Each year, the UC Davis School of Education is pleased to honor the contributions and dedication of all educators and their advocates at this special ceremony that began in 2013 as part of the School’s year-long celebration of its tenth anniversary.
Every year, the School of Education hosts the Honoring Educators Awards Ceremony, where that year’s honorees are recognized for their contributions in education. See a complete list of the 2016 honorees here.
Maria May grew up in Portugal and came to the United States as an English language learner. She is passionate about diversity and equity in education. She earned her first undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering in Portugal, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture & Enology from UC Davis, where her training in plant sciences and wine chemistry honed her analytical and problem-solving skills.
Leanna Carollo is a multiple subject credential and master’s degree candidate in the UC Davis School of Education. She student-taught in a fifth grade classroom at Glenwood Elementary in the Robla School District. Prior to joining the School of Education, Leanna worked as an instructional assistant for students with severe autism. While completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, she researched U.S.
In spring 2014, Thomas Shirley was completing a PhD at the UC Davis School of Education, with interests in Psychometrics, Language Learners, and eLearning. He was also awarded a Master of Business Administration in International Business and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami.
In 2013, Gianna Zappettini was a multiple subject teacher credential candidate in the School of Education’s Teacher Education program. She completed her student teaching in a first grade classroom at Cambridge Elementary in Vacaville. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Ms. Zappettini volunteered as a mentor to 6th – 8th graders and became a team leader with the Youth Support Program.