Lindsey Agnew is pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science and a Master of Education at UCSB. Lindsey graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. After graduating, she worked in several biological research and environmental conservation positions. Lindsey hopes to integrate these experiences into her teaching. Most recently, she taught at a summer camp and spent the school year substitute teaching in-person and online. Lindsey is excited to explore science alongside her students. She hopes to create a class environment where all voices are valued and all students are engaged in the process of discovery. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darlene Aguiar is a current student in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Teacher Education Program, pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics, and Master in Education. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and minor in Secondary Science and Mathematics Education. Darlene is passionate about providing students with a more immersed math experience including discovery and culturally relevant activities. She wants to provide students with a caring and connected classroom environment where they can feel comfortable to be themselves and provide emotional support when needed. She hopes to become a high school math teacher after the completion of her credential program in June of 2021. Darlene can be reached at email@example.com.
Jackson Aranguren is pursuing a Masters in Education along with a Single Subject Teaching Credential in History/Social Science in UCSB’s Teacher Education Program. He is born and raised in Fremont, California and has always loved the diversity and culture the East Bay has to offer. Jackson studied history at Ohlone Community College and then transferred to UC Davis where he would graduate in 2019. His love for history and culture drove him to pursue teaching. During his gap year, Jackson worked at multiple jobs including Tesla and substitute teaching. While substituting for the The Education Team, he believed he was ready to take his talents to UCSB. After finishing his time at UCSB, Jackson hopes to teach in the Bay Area and eventually use his Masters degree to work under the superintendent or other positions in the district. Jackson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montserrat is a student at GGSE. She studied Dance and Writing at UC Davis (2014) and continued her career in the Bay Area, collaborating with Veterans and Artists to create performances. While working at an Adult Transition Program and Continuation High School in San Diego, she discovered a love for supporting students and families. Outside of class she enjoys creating poetry, endless cups of tea, rereading Ishiguro, morning runs, and music by Pergolesi and Händel. She may be reached at: Arellanes@ucsb.edu.
Sophia Bajak is a Teacher Education Program candidate pursuing her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and Master of Education. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2020 with a B.A. in Communication, and minors in education and history. She is originally from Irvine, CA, where her educator mother introduced her to the exciting world of teaching. Since then, she has never stopped working with children, and has developed a particular interest for outdoor education. Her favorite jobs thus far include being an educator at the Santa Barbara Zoo, a nature camp counselor, and an afterschool program director. Sophia looks forward to working in the classroom, and applying her passion for outdoor education and pursuit towards educational equity to create a unique and inclusive environment for her future students. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Vanessa Esmeralda Balcazar is a first generation graduate student in the Teacher Education Program, pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and M.Ed. in Education. She received her BA in Liberal Studies; Teaching and Learning Emphasis with a Bilingual Authorization, as well as a minor in Chicano Studies from CSU Channel Islands in 2019.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, specifically Old Town Goleta, Vanessa volunteered in a bilingual religious education program for eight years as a teacher’s assistant and teacher, where she was exposed to the beauty of teaching. She is excited to become a teacher who is culturally relevant, because she would like to plant and help grow the seed in her future students that they are all capable of attaining success, regardless of what society may dictate what one can or cannot due to ethnicity, race, gender, or other situations. One of her favorite quotes that emphasizes the importance of her core beliefs, is by film director, Alfonso Cuaron, who stated, “As we cross these bridges, these experiences...we begin to realize that while they may seem strange, they are not unfamiliar..We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common.” As a bicultural teacher, she wants to create that sense of safety, unity, and understanding among her future classroom. Vanessa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Brown is currently a graduate student in the Gevirtz School of Education at the University of Santa Barbara working towards her Masters of Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Katie graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego in May of 2020, earning a B.A. in Environmental and Ocean Sciences and a minor in English. She spent most of her undergraduate career working with the Manchester Family and Child Development Center- a preschool and transitional kindergarten on USD’s campus. She has also spent time as a teacher’s assistant at Kit Carson Elementary School in a fourth and fifth grade combination classroom. Katie strives to create a safe learning environment in which each of her students feel encouraged to be curious, explore their passions, and make mistakes. Katie aspires to positively impact each individual in her class and hopes to help her students recognize their potential to be successful and ability to overcome any obstacle or adversity they may encounter. She encourages any and all inquiries and comments and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Caylin Carrillo is pursuing a Master's of Education and Education Specialist Credential with a focus on Extensive Support Needs at UCSB's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She completed her undergraduate studies in the Spring of 2020 at UC Santa Barbara as well, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Education. Caylin has a passion to serve and advocate for populations that have been historically disadvantaged and the disabled community is one of the most prominent. Through her teaching, Caylin aims to make students with special needs feel valued, empowered, and supported so that they can live the most fulfilling lives possible. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christina Cazares is a UCSB graduate student working towards her Master of Education along with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Earning a B.A. in English, a minor in Linguistics, and a TESOL Certificate, she completed her undergraduate work at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has experience working with children across a wide age range, from 5 months to 6th grade, as she has previously held positions in summer camps, after-school care programs, and most recently an infant daycare. Christina is incredibly excited for the future, where she hopes to teach in her own elementary classroom where multilingual students and their families feel supported, welcomed, and valued. She hopes to apply her knowledge gained while working in early-childhood education settings by holding empathy and kindness as core tenets of her classroom. Christina can be contacted at email@example.com.
Melissa Chavez is a graduate student pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Masters in Education. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2019 with a B.A. in Spanish. Although her passion lies within dual-language education, Melissa has worked with students from all backgrounds and abilities. During her time as a special education instructional assistant at Goleta Union School District and as a preschool teaching assistant at UCSB’s Orfalea Children’s Center, Melissa has made diversity and individuality a part of the learning process. As a first-generation Latinx student, Melissa is invested in working in her community as an elementary school teacher at a dual-language school. Melissa hopes to nurture a love of learning through discovery and creativity while creating a more equitable learning environment for all students. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helena Che is a graduate student in the Teacher Education Program at the Gevirtz School of Education, pursuing a Master of Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with an emphasis in High School Teaching and a Minor in Chinese from UCSB. Prior to TEP, she worked for a year as a substitute teacher for the School DIstrict of University City and the School District of Clayton and as an instructor for Mathnasium in St. Louis, Missouri. Her goal is to help her students develop a comfortable relationship with math and become inspired to explore math in their everyday lives. Helena can be reached at: email@example.com.
