Doctoral Student Directory

Overview
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Emily Alonso

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

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Audrey Boochever

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

Portrait of Audrey Boochever

My transdisciplinary research draws on the economics and sociology of education to study and inform the ways that legislation, school boards, and school leaders address educational inequities. 

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Analisa Brown

Ph.D. Student - Science and Agricultural Education

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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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Chloe Crull

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

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Roxanne Elliott

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

MA in Translation & MA in TESOL
Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA

BA in Foreign Languages & Art History
Scripps College, Claremont, CA

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Leroy Roches Gaines

Ed.D Student CANDEL Cohort 17

Background

Leroy Gaines brings over 19 years of combined professional experience working in both urban public-school districts and non-profits paving the way for education reform. He believes all children deserve equal access to high-quality education and school leadership as a key lever in the transformation process required to put students on a path to college and career readiness. Leroy currently serves as the Network Superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District.

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Alicia Garcia

Ph.D. Student, School Organization and Educational Policy

Alicia Garcia

Education

Ph.D. Student, University of California, Davis
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

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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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Çağrı Güzel

Ph.D. Candidate in Education: Language, Literacy, & Culture with Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition

Background

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.

mcguzel@ucdavis.edu
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Danielle Hagood

Ph.D. Student: Learning & Mind Science

Portrait of Danielle Hagood

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.

  

(442) 224-3107
dhagood@ucdavis.edu
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Taylor Holden

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

Contact: tayholden@ucdavis.edu

Research Interests: Media adaptations of literary works, digital literacy practices, neurodiversity and digital literacy in the secondary classroom, writing pedagogies, computers and writing

Education:

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Peter Lê

Ed.D. Student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Portrait of Peter Le

Background

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.

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Julian Ledesma

Ed.D. Student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Background

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.

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Mayu Lindblad

Ph.D. Student

Education

Ph.D. in progress, Emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of California, Davis
Faculty Advisors:
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

Teaching Experience

Associate Instructor, University of California, Davis, East Asian Languages and Cultures
First Quarter Japanese
Second Quarter Japanese
Third Quarter Japanese

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Teresita Martinez

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

Teresita Martinez is a first-year Ph.D. student in the School Organization and Education Policy program and a graduate student researcher in the California Education Lab and the Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research at the University of California, Davis.

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Jadda Miller

Ph.D. Student - Science and Agricultural Education

Research Interests

Environmental Science Education; Place-based Education; Citizen Science; Participatory Action Research; Formal and Informal Learning Environments; Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Rural Community Development; Environmental Justice

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Chamee Moua

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

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Kaitlyn Murray

Ph.D. Student - Science & Agriculture Education

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.

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Alyssa Nguyen

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

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Izamar Ortiz-González

Ph.D. Student-School Organization and Policy

Background

Izamar Ortiz-González is a daughter of immigrant parents. This experience thought her to navigate multiple narratives at school and at home. Bridging the gap between these narratives has been her goal throughout her life as a teacher, organizer and student.

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Tracy Ostrom

Ph.D. Student - Science and Agricultural Education

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Cynthia (Cindy) Parks

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

Cindy Parks is an incoming doctoral student in the School of Education. As a neurodiverse person, Cindy is passionate in her belief that educating parents, teachers, mentors and community members about their children’s and students’ neurodevelopmental needs can result in the implementation of parenting and learning strategies that will help children and families to live more harmonious, productive and loving lives.

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Abigail Garcia 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. 

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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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Anna Peñaloza

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

Anna holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona. In 2019, she completed her Master’s in Language Teaching from the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia in Tunja, Colombia. Her work in Colombia has focused on educational equity for women and girls in rural areas, as well as gender and academic writing in the public university space. As the former editorial assistant of Enletawa Journal, Anna sought to make academic journals more inclusive of voices historically silenced in academia. Currently, she is in the Ph.D.

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Téa Skye Pusey

Ph.D. Student - Science and Agricultural Education

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Merced, 2022

GPA: 3.97, Major: Sociology, Minors: Natural Sciences Education and Psychology

RESEARCH INTERESTS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Science Education, Educational Equity, Gender, Race, & Ethnicity, Formative Assessment Tools

EXPERIENCE

PROFESSIONAL EXPIERENCE

Middle School Math Tutor, CalTeach - Fall 2021

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Marney Randle

Ed.D. Student-CANDEL Cohort 16

Marney Randle

Background

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.

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Diana Recouvreur

Ph.D. Candidate - School Organization and Education Policy

“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

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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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Katrina Rice

Ed.D. Student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Portrait of Katrina Rice

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.

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Oscar Rios

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

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Daniel Rivas

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

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Susan Rowe

Ph.D. Student - Learning & Mind Sciences

Research Interests

  • Testing fairness for emergent bilinguals
  • Assessments and measurements
  • Psychometrics
  • Dissertation topic: “Examining the Effects of Linguistic Complexity on Emergent Bilinguals’ Item Responses,” Advisers: Jamal Abedi & Megan Welsh

Education

Ph.D. Education (expected 2022)
Learning and Mind Sciences emphasis
University of California, Davis, CA

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Marisa Ruiz

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

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Sergio L. Sanchez

Ph.D. Candidate - Language, Literacy & Culture; Designated Emphases: Writing, Rhetoric and Composition Studies & Second Language Acquisition

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.

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Sabina Simon

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

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Mikenna Sims

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

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Cicely Smith

Ph.D. Student - Science and Agricultural Education

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Sydney Sullivan

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

CV Link 

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
Minor: Writing 
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

 

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Silvia Tovar

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

 

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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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Erin Winters, MEd.

Ph.D. Student - Learning & Mind Sciences

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. 

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Xiaochen Xu

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

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Lydia Iyeczohua Zendejas

Ed.D. Student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Lydia Iyeczohua Zendejas

Background

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.

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Valeria C. Zunino Edelsberg

Ph.D. Student, Learning and Mind Sciences

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.

Education

Ph.D. in Education, Emphasis in Learning and Mind Sciences
University of California, Davis, School of Education. Expected graduation date: September 2023.

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