2014 One UC Davis “Extraordinary Student” Selection, UCD
2013 Outstanding Student Award, UCD
2013 Carlos J. Vallejo Fellow, American Educational Research Association
2009 Book Award, University of Massachusetts, Boston
2004 Commencement Speaker, Sonoma State University
Grants and Fellowships
2016 Dissertation Year Fellowship, Graduate Studies and Education Graduate Group, UCD $43,800
2016 Graduate Group in Education Fellowship, School of Education, UCD, $6,800/5yrs
2016 Mohini Jain Family Foundation Award, UCD, $1664
2015 Summer Research Fellowship, School of Education, UCD, $4,000
2015 School of Education Annual Fund Scholarship Award, UCD, $5,000
2009 Teacher Education Fellow, School of Education, UCD, $81,400
Conference and Campus Talks
2019 Decolonial Relationships: An Ethnic Studies Approach, American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada. April 5-9, 2019.
2018 Critical Geographies of Space in Education: Hopeful Spaces Within Oppressive Places, American Educational Research Association. New York, NY. April 13-17.
2013 The Pedagogy of Inevitability: Neoliberal Accountability in Three Tracked New Mainstream Mathematics Classrooms, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. April 27-May 1.
2012 Metaphors we learn by: Student participation and literacy practices in New Mainstream classrooms constrained by neoliberal accountability, Literacy Research Association, San Diego, CA. November 28-December 1.
2011 Hope is the Thing with Metaphors: De-Situating Literacies and Learning in English Language Arts Classrooms, American Association of Applied Linguistics. Chicago, IL. March 26-29.
2010 Co-presenter, American Educational Research Association. Transforming Graduate Education Through a Performance-Based Innovation. Denver, CO, April 30-May 4.
2017 Panelist, Cross Cultural Center event: La Raza Cultural Days. “ Platicas de Nuestra Existencia.” With Dr. Natalia Deeb-Sosa, Dr. Melissa Moreno, Dr. Cirilo Cortez, & Dr. Lina Mendez, University of California, Davis.
2016 Panelist, Critical Pedagogy Course. “Teaching Critical Pedagogy through community praxis.” With Dr. Christine Sleeter, Dr. Marguerite Wilson, & Dr. Ijeoma Ononujo, University of California, Davis.
2015 Guest Lecturer for Children, Learning and Material Culture, “Critical Social Justice Education,” University of California, Davis.
2010 Co-Presenter, Equity Summit: Examining Racialized Expectations, Achievement & Equity in Today’s Schools, “Transforming Graduate Education Through Performance- Based Innovation,” University of California, Davis.
2009 Guest Lecturer for Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Classrooms, “Language and Identity in the Bicultural Child,” University of California, Davis.
2006 Guest Lecturer for Teaching ESL: Methods and Approaches, “The Natural Approach,” UMASS Boston.
Instructor of Record
San Francisco State University
Educational Equity: Race, Class and Schooling Inequality in the U.S. (Spring 2018)
Sonoma State University
Identity and Agency for Socially Just Classrooms and Communities (Spring 2018)
Napa Valley College
Teaching as a Profession (Spring 2018)
University of California, Davis (UCD)
Teaching Seminar: Teacher Supervisor (2010-2017, 17 quarters) Language Learners in K-12 Schools (Spring 2016)
Cultural Diversity and Education in a Sociopolitical Context (Spring 2015)
San Francisco State University
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Analysis of Race, Class, and Inequality in Society and Education (Spring 2016)
SFSU: Raza Studies: Race, Class and Schooling Inequality in the U.S. (Fall, 2016)
University of California, Davis
Ethnographic Research In School Settings (Fall 2015, Winter 2016) Methods in Elementary Social Studies (Fall 2014, Winter 2015) Critical Discourse Analysis (Spring 2014)
Social Studies Methods (Spring 2013, Spring 2014)
Cultural Diversity in Secondary Education (Fall 2014, Fall 2015) Cultural Diversity in Elementary Education (Fall 2010)
Effective Teaching of the Language Arts (Fall 2010)
Language Development (Spring 2010)
Effective Teaching (Fall 2009)
Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Classrooms (Fall 2009)
Chicano/a Studies Department, UCD
Chicano/a Cinema (Winter 2012)
Intro to Chicana/o Studies (Spring 2011)
New Latinx American Cinema (Winter 2011)
The Chicana/o Movement (Fall 2011)
Sociology of Chicana/o and Latina/o Experience (Summer 2011) U.S. Mexico Border Relations (Summer 2010)
Research Experience Relevant to K-12 Schools
2014-Present PI, “Effective Teaching of Latinx/a Students in Hope Valley,” UCD
2010-15 Research Assistant, “Diverse Adolescent Literacy Project,” PI: Kerry Enright, School of Education, UCD
2006 Research Assistant, PI: Lilia Bartolomé, Applied Linguistics Department UMASS, Boston
K-12 Teaching and Consulting
2017-2018 LEGACY Youth Project, Napa.
2002-05 Napa Valley Unified School District, Middle School Teacher, Social Studies & Language Arts (Spanish)
2007-09 Napa Valley Unified School District, Middle School Teacher, English Language Development & Spanish Teacher
2015-Present Acosta Educational Partnerships
2015-Present Napa Valley Unified School District, CA
2015-Present Roseville Unified School District, CA
2017 Edmonds Unified School District, WA
To University of California, Davis
Recruitment Advisory Committee, School of Education Dean Search, 2016
Committee Member, Equity Task Force, Office of Campus Community Relations, 2015
Cultural Museum Organizer, “Moving Beyond Tolerance: An educational space to name, reflect, and act,” 2015
Social Justice Advisory Board Co-Founder, School of Education, 2014