Helen Choi is a teacher candidate in the Gevirtz School of Education Teacher Education Program pursuing a Single Subject Credential for Mathematics along with an M.Ed in Teaching. Helen received a B.S. in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she discovered her passion for teaching. Her introduction to education through Cal Poly as well as her background in Computer Science gave way to many opportunities during her undergraduate career. She has served as a volunteer English teacher in Poland, worked as a peer mentor and study session leader at Cal Poly, and interned at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory through STAR, a summer research experience program for future K-12 STEM teachers. As an advocate for anti-biased, anti-racist education, Helen looks forward to working with underrepresented students in her classroom. After graduating, she hopes to teach high school Math and Computer Science in the Santa Barbara Area.
Janine Courtright is a student in the Teacher Education Program, pursuing an Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate disabilities. Janine previously obtained her M.Ed. and Education Specialist Credential in Moderate/Severe disabilities (now the Extensive Support Needs program) at UCSB in 2007. She has returned to TEP to expand her teaching practice to serve a wider range of students. Janine has over 20 years of experience working with both children and adults with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and mental health challenges, including over 10 years in classroom settings. She has taught in elementary and middle schools in California and Washington, as well as developing a community based transition program for students with intellectual disabilities. Janine is passionate about literacy, inclusion, and collaboration between special education and general education teachers.
Maria Espitia is a first-generation Mexican American graduate student pursuing her Master of Education, as well as education specialist credential in moderate to severe disabilities at UCSB’s Teacher Education Program. Maria received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. She has worked in a variety of education settings in her community, most recently as a special education paraeducator which is where she discovered her passion for the profession. Maria would like to advocate for students with disabilities in diverse communities and implement effective culturally responsive teaching practices that enable her students to succeed.
Haley Ferramola is a graduate student in the Teacher Education program at the Gevirtz Graduate school at University of California, Santa Barbara, pursuing a Master’s degree as well as an Education Specialist Credential to work with students with Extensive Support Needs. Haley received her Bachelor’s in Classics at University of California, Los Angeles, and also has an Associate’s degree in communication. She has been working at her local school district as a substitute teacher and knew from then on she wanted to receive her credential. She hopes to contribute to furthering the conversation about educational needs for students with disabilities and to make a difference in the lives of her students. Her hobbies include swimming in the ocean, traveling, and creating art.
Jassmin Flores is a teacher candidate at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education pursuing her Multiple Subject Teaching credential and her M.Ed. As a first generation college student, she earned her BA in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Education at UCSB in 2018. Her interest in education began as an undergrad when she became aware of the different social structures and issues that surrounded education and the experience of students of diverse backgrounds. She also had the pleasure of volunteering in several Goleta and Isla Vista elementary schools, where she learned she loved working with younger kids. Upon graduating, Jassmin was able to go back and work in her community of East Los Angeles through a program called City Year. There she worked with and learned a lot from her middle school students. This, along with her own experiences, have led her to see the importance of acknowledging the diversity that exists in the classroom and the funds of knowledge students bring into it. She hopes to incorporate this view into her classroom and continuously learn from her students so that she can best support them.
Veronica is a current Teacher Education Program candidate pursuing her Single Subject Teaching credential in English, as well as a Masters in Education. A first-generation college graduate, she completed her B.A. in English with a Minor in Creative Writing at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2013. Shortly after graduating, she ventured abroad to teach English to young learners in Beijing, China. She spent three years teaching at an English language center and another four years as a PYP Homeroom teacher in an IB candidate school. Veronica has held leadership positions in both schools and has developed a deep fondness for inquiry learning. Her experiences living and working in a different culture have cultivated her love and passion for education. In her six and a half years abroad, Veronica has marveled at beauty in various countries and has found inspiration in the sights of the globe. Travel and literature are two of her great loves, and she hopes to help students cultivate an appreciation for the beauty and truth in English literature. Upon graduation from the TEP, she would love to become a middle or high school English teacher in the Santa Barbara area. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Ford is a proud first-generation college graduate pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Masters in Education. After spending 2 years at her local community college she transferred to Cal State University Monterey Bay to earn a B.A. in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture. She hopes to spend time teaching in a Latin-American country to improve her Spanish language skills and eventually earn her Bilingual Authorization and teach at a Dual Language school. Her experience includes work in a Spanish dual-immersion program as she spent time volunteering in a bilingual kindergarten class for her pre-professional hours. Megan aspires to make Education fun and values equity in the classroom. Megan can be reached at email@example.com.
Bryn Gallagher is a Teacher Education Program candidate working to obtain her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and M.Ed. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2017 with B.A.s in both history and dance. Prior to entering the Teacher Education Program Bryn worked in both ballet and contemporary dance companies. During this time she also worked as a dance educator, creating in her a desire to teach more varied subjects. She is inspired by movement and its ability to augment the learning experience and hopes to bring that inspiration with her into the classroom. She is interested in teaching at any elementary grade level and excited to see where and when movement can be incorporated in curriculum.
Moriah Giglia is pursuing her multiple subject teaching credential at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education along with her Masters in Education. She completed her Undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2020 at which she received her B.A. in Communication accompanied by a minor in Educational Studies. She was a transfer student from Los Angeles Valley College where she received an associate’s degree in Psychology. Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher. She has pre-professional experience in a 5th grade classroom as well as over 60 hours worth of volunteer work at the Goleta Boys and Girls Club. Moriah can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mackenzie Griffin is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in the Teacher Education Program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she majored in Mathematics and minored in Science and Mathematics Education. During her undergraduate studies she played on the Club Lacrosse team, and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. In Madrid, she had the opportunity to work with local middle school students who were learning Spanish as their second or third language. In the future, she is hoping to work with high school students to help guide them as they leave their K-12 schooling and help them pave a successful future for themselves. She is bilingual and hopes to be working closely around Multi-Language Learners in a similar way she did in Madrid. You can contact Mackenzie at email@example.com.
