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.
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.
Ph.D. Student, University of California,
Education with a School Organization and Educational Policy Emphasis
Degree Expected: June 2021
Master of Arts, San Jose State University
Mexican American Studies with an Education Emphasis
Degree Obtained: May 2016
Masters Project: Latina/o Student Retention and Attrition Rates: Listening to Those who Learn to Blame Themselves
Çağrı Güzel joined the Graduate Group in Education Ph.D. program in 2018. His research interests lie primarily in the fields of second language acquisition, educational drama, and teacher education.
I research noncognitive constructs in K12 settings using computational psychometrics. Drawing on intensive, multi-modal data this research produces learning analytics offering individual-level insights and also, in aggregate, inform teaching and policy. This practice-embedded research foregrounds the needs of teachers and students, with a critical SES perspective.
My research examines how community-based scientific research and monitoring projects can serve as sites for education, learning, and ultimately, social-ecological resilience. Specifically, I study how scientists, conservation professionals, and broader publics collectively learn and co-create knowledge through shared participation in these projects, knowledge that can inform the stewardship of diverse social-ecological systems.
Peter Lê (he/him) was born and raised in East Oakland. He possesses over 12 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. He has taught biology at the high school, community college, and university levels. In addition to his teaching experience, Peter has held roles in college and career counseling and school-based health.
Julian comes from a family of undocumented immigrants and a bracero father. The youngest and only US born member of his family, he is a product of blue collar and racially diverse East Oakland. Since 2016, Julian has served as Executive Director of Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3), helping to lead a cluster of over ten programs that specialize in serving the more than 13,000 non-traditional and historically marginalized students at Berkeley.
Ph.D. in progress, Emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture,
University of California, Davis
Dr. Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich, primary advisor
M.A. in Linguistics, TESOL, California State University, Fresno
B.A. in Social Education, Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai, Japan
Associate Instructor, University of California, Davis,
East Asian Languages and Cultures
First Quarter Japanese
Second Quarter Japanese
Third Quarter Japanese
Ph.D. in Education, Science & Agricultural Education,UC Davis, Davis, CA, in progress
M.S.Ed, Secondary Science Education,Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY, 2010
B.S. Marine Science and Biology,University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 2008
My dissertation work focuses on Career and Technical Education in California, both descriptive analysis of the current landscape and analysis of policy developments and impacts under recent changes in state and federal legislation. I am evaluating the effectiveness of CTE in different school models i.e. traditional high schools, small learning communities, specialty tech high schools, and investigating the role K12 career education plays in California’s Career/College readiness accountability and preparation for CA community college students.
- Ph.D. Education in Language, Literacy & Culture (In Progress) University of California, Davis
- M.A. Education in Language, Literacy & Culture University of California, Davis (2016)
Kait Murray is an educator and researcher of community leadership whose work focuses on transforming agricultural and environmental education, both in and outside of schools. She is broadly interested in how people with marginalized sexualities and genders – particularly members of the LGBTQ community – navigate and change educational systems. She researches the complex relationships between individuals and these educational spaces: how they create them, experience them, resist them, disrupt them, uphold them, transform them.
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.
Marney Randle (she/her) has a professional background that is a “student affairs zigzag” with multiple touch points in higher education. She has navigated various university environments, whether it’s working on campus or traveling the world via the Semester at Sea program. As a consultant and Certified Professional Coach, Marney works with clients one-on-one and has been invited to speak in various settings on topics surrounding inclusion, personal & professional development, and wellness.
“There’s no point in all this scholarship if when we look back upon our careers nothing has changed and we’ve just become better at naming the problem.”
– Dr. Gloria Rodriguez
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.
Katrina is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience in urban secondary classrooms. She began her career at June Jordan School for Equity, in San Francisco, where she also worked as an administrator. Katrina then worked at her former high school, Jesse M. Bethel High School, in Vallejo, where she spent six years as the Lead Teacher of the Law Academy. Under her leadership, the Law Academy earned the Diversity Champion Award from California LAW.
- Testing fairness for emergent bilinguals
- Assessments and measurements
- Dissertation topic: “Examining the Effects of Linguistic Complexity on Emergent Bilinguals’ Item Responses,” Advisers: Jamal Abedi & Megan Welsh
Ph.D. Education (expected 2022)
Learning and Mind Sciences emphasis
University of California, Davis, CA
I am interested in working with underrepresented populations to understand the processes that enhance (or hinder) their opportunities to access higher education. I am also interested in studying the benefits of drama and poetry in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms for language acquisition and writing.
Ph.D. Education with an emphasis in Mathematics Education, UC Davis, expected June 2019.
M.A. Education with a concentration in Educational Technology, CSU Sacramento, May 2013.
M.Ed. Education, UC San Diego, September 2002.
B.A. Mathematics, UC San Diego, June 2001.
Stevens, M. and Chung, C. (2014, March). The impact of interactive geometry software on student learning. Paper presented at the E-Learning and Information Technology Symposium 2014, Tainan, Taiwan.
Ph.D. Education Expected: June 2025
Emphasis Area: Language, Literacy, and Culture
University of California Davis, Davis, CA
M.A. English Literature Conferred May 2020
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B.A. English Literature Conferred May 2018
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
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.
Comprehensive, Independent Study, and Alternative Education 6-12 Educator/ Culturally Responsive Curriculum Coaching
Erin Winters is a doctoral student and GAANN Fellow in education with an emphasis in learning and mind sciences, specializing in educational measurement and statistics.
Her research considers different approaches for validating the scores from high stakes and large scale for different uses. She’s particularly interested in examining the effectiveness of different statistical approaches for establishing the instructional sensitivity of tests and assessments, especially as they relate to research design.
My path to my higher education profession started in 1990 as a student in the UC San Diego Summer Bridge program. It was there that I met a network of caring and dedicated student staff, administrators, and faculty. This network was central to my retention as a Xicana where, at the time, Latinx only represented 9% of the undergraduates. As of fall 2020, Latinx students represent 21% of the undergraduate population. After graduating, I made the conscious choice to apply to a Masters program in higher education in the east coast for two reasons.
Graduate student at the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. Extensive academic background in education and psychology. Broad professional experience in Chilean public institutions related to education and assessment. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with children. Motivated, positive and flexible.
Ph.D. in Education, Emphasis in Learning and Mind
University of California, Davis, School of Education. Expected graduation date: September 2023.