The Gevirtz School announces seven 2020 Dr. J Student Teacher Fellows

Monday, March 29, 2021
2021 Dr. J Fellows

The 2020-21 Dr. J Fellows (l-r), top row: Helena Che, Moriah Giglia, Jenny Jimenez, Vanessa Lamoureux; bottom row: Noemi Macias, Emily Quiroz, Jordan Smith

The Teacher Education Program at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara has named its 2021 Dr. J Student Teacher Fellows:

Multiple Subject candidates
Moriah Giglia
Vanessa Lamoureux
Emily Quiroz

Single Subject candidates
Helena Che
Jenny Jimenez
Noemi Macias
Jordan Smith

The Dr. J Student Teacher Fellowship honors the legacy of Dr. Richard Jamgochian, former Director of the Teacher Education Program. From 1968-1991 Dr. Jamgochian, or “Dr. J” as he was affectionately known, was an enthusiastic and tireless advocate for teacher education in general and for the UCSB Teacher Education Program (TEP) in particular. Colleagues credit his personal management style for building and refining TEP, which prepared more than 5,000 teachers during his tenure and was cited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in 1991 as “an exemplary program.”

Recipients of the fellowship not only must show promise as future teachers but also must exemplify the ideals that Dr. J promoted. According to Dr. J, teaching involves much more than imparting knowledge. He believed that teachers should see self-actualization as their greatest goal.

The Dr. J Student Teacher Fellowships are offered by GGSE through the Teacher Education Program. TEP offers Multiple-Subject, Single-Subject and both Level I Education Specialist Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Teaching Credentials with a Master’s Degree in Education. These programs provide future teachers with a solid theoretical foundation integrated with extensive fieldwork, leading to both a California State Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education.

[The Dr. J Fellows are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at]