Taylor Hamilton is a Teacher Education Program candidate with the goal of receiving her master’s degree in Education with a teaching credential in English. She received her B.A. in English from UCSB in 2017, and has since been spending her time working as an instructional assistant and substitute teacher for elementary school level students. She looks forward to finding herself back in the classroom again, and is open to teaching any junior or high school levels.
Haley is pursuing her Master of Education and Education Specialist Credential in Extensive Support Needs with the goal of becoming a high school special education teacher for students with moderate-severe disabilities. She earned her B.A. in History with a minor in Educational Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2020. Haley’s 3 year work experience as an in-home care provider for adults with developmental disabilities motivated her to assess the accessibility for, and social treatment of, individuals with disabilities within the community. This experience, alongside her volunteer work in the classroom and background in history, has inspired her to push for equal opportunity and inclusivity in education for students with disabilities. She is passionate about learning and strongly believes in the importance of education for all. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellie Hannum is pursuing a Master of Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in the Gevirtz School of Education, with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. She received a BS in Educational Foundations with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon in June 2020. She has worked with elementary school children in both classroom settings, as a volunteer in various grade levels, and camp settings, as a counselor and instructor at Camp Galileo. Ellie hopes to make learning fun, accessible, and exciting for the students she works with by valuing curiosity and community in her classroom. Ellie can be reached at email@example.com.
Sterling Henken is a graduate student pursuing his Master of Education and his Education Specialist Credential in mild to moderate disabilities at the Teacher Education Program. Sterling received his undergraduate degree in Physical Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the spring of 2018. After graduating, Sterling obtained his captains license and worked in the marine industry. He eventually started to deliver boats all over the Pacific such as French Polynesia, China, the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, Guam, and Hong Kong. In combination of his love teaching sailing and needing to give back to his community, he decided to come back home to California and began working as a paraprofessional in the Coronado Unified School District. There he solidified his passion for working with students with disabilities. He hopes to work in the Santa Barbara/Ventura counties as a special education teacher to actively and positively support students with disabilities. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eleni Hollinshead is a TEP candidate pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master’s of Education. She also hopes to pursue a Single Subject Credential in Science. Eleni graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2018 with a BA in Environmental Studies focusing on environmental justice and policy. She worked as a Guest Teacher in her hometown of Santa Maria, California. She believes creating space for children to share personal experience plays a vital role in learning and community building and can enhance understanding of implicit bias. Her goal is to encourage students to connect with and participate in their communities inside and outside of the classroom to be better advocates for change. Eleni hopes to work with grades 3-6 and high schoolers providing students with a loving, supportive, and collaborative environment in which they feel heard and valued. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Rachel Hoppe is an M.Ed candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, working towards her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics. She has long been passionate about finding ways to creatively teach math, most recently graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education from Azusa Pacific University and working at Mathnasium of Ventura to help kids see that math can be fun! She looks forward to fostering a collaborative, inquiry-based classroom that her students will enjoy. In her free time, she enjoys listening to musicals, reading historical fiction, and reorganizing bookshelves. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries.
Jenny Jimenez is an M.Ed. candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, working towards a Single Subject Teaching credential in English. She is a first-generation graduate who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and a minor in Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her interest in pursuing UCSB’s Teacher Education Program was driven by her desire to explore the underpinnings of cognitive activity, learning design, and educational community within a classroom. She has scratched just the surface of these concepts during her pre-professional experience with kindergarteners at Isla Vista Elementary School. Jenny is excited to explore these concepts and further develop her knowledge and professional skill set before having a classroom of her own. Jenny can be reached at email@example.com.
Ian Johnson is currently a graduate student earning a Masters of Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Chemistry. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Ian strives to create a comfortable learning environment where student’s grades are not earned out of the pressure to perform well, but are built out of collaboration, inquiry, and development! He has worked with students of all ages through working with English Language Learners, coaching gymnastics, and volunteering in elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Ian wants to teach alongside Teachers Without Borders in South America, and develop a high school neuroscience class! He values the individuality each student brings to the classroom, and the power of positivity. Ian can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Kamlet is a teacher education candidate pursuing a Master of Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in History/Social Science. Amanda graduated cum laude from Humboldt State University in May 2020. She has a B.A. in Geography with an emphasis in human geography, a B.A. in History with an emphasis in history education, and a minor in Dance. She also served as student assistant for Humboldt County’s History Day and co-editor of Humboldt Geographic magazine. Amanda was inspired to be a history teacher from the numerous great history teachers she has had throughout her education. She hopes to create an inclusive classroom that welcomes all aspects of learning and hopes to inspire her students to immerse themselves in history. For any questions she can be reached at email@example.com.
Sammi Lambert is a TEP candidate pursuing her Single Subject Science Credential with the desire to teach high school chemistry. Sammi graduated from UCSB with her B.S. in Chemistry in 2018 and her M.A. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Chemical Education in 2020. In both her undergraduate and graduate career, Sammi worked for the SciTrek program based out of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSB. Working for a science education outreach program fostered her love of both teaching science to students and providing professional development for teachers. She hopes to continue to use her personal experiences to empower her students to not just exist, but thrive, in science classrooms. Her involvement with SciTrek also led her to working for the South Coast Science Project providing PD for teachers in Santa Barbara and surrounding counties. All of these experiences have led Sammi to understand how important it is to nurture both student learning and teacher support, and she hopes to continue this in her teaching career. Sammi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanessa Lamoureux is a teacher candidate in the Teacher Education Program, pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Master of Education. She recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in the Spring of 2020, where she majored in Liberal Studies and concentrated in History and Social Sciences. Vanessa is passionate about forming relationships with her students, believing one of the most important roles a teacher has is to acknowledge and support the emotional and social needs of students. In addition, she desires to create a classroom founded in the principles of collaboration, exploration, and empathy. Vanessa can be reached at: email@example.com.
