Student and Alumni Achievements

Anji Buckner-Capone 

Anji gave a presentation in April at the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center Seminar, in collaboration with her dissertation committee chair Dr. Brent Duckor, which was her first public sharing of findings and recommendations from her dissertation study. This study explored the practices and beliefs of California School District Superintendents in their efforts to meet the state accountability mandate to assess school climate. The study used an explanatory sequential mixed method design that began with quantitative data collection followed by qualitative data collection. The focus of this presentation is to discuss the findings from the multidimensional modeling and the stability of the instrument in measuring superintendent beliefs.  


Heidi Eisips 

Heidi recently joined the faculty of SJSU's Lucas College of Business, in the marketing and business analytics department where she teaches business statistics and an upper division business analytics course. Heidi also has a faculty appointment in the Aerospace Engineering department to work with graduate students on their masters-level science writing.

Finally, she continues to work with the SJSU Writing Center, having received a promotion to a faculty-level project: working on pedagogy and resource development, especially focused on STEM and business writing resources for SJSU students, staff, and faculty.


Heidi Emberling 

Heidi was accepted to present a workshop at the statewide annual conference of the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC) in April 2019 entitled "Use your leadership skills to create or join a citywide early learning advocacy committee." She led a panel discussion of seven diverse voices from city administrationto local health and parenting communities, preschool directors, university liasions, and the local school district. The goal of this discussion was to discover how to partner with others to become an effective and powerful voice for issues affecting children and families in their communities. 


Tricia Ryan 

Cohort 4 student, Tricia Ryan was recently featured by the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). She currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) office at SJSU. 

According to Tricia, "Serving for over 15 years, I've come to understand more and more how much I deeply honor the bold moves and contributions of every participant in higher education. Whether student, staff, faculty, or administrator I thrive by being a part of a movement of people that continually prepares and creates the next best thing for our incredible world. Hannah Arendt (1954) states, 'Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it.' I believe it is a disposition toward greatness that gladly assumes responsibility for our future through education. As an immigrant to this country, I live an enriched experience of leadership greatly informed by my Filipino heritage and values of harmony, unity, joy, and ambition. And this has been critical in joining others to effectively lead in my current institution. 


Kevin Wan 

Every year, the Lindstrom scholarship is awarded to Ed.D. students pursuing their goals of becoming public school administrators. This year, that award has been presented to cohort 4 student Kevin Wan, who is a Principal of Instruction at Gunderson High School in San José. Kevin aspires to one day become superintendent of a school district and feels that the courses he has taken through the Ed.D. Leadership Program have given him the preparation necessary to achieve this goal. 


Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah 

Dr. Baltazar-Sabbah has been selected as the 2019 Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year for Region 10. This award is presented to an administrator who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in curriculum and instruction. 

Dr. Baltazar-Sabbah has been the Salinas Union High School District's Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services for three years and has worked in the district for sixteen years of her career. She has demonstrated relentless advocacy for all students, especially those who have been historically disenfranchised.

Some of her major accomplishments have been the alignment of financial and human resources in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. This has included supporting math teachers by providing them with professional development in Complex Instruction as well as in addressing issues of status in the classroom. Dr. Baltazar-Sabbah has also implemented policies that increase student access to Advanced Placement courses, allow students to take the exam at no cost to them, and increase mental health services for all students at every school site. Finally, she has also increased Career Technical Education pathways and implemented dual enrollment with the local community college. 


Delnaz Hosseini 

This presentation, which is based on Dr. Hosseini's dissertation research, specifically explores teachers' views and attitudes about digital literacy instruction in early elementary school classrooms. Findings reveal existing barriers to digital literacy instruction and point to the need for additional support systems to facillitate instruction.

Hosseini, D. & Slusser, E. (March 2019). Digital literacy in the era of     the Common Core: Affordances and constraints for early elementary school teachers. 


Shawn Tennenbaum 

Dr. Tennenbaum has been selected to serve as the Vice President of Legislative Action, for Region 10, for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for the second year in a row (2017/18 and 2018/19). He is also the ACSA Legislative Committee Representative for Region 10 (2018/19 and 2020/21). As the Superintendent of the San Benito High School District, Dr. Tennenbaum also presented at the ACSA Superintendent's Academy on "Career Advancement and Preparation" on March 1st. 


Melissa Urbain 

Dr. Urbain, a 2006 alumni of City Year San José/Silicon Valley, has received the City Year Comcast NBC Universal Leadership Award, the highest recognition offered to City Year Alumni for their outstanding dedication to service and strenghtening community. Dr. Urbain was recognized for her tireless dedication to improving public education and advocacy for students, families, and fellow teachers to build a more just, equal, fair and compassionate world. She carries out this work as a Language Arts Teacher and Instructional Coach at the San José Unified School District, as well as in her capacity of a Representative for the California Teachers Association State Council.