Alumni News

Tina McEnroe and Chancellor Henry Yang
For over 15 years the Gevirtz School has been chronicling the ever-growing accomplishments of Tina McEnroe, M.A., L.H.D. (h.c.). She was our featured alumna (she earned that M.A. from the GGSE Department of Education) in our very first annual magazine in 2006, when we highlighted her years of award-winning teaching. We helped get her... more
Dennis Ridley and the cover of his book Shticktionary
Marquis Who's Who recently presented UC Santa Barbara alumnus Dennis Raymond Ridley (Ph.D.,’72) with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Ridley celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and... more
Grace Gengoux
Amidst COVID-19, mental healthcare clinicians are experiencing what psychologist Grace Gengoux calls a “double effect:” They are experiencing universal personal struggles such as fear and financial struggles, “but then because of the nature of their work, they’re also bearing witness to and bearing the burdens of the mental health... more
Aria Bauman
Part of what drew high school science teacher Aria Bauman to the classroom is that every day is different. “You get to problem solve on your feet,” she says. “It never gets boring. You never know what to expect.” Case in point: coronavirus. The disease has created an unexpected turn of events for teachers, who must quickly switch to... more
Sandra Sandoval
Over six years after completing her credential at UCSB’s Teacher Education Program, alumna Sandra Sandoval (ESC, M.Ed. '13) remains an unwavering advocate for inclusion. After graduating and becoming a special education teacher, Sandra has poured her energy into creating an inclusive community not only within her classroom, but within... more
Jessica Huls in Malawi
My name is Jessica Huls and I graduated from the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Education and as a Noyce Mathematics Scholar. I obtained my Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Mathematics and Sociology from UCSB as well ( Go Gauchos)! I knew I wanted to be a teacher since the third grade and specifically a math... more
Douglas Baker
We are very excited to welcome back Dr. Douglas Baker (Department of Education, Ph.D. ‘01) to campus to give the first Gevirtz School Alumni Lecture during All Gaucho Reunion on Friday, April 26th at 4 pm in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB. During his talk, Doug will explore invisible lessons he experienced at UCSB and how they... more
Mari Estrada and Carola Oliva-Olson
We were happy to learn recently that Department of Education alumni Drs. Mari Estrada and Carola [Matera] Oliva-Olson, faculty at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), were awarded a $1.1 million grant from the State of California for their early childhood training project, Dual Language Learning Professional Development... more
Jennica Paz
To honor School Psychology Awareness Week, we decided to catch up with one of our alumna, Jennica (Rebelez) Paz (NCSP, PPS, and PSY), who earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology. Paz is currently an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at San Diego State University in the Department... more
Kottie Christie-Blick and students
Kottie Christie-Blick received a BA from UC Santa Barbara in 1978 and then a teaching credential from what wasn't yet named the Gevirtz School in 1980--years before we offered a M.Ed. for teacher credential candidates. Christie-Blick got in touch upon receiving this year's publication of Launch, so we decided to ask her some... more
Tim Duggan
Tim Duggan (Teacher Education Program, SST credential '84, UCSB BA English '83) is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and serves as coordinator for NEIU's partnership with Amundsen High School. He has taught English at both the high school and college levels and has served... more
Jacqueline Reid
Jacqueline Reid (Education, Ph.D., ’12) was sworn in as a newly appointed trustee of Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Board of Education this December. In addition to this new position, she co-directs Teachers for the Study of Educational Institutions while working in other school districts as a teacher mentor/curriculum developer... more
Ralph Córdova
Alum Ralph Córdova recently received tenure at the University of Missouri, St. Louis Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research. Córdova completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Perspectives in the Department of Education in 2004. He currently holds an Associate Professor position at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where... more
Alex Kane
The GGSE recently had the opportunity to catch up with Alex Kane (TEP 2007) who teaches 4th grade in the Davis Joint Unified School District. In the interview he discusses his innovative curriculum called Monkey Bar Math that links Math and P.E. The goal is to make lessons that develop conceptual understanding of math concepts through... more
Markus Bidell
GGSE: You received one of the first LGBT social science Fulbright Awards. How did it feel to earn that honor? Dr. Markus Bidell (CCSP, Ph.D., 2000; Bidell is currently an Associate Professor at Hunter College): Being awarded the 2014-2015 Regent’s University Fulbright Scholar Award brought home how far... more
GGSE:  Tell me about the Cultivating Wellbeing in Schools Research Team--how it got started, what it does. Dr. Tyler Renshaw (CCSP, Ph.D. '12): The CWBS Research Team is the tentative name of the research group I supervise at LSU. We currently have four undergraduate students and three graduate students... more
Kathy Fox
Dr. Kathy R. Fox earned her Ph.D. from the Gevirtz School's Department of Education in 2003 and is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Watson College of Education. She has recently been promoted to... more
Stephanie Couch
Stephanie Couch (Department of Education, Ph.D., 2012) was recently named Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Professional Development at CSU East Bay. She kindly agreed to answer some email questions for the Gevirtz School in relation to her new post and her time her at UCSB. GGSE: That's quite a title--what does... more
Monica Bulger is a 2009 Gevirtz Graduate School alumna, earning her Ph.D. in Education. Before studying at Gevirtz, Bulger taught in the UCSB Writing Program. She is now a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford where she studies scholarly use of digital resources.... more
Dan Eller
Cal Poly’s journalism department recently promoted Dan Eller - JDPgraduate in Summer 2010 - to be the new head of the public relations (PR) concentration. Eller has also worked as communciations director at Hearst Castle for the past 17 years. He kindly answered some questions for us by e-mail recently.... more
Marilyn Garza
In a publicized press conference on May 6, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone announced that Santa Barbara Junior High’s eighth-grade science teacher Marilyn Garza is the new Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011. Out of 22 districts, the Santa Barbara County Education Office selected Garza because of her impressive... more
Ofelia R. Arellano
Ofelia Arellano, who received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, has returned to Santa Barbara, having just begun as the Vice President of Continuing Education at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). She kindly agreed to an email interview about her time at UC Santa Barbara and her hopes for her new job. But she also wanted to be sure to... more
Yolanda Garcia
Anyone who has known Yolanda Garcia during her 38 years of work on the UC Santa Barbara campus (she actually entered as a frosh in 1966) will not be surprised to learn that while she’s officially retiring as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Support Services, she’s going to stay on part-time. Indeed Garcia will continue... more
Michelle Acker and Erin Morales
Michelle Acker and Erin Morales, graduates of the Teacher Education Program (TEP), have developed an innovative collaboration to help teach their students. Acker, who teaches Senior English within the Special Education Department at San Marcos High School, and Morales, who teaches 6th grade at El Camino Elementary School, created a Big... more