Cohort 8 | Class of 2024

Anthony Oskar AlvaradoAnthony Alvarado

  • Hometown: San Jose, California
  • Undergraduate: BS in Banking & Finance, National University
  • Graduate: MA in Curriculum & Instruction, San Jose State University & MA in Educational Leadership, Concordia University Irvine
  • Research Interests: 
    • Technology Integration and Social Justice in Public Schools
    • Addressing Equity Gaps in our Public Schools through Equity-Centered Leadership
    • Effective Incorporation of Technology in Curriculum and Instruction
    • Development of STEAM programs to Increase Student Motivation
  • Personal Interests: International & interstate traveling, dining out, cooking, singing karaoke, watching movies, gardening, and taking care of my cats 

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Jaime Davis Jaime Davis

  • Hometown: San Carlos, California
  • Undergraduate: BA, Political Science, University of California, Davis
  • Graduate: JD (Juris Doctorate), Willamette University College of Law
  • Research Interests:
    • Mindfulness in education & social-emotional learning, particularly as it relates to marginalized communities
    • Intersections of criminal justice system & education system.
  • Personal Interests: I am happiest when I'm outdoors doing just about anything. My current endeavor is surfing (2 years in, have surfed in Mexico, Costa Rica, & Nicaragua). Grew up skiing in Tahoe, & I've summited Mt. Shasta & *almost* summited Mt. Rainier (turned back by weather). I'm a fan of our national parks system, an avid reader of nonfiction, and a devoted re-watcher of West Wing & Madame Secretary. 

Joe FessehayeJoe Fessehaye

  • Hometown: Columbia, Missouri
  • Undergraduate: BA, Interdisciplinary (Sociology/Film Studies), University of Missouri 
  • Graduate: Master of Education, Higher Education Administration, University of Missouri 
  • Research Interests:
    • Equity and inclusion in higher education
    • First-generation and marginalized students
    • Student access
    • Educational technology
  • Personal Interests: Traveling the world, playing and watching basketball, music, and spending time with family/friends 

Sofia FojasSofia Fojas

  • Hometown: Palo Alto, California
  • Undergraduate: BA, Anthropology & Minor in Music, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Graduate: MS, Educational Leadership, CSU East Bay
  • Research Interests:
    • Arts and creativity and its socioemotional, academic impacts on historically excluded student populations, especially youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care in K-14
  • Personal Interests: I am a professional musician (AFM Local 6!) and play violin and viola. I love animals and currently am the guardian for a dog, two cats, 4 budgies, and a 36-year old Amazon parrot. I love to read non-fiction, and ride my bike. During the pandemic, I've been watching videos about sustainable living, tiny houses, and bees!

Drew GilesDrew Giles

  • Hometown: Loma, Colorado
  • Undergraduate: BS in Broadcast Journalism, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Graduate: MA in Early Childhood Education, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Research Interests:
    • Food justice
    • School gardens in early childhood education
    • Family engagement
    • Dual language learners
  • Personal Interests: Gardening, trying out new recipes, international travel, hiking, and yoga

Martin Gutierrez

Martin Gutierrez

  • Hometown: Salinas, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in Political Science & Minor in Education, University of California, Davis
  • Graduate: MA in Education/Administration & Supervision, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests:
    • English learners
    • Instructional technology as a resource
    • Inequities in education
    • Parent engagement & involvement
  • Personal Interests: Learning new technology, outings with my family, camping, and volleyball

Tim Harper Tim Harper

  • Hometown: San Jose, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in Child & Adolescent Development, San Jose State University
  • Graduate: MA in Education, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests:
    • Historical foundations of the national early care and education system(s)
    • Systemic inequities present in the national early care and education system(s)
    • Strategies to provide 'Economic Dignity' to the national early care and education workforce
  • Personal Interests: Travelling, Hiking, Eating Healthy, Meditation, Soccer, Spending time with my daughter, partner and family/friends

