: Education-Administration and Supervision 
San Jose State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: I am interested in researching effective ways to close the achievement gap, methods to help incoming freshmen transition successfully into high school, and strategies
to ensure that all students are prepared for college if they choose to attend.
Personal Interests: My personal interests include, spending time with my wife and kids, golfing, running, traveling, and playing music.

 

Carrie HolmbergCarrie Holmberg

Hometown: Durham, Connecticut
Undergraduate: English, Stanford
Graduate: Education, Secondary; Stanford (STEP)
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Novice and expert teachers' use of formative assessment research methods, study design, and program implementation of educational professional development in STEM-based formative assessment interventions alignment of
Common Core and Smarter Balanced policies with formative assessment practices, academic language development, and culturally sensitive pedagogies.
Personal Interests: Edible landscaping and water polo.

 

 

Manuel NunezManuel Nunez            

Hometown: Watsonville, California
Undergraduate: B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 
UC Santa Cruz
Graduate: Counselor Education, San Jose State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: I am interested in exploring if there is a
correlation between students being referred to continuation high school and their aspirations towards a post-secondary education.
I would also like to research the completion rates of students who enroll in post-secondary education and factors that contribute to degree
Personal Interests: Some of my personal interest/hobbies include watching sports such as football, soccer, baseball and basketball. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I love the kitchen and enjoy cooking. I am an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers, LA Dodgers , and the Los Angeles Lakers.


 

Noralee Ortiz

Hometown: Pixley, California
Undergraduate: Deaf Studies, California State University-Fresno
Graduate: Mexican American Studies & Special Education, San Jose State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: My research interests are tied to examining race,
ethnicity, class, and gender as it pertains to education, specifically special education:
Areas of study include:
*Deaf students of color and their classroom experiences
*Deaf education teacher attitudes and support for students and their families of color
*Families of color with children in special education
Personal Interests: My personal interests include learning about people, places, foods, and languages, that are different than my own.

 

 

Michael PaytnerMichael Paynter

Hometown: Scotts Valley, California
Undergraduate: Philosophy Major - UCSC
Graduate: Counseling Psychology Masters - ITP/Sofia University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Trauma Informed Care - Especially NMT, Foster Youth and Education, and Serving Alternative Education Students.
Personal Interests: Aikido Hakomi Psychotherapy,
Curvy Roads for Motorcycles, and Occasional Snowboarding Trips with Family.




Deanna Peck Deanna Peck

Hometown: San Jose, California
Undergraduate: Secondary English Education - 
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Graduate: Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration -
Indiana University - Bloomington
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Diversity, Leadership, & Strengths
Personal Interests: Learning, travelling, and nature.




Ana RamirezAna Ramirez

Hometown: San Jose, California
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies -
San José State University
Graduate: Masters of Arts Education (Curriculum and Instruction)-San José State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Parental Involvement on early literacy achievement
Personal Interests: Dogs, running, and attending concerts.

 

AdrianaAdriana Rangel

Hometown: Callao, Peru
Undergraduate: U.C. Berkeley. Major in Spanish Language 
and Literature and minor in
French Language and Literature.
Graduate: Stanford University - M.A. in Education and
Teaching of Spanish Language San Jose State University - M.A. in Education - Urban High School Leadership
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Intersection of race, language & opportunity. Empowering disenfranchised students Counteracting the school to prison pipeline
Personal Interests: Reading and Dancing.

 

Long Troung Long Troung

Hometown: San Jose, California
Undergraduate: Mathematics and Computer Science at 
Santa Clara University
Graduate: Urban Educational Leadership at
San Jose State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Low-come students in San Jose
The positive and negative affects of charter schools
Personal Interests: My personal interests include learning about people, places, foods, and languages, that are different than my own.

 

 

 

RobertaRoberta Zarea

Hometown: San Jose, California
Undergraduate: Russian Language and Literature- 
University of Michigan
Graduate: Elementary Education - University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Educational Leadership - San Jose State University
Cohort: 2014
Anticipated Graduation: 2017
Research Interests: Technology in teaching and learning, achievement and motivation, assessment, organizational development and change.
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, hiking and backpacking, camping, reading, and gardening.