Brian Lee is an M. Ed candidate in the Teacher Education Program at the Gevirtz School of Education. While pursuing a BA in Mathematics at UCSB, Brian discovered his love for learning and education while taking education and math classes, tutoring, having conversations and exploring the world around him. He believes that good math education is engaging and develops critical thinking and problem solving skills useful in all contexts. With a credential in single subject teaching for mathematics, he hopes to teach math in an inclusive, inquiry driven environment. He hopes to be at the forefront of the changing sphere of math education. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haley Leifheit is a TEP candidate pursuing a Master’s in Education, along with a Single Subject Teaching credential in English. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2020. Through the nonprofit organization, Learning Enterprises, Haley gained experience both co-teaching and teaching primary and secondary English classes in Panama over the course of two months. In her free time, Haley loves to hit the beach and play volleyball. Her time spent abroad combined with four years of coaching girls club volleyball has given her the opportunity to see the beauty and challenge of being an educator. Haley strives to utilize reading, writing, and literature as tools to unlock the different perspectives and inner genius that each individual student possesses. Haley can be reached at email@example.com.
Michael Levy is a current master’s student in the Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School of Education, where he will earn a multiple subjects teaching credential. After graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in political science, he moved to Washington DC, where he hoped to put his background in international relations and conflict resolution to use. Instead, Michael found himself teaching a group of 1st-5th graders in an afterschool program. During his time, Michael discovered a great passion in aiding students in their journey of learning. No matter what subject, it is a great thing to be a part of the learning process. That is why Michael would like to become an elementary school teacher where he can aid all students in their own paths of learning. Michael can be reached at Michaellevy@ucsb.edu.
Emily Little is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. As a teacher candidate, Emily is studying mild-moderate disabilities and plans to earn an Education Specialist Credential. Emily received her bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. She worked as a paraeducator for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, where she supported students with mild-moderate disabilities and extensive support needs. Emily is passionate about teaching children with a wide range of backgrounds, skills and abilities. She believes strongly in equal opportunity and that all students should be encouraged to reach their full potential. Emily can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julianna Lopez is currently pursuing an Education Specialist Credential in Mild to Moderate Support Needs and a Masters of Education in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology/social inequality from UC San Diego and as a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. In addition, Julianna earned a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) through Cambridge English. Julianna has worked with students from all backgrounds and abilities for over five years. Her work experience includes providing remedial academic support for students of the Kumeyaay Nation, working with children on the Autism spectrum as a Registered Behavioral Technician, and assisting elementary students with mild to moderate support needs as a paraprofessional. Julianna is passionate for helping students with disabilities meet their fullest potentials and thrive. She is dedicated to creating inclusive spaces where all children feel known, valued, and respected. Julianna is also committed to integrating mindfulness into her classroom curriculum. After graduating, Julianna plans to return to San Diego to work with at-promise elementary students. She hopes to work in an inclusion classroom or as a resource specialist. Julianna can be reached at email@example.com.
Noemi Macias is a graduate student in the Gevirtz Teacher Education Program pursuing her Master of Education and a single subject teaching credential in English. Noemi also hopes to earn her bilingual authorization to teach English as a second language. She earned her B.A in Sociology with a minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2014. Noemi has since worked in the Alvord Unified School District in Riverside as a bilingual paraeducator with ELL students. Noemi aspires to instil a love of reading and writing for all of her future students. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lizeth Magana is a Multiple Subject Credential and Master of Education candidate in the Teacher Education Program. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019. Lizeth worked for the After School Opportunity for Kids Program in Cleveland Elementary School where she engaged with students from first to sixth grade through creative curriculums, homework help and shared meals. Lizeth aspires to create a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students by acknowledging and utilizing their diverse cultural knowledge for the growth and development of themselves and their peers. She believes in the power of multilingualism and hopes to work in a K-2 dual language immersion classroom. Lizeth can be reached at email@example.com.
Molly Makseyn is a masters student in the Gevirtz Teacher Program at UCSB. She is currently studying mild to moderate learning disabilities. Molly received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard Extension School in 2013. Molly has ten years of early childhood education experience, and is eager to work with elementary school-aged children. After graduation Molly hopes to work in Ventura Unified School District as a special education teacher.
Steven Martinez is a current graduate student pursuing his Master of Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Chemistry. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019 with a B.S in Chemistry, as well as a minor in Science and Mathematics Education. As a pre-professional volunteer, Steven helped develop and co-teach a unit of instruction with a Santa Barbara High School chemistry teacher. The focus on inquiry-based learning that Steven experienced as a pre-professional inspired him to become a teacher that pushes for change and novelty in the classroom. A strong advocate for gradeless learning, Steven hopes to either become a superintendent one day or to open a school that provides more opportunities to underprivileged children of all ages. He wishes to create an inclusive and dynamic learning environment for his students that stimulates their curiosity and provides a strong foundation for success in their future academic and personal endeavors. Steven can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason Matthews is a graduate student working towards his Masters in Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential in History/Social Science. He received his B.A. in History from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2015. Mason has worked at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum in various roles since college, and currently serves as their Facilities Manager. The only thing Mason enjoys more than history is travel. During the summer of 2014, he combined these passions while studying abroad at Freie Universität Berlin. His interest in history, culture, and food has culminated in adventures spanning across 25 countries. He plans on incorporating his stories and insight from overseas in his future classroom, and hopes to inspire students to learn about the world through personal experience.