Teresa KengTeresa Keng

  • Hometown: Fremont, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in Business Managerial Economics, University of California, Los Angeles 
  • Graduate: MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Chinese Herbology, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine 
  • Research Interests:
    • Special Needs
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Vocational Programs
  • Personal Interests: Karaoke, snorkeling, hiking

Kelly MackKelly Mack

  • Hometown: Torrance, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in Philosophy & Minor in Education, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Graduate: MA in Elementary Education, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests: 
    • Critical pedagogy
    • Critical race theory
    • Anti-racist pedagogy
    • Mentoring
  • Personal Interests: Hiking, reading, baking, and roller skating

Shelly MasurShelly Masur

  • Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Undergraduate: BA in Sociology, Macalester College
  • Graduate: MPH in Health Education, Hunter College CUNY
  • Research Interests:
    • P-16 policy and funding
    • Impacts of public discourse on public education & equity
    • Full-service community schools and whole child
    • Whole family systems
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with family, hanging with my dogs, running, hiking, travel

Selene MunozSelene Munoz

  • Hometown: Castroville, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in History, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Graduate: MA in Education, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests: 
    • Special education
    • Restorative practices
    • Bilingualism
  • Personal Interests: Traveling, Spending time with friends and family

Harshdeep Singh Nanda Harshdeep Singh Nanda

  • Hometown: Fremont, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in Political Economy & Public Policy (with an additional minor in public policy), University of California, Berkeley 
  • Graduate: MPA (Master of Public Administration), San Jose State University
  • Research Interests:
    • Educational Equity
    • Inclusivity
    • Diversity
    • Student Success
    • Career Development
    • Higher Education
    • Socio-Economic Mobility
    • Community College
  • Personal Interests: Hiking, Reading, Writing, Web Development, Spending Time with Family & Friends

Mylinh PhamMylinh Pham

  • Hometown: San Jose, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in History & Social Sciences, San Jose State University
  • Graduate: MA in History, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests:  
    • History Education
    • Racial Issues in U.S. History
  • Personal Interests: Hiking; spending time with my daughter

Lauren ReaganLauren Reagan

  • Hometown: Concord, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Graduate: MA in English (Teaching of Writing), Humboldt State University
  • Research Interests:  
    • Culturally responsive post-secondary learning and supports
    • Co-curricular assessment
    • Centering student voices
    • Socially-just higher education administration
    • Organizational learning
  • Personal Interests: Running, backpacking, and hiking with the dog, elaborate cooking projects

Nannette ReguaNannette Regua

  • Hometown: Fresno, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in English with Minor in Women's Studies, San Jose State University
  • Graduate: MA in History - San Jose State University & MA in Women's History, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Research Interests:
    • Critical race theory
    • Community cultural wealth
    • First-generation Latinx college students
    • Student equity
    • Social justice
  • Personal Interests: Researching women's history, traveling to historical destinations, and spending time with my son

Keri Toma Keri Toma

  • Hometown: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
  • Undergraduate: BA in Asian Studies & BA in Japanese, both completed at University of Oregon
  • Graduate: MA in Teaching Foreign Language & MA in International Education Management, both completed at Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Research Interests: 
    • Student success, including the role of co-curricular programs and peer mentorship
    • Intercultural development & assessment
    • Campus internationalization
  • Personal Interests: Traveling, cooking, and eating food from around the world. Spending time with my little rescue pug and managing her social media account

Diana Valle-Murillo Diana Valle-Murillo

  • Hometown: Monterey, California
  • Undergraduate: BA in Language Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Graduate: MA in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
  • Research Interests:
    • College Access & Higher Education
    • Representation
    • Social Justice and Advocacy for underserved & underrepresented communities
    • Women in Leadership
    • Best practices for counseling and mental health
    • Race, identity, culture and language
  • Personal Interests: Coffee!! Family gatherings, cooking with my mom. Visiting family in Mexico. Traveling and exploring new places and foods with my husband and going to music, art and sports events.