Early Educator Preparation Program Faculty

Dr. Allison Briceño is an SJSU faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education. Allison’s teaching and research interests include biliteracy, dual language programming, and literacy instruction. As core faculty for the Early Educator Preparation Program, Dr. Briceño will be developing curricular supports to help students’ work with young dual language learners. These activities will be integrated across several courses addressing early language acquisition and literacy skills (Goal 2). As a graduate coordinator in the Teacher Education Department, Dr. Briceño will also work to highlight graduate coursework relevant to students seeking leadership opportunities in early childhood (Goal 3).

Dr. Maria Fusaro is an SJSU faculty member in Child and Adolescent Development. Her research interests center on how young children learn from other people, including through verbal and gestural messages and question-answer exchanges. Her primary teaching interests focus on infant/toddler development and on how adults shape children’s learning across domains. Dr. Fusaro is a member of the Collaborative to Understand Pedagogy for Infant/Toddler Development (CUPID), a group of researchers from over 20 universities and organizations nationwide, working toward understanding and enhancing the preparation of pre-service students for careers in infant/toddler care and education. As core faculty for the Early Educator Preparation Program, she is looking forward to supporting students’ preparation for careers in ECE, particularly by integrating new opportunities for them to observe and participate in high-quality ECE programs (Goals 1 and 2).

Dr. Andrea Golloher is an SJSU faculty member in the Department of Special Education. Andy’s teaching and research interests include supporting inclusive educational practices for students with special learning needs, early childhood special education, universal design for learning, and co-teaching. As a faculty specialist for the Early Educator Preparation Program, she is looking forward to deepening the connections between undergraduate and graduate programs within the Lurie College of Education. She is especially energized by the prospect of developing pathways for the Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) majors into the early childhood special education program (Goal 3). 

Dr. Peg Hughes is an SJSU faculty member and chair of the Department of Special Education. She is also the program coordinator of the Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Training Program. Dr. Hughes has extensive clinical teaching and diagnostic practice with children of all disabilities ages birth through twenty-one years. Her research endeavors over the years included examination of the impact of disability on families from a cross-cultural perspective, and the impact of Down syndrome and visual impairment on development in the early years. More recently, she is involved in developing interdisciplinary programs across departments to promote inclusion including co-teaching training with special and general educators.  As a faculty specialist for the Early Educator Preparation Program, Dr. Hughes will help to map education and career trajectories in early childhood special education (Goal 3).

Dr. Esther Hugo is an SJSU faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and is a specialist in the Student Success Center for the Lurie College of Education.  Dr. Hugo supervises counseling field work interns and develops curriculum and programming for the new Student Success Center, which provides career development skills and networking opportunities.  Dr. Hugo also teaches online in the UCLA College Counseling Certificate program, and she has worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Santa Monica community college.  In addition, Dr. Hugo is a school board member for the Making Waves Charter Academy in Richmond, a past-president of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, and a former Trustee of the College Board. Dr. Hugo is working with the Early Educator Preparation Program to develop focused support for students interested in pursuing graduate education and careers in early childhood (Goal 3).

Dr. Ravisha Mathur is an SJSU faculty member in Child and Adolescent Development and is the coordinator of the ChAD graduate program. Beyond this role, she has been involved in curricular development and review at the department, college, and university level. Most recently, she serves as the chair of the University Curriculum & Research Committee that recommends curricular/research policy to the academic senate and is responsible to the university for the integrity of the curriculum and guidance on the conduct of research on campus. She is also the coordinator of the senior capstone course, undergraduate and graduate curriculum in social and emotional development and contemporary parenting. Her research focuses on peer relationships and friendships of young children and adolescents. As a faculty specialist for the Early Educator Preparation Program, Dr. Mathur will work to identify a pathway within the ChAD MA program for students interested in advancing their understanding of early childhood and education (Goal 3).

 

Program Support

Dr. Toni Campbell, SJSU Child and Adolescent Development Department Chair

Dr. Robin Love, SJSU Lurie College of Education Interim Associate Dean

Dr. Paul Cascella, SJSU Lurie College of Education Interim Associate Dean

Krista Rentschler, SJSU Child and Adolescent Development Faculty

Joy Foster, SJSU Child and Adolescent Development Faculty

Gary Cava, SJSU Child and Adolescent Development Faculty

Janene Perez, SJSU Child and Adolescent Development Faculty

Dr. Teresa O'Donnell-Johnson, SJSU Child and Adolescent Development Faculty

Charlene Vo, SJSU Child and Adolescent Development Undergraduate Student

 

For a list of additional participants and collaborators in the EEPP, please refer to the EEPP Collaborative Members page.

 

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