Faculty Profile

Sophia Mattingly


University of California, Davis, CA
Ph.D. Education (Language, Literacy and Culture), Jun 2015

University of Kansas, KS
National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Summer study tour in China, Jun 2010

• NCTA Summer institute for alumni designed to facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in the K-12 curriculum via participation in a variety of hands-on experiences in Asia.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Assessment; Classical Theory of Measurement; English Learners; Experimental Design; Psychometrics; Quantitative Methods

Jamal Abedi
Research Professor

Specializing in educational and psychological assessments, Jamal Abedi’s research focuses on testing for English language learners and issues concerning the technical characteristics and interpretations of these assessments. Abedi is the author of many publications in the assessment of and accommodations for English-language learners. He is on the advisory committees for several major assessment organizations and advises a number of states on testing for English learners and children with disabilities.

Jamal Abedi Vita 2016
Jamal Abedi Bio 2016

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: MTH. Elementary Education; Gender and Equity Issues in Mathematics Education; In-Service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Mathematics Education

Rebecca Ambrose

After teaching middle school math for ten years, I decided to pursue a PhD to get a fresh perspective on the issues I observed every day in my classroom and thought that maybe I could help develop remedies that would help other teachers, as well.

(530) 754-4831
Teacher Education Faculty

Sylvia Aquino
Supervisor, Social Science Credential

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Educational Equity; English Language Arts Education; Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education; Minority/Underrepresented Students

Steven Athanases
Professor and Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education

Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. He researches issues of cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and English language arts. As a high school English teacher in the Chicago area, he received several awards for outstanding teaching of English, with a focus on writing, and drew on his disciplinary roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual performance showcases of original student compositions.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Environmental Education; Citizen Science; Participatory Action Research; In-service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Science Education

Heidi Ballard
Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

Heidi Ballard is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science. You can find more information about her past and current projects, and sign up for occasional updates at the Center’s website.


(530) 754-6255
Teacher Education Faculty

Leslie Banes
Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

I am a former bilingual teacher, proficient in English and Spanish.

(530) 752-4036
Faculty Profile

Carolynne Beno


Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of California at Davis, June 14, 2017

Clear Administrative Services Credential, September 2015

Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Level 2, National University, November 2012

M.S. Special Education, National University, January 2007

B.A. Psychology, University of California at Davis, December 2003

B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of California at Davis, December 2003

Teacher Education Faculty

Megan Bettis
Lecturer/Supervisor, Science Credential

(530) 752-0622
Teacher Education Faculty

Orlando Carreon
Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential


PhD School of Education, University of California, Davis, 2018

Dissertation: Effective Teaching of Latinx Students in Hope Valley.
Committee: Karen Watson-Gegeo (Chair), Danny Martinez, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Chris Faltis.

MA Applied Linguistics Department, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2009

B.S. W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 1999


2004 Teaching Credential, School of Education, Sonoma State University, 2004

(530) 752-7334
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

Cynthia Carter Ching
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Instruction, Professor

Research Interests

Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

(530) 752-4427
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Access and equity in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latina/o students, campus climate for diversity

Marcela Cuellar
Assistant Professor

Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014 as an assistant professor in higher education & leadership. She received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her research examines access and equity in higher education, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs, and Latinx student success. More specifically, Dr.

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Faculty Profile

Cati de los Ríos
Assistant Professor

Cati V. de los Ríos is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. She has taught in California and Massachusetts public schools. Cati’s research explores the intersections of adolescent literacies, transnationalism, translanguaging, ethnic studies, and teacher education. Her scholarship draws from ethnographic and participatory methodologies and is informed by ethnic studies frameworks and sociocultural and critical theories of language and literacy.  

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, LMS. Media and culture; Development of non-cognitive social success skills, Comics & Graphic Novels, Interactive Narratives, Games

Darnel Degand
Assistant Professor

Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences.

Teacher Education Faculty

Elaine DiFlorio
Supevisor, Social Science Credential

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Academic language; Academic literacy; English learners; Language development and socialization; First- and second-language writing

Kerry A. Enright
Associate Professor

I research the relationship between students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in school-based uses of language and literacy. Some schools identify bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but still struggle with the language and literacy demands of their academic coursework.

