Christopher Ograin has joined the UC Santa Barbara Cal Teach program with a joint appointment with the Gevirtz School and the Department of Mathematics. Ograin received his Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Irvine, his MA from California State University, Fullerton, and his M.Ed. and B.S. from UCLA. In addition to working as a graduate student researcher and instructor at UC Irvine, Ograin has taught math at Damien High School in LaVerne, CA and at Immaculate Heart High school in Los Angeles. He also was an instructor for the COSMOS program at UCI, teaching gifted high school students in math and science summer camp, developing and implementing lessons in computer labs for crystal growth modeling clusters.
The Cal Teach program at Santa Barbara has three objectives: 1) to use the rapidly expanding undergraduate program at the Gevirtz School – which includes a new Minor in Science and Mathematics Education – to recruit students, particularly underrepresented ethnic minority students, into science and mathematics teaching; 2) to increase the overall number of science and mathematics credential candidates in UCSB’s Teacher Education Program; and 3) to build cohorts of students through shared activities so as to prepare and retain student-centered, reform-minded science and mathematics teachers.
[Christopher Ograin is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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