Jules Mayers is a Teacher Education Program candidate pursuing her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and a Master of Education. She graduated from CSU Channel Islands with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning. Jules has worked for Ojai Unified School District in special education and behavior therapy for the past five years. She has had the privilege of working with diverse students ranging from preschool to high school. Julie believes in social justice and equity in and out of the classroom. She aspires to create an inclusive and dynamic learning environment for her students that encourages creativity and diverse viewpoints. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Darby McIlroy is a graduate student at the Gevirtz School of Education. She is getting her Masters in Education and Education Specialist Credential with an emphasis in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Darby completed her undergraduate education at UC Santa Barbara in 2017, with a Bachelors in Sociology and an Education Minor. She attended UCSB with the hope of eventually enrolling in the Teacher Education Program. Since her graduation, Darby has worked as an Instructional Assistant for the Goleta Union School District and a Substitute Teacher for the Santa Barbara County Education Office. She worked in a variety of classroom settings, in order to gain more experience and narrow down her interests. After she has completed her Mild/Moderate program, Darby plans to become a Resource Teacher at an Elementary School in the area. Her passion and purpose are to work with students with disabilities who often get overlooked. She wants to give them the support that they need in order to be successful in their academics and social lives and provide them with a foundation for their futures. Darby has wanted to be a Special Education teacher since she was in middle school and she was privileged enough to see the positive impact an exceptional teacher had in her loved one’s life. She hopes to be that same influence in other childrens’ lives and is thrilled to finally be pursuing her dreams. Darby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maggie McMahon is an M.Ed. candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, pursuing her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Maggie received her undergraduate degree from UCSB in the Spring of 2020, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Education. Through her work at the Orfalea Family Children’s Center and the Koegel Autism Center, she discovered her passion for teaching and child development, and hopes to teach elementary school students after her completion of UCSB’s Teacher Education Program. Maggie can be reached at email@example.com.
Delanie Medina (she/her/ella) is a graduate student in the Gevirtz School of Education pursuing her M.Ed in Teaching and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in History/Social Science. Delanie also hopes to earn a bilingual authorization to work with emergent bilingual and multilingual students. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in History and Education. Delanie’s lifelong passion for learning and equity in education led her to pursue teaching; she hopes to work collaboratively alongside her students to support their growth as young people with agency and autonomy. Delanie has worked with students in classrooms throughout Santa Cruz City Schools and Pajaro Valley Unified School District. After graduation, she hopes to teach ethnic studies and a variety of history classes here in Santa Barbara. Delanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lupita Mendez is a first-generation graduate student, she is currently a candidate for a Masters in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Lupita earned her BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Teaching and Learning, and a concentration in Science from CSU, Channel Islands. Prior to TEP Lupita worked as an after school instructor and supervisor with grades K-8, this is where she found her passion for teaching. When completing TEP, Lupita hopes to get a full time teaching position in Ventura County. Lastly, she hopes to be able to inspire her students to engage and pursue their own interests. email@example.com.
Tori Merder is a Teacher Education Program Candidate at Gervitz School of Education pursuing her Masters of Education and a Multiple Subjects teaching credential. She graduated from California Polytechnic Institute San Luis Obispo in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. Following her graduation, she taught English at a bilingual elementary school in Madrid, Spain for an academic year, and then worked as an Instructional Aid in a mild to moderate Special Education classroom in her hometown of Encinitas, California. These experiences ignited in her a desire to work with underserved students and create a classroom environment where diversity is celebrated and inclusivity is a key part of the curriculum. She hopes to bring her passion for learning and curiosity, as well as her unique educational experiences, to local classrooms here in Southern California, and abroad. Tori can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elsy Guadalupe Mora is currently pursuing her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math and a Master of Education at UCSB’s Teacher Education Program. She received her B.A. in Chicana/o Studies with minors in Education and History from the University of California, Davis. Throughout her time in undergrad, Elsy volunteered at a dual-language immersion elementary school, worked for a non-profit organization that introduced STEM lessons and workshops to underrepresented youth, and worked for two years as a tutor and paraprofessional for English Language Learners at Woodland High School. She now looks forward to bringing her experiences navigating education as a first-generation, immigrant, farmworking, low-income, Latina student into her classroom so that her students may see themselves reflected in her and tap into their limitless potential. Elsy hopes to add a content area in Social Sciences to her single subject credential so that she can bring a social justice perspective to American history classes or to expand her possibilities of also teaching Ethnic Studies. Elsy can be reached at email@example.com.
Louka Moutarlier is pursuing his Single Subject Teaching Credential at the Gevirtz School of Education. He earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Oregon in 2019, and hopes to become a high school Chemistry teacher after receiving his M.Ed. After receiving his B.Sc., Louka worked both as a paraeducator in Physics and Biotechnology classes at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, CA, as well as a Lead Instructor for University of Oregon’s SPICE camp. He hopes to pay forward the same love for chemistry that he himself discovered in high school. Louka can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katelyn Moye is an M.Ed. candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, working towards her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science. In June 2020, she graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Microbiology and a minor in Education. Katelyn’s love for science education came from growing up enjoying and learning from museums and zoos. Her passion for working with children stems from a variety of experiences- including being a tennis instructor for kids with autism, being a volunteer for SciTrek, and working at Girls Inc. summer camps. In addition to having a love for education, Katelyn also enjoys her animal care job at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute and staying active! She’s open to any inquiries at email@example.com.