Teacher Education Faculty

Beth Foraker
Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential


  • Post Graduate Units in Special Education Law – California State University, Sacramento 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts, English – UC Davis 1982-1986

Professional Experiences

  • Supervisor/Lecturer – UC Davis Multiple Subject Credential Program, Fall 2006 – Present
  • Classroom Teacher, Padan Elementary School, Vacaville Unified School District, 1987-1999

Professional Organization Membership

  • International Reading Association, 1992-1999

Current Activities and Serv

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. College & Career Readiness for Disadvantaged Youth; Studies in School Health & Student Well Being

Kevin Gee
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 122, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-9334
Teacher Education Faculty

Nancy Gorman
Supervisor, English Credential

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Brenda Guy
Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential


  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas
  • B.A. Education/English, Kansas State University

Professional Experience

  • Principal, San Miguel Elementary in Sunnyvale, CA (2000-2013)
  • Vice Principal, King Middle School in Seaside, CA (1998-2000)
  • English Teacher, Monterey High School in Monterey, CA (1984-1993)
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP.

Cassandra M.D. Hart
Associate Professor, Co-Director CANDEL

Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.

(530) 752-9691
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Curriculum theory and change; Educational Ecology of communities; Educational Leadership; School, curriculum and community change

Paul Heckman

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Faculty Profile

Jennifer Higgs
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Higgs is an assistant professor in the School of Education. Her research focuses on digital tool use that supports learning and teaching, adolescents’ digital literacies, and teacher education in the language arts. Using mixed methods and sociocultural theories of learning, Dr. Higgs investigates practices around digital tools as well as improvement of digital tool practices. What fundamentally drives her work is a desire to learn how the possibilities afforded by new cultural tools can support robust and socially just learning. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D.

Faculty Profile

Pauline Holmes
Lecturer/Supervisor, English Credential


Ph.D., Education – University of California Davis

(530) 752-9537
Teacher Education Faculty

Kim Holsberry
Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential


  • CLAD (2004)
  • Certificated Early Literacy Group Teacher, CSU Bernardino (1997)
  • Certificated Reading Recovery Teacher, CSU Bernardino (1994)
  • B.A.

Margarita Jimenez-Silva
Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Margarita Jimenez-Silva is an associate professor and director of teacher education at the School of Education in University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on preparing and supporting teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners, especially in addressing emergent bilinguals’ linguistic and academic content development. More specifically, her research strands include teacher education pedagogy and curriculum, educational policy, and family/community engagement.

(530) 752-3959
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education policy; Educational program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; K-12 school desegregation

Michal Kurlaender
Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors–the University of California, the California State University and the California Community College systems.

(530) 752-3748
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP.

Lauren Lindstrom

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Adaptive Expertise; Learning and Cognition; Learning in Informal Settings; Mathematics Education

Lee Martin
Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow

(530) 752-2854
Faculty Profile

Lynn Martindale
Lecturer/Supervisor, Agricultural Credential

Office hours:
By appointment only


EdD – Drexel University, Sacramento, CA – expected date of completion, 2014

M.S., Agriculture – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – 1990

Pupil Personal Service – Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA – 1995

(916) 606-7337
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Adolescent Language and Literacy; English Education; Linguistic Anthropology of Education; Sociocultural Approaches to Learning; Discourse Analysis; Black and Latina/o Youth Interactions; Ethnography

Danny C. Martinez
Assistant Professor



2012, Ph.D., UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies: Urban Schooling

2002, M.A., UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education:                     Language, Literacy & Culture

2000, B.A. UCLA American Literature and Culture & Chicana/o Studies,          Minor in Educational Studies 

(530) 752-9749
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP.

Paco Martorell
Associate Professor

Francisco (Paco) Martorell joined the School as an assistant professor in July 2014. Martorell completed his PhD in economics at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the School, he was an Economist at the RAND Corporation and was a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School since 2006. He has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy. Current projects cover areas including developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies.

