Education

CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Alliant International University, 2007
Ph.D. Psychological Studies of Education, Stanford University, 2006
M.A. Sociology, Stanford University, 2004
B.A. (with honors) Psychology, Stanford University, 1999

Expertise

Psychology; Sociology; education; child and adolescent development; issues of race and culture; teaching and mentoring students; career and life-skills counseling; research design and methodology; statistics; charter schools

Why Jessup

God brought me to Jessup at a time when I was seeking Him for His will for my life and where He wanted me to serve. I am at Jessup because I am called to be here. As God always does, His will was perfectly tailored for me. At Jessup I get to study and teach in my areas of expertise and passion; I get to be a part of developing programs and growing the research foot-print of the university; I get to help mold the ideologies and skills of future teachers. At Jessup, I get to utilize and express every aspect of my person - my faith, my education and training, and my interests and passions.

Favorite Class to Teach

Research Methods; Statistics; Introduction to Psychology; Educational Psychology; Social Psychology.

My Inspiration

I am inspired by the potential of education to change lives and communities. It is my personal mission to see every American child have equal access to a high-quality education. I am also inspired by the beauty of nature and God’s creation. You may find me admiring the sky or the ocean.

Recent Work/Scholarship

Presentations: -The State of Black and Latino Education in California: Policy and Community Solutions
-Contending with Legacy: Stereotype Threat, Racial Identity, and School Culture
-Establishing an Improved Accountability System for Underperforming Charter Schools at the Time of Renewal
-The Performance of African American Students in California's Charters
-Portrait of the Movement: Charter School Performance in California
-Measuring Charter School Effectiveness Using a Similar Students Measure
-On Social Identity and Achievement Goals Among Early Adolescent Latinos: Patterns, Dynamics, and Relation to Educational Outcomes
Publications: -Chartering and choice as an achievement gap-closing reform: The success of California charter schools in promoting African American achievement
-Charter trends in California’s high need districts (Editor)
-A longitudinal analysis of charter school performance in Oakland Unified School District: A district and neighborhood matched comparison analysis
-Contending with legacy: Stereotype threat, racial identity, and school culture