Favian Muralles is a first-generation graduate student pursuing his Single Subject History Credential and Master’s in Education. Soon, he also plans on obtaining his bilingual authorization to be able to teach in a dual language classroom. He is originally from Oxnard, California and moved to Santa Barbara in 2016 to start his undergraduate career. While at UCSB, Favian majored in Latin American and Iberian Studies. He also took part in organizations like La Escuelita and Cal-SOAP, which allowed him to connect with many of Santa Barbara’s students throughout his four years as an undergraduate. As a teacher, Favian hopes to create a comfortable and safe learning environment that will allow all of his students to thrive, as well as including the voice of the marginalized throughout his curriculum. He loves to play volleyball, basketball and video games and enjoys having a good laugh whenever he can. Please do not hesitate to reach out to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lillie Myslo is a first-generation graduate student pursuing her Master of Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lillie grew up in a northwest Chicago suburb, and moved to Southern California in 2016 to begin her college education at San Diego State University. She graduated in 2020, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education, along with her certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Lillie spent her spring semester of 2019 studying abroad in Granada, Spain, through Academic Programs International’s Language and Culture Program. While living in Granada, Lillie attended the University of Granada and worked as an English teaching assistant at two different schools. Lillie helped teach both beginner level and advanced level adult students at the Official Language School of Granada, and first grade students at José Hurtado Elementary School. Throughout her semester abroad, Lillie also had the opportunity to travel to several other European countries, and she developed a deep passion for learning foreign languages and immersing herself in different cultures. After completing this program, Lillie is determined to return to either Spain or Italy to teach a lower elementary grade, as she has always loved working with young children. Lillie’s goal is to dedicate her life to making a difference in the lives of her students. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Corey is a current TEP Candidate on track to receive a Master of Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math. He graduated from UCSB in 2020 with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences. During undergrad, Corey worked as a pre-professional in Jill Means’ 3rd grade classroom at Ellwood Elementary and in Kathryn Mendenhall’s Math 2 classes at Dos Pueblos High School. His interest in education led him to become one of the founding members of UCSB’s CalTeach Together Club, which focused on bringing together students who were interested in pursuing a career in teaching math or science. After graduating, Corey hopes to teach in a high school math classroom where he can foster his students’ curiosity and help them further develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Quiroz is a first generation graduate student currently working towards her multiple subject teaching credential and M.Ed at GGSE’s Teacher Education Program at UCSB. Emily, also a first generation college graduate, earned her BA in English with a minor in Educational Studies from UCSB in June of 2020, just two weeks before starting TEP. During her last year as an undergraduate at UCSB, Emily completed over 100 volenteer hours in local elementary classrooms as a pre professional and through the Cal Teach program. She also has volunteered at GGSE’s McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic as a group facilitator and school bus chaperone. Although not originally from Santa Barbara, Emily has lived here since the summer of 2016 and now considers the city to be her home. Upon completing the program, Emily hopes to teach in one of our beautiful, local elementary schools where she can share her love of learning with the youth of Santa Barbara. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Alex earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz in 2020. Born and raised in California, Alex has traveled all over the US, Europe, and parts of South America. He is now working towards a master’s in education so he can pursue his goal of becoming a math teacher in either middle or high school. Alex is determined to meet the needs of his students and treat them with the respect they deserve. He has worked in garden education, summer camp programs, and middle schools during his undergrad at UCSC. These experiences inspired him to never stop learning new and better ways to teach. You can reach out to Alex at any time using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garrett Reynolds is a Teacher Education Program candidate pursuing a Teaching Credential in Single Subject Science and a Masters in Education. He attended UCLA as an undergraduate student where he earned his B.S. in Physiological Science in 2020. He has experience teaching and coaching high school students in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, and has enjoyed building relationships with his students and athletes. He has a passion for the outdoors and is intrigued by the scientific phenomenons that can be observed all around us. Garrett’s goal is to inspire and encourage his students, and to create an inclusive environment that emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Joanne Rhee is a teacher education candidate studying to earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education. She completed her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018 with a major in Sociology and minors in Educational Studies and Feminist Studies. During the time in between undergraduate and graduate school, Joanne worked as an afterschool program tutor at a middle school in the San Fernando Valley. She has worked as a mentor, tutor, and TA in various classroom settings for the past ten years. UCSB's motto is Fiat Lux, which translates to "let there be light." This reflects her own goals of being a light and spreading light in her classroom. Joanne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Santana is a first-generation graduate student. She is pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Master of Education in the Gevirtz Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Emily graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Special Education. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as an ABA therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After graduating, Emily hopes to go back to the Inland Empire and create a truly inclusive classroom that is a safe space for all learners. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Cate Saylors is a Teacher Education Program candidate pursuing an Education Specialist Credential for mild to moderate disabilities, as well as a Master of Education. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and two minors in Child Development and Psychology. She taught swim lessons for four years and worked as a child care teacher in a morning and afterschool program for children grades K-2. Her interest in Special Education started through teaching swim lessons as well as doing field experience work in a Special Day Class for grades 4-6. Last summer she taught English in Poland through a volunteer organization called Learning Enterprises. She taught English lessons to children ages 8-12, and then served as a camp counselor, going hiking, river rafting, and going on many adventures. She hopes to be a Special Education teacher at an elementary level somewhere in Southern California. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Schneble is a UCSB Teacher Education Program candidate pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math and a Master of Education. She received her B.A. in English from UCSB and her Certificate of Professional Accounting from UCSB Professional and Continuing Education. She developed her passion for teaching while working as an Instructional Assistant in a Kindergarten class and continued the following year in a 4/5 combo. Rachel volunteered at her former high school in various math classes which confirmed her aspirations of becoming a secondary math teacher. Her mission as a teacher is to create an inclusive classroom environment that bridges the relationship between students and subject matter to spark joy in learning. Rachel can be contacted at email@example.com.
Renee Shekoufeh is a Teacher Education Program student pursuing her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and Master of Education. Renee graduated from San Diego State University in 2016 with her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in literacy. Before entering the teaching credential program, she taught English abroad in Thailand and worked as a Curriculum Specialist at Washington Elementary. Renee has also worked for a variety of educational programs in zoological facilities such as SeaWorld San Diego and the Santa Barbara Zoo. She hopes to incorporate her love for wildlife conservation into her future classroom. Renee is excited to pursue a career in education and hopes to work in an elementary school here in Santa Barbara or Goleta after she graduates. Renee is happy to answer emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsay Sherman is a graduate student currently working towards obtaining both her Master’s in Education and her Single Subject Social Science Teaching Credential. As an undergraduate student, she double majored in sociology and Chinese, as well as minored in education. She plans to utilize her background in human behavior in order to find creative solutions to various academic and interpersonal obstacles as they arise in the classroom and within the context of education. She has a passion for working with others and helping people learn new things, and she is dedicated to becoming a teacher so that she may assist in education and humanitarian-related development projects for underserved communities both here and overseas.