(530) 752-3353
Faculty Profile

Al Mendle
Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Office hours:  By appointment only

Research Interests

Elementary Education; Mathematics education


M.A., Education – University of California, Davis

(530) 752-8784
Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Montaño
Lecturer (LSOE)


Doctorate in Education: Educational Leadership for Social Justice
​Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

California Single Subject Credential in English with CLAD Certification
University of California, Berkeley (current)

M.A. in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture
University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Political Science & Chicana and Chicano Studies
University of California, Los Angeles


University of California at Davis

(530) 752-3185
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Translational research on education and special education; Academic development for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Peter Mundy
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Research

There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.

(530) 752-0921
Faculty Profile

Deb Niemeier

Deb Niemeier is a professor with a joint appointment at the School of Education and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In September 2015, after a positive vote by Senate faculty in the spring, then Chancellor Linda Katehi approved Niemeier¹s joint appointment in the School of Education.

Teacher Education Faculty

Carolina Oropeza
Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Faculty Profile Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Secondary education

Cindy Passmore

(530) 752-7883
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science Education, Groupwork, Race and Schooling, Social Emotional Intelligence, Social Justice Education, Literacy in Science

Alexis Patterson
Assistant Professor

Alexis Patterson, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.

(530) 752-8675
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. In-service and preservice teacher learning; Interdisciplinary Instruction; Science Education; Secondary Education

Rick Pomeroy
Lecturer/Supervisor Emeritus, Science Credential

Office hours: Wednesdays 3-5 or by appointment

(530) 752-0622
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Latina/o and Native American identity formations in P-20 systems; Transition to college for students of color in K-12, Access

Patricia D. Quijada
Associate Professor


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Emphasis: Human Development Minor: Youth Studies and Multicultural Education

Ed.M., Youth Development: Prevention Science and Practice
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Ed.M., Counseling Processes
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Multiple Subject, Elementary Credential
University of San Diego

B.A. and B.S. Political Science and Sociology
University of California at Riverside

(530) 752-9377
Teacher Education Faculty

Drina Ramirez
Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Teacher Education Faculty

Carolynn Ranch
Supervisor, Social Science Credential


  • Secondary Teaching Credentials, Social Science and English – Sonoma State University, 1979
  • B.A., Sociology – UC Santa Cruz, 1971

Notable Experience

  • Area 3 History and Cultures Project: 2003-2010


  • Gardening
  • Environmentalism
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Travel
  • Entertaining
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez
Associate Professor

Office hours: Fall Quarter 2017 — By Appointment Only

Gloria M. Rodriguez’s current research explores notions of educational investment that reflect efforts to build upon community strengths in order to address community needs within and beyond educational settings. Dr. Rodriguez also engages in research that focuses on the political economic conditions and educational trajectories of Chicana/o-Latina/o communities, other communities of color, and low-income populations in the U.S.

(530) 754-6256
Faculty Profile

Rebecca Rosa
Lecturer/Supervisor, Social Science Credential

(530) 752-4199
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

Heather Rose
Associate Professor

Office hours: By appointment. Room 125 SOEB.

Research Interests

Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

(530) 752-1407
Teacher Education Faculty

Nadeen Ruiz
Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Nadeen Ruiz, Ph.D. obtained her MA and Ph.D. at Stanford University in bilingual education and linguistics after a career as a bilingual teacher. Formerly, Dr. Ruiz was Director of Elementary Education at Stanford University and of Teacher Preparation at CSU Sacramento. She received teaching awards at both institutions in 1997, 2004, and 2005. In addition, Dr. Ruiz is the recipient of the California Association of Bilingual Educators Teacher Preparation Program Award (2010) and the UC Davis School of Education Outstanding Alumna Award (2011). Dr.

Teacher Education Faculty

Elise Spang
Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Research, Classroom Active Engagement and Participation, Social Communication

Nicole Sparapani
Assistant Professor

Nicole Sparapani is an assistant professor in the School of Education and faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research interests center around the development and evaluation of effective educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Sparapani practiced as a certified speech-language pathologist on an interdisciplinary team serving preschool children with ASD for several years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University and postdoctoral training at Arizona State University.

