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2016 Honoring Educators Awards

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.



2016 Honoring Educators Awards

Outstanding Teaching Credential Student

Maria Jose May

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.

Portrait of Emily Solari

Emily Solari Named a Chancellor’s Fellow

Emily Solari, associate professor of education, has been selected as a 2016-17 Chancellor’s Fellow, a title she will hold for five years. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program recognizes “the rising stars who shine as teachers and campus citizens, and whose scholarly work already puts them at the top of their fields — garnering attention far and wide.” It is one of the highest and most prestigious honors given at UC Davis.

Portrait of Nicole Sparapani

Nicole Sparapani Joins Faculty

Nicole Sparapani, PhD joined the School of Education faculty this summer as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education. Sparapani, who earned her doctorate in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University, is a certified speech-language pathologist. She completed her postdoctoral studies on individualizing student instruction at Arizona State University and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning.

Portrait of Maisha T. Winn and Lawrence Winn

Maisha T. Winn and Lawrence Winn Join School of Education

Will Establish a Center for Restorative Justice

This summer the School of Education welcomed Maisha T. Winn, PhD and Lawrence (Torry) Winn, JD to the School of Education. Maisha T. Winn has been appointed as a Professor, and the UC Davis Chancellor and Provost additionally have extended her the new honorary designation of “Chancellor’s Leadership Professor.” Torry Winn will serve as an Academic Administrator. The Winns, who are married, will jointly develop a center for restorative justice to be located within the School of Education.


Founding Dean Harold Levine Retires

Founding School of Education Dean Harold Levine retired on June 30, 2016. He came to UC Davis from UCLA in 2001, and since then has been a tireless advocate for the School’s vision to eliminate educational inequities and advance a quality education for all.

Portrait of Clare Wiley

Alumna Clare Wiley Honored at River City High School

Building Named in Memory of Much-Loved Teacher

Clare Wiley made a lasting impression on the students, staff and faculty of River City High School in the eight years she taught there as a science teacher. Clare’s passion for biology led her to transform her biology curriculum to be more interactive and student-centered. She also served as a mentor to students who were competing in science and technology competitions, started a biotechnology elective, and founded the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program, which now serves over 350 students per year.

Portrait of Alexis Patterson

Alexis Patterson, PhD Joins Faculty

The School of Education welcomes our newest faculty member: Alexis Patterson, PhD, who joins us this fall as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education.

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2015 Honoring Educators Awards

Outstanding Students

Leanna Carollo (Credential/MA Candidate)

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.


Spring 2015 CATALYST

The Magazine of the UC Davis School of Education

This Spring 2015 issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual Catalyst magazine highlights research news, updates on faculty and alumni, and includes a special report detailing the impact of scholarships on our 2014-15 student recipients.

News Harold Levine

Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core

Education Week Commentary

Dean Harold Levine and Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education, co-wrote “Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core” for Education Week.

In the piece, Levine and Kirst lay out their concerns that colleges and universities may not be prepared to educate the students who will soon be entering their institutions armed with a “more inquiry-based” and “collaborative problem-solving” approach to learning.

Research Kevin Gee

Kevin Gee Named Young Scholar in Competitive Research Program

In January, Kevin Gee, assistant professor of education, received the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) Young Scholars research award.

In a highly competitive national competition, FCD makes only five awards each year. With the funding he received with the award, Gee will examine over the next two years the impact of food insecurity on children’s developmental outcomes, focusing particularly on low-income and children of color in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-09.

Joseph Bruchac speaking at Words Take Wing

Author’s Tales Come Alive

Joseph Bruchac - Words Take Wing

Words Take Wing, featuring Native American children’s writer Joseph Bruchac, was featured in the Davis Enterprise on February 12, 2015. 

“This is the kind of program I wish occurred in more places,” the author told The Enterprise. “As an inspiration to teachers and students, it is second to none. I can’t think of a more enthusiastic audience. You can see the excitement.” Read the full article by Jeff Hudson.

Research Paco Martorell

Study: Failing a Placement Exam Does Not Discourage College Enrollment

By Caralee Adams

Paco Martorell, assistant professor of education, is a co-author of a study that found high school students who are identified as in need of remediation are no less likely to enroll in college than students who score just above the remediation cutoff. “Does Failing a Placement Exam Discourage Underprepared Students from Going to College?” appears in the latest issue of Education and Finance Policy. See this story about the study in EdWeek.

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