Rio Shiihara is pursuing a single-subject teaching credential in physics along with M.Ed. He immigrated from Japan to California when he was 12 years old. As a former ESL student, he emphasizes the significance of cultural awareness and acceptance, and he strives to structure his future classrooms so that students can develop their skills in a community-based learning environment. Completing his undergraduate education at UCSB with B.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Physics, he is excited to further his education at “the most comfortable campus” that he has attended since 2016.
Eleanor Skladman is a Teacher Education Program candidate working towards her Single Subject English credential and a Masters of Education. Before coming to UC Santa Barbara, Eleanor graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A in English and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her past work as an elementary school literacy mentor and a UC Berkeley Queer Media and Film Decal instructor taught her the value of literary windows, mirrors, and sliding doors. Eleanor now hopes to bring this intersectional framework with her into her own English classroom and provide a space where students can not only experience windows into different worlds, but also see themselves mirrored within their curriculum. Ultimately, Eleanor wants to create a classroom rooted in educational equity and creative risk-taking that allows her students to feel heard, supported, and empowered! She can be reached at email@example.com.
Jordan Smith is an energetic and laidback student from Long Beach California who is pursuing a Masters in Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential in History. A recent 2020 graduate from UCSB with a B.A. in History and Minor in Education, Jordan fell in love with the University and the Santa Barbara culture, choosing to stay for one more year with the goal of becoming a High School History Teacher. Jordan believes that he has much more to learn from his professors and peers, and the Masters Program will help him elevate his teaching style and abilities further than he could ever do alone. Always an optimist, this particular year’s challenges in online learning are making him look at education and teaching through a new perspective and is hoping to learn from all of his mistakes and struggles just as much as his victories. Jordan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shannon Smith is a Teacher Education Program candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She is pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, as well as a Master of Education. Shannon pursued her undergraduate academics at UC Santa Barbara, where she earned a B.S. in Psychological & Brain Sciences with a minor in Educational Studies. During her time as an undergraduate, Shannon was involved in research with the Koegel Autism Center and is passionate about creating inclusive classrooms where diverse learners can thrive. She is an Orange County native, who has found a deep love for the Santa Barbara area in recent years, especially working as a substitute teacher for Goleta Union School District. She is expected to graduate in June 2021 and can be reached at email@example.com.
Madison Smits is absolutely ecstatic to be pursuing a Single Subject Credential in English and a Masters in Education in the Grevitz Teacher Education Program. Born and raised in Escondido, California, she attended the University of San Francisco where she earned her BA in English Literature and a minor in Theater. Throughout her time in the Bay Area, Madison worked as a literacy coach for elementary students in San Francisco’s Fillmore district and also traveled to Costa Rica to teach English to young women in a rehabilitation center, where she found her love of teaching 6th-12th grade students. Madison is thrilled to share her love of English with her future students and wishes to instill in them the importance of connecting personal and scholastic learning. In the future, Madison wishes to emulate a teaching style that intertwines her passion for English and her theatrical background as a means to boost student’s confidence, motivation, and excitement towards the English language. She believes that change is achievable, and it can start in her classroom. Madison welcomes any and all inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haley Snyder is a TEP candidate pursuing a Single Subject Credential in History/Social Science and a Master’s in Education. She began her own education in 2009 at UC Santa Barbara, receiving a BA in Global Studies with a focus in Spanish. She worked for over six years at an international non-profit utilizing her graphic design skills and traveling before it became clear that her true passion lay in a more hands-on role in building community, teaching a more inclusive study of history and society, and fostering an imagination to build a better world together. She believes that when we change ourselves, we change the world. She hopes her students will bear that belief with responsibility and excitement. Haley can be reached at email@example.com.
Courtney Stead is pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science and a Masters of Education. She graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Secondary Education in Science and Mathematics. She has previously worked as the Content Coordinator at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute’s outreach program, the REEF, as a Resident Assistant in a Freshman Dorm, and as a volunteer at an afterschool program focused on writing through the lense of local community ecosystems. All these experiences have fueled her desire to teach life science in a community context that supports all learners and encourages students to embrace their identities in an ever-changing physical, social, and political climate. Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly Steinberg is currently pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a master's degree in Education at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Teacher Education Program. In 2018, she completed her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, with a minor in Educational Studies at Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota. After her undergraduate studies, she worked as an English teacher in South Korea, in both a private and public school, for a year and a half. During her undergraduate summers, she worked with campers, aged 4-15, at Tumbleweed Day Camp in Los Angeles. Molly grew up in Santa Monica, California, but hopes to continue exploring the world around her. Molly's goal is to be able to work in elementary schools, grades 3rd-6th, in underserved communities both locally and abroad and hopes to utilize her Sociology background to teach students to be tolerant and respectful of differences. Molly can be reached at email@example.com.
Kendall Stevens is pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential in History/Social Sciences and a Masters of Education. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Education. While at Berkeley, Kendall‘s studies concentrated in the post-Civil War social history of the United States. Her work as an undergraduate researcher at Berkeley’s Oral History Center involved recording narratives told by Bay Area residents that lived through World War II. She has worked with students of all ages while embracing her roles as a teacher assistant to a preschool classroom, a middle school tutor, and a community organizer for education reform. Kendall hopes to create an inclusive learning environment that fulfills students’ social and emotional needs, while helping to develop critical thinkers and reorient how students study history in schools today. Kendall welcomes any and all inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Strenk is an M.Ed. candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, working towards her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2016. After spending time working in the nonprofit sector in development and at the university level in administration and judicial affairs, Anna felt called back to the classroom. Since then, she has taught English, History, and Science for two years at a bilingual K-6 school in Madrid, Spain. Although Madrid holds a special place in her heart, Anna is excited to serve the California communities she knows and loves best. Her interests include innovative learning settings, educational equity, and mental wellness advocacy from a young age. Anna can be reached at email@example.com.
Trinity Suriano (She/Her/Hers) is a recent graduate of San Jose State University, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in Deaf Education. Trinity joined the Teacher Education Program to get her Education Specialist Credential to work with students with Extensive Support Needs. She has been passionate about teaching and leading since in high school, and has taken on roles that allow her to work with that passion such as Applied Behavior Analysis as a Registered Behavior Technician, a Teacher's Assistant at a preschool, and a Resident Advisor. Trinity hopes to work in underserved communities to provide a sense of stability, advocacy, and professionalism for students. After teaching at the high school level, she dreams of continuing her education and eventually teaching and preparing future Extensive Support teachers.
