Meet Our Students - Cohort 2015



BlancaJennifer Ciervo

Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
UndergraduateB.S. Behavioral Science, California Baptist University
GraduateM.A. in Education: Special Education Option, California State University, San Bernardino
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research Interests:
1. Best practice in providing services / supports to students with special needs - looking at different models at the state, national and international level.
2. Best practice in implementing School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SW-PBIS).

3. The effective use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) based curriculum in classrooms.

Personal InterestsSpending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, hiking, vegan cooking and playing board games.

Marie-Helene BauguilPaulette Cobb

Hometown: Hollister, California
UndergraduateCommunicative Disorders/ Long Beach State
GraduateMasters in Education/ San Jose State
Tier I Tier II M/M special education credentials
Cohort:  2015     
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsInclusion for Special Education High School Students
Personal InterestsHorses, Triathlons, Reading, Soccer

Angela BritsArcia Dorosti

Hometown: Los Altos Hills, California
UndergraduateUC Davis-Political Science/US History (minor)
GraduateSan Jose State-Critical Research Academy (MA)
Santa Clara University-Educational Leadership (MA)
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsEquity in education, Race relations, RTI/PLCs, Transition years, SEL
Personal InterestsGolf...and almost all other sports…football, basketball, baseball, soccer, but mostly golf.


Limary Limary Gutierrez

Hometown: Greenfield, California
UndergraduateChicana/o Studies Education, University of California, Davis
GraduateM.A. Education University of California, Davis
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsI would love to find out more about teacher's development of formative assessment, and how it is supported during professional learning communities.
Personal InterestsI enjoy spending time with my family.


AmaliaAmalia Guzman

Hometown: San Jose, California
UndergraduateSpanish & Chicane Studies/ UC Santa Barbara
GraduateElementary Curriculum & Instructions/San Diego State University
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research Interests: How to Better Serve Long Term English Learners, Curriculum Specific for Long Term English Learners.
Professional Development for Teachers on How to better Serve Long Term English Learners.  
Personal InterestsHanging out with friends & family, Traveling, domestic & foreign, Going to the beach/national parks.



Delnaz Hosseini

Hometown: East Bay , California
UndergraduateNatural Science, San José State University
Graduate: Educational Leadership (Administration & Supervision), San José State University
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsProject-based learning experiences/cooperative learning opportunities and academic language acquisition in primary grades
Professional Learning Communities, teacher efficacy, and student achievement
Personal InterestsTraveling, reading (and listening to books on CDs), watching documentaries, and jogging



KledionGeorge Kledion

Hometown: San Jose, California
UndergraduateBachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University in Criminal Justice Administration
GraduateMaster of Arts Degree in Education from San Jose State University
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsEffective instructional strategies for English Learners, building relationships with socially disadvantaged students, supporting new teachers in the profession, and social justice in education.

Personal InterestsSpending quality family time with my wife and five boys is very important to me. Personal interests include watching sports such as football, baseball and basketball. I love the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I was a season ticket holder of the Warriors for the past two seasons. I also enjoy traveling to my home away from home Las Vegas, Nevada.


raulRaul Lomeli

Hometown: Salinas, California
UndergraduatePsychology and Music/ Santa Clara University
GraduateMA in Education/ Bethany University
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsCommunity engagement and responsiveness in order to bring about minority empowerment and social justice with minority populations. Revamping language learner programs focusing on critical skills in order to accelerate language attainment and to fully include language learners.
Personal InterestsI enjoy playing music (guitar), I enjoy playing sports like basketball, soccer, and volleyball whenever I get a chance, and I love and enjoy my beautiful wife and 3 year old boy.



AnishaAnisha Munshi             

Hometown: Gilroy, California
UndergraduateNational University, California
University of Kashmir, India
Graduate: National University, California
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research Interests1.Differentiated instruction that can support long-term English Language Learners
2.Creating a positive learning climate through Professional Learning Communities
Personal InterestsReading and Traveling


Patricia Pelino Patricia

Hometown: Gilroy, California
UndergraduateJose Maria Vargas. Caracas, Venezuela.
*Special Education
GraduateSan Jose State University:
1. Masters in Special Education
2. Administrator Credential
3. Master in Administration and Supervision
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsHow teacher preparation programs (at the university level), support and better prepare new teachers to face the challenges and demands of teaching a diverse population, including English Language Learners?
Personal InterestsI love spending time with my family, playing with my three dogs and reading.



JohnJohn Perales 

Hometown: Gilroy, California
UndergraduateInterdisciplinary Studies / National University
GraduateEducational Leadership & Administration / San Jose State University
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsSuperintendent Leadership, Student Resiliency, Building Social Capital for Students, High School Education Paths/Programs Leading to Post Secondary Education
Personal InterestsHobbies: Running, Weightlifting, Gardening, Reading, Fishing and Hunting. I love spending time with my wife and three children.

Nereida Nereida Robles Vasquez

Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
UndergraduatePsychology at SJSU
GraduateMasters of Social Work/PPSC at SJSU
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsLong term English Language Learners and Continuation High Schools
Personal InterestsFamily, preserving culture and traditions, espanol, gardening and sustainable agriculture.

ShawnShawn Tennenbaum 

Hometown: Soquel, California
UndergraduateB.S. Business Administration, University of the Pacific
GraduateMaster of Arts - Education (Administration and Supervision), San Jose State University
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsEvaluation practices and assessments tools that lead to positive change, the leadership role of the Human Resources office to support a positive district culture.
Personal InterestsSpending time with my family, surfing and running, always looking for a good race to challenge me.


AdrianaBuu Thai

Hometown: San Jose, California 
UndergraduateHuman Development/UC Davis
GraduateMaster's in Social Work/San Jose State University
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research Interests:Integration of Early Learning into K-12 System
School Readiness
Personal InterestsSpending time with my dog, Mochi; Watching The Big Bang Theory; and Baking


MelissaMelissa Urbain

Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
UndergraduateEnglish/Secondary Education, Central College
Graduate: TESOL, San Jose State University 
Cohort: 2015
Anticipated Graduation: 2018
Research InterestsTeachers Unions and EL Programs
Personal Interests: Sewing and Jogging.