The Teacher Education faculty are committed to providing the highest quality education to the candidates in our program. Our courses focus on helping candidates understand research and theory in education as they relate to the daily professional experiences of teachers. We model best practices by providing a strong, student-centered curriculum with an emphasis on ongoing formative feedback to help candidates grow into the profession.

Department Chair

David Whitenack, Ph.D.

David Whitenack

Teacher Education Program Coordinators and Advising

Secondary/SSCP Subject Area Coordinators

Contact your Subject Area Advisor to schedule an appointment to complete the following requirements.

NOTE: The process and availability for each advisor will vary. These meetings are an essential step in the application process and require planning.

  • Please plan interview appointments at least 3 weeks prior to the application deadline.
  • Some subject areas have particular windows in which they conduct interviews, mini lessons, portfolio reviews or auditions.


Faculty Directory

LoriAnn Abrahams

Katya Aguilar, Ph.D.

Katya Aguilar

Stefanie Aichele-Chang

Veronica Altamirano

Jolynn Asato, Ph.D.

Jolynn Asato

Heidi Beck

Louise Bernbaum

Nancy Bilbao

Angela Birts

Allison Briceño, Ed.D.

Allison Briceño

Charley Brooks

Robert Calonico

Elaine Chin, Ph.D.

Elaine Chin

Susan Cooper

Laurel Cress

Kristy Cross

Felicia Darling

Troy Davis

Brent Duckor, Ph.D.

Brent Duckor

Mark Felton, Ph.D.

Mark Felton

Asha Finkel

Matthew Green

Maryann Haggerty

Carol Hartunian

Christina Hewko

Janice Holly

Carrie Holmberg, Ed.D.

Carrie Holmberg

Amy Huang

Suzanne Hughes

Floyd Hurndon

Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio, D.M.A.

Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio

Patricia Jiminez-Latham

Jan Kaay

Lara Ervin-Kassab, Ed.D.

Lara Ervin-Kassab

Bronwyn LaMay

Jennifer Madigan, Ed.D.

Jennifer Madigan

Jila Maleksalehi, Ed.D.

Jila Maleksalehi

Roxana Marachi, Ph.D.

Roxana Marachi

Tiffani Marie, Ph.D.

Tiffani Marie

Kellie Martinico

  • Lecturer

Ralph McKay, Ed.D.

Ralph McKay

Marianne Mehuys

Rebecca Messina

Daniela Miranda

Dale Mitchell

Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, Ph.D.

Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz

Deb Nemecek

Paula Oakes

Paula Oakes

Kris Olson

Luis Poza, Ph.D.

Luis Poza

Colette Rabin, Ed.D.

Colette Rabin

Ana Ramirez

Nicky Ramos-Beban

Rebeca Rios

Berrnadette Rodriguez-Young

Heather Schlaman

Pam Schultz

Erin Scullion-Jones

Erin Scullion-Jones

Dena Sexton, Ph.D.

Linda Sizelove-Secola

Helen Smith

Grinell Smith, Ph.D.

Grinell Smith

Patricia (Patty) Swanson, Ph.D.

Patty Swanson

Shawn Vecellio, Ph.D.

Tammie Visintainer, Ph.D.

Tammie Visintainer

Wanda Watson, Ed.D.

Wanda Watson

Laurie Weckesser

Recent Faculty Highlights

Tammie Visintainer

Dr. Tammie Visintainer has become a Co-PI for a newly-received $600,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science award for the project "Multidisciplinary Teacher Research Experience in Engineering (M-TREE)."

Allison Briceño and Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz

Dr. Allison Briceño and Dr. Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz co-published "It Is Not If, But When: Organizational and Leadership Recommendations for The Upcoming Demand for Expanded Dl Programs and Their Articulation" in the Journal for Leadership, Equity, and Research.

Asha Sudra Poet Laureate

Multiple Subject Credential Program Supervisor and Lecturer Asha Sudra Finkel has been selected as September’s honorary poet laureate for Santa Clara County!  Learn more about the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate program at svcreates.org/poet-laureate-program/

Dr. Lara Ervin Kassab presented "Considering Community and Trauma" as part of the SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Teaching Academy and was subsequently featured in a Q&A on the SJSU Newsroom blog regarding how educators and parents can prepare for the 2021-2022 academic year after a year of remote and hybrid teaching and learning.

Dr. Wanda Watson co-presented "Bringing Our Humanity to the TK-5 Classroom Through an Ethnic Studies Stance" as part of the SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Teaching Academy.

Dr. Tammie Visintainer presented "Reimagining K-16 (Science) Teaching and Learning During a Time of Crisis" as part of the SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Teaching Academy.

Dr. Brent Duckor and Counselor Education faculty Dr. Lorri Capizzi co-presented the webinar “How can Teachers, School Counselors, & Administrators support educational outcomes for students in foster care during extraordinary times?” as part of their SJSU Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE) and in collaboration with the CSU Center for Closing the Opportunity Gap (CCOG).

Dr. Allison Briceño and Dr. Roxana Marachi presented “Teaching Pre-service Teachers to Enact Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Shifting Critical Consciousness” and “Philanthro-Capitalism and Equity Doublespeak: When ‘Innovation’ is Exploitation and Silicon Solutions Fuel Next Level Systemic Racism” at our Spring 2021 Lurie College of Education Faculty Research Symposium

Dr. Luis Poza, Dr. Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, and Dr. Tammie Visintainer collaborated with SJSU faculty Dr. Ahoura Zandiatashbar, California Assemblymember Robert Rivas, and the Watsonville High School ECHO Leadership Academy to better understand the impact of known gaps in broadband internet access across California’s 30th Congressional District and published a report of their findings.

Faculty Resources