(530) 752-6137
Staff Profile

Lisa Sullivan
Associate Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Lisa Sullivan brings a range of skills and experience to her work in Teacher Education. Lisa worked as a classroom teacher in East Los Angeles and in Northern California before obtaining her doctorate from UC Davis in Learning and Mind Sciences. She has worked extensively with both classroom teachers and higher education faculty to improve teaching and learning.  Lisa has conducted over twenty program evaluations for K-12 and university based education initiatives. She has expertise in the area of special education, having worked on a national implementation grant to support general education teachers to implement best practices for students with autism. Lisa has also taught both credential and Masters students at UC Davis, Sacramento State University and Loyola Marymount University. Her dissertation research examined the role of attention in learning and school readiness for preschool children.  Her main area of interest is in working with educators to translate research into practice that will improve outcomes for all students.


  • Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2010
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • B.A. in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1986

Publications and Working Papers

  • Franzone, E., Kucharczyk, S., Sullivan, L., & Szidon, K. (2012). Facilitating the use of evidence based practices in classrooms: The national professional development center model for implementation. In Mundy, P. & Mastergeorge, A. (Eds), Autism for Educators, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Sullivan, L. (2010). Joint attention: Interactions with word learning and school readiness. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Volume 71(11-A), pp.3902.
  • Abedi, J., Kao, J.C., Leon, S., Mastergeorge, A., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., & Pope, R. (2010). Accessibility of segmented reading comprehension passages for students with disabilities. Applied Measurement in Education, 23 (2), 168-186.
  • Mundy, P., Sullivan, L., & Mastergeorge, A. (2009). A parallel and distributed-processing model of joint attention, social cognition and autism. Autism Research, 2(1), 2-21.
  • Abedi, K., Kao, J., Leon, J., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., Pope, R., Nambiar, V., & Mastergeorge, A. (2008). Exploring factors that affect accessibility of reading comprehension assessments for students with disabilities: A study of segmented text (Report No. 746), 80pp. Los Angeles: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

Manuscript Currently Under Review

  • Sullivan, L., Mundy, P., & Mastergeorge, A. Joint Attention, Social Behavior and School Readiness in Preschool Children.
(530) 752-2809
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Agricultural education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary education; Science education; Technology in science; Technology in teaching and learning

Cary Trexler

Research Interests

Agricultural Education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary Education; Science Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

(530) 752-2623
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Early literacy; English learners; Bilingualism and bilingual education; Educational television and multimedia; Language acquisition

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs


Research Interests

Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

(530) 754-6271
Faculty Profile

Matt Wallace
Lecturer/Supervisor, Mathematics Credential


  • BS—University of California, Davis
  • MA—San Francisco State University
  • PhD—University of California, Davis

Professional Experience

  • Director, Math for America Berkeley, 2012
  • Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • University Supervisor, California State University, East Bay, 2011-2012
  • Mathematics Teacher, Elk Grove Unified School District, 2002-2008

Professional Organization Membership

  • America Educational Research Associatio
(530) 752-6083
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Test validity analysis; The use of assessment as an educational reform lever; Grading; Evaluation of educational programs

Megan Welsh
Associate Professor

Megan Welsh joined the School in July 2014 as an assistant professor in educational assessment and measurement. Since 2008, she was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.

(530) 752-9890
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Collaborative learning; Learning and cognition; Mathematics education; Technology in mathematics; Technology in science; Technology in teaching and learning

Tobin White
Associate Professor

Tobin White studies the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. He has a particular interest in using mobile computing to support novel approaches to engaging learners with STEM content and practices. Using a design-based research approach, he develops collaborative problem-solving tools and activities in order to investigate intersections between conceptual and social dimensions of learning. A former high school mathematics teacher himself, he has also worked for more than a decade in teacher preparation.

(530) 752-9348
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC.

Maisha T. Winn
Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education (TJE)

Maisha T. Winn’s research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated.

Teacher Education Faculty

Michael Woodcock
Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential

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