Meet Our Students - Cohort 2016
The students of Cohort 3 are expected to graduate in 2019.
Undergraduate: BS in Chemical Engineering at Birla Institute of Technology in Pilani, India.
Graduate: MS in Engineering at San Jose State University.
1. Educational Policy.
2. Educational Equity.
3. Designing effective strategies for remedial learning for students from a socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
4. Teacher training methods that support new teachers.
Traveling, reading, spending time with family and friedns, and volunteering at education nonprofits.
Hometown: Soquel, California
Undergraduate: BA in Women's Studies/Community Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
Graduate: MA in Public Health at San Jose State University.
Diversity, school climate, community engagement, smooth transitions, health education, policy, and the intersections of public health and public education.
Spending time with family and friends, camping, traveling, and biking.
Hometown: Modesto, California
Undergraduate: BA in Liberal Studies at CSU Sacramento.
Graduate: MS in Education (Instructional Media) at Wilkes University.
1. Best practices to prepare, train, support and retain excellent teachers.
2. Influence of play, games and creative time to improve motivation and learning.
3. Global student collaboration through the use of instructional technology.
Traveling, exploring and playing games with family and friends, reading and sprint triathlons.
Hometown: San Joaquin Valley, California
Undergraduate: BS in Business Administration (Marketing) at San Francisco State University.
Graduate: MA in Education/Elementary Teacher Education at University of Phoenix at Honolulu Campus.
Research Interests:One area of research that I would like to pursue is the educational technology needs
of students living in rural communities. I would like to understand how their needs
are being met since budgetary constraints and geographic challenges of internet connectivity
are factors within these school districts. Another area of research that I would like
to pursue is the educational needs of refugee children living in the San Francisco
Bay Area. I would like to understand the unique needs of this student population and
the impacts that our school systems have had on them.
Personal Interests: My personal interests include spending time with my family, researching fashion trends, planning and hosting special events, traveling, reading, going to the beach, and working out at the gym.
Hometown: Sanford, North Carolina.
Undergraduate: BA in Sociology and African American Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Graduate: MA in Sociology at North Carolina Central University in Masters of School Administration at Fayetteville State University.
Research Interests:Equity & Reform, Charter Schools, Non-Western Educational Models (Pedagogies & Strategies), Differentiation of Instruction (Hands-on, Service Learning, Technology), STEAM, Class Size.
Personal Interests: Bowling, cooking, sightseeing/traveling, spending time with family.
Hometown: San Jose, California.
Undergraduate: Spanish/Latin Literature at UC Santa Cruz.
Graduate: UC Santa Cruz - Masters in Education and BCLAD Teaching Credential
San Jose State - Administrative Service Credential. M.A in Educational Leadership
Research Interests: As an educational leader I am interested in researching better leadership practices
to increase the academic success of minority students. For the past twenty years I
have worked in a K-8 district that serves primarily Hispanic/Latino students, English
Language Learners and
Low Social Economic students. I have a passion and a strong
commitment to improve the learning environment/conditions of the students I serve.
I'm aware that the needs of the students that I currently serve are many and
achievement gap for these students is not closing but getting larger.
It is imperative
for educational leaders that are responsible for educating a diverse student population
to find research based practices to improve educational equity, access, and provide
cultural relevant teaching
to address the educational needs of urban students.
Personal Interests: My personal interests are reading, gardening and spending time with family.
Hometown: San Martin, California.
Undergraduate: Cognitive Psychology at San Jose State University.
Graduate: Clinical Child Psychology and Counseling, CSU Hayward (East Bay).
Research Interests: Inclusive practices including the benefits and costs for both special and general education students. The real costs of special education including student achievement outcomes.
Personal Interests: Family, travel, hot yoga, gardening, hiking, foreign missions, beekeeping.
Hometown: San Jose, California.
Undergraduate: BA in Liberal Studies at CSU, Chico.
Graduate: M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction at Notre Dame de Namur University.
Research Interests: I am interested in teacher education and how individuals are prepared to be teachers, including preservice training, induction programs and supporting new teachers in the profession, as well as continuing professional development.
Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, drawing, camping, riding horses, ice skating and travel. Most of my time is spent with my husband and two daughters, doing anything together from hanging out at home watching a movie to traveling abroad.
Hometown: Hollister, California.
Undergraduate: History with emphasis in Teaching at San Diego State University.
Graduate: M.A. in Educational Administration at Santa Clara University.
1. Educational Systems Redesign.
2. Summative Assessment Systems.
3. Cultural Proficiency in Educational Leadership.
Personal Interests: Sports/Athletics/Fitness/Family/Social.
Hometown: Breckenridge, Michigan.
Graduate: Human Resources and Organization Development. Also Counselor Education, PPSC.
Research Interests: My research interests include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
1. Impact of student college/career readiness and education-stage transition support on life outcomes.
2. Leveraging innovation and multicultural/global awareness to increase global impact
3. Leadership best practices for performance development and retention of faculty and staff.
Personal Interests: My favorite activities outside of work include hiking, kayaking, listening to (and sometimes singing along with) vocal jazz, and generally relaxing with my family and dogs.
Hyon Chu Yi-Baker
Hometown: Morgan Hill, California.
Undergraduate: American Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic & Gender Studies at Western Washington University.
Graduate: Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University.
Research Interests: My research interest includes the following:
1) Examining the intersection of identities (racial, ethnic, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation) in particular students of color in the P-16 educational system with a special emphasis on first generation college students as it relates to issues of access, retention, graduation, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
2) Developing a comprehensive age/class appropriate diversity/social justice curriculum and training model.
3) Analyzing policy, educational reforms, and institutional structures that often
creates barriers and inequities in our schools through a critical social justice lens.
Personal Interests: I love to travel, cook, and trying out new restaurants. But it's the time I get to have with my two beautiful children, husband, family, and friends that I cherish the most.