David Rhodes (2015), our graduate program’s Carr Fellow, is a dedicated 7th grade math teacher at Lathrop Intermediate in SAUSD. He was a graduate of our Foundational Level Mathematics (FLM) Credential Program 10 years ago and now serves as a Master Teacher in our Single Subject Credential Program. He entered the Department of Secondary Education’s Masters program. His culminating project for the Masters program recently received CSUF’s Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award for the College of Education. To support the Standards of Mathematical Practice in California’s Common Core State Standards, Dave designed an innovative use of screencasting that resulted in increased mathematical discourse and self-efficacy in his classroom. Congratulations, David!
The Secondary Education Department’s 2008 Edwin Carr Fellow is Katherine McGoey Miller. Katy is currently finishing her 5th year of teaching Spanish at Capistrano Valley High School. While earning her graduate degree, Katy has worked extremely hard to be both a stellar student and exceptional educator. She has used the knowledge and skills gained from the masters program to propel her in her teaching and to become a leader with considerable responsibilities. While a masters student and full-time teacher, she also served as an assistant cross country coach and advisor of the National H ATE accreditation visit. She did a fantastic job at this event, ensuring that the visiting accreditation team received an excellent view of the graduate program from a student’s perspective. Katy is both a model student and educator. She is truly devoted to the success of her students, which is what spurred her on throughout her masters’ classes. Her keen intelligence and devout work ethic will no doubt enable her to continue to make significant contributions to the field of education in the future.
Julia Hodges (2007) is currently finishing her 4th year of teaching as an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at Chemawa Middle School in the Riverside Unified School District. While earning her graduate degree, Julia has worked extremely hard to be both a stellar student and exceptional educator. She has used the knowledge and skills gained from the masters program to propel her in her teaching and to become a leader with vast responsibilities. While a masters student, she has juggled being the Language Arts department chair, Interdisciplinary Team Leader, GATE site coordinator, District Assessment Committee member, Academic Pentathlon Head Coach, and part of a Promethean Board technology grant. Julia’s innovative and successful use of technology in the classroom has presented her with many opportunities. She has represented her school and district at various school technology functions, including a presentation for one of Disney’s premier Imagineers, as well as sit as a panel member during the 2007 US Education Research Summit. Last summer Julia also participated in the National Writing Project. There, she was able to develop her own writing talents and gain new insights on how to effectively implement different types of writing into the classroom. Julia is both a model student and educator. She is truly devoted to the success of her students, which is what spurred her on throughout her masters’ classes. Her keen intelligence and devout work ethic will no doubt enable her to continue to make significant contributions to the field of education in the future.
Tanya Skubatz (2006) is currently employed as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Leroy Doig Intermediate School in the Garden Grove Unified School District. Tanya completed her Bachelor of Arts in English, her single subject credential and her Master of Science in Secondary Education at Cal State Fullerton. While earning her graduate degree Tanya has consistently proven herself a leader in the program. Her high grades are only one indication of her achievement. While a graduate student, she tutored students after school and participated in organizations such as the School Site Council, AVID, and the Health and Safety team. She was an advisor for the Journalism/Yearbook staff and supervised an after-school Game Club for students.
Ellen Barger (2005) is a former teacher at Brea Junior High School in the Brea-Olinda Unified School District, where she taught Algebra and 7th grade mathematics and also coached the math team. She was Brea’s Teacher of the Year in 2002 and Staff Member of the Year in 2003. Ellen is currently employed as a mathematics specialist at the Orange County Department of Education. While earning her graduate degree, Ellen has consistently proven herself a leader in the program. Ellen’s high grades are only one indication of her achievements. Each and every semester she has proven herself a truly exceptional educator and graduate student. For example, while a graduate student in the program, Ellen co-authored an article, “Adding a la Gauss”, with Professor Armando Martinez-Cruz in the Mathematics Department. The article appeared in a well respected NCTM mathematics journal, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and certainly reached countless math teachers across the nation. Ellen is a model student, representing the best of what it means to be a graduate student. Always well-prepared, energetic, and eager to learn, Ellen’s keen intelligence naturally elevated her to the top of the class, regardless of the course in which she was enrolled. With Dr. Ioana Mihaila from Cal Poly Pomona, Ellen Barger was recently selected to speak at the NCTM National Conference in April on problem solving and preparing students for mathematics competitions.