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Emily Alonso

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

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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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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. Student - 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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Mayu Lindblad

PhD 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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Amanda Lindell

Ph.D. Student, Science and Agricultural Education

Education

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

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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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Joanna Rometsch Mathias

Ph.D. Student - School Organization & Education Policy

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Research Interests

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.

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Chamee Moua

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

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Kaozong Mouavangsou

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy & Culture

Education

  • 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)
  • B.A.
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Kaitlyn Murray

PhD 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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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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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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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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Vanessa Segundo

PhD Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

Education 

Ph.D. Education Expected: June 2020 
Emphasis Area: Language, Literacy, and Culture 
University of California Davis, Davis, CA 

M.S.Ed. Adult and Higher Education Conferred May 2013 
Emphasis: Student Affairs 
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 

B.A. Political Science Conferred May 2009 
Minor: History 
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 

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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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Michael T. Stevens

Ph.D. Student - Mathematics Education

EDUCATION

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.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

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.

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Sydney Sullivan

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

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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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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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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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Stacy Wittstock

Ph.D. Student, Learning and Mind Sciences

Research Interests

  • Writing program administration
  • Developmental writing & writers
  • Faculty identity & contingent labor
  • Writing assessment
  • Peer response
  • Digital literacies 
  • Faculty development & instructional support 
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Xiaochen Xu

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

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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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