Lili Talkin is currently pursuing her Master of Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. In 2019 she received her B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her undergraduate courses allowed Lili to develop a sociopolitical consciousness that has shaped her current motivation and trajectory as a teacher. Lili yearns to foster a validating and affirming multidimensional space for children to grow as individuals. She values social emotional learning and hopes to help children grow emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Lili is interested in teaching the lower elementary grades as she loves the curiosity and energy that young children bring to this world. Lili can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalena Tamura is a graduate student in the Teacher Education Program, pursuing her Master of Education degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. Last spring, she graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in English, a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Film, Television and Digital Media. Kalena previously worked as an instructor for an international tutoring company and held online video sessions with students in Beijing, helping them improve their English language and writing skills. Her pursuit of an advanced degree in teacher education is guided by her desire to share her love of literature and writing with students at the secondary level. By fostering an essential understanding of her students and the strengths they bring to the classroom, she hopes to provide them the empathy they need to learn to advocate for themselves, such that they go on to become self-directed individuals determined to achieve personal success independent of others’ expectations. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Jose Tapia is a candidate in the SST Social Studies program. For his undergraduate degree at UCSB, he double majored in History and Chicano/a Studies with a minor in Educational Studies. His emphasis in the History program was US History and Native American History. Jose hopes to be not only a great teacher, but also a great mentor to his future students. He hopes to encourage students to be successful academically and personally by helping them understand their place in this world and in their communities. He believes that studying history is necessary to help us understand current societal issues and hopefully foster solutions for a better world. Jose became interested in teaching after learning about the persistent achievement gap faced by Students of Color in the US. He hopes that by implementing culturally relevant pedagogy into his curriculum and promoting solidarity, he will encourage his students to always do their best in school and in life.
Miranda Vasquez (she/her/ella) is pursuing her Single Subject Teaching Credential in History/Social Studies. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Miranda is a former Don who graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and a minor in Education. With a lifelong passion for education, justice, and the intersection between the two, Miranda is deeply invested in creating a liberatory educational experience for her students. After TEP, Miranda has hopes of becoming an ethnic studies teacher in her hometown of Santa Barbara. Miranda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Vo is a current graduate student in the Teacher Education Program, pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013, with a B.A. in Sociology. During her undergraduate years, she was interested in studying multiracial identities in America. She hopes to use her knowledge and personal insight to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all of her future students. Stephanie cites her music teachers as inspiration for pursuing a career as an educator. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing music, and being outdoors. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Hillary Voigt is an M.Ed. candidate pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. Hillary earned her B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA. She is a Santa Barbara native and has previously worked as a substitute teacher for the Santa Barbara Unified School District. An avid reader and writer, Hillary is also interested in pursuing a secondary credential in History/Social Science, because she believes language and history are inextricably linked. She is interested in the overlap between these two disciplines, and she is passionate about the way that the humanities provide a space for students to learn what it means to be human. She hopes to create an antiracist, inclusive classroom environment where all students are given the space to be fully themselves.
Ashlyn Weatherford is a Teacher Education Program candidate pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential for English and a Master of Education. She is from Ventura, California and revived a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine in 2018. In between graduating from UC Irvine and beginning the TEP at UC Santa Barbara, Ashlyn worked as a substitute teacher with the Ventura Unified School District which influenced her to pursue a career in teaching. She hopes to inspire students to become lifelong learners and empower them to explore their curiosities. Although she is no taller than the average 7th grader, she looks forward to joining the staff of either a Middle School or High School campus after graduation. Ashlyn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Wenzel is a current graduate student in the Teacher Education Program, where she is pursuing her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and her Master’s Degree in Education. She is excited to return to the Santa Barbara area and to UCSB, as she transferred there in 2016 from College of San Mateo. In December 2018, Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from UCSB. She has been working with children between TK and 8th grade for 11 years. Jessica also worked as a playground aid at Monte Vista Elementary School in Santa Barbara. She also volunteered at her old elementary school with two of her past teachers. She is ecstatic to become her teaching career. Jessica can be reached at email@example.com.
Aaron Windsor is an aspiring mathematics teacher and graduate student in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB. He received two associates degrees at Victor Valley College in Victorville, Ca before transferring to UCSB as a first-generation college student and earning a B.A. in mathematics. After graduating, Aaron worked within Santa Barbara Unified School District as a Special Education Paraeducator. He believes that issues of social justice, equity, and inclusion must be addressed in mathematics as much as they are in the humanities and social sciences. In his free time, he can be found thinking about and playing music. Aaron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Santa Barbara native, Amberly Young ventured north to UC Santa Cruz and majored in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 3 years. Upon graduation, she spent a year volunteering on farms and backpacking in New Zealand - alternating taking care of cows and goats with several week-long backpacking adventures. The following year she lived in Australia, and picked strawberries near Perth and was a kitchen hand in Melbourne. After an 8 week tour of Southeast Asia, she was still eager to travel, but took a year’s break in Santa Barbara, working at Santa Barbara City College at the Writing Center and as a Gateway tutor. Feeling in her element, she decided to embark into the field of education and applied to the JET Program to teach English in Japan. After two years teaching English at a junior high school in a small village in Fukui, Japan, she moved to Spain, where she spent three years teaching English to high school and elementary school students. During the summers, she led groups at local summer camps like Fun in the Sun, Camp Haverim, and Terrific Science. Finally she decided to move back to Santa Barbara to pursue a Multiple Subjects teaching credential and a master’s in Education at UCSB. She hopes to inspire her students to love and enjoy life as much as she has so far. An avid ultimate frisbee player, she also plays guitar, flute, piano, and ukulele, and writes original songs for her students related to the material. See her travel blog about her adventures in international education at whereisamber.com or contact her at email@example.com.