Each year the Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Graduate Net Initiative host a Graduate Student and Faculty Mixer. This is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduate students and the faculty who helped them succeed.

This year the Kremen School of Education and Human Development nominated seven graduate students for their ability to excel in their studies and to show promise in their future profession.

Stephanie-Thiele-MAEd-C&IStephanie Thiele

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction student

“Stephanie is a leader, a scholar, and a highly involved 6th grade teacher in Selma Unified, where she coaches three sports and coordinates Leadership and History Day, the Yearbook Club, and the district Technology and Math Teams. Stephanie is completing her M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Technology.” – Dr. Carol Fry Bohlin

Brooke-Berrios_MAECEBrooke Berrios

Master of Arts in Education, Early Childhood Education student

“Brooke Berrios is not only genuinely passionate about her own learning but also the learning of others. Most recently, she significantly contributed to our program by helping us develop an innovative recruitment plan. I see an authentic leader in Brooke who will continue to make a deep impact in higher education as well as in her community.” – Dr. Heather Horsley

David-Garza-MAHEALDavid Garza

Master of Arts in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration student

“This is a student who stood out as a leader in his cohort and the program. Any person who has been in contact with him comments on his work ethic, character, integrity, and ability to inspire others. For example, he is a great spokesperson and advocate for his cohort members, colleagues, and most of all the students he and families he serves on a daily basis. He has a passion for helping others that is contagious. He is a life long learner and continues to push himself beyond the coursework.” – Dr. Mabel Franks

Camerina Morales - Dr. Susana HernandezCamerina Morales

Master of Arts in Education, Higher Education, Administration and Leadership student

“Camerina Morales is a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Leadership in the office the Student Involvement and serves as the HEAL Graduate Student Association Chair. Camerina is eager to serve and looks for opportunities to be of service. Her commitment to social justice is evidenced in and outside of the classroom.” – Dr. Susana Hernandez

Patricia-Bloodgood-MMEPatricia Bloodgood

Master of Arts in Education, Multilingual Multicultural Education student

“Patricia exemplifies the MME Program by her advance level of research and leadership. She is respected by her peers due to her wiliness to support others and volunteer in extra-curriculum activities. She works towards crossing cultural and class borders for a justice understanding of linguistically and culturally diverse students.” – Dr. Teresa Huerta

KathleenGiannandreaKathleen Giannandrea

Master of Arts in Education, Reading/Language Arts student

“Kathleen Giannandrea embodies the qualities of an amazing teacher-researcher. She generously serves her community as an Instructional Coach/ELA Teacher at Orosi High School, and as District Director of AVID. Her research engages youth in service-learning and critical literacy. Kathleen’s service transcends academics, preparing and supporting college-bound community advocates and activists.” – Dr. Imelda Basurto

Rebecca-Pings-SPEDRebecca Pings

Master of Arts in Special Education student

“The Special Education program is proud to nominate Rebecca Pings to represent as Program Ambassador. Rebecca represents our program well in a number of ways. Her plan is to work with teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. Rebecca’s years of experience both professionally and personally impact her dedication and scholarship.” – Dr. Kimberly Coy

Julayne-Jorge-CRMHCJulayne Jorge

Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling student

“Julayne is the true epitome of a professional student and a counselor trainee. Julayne values education and service within our community. She actively engages in class discussions, participates in program related events and initiatives, and works closely with faculty. She is a constant support of others, specifically persons with disabilities and her peers.” – Dr. Alicia Becton

Robert-Pimentel - DPELFSRobert Pimentel

Doctorate in Educational Leadership student

“Robert currently works in a leadership setting at the community college and is in his third year of the doctoral program in educational leadership on track to graduate in May. He was the first in his cohort to successfully complete the preliminary defense of his dissertation and has excelled in all his coursework.” – Dr. Laura Gonzalez



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