Minor in Anthropology, University of California, Merced
Graduate: MA in Psychology, San Jose State University
Research Interests: Correctional education, higher education, equitable teaching practices.
Personal Interests: Running, walking my dog, true crime documentaries, horror movies, Halloween.
Hometown: Fresno, Ca
Undergraduate: BA in Sociology, Azusa Pacific
Graduate: MA in Cirriculum & Instruction, CSU Fresno
Research Interests: Workplace bullying in educational organizations, Social Emotional Learning (SEL),
Educational policy change, and SEL resources for cultural equity of staff and students.
Personal Interests: To balance work and the Ed.D. program, I enjoy running, cycling, climbing, yoga, dancing,
hiking... ALL the outdoor activities I can. I love to read YA books as well as cook,
bake, and binge watch mindless shows! I am active in my community, supporting the
arts, trying new local eats, and volunteering.
James Egisto Aguirre
Hometown: Patwin & Ohlone Lands
Undergraduate: BA in American Studies, University of California, Davis
Graduate: MA in Education, University of California, Davis
Credentials in English / ELD
Research Interests: "How does heteroprofessionalism affect queer educators' lives? What are ways that
school districts and/or education associations can foster in-person queer affinity
groups? Where do queer joy and teaching pedagogy intersect?"
Personal Interests: 12-step recovery, ABAR co-conspiratorship, walkable, livable cities, capybaras.
Hometown: Dana Point, CA
Undergraduate: BA in Psychology, Whittier College
Graduate: MA in Special Education, National University
Credentials in Moderate Teaching
Research Interests: I am interested in a variety of issues related to equity of marginalized groups and
the intersectionality of inequitable discipline practices that target Special Education
populations and minoritized children, additionally the school-to-prison pipeline,
restorative justice practices, and MTSS.
Personal Interests: I enjoy reading fiction novels, going on walks, going to the beach, taking weekend
trips, traveling, and spending time with my boyfriend and friends (and two kittens
Kiwi and Butter).
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate: BA in English, San Jose State University
Graduate: MA in English | Comparative Literature, San Jose State University
Research Interests: Equity in agriculture and alternative education through agricultural programs
Personal Interests: I ride/own horses and compete internationally. When I’m not spending time with my
horse, Sunny, or on the ranch, I can be found outside enjoying nature with my dog,
Bailey. Besides that, I love a good glass of wine and reality tv!
Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Undergraduate: BA in Technology | Mechanical Engineering & Automation, Indian Institute of Technology
Graduate: MS in Mechanical Engineering & Automation, USC - Columbia
Research Interests: Special Education
Personal Interests: Hiking, Soccer, Music
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Undergraduate: BA in History w/ Social Science, California Lutheran University
Graduate: MA in Teaching, California Lutheran University
Research Interests: Community Schools, History/Social Science Curriculum, Culturally & Linguistically
Responsive Teaching & Learning, Laboratory Design, Project-/Place-Based Learning
Personal Interests: Time with my more-talented artist-educator spouse and child, traveling, cooking, sports
(football, rugby), hiking, Olympic lifting, learning
Hometown: Portola Valley
Undergraduate: BA in French & Spanish Literature, University of California San Diego
Graduate: MA in Interdisciplinary Education
Research Interests: Latino students' experiences in out of neighbor (district) schools
Personal Interests: Swimming, all water sports, reading, museums, traveling, hiking.
Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergraduate: BA in Biological Sciences, Cornell University
Minor in Education
Graduate: MA in Urban Policy & Education, Loyola Marymount University
Research Interests: I am interested in looking at the effect of Racial Battle Fatigue on BIPOC teacher
retention with particular emphasis on how trauma compounded during the years of the
Personal Interests: In my personal time I like to hike and spend time with my dog.
On a long weekend, you'd catch me making the 5-6 hour drive down to Los Angeles to
see my family.
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga
Undergraduate: BA in Psychology | University Studies, CSU Monterey Bay & Chaffey Community College
Graduate: MA in School Counseling, University of Southern California
Research Interests: Social Emotional Wellness Centers, Parent/Community Involvement, School Counselor
pipeline, College and Career Readiness, First-generation and marginalized students/communities,
Mental Health support, Utilizing art as healing component
Personal Interests: I enjoy: cooking(especially making new dishes), going on beach walks with my family and pups,
hiking, gardening and spending quality time with my daughter.
Hometown: Mountain House, CA
Undergraduate: BA in Mass Communication, University of the West Indies
Graduate: MSc in Journalism & Mass Communications, San Jose State University
Research Interests: Multicultural Education and Multicultural Curriculum Development, Parental Involvement
in Student Learning, Effectiveness of Communication, Trust and Respect in Student
Learning, Teamwork and Communication in Innovative Leadership
Personal Interests: Traveling, reading, attending concerts, and gardening
Prabhjeet Kaur Brar
Undergraduate: BA in Biology, CSU Bakersfield
Minor in Chemistry
Graduate: MA in Biology, CSU Bakersfield
Research Interests: Equity gaps in STEM; Classroom Strategies; Flipped Classroom instruction
Personal Interests: Hiking, Traveling, Yoga
Hometown: San Jose, Ca
Undergraduate: BA in Religious Students, Santa Clara University
Minor in Spanish & Ethnic Studies
Graduate: MA in Education, Santa Clara University
Research Interests: Latino Parent Engagement, Issues impacting the Latino Community, Latina Leadership,
Providing Equitable outcomes for Latino Students.
Personal Interests: Spending time with my family, reading, photography, and finding the good in our world.
Hometown: Los Altos, California / India
Undergraduate: BA in Accounting & Commerce | Leadership Studies, Bharathiar University & Notre Dame
Graduate: MA in Early Childhood Development, California State University
Research Interests: Latinx parental involvement/ mindfulness
Personal Interests: Reading, meditation cooking, hiking, yoga and running
Hometown: Boulder Creek, Ca
Undergraduate: BA in History & International Relations, University of Redlands
Graduate: MA in Higher Education, University of Redlands
Research Interests: Higher Education Funding, Co-Curricular Learning, Student Leadership Development.
Personal Interests: Anything my children want to do, Travel, Woodworking, The Outdoors.
Undergraduate: BA in Sociology: Family, San Jose State University
Graduate: MA in Counseling & Education, San Jose State University
Undergraduate: AA & BA in Liberal Studies | Psychology, De Anza College & University of California
Graduate: MA in Counselor Education, San Jose State University