CANDEL Students

Scholar Practitioners Leading for Change

Overview
Student Profile

Horacio Corona Lira

Ed.D student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Background

Horacio Corona Lira was born in Las Tortugas, Michoacán, Mexico, and raised in Lindsay, California. He is the first in his family to attend and graduate from college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in education and Chicano studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He attributes much of his success to the work ethic instilled in him by his parents and his campesino upbringing. Horacio has over 10 years of professional experience in student affairs, student equity, and leadership in higher education.

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Jose Gutierrez

Ed.D student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Positions

Assistant Principal

Social Science Teacher

Research Interests

Trauma Informed Care

Restorative Justice

Multi Tiered Systems of Support

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Diana Lizarraga

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Education

  • MA, University of San Francisco | Human Resources and Organizational Development. Emphasis in Higher Education structures, STEM diversity, and leadership development.
  • BS, UC Davis | Agricultural Systems and Environment.  Emphasis in Communications and Information Systems. McNair Research Scholar, NSF LSAMP/CAMP- MURALS Research Scholar, and Hugh Edmondson Pathology Research Fellow, CALESS Member.
  • AA, Math, Engineering, and Science | Sacramento City College.
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Abigail Patton

Ed.D student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Background

Abby Garcia Patton grew up in East Los Angeles and was the first in her family to pursue higher education.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and a Masters in Secondary Education. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of education, starting her career as a high school English teacher and union president.  She is an experienced educational consultant with expertise in bilingual, cross-cultural literacy development.  

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Isela Pena-Rager

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

Education:

  • Ed.D. – Educational Leadership – UC Davis (in progress)
  • M.A. – Spanish, Applied Linguistics & Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies – Purdue University
  • B.A. – Art, specialization in Photography – University of La Verne

Research Interests:

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Carmelita Reyes

Ed.D student-CANDEL Cohort 16

Background

Carmelita serves a Senior Director in Operations in Oakland Unified School District, tackling interdepartmental problems that impact school sites.  Most recently she has focused on pandemic related food distribution and school reopening.  Carmelita was the founding principal of Oakland International High School, a community she lead for 12 years. OIHS is an alternative ed high school in Oakland Unified School District that exclusively serves newly arrived immigrants and refugees who need to acquire English as they complete high school.

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Naiade Viana Dourado

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

Education:

Research Interests:

Recent Projects and Positions:

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Quinten R. Voyce

Ed.D student-CANDEL Cohort 16

Background

Raised and currently residing in Fairfield, CA. Is excited to be an Aggie for the third time having completed a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Cellular & Molecular Biology as a first-gen college student and then continued to receive teaching credentials and M.A. in Education.

With a small teacher cohort, created a dual-enrollment high school program founded in 2014 where he continues to teach high school Biology, Chemistry, and a Senior Project capstone course.

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Nerissa Wallace

Ed.D Student CANDEL Cohort 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

Comprehensive, Independent Study, and Alternative Education 6-12 Educator/ Culturally Responsive Curriculum Coaching

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