Cohort 2008

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Gwen Agustin, Ed.D.

Gwen Agustin is Director of Student Services at Contra Costa School of Performing Arts.  Dr. Agustin started her career in education as a preschool teacher while she went through her undergraduate degree. As a preschool teacher, she was an active leader in Project Based Learning and created curriculum that engaged early student learning. After she graduated with her M.S. degree, she worked as a school psychologist in special education at a large comprehensive high school. There she was involved in mental health programs and services, lead student centered teams, and provided consultative supports. moved into administration for  a charter school system in the Bay Area where she lead special education programs from elementary to high school and more recently worked in the public schools as a program supervisor in special education focusing on middle school programs. Dr. Agustin also teaches psychology courses at Diablo Valley College as well as behavior intervention and management courses through Teach For America.

Dr. Agustin holds B.A. in Psychology and Child Adolescent Development with a Minor in Counseling, an M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in School, and PPS credentials in School Psychology and School Counseling from San Francisco State University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Response to Intervention: Moving Towards Equity and Social Justice in Special Education.

Arlene Daus-Magbual, Ed.D.

Arlene Daus-Magbual is interim Assistant Dean for Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Student Services in the Dean of Students Office at San Francisco State University.  Through a U.S. Department of Education AANAPISI funded grant,  Dr. Daus-Magbual builds student support through the Asian American & Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE) program.  ASPIRE  is a collaboration between the Asian American Studies Department and the Student Affairs & Enrollment Management cabinet area.

Dr. Daus-Magbual's leadership experience includes more than 14 years as Organizational Director for Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), a service learning program for San Francisco Bay Area college students, grounded in social justice, equity, critical pedagogy, leadership development, and teacher training and development. She has taught at the University of San Francisco School of Education graduate program and at SF State in the Asian American Studies Department and in the School of Education.

Dr. Daus-Magbual holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California Riverside and a Master of Arts in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Courageous Hope: Critical Leadership Praxis of Pin@y Educational Partnerships.

Lawrence Edwardson, Ed.D.

Lawrence Edwardson is an ESL instructor at City College of San Francisco.

He is on the board of directors of Jumpstart Network, a nonprofit community based organization that has provided ESL and medical services to immigrants and international aid to train indigenous leaders.

He holds a B.A .in World Missions from Simpson College and an M.A. in ESL from San Francisco State University. Lawrence received his doctorate for his dissertation titled Adult ESL Learner Transition: Insights into Participation in a Community of Practice.

Luis Escobar, Ed.D.

Luis Escobar is Dean of Counseling, Advising and Matriculation at Skyline College.  His previous work was as a counselor for the Puente and Hermanos programs at City College of San Francisco. Dr. Escobar has worked at various community colleges including Skyline College, Contra Costa College and Berkeley City College.

Dr. Escobar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling from San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate for his dissertation titled Breaking Barriers: A Qualitative Study of the Educational and Social Transformational Experiences of Latino Males.

Vidrale Franklin, Ed.D.

Vidrale Franklin is Head of School for the  Roses in Concrete Community School in East Oakland.  She has been an educational consultant and Executive Director at 826 Valencia, as well as a school principal in the San Francisco Unified School District.

Dr. Franklin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled The Perspectives and Experiences of African American Female Elementary School Principals.

Michael Gallagher, Ed.D.

Michael Gallagher is Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources for the Sunnyvale School District. Dr. Gallagher has worked for twenty years in public education. He served as a high school English teacher, activities director, student advisor [dean of discipline], adult education counselor, high school associate principal and middle school principal.

He holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Counseling and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University. He received his doctorate for his dissertation titled Compassion, Accountability, and Collaboration: Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools.

Angélica Garcia, Ed.D.

Angélica Garcia is Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College.  She has previously held administrative positions at Lewis & Clark College and Saint Mary's College of California and has been a lecturer in the San Francisco State University Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Her work is rooted primarily in issues of access and equity in education for underrepresented groups.

Dr. Garcia has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal and Civic Studies from Saint Mary's College of California and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Administration from San Diego State University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Ser Educada: The Persistence and Resistance Strategies of First Generation Latinas.

Raymond Kaupp, Ed.D.

Raymond Kaupp is the Director of Workforce Development at College of San Mateo and a lecturer in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at SF State.  Previously, Dr. Kaupp was a business instructor at Cabrillo College and served as the Executive Director of Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C) at Cabrillo College. In this capacity, he works to improve career and college readiness and completion of students in Santa Cruz County. Dr. Kaupp has fifteen years of experience as a private sector technology executive, consultant, and entrepreneur.

Dr. Kaupp holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from San Diego State University and an Master of Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley. He received his doctorate for his dissertation titled The Gap Between Latino and White Student Achievement in Online Classes.

Amy Lee, Ed.D.

Amy Lee is the Dean of Enrollment Services for the College of Alameda.  In addition to being a lecturer in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in SF State's Ed.D. program, Dr. Lee's professional experience includes non-profit management, youth development programming, fostering community-school partnerships and college counseling from a social justice framework. Her research interests include how first-generation college students of color negotiate cultural and social meaning in schools, particularly through the development of educational and social third spaces.

Dr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies from University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Negotiating Space: Critical Race Counter Stories of First Generation College Students of Color.

Pamela Mery, Ed.D.

Pamela Mery is the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness in the Division of Institutional Development at City College of San Francisco. Her work has been featured in several journal articles and one monograph. In 2005 and 2008 she received statewide Awards for Achievement in Research, Excellence in Research, and Excellence in Planning.  She has led CCSF’s Office of Research & Planning since 2009, and she currently serves on the board of The Research & Planning Group for California Community Colleges. She has been a lecturer in the Ed.D. program at San Francisco State.

Dr. Mery earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Haverford College where she graduated Phi Bet Kappa and Departmental Honors.  She earner a Master of Arts in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled A Mixed Methods Study of a Statistics Pathway for Community College Students Placed into Developmental Mathematics.

Susan Myers, Ed.D.

Susan Myers is an Assistant Professor and Counselor at Ohlone College. Her current projects include online counseling, international students, Basic Skills, Early Alert and developing student learning outcomes for counseling. She is a member of the Basic Skills Committee and the Equivalency Committee.

Dr. Myers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in College Student Development from the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled Community College Counseling, Student Education Plans, and Educational Outcomes: A Quantitative Analysis.

Michael Reimer, Ed.D.

Michael Reimer is Principal of Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in the San Francisco Unified School District.  Before coming to Galileo, he was Principal at Roosevelt Middle School and has held positions as a classroom teacher, department chair and assistant principal. He holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba, a B.Ed. from Brandon University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.  His research interests include mathematics education and policy analysis development within urban school districts.

Dr. Reimer holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba, a B.A. in Education from Brandon University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.  He received his doctorate for his dissertation titled An Investigation into the Efficacy of the Algebra Project.

Al Rosell, Ed.D.

Al Rosell was the Principal of Olinder Elementary School and Willow Glen Elementary School in the San Jose Unified School District. Dr. Rosell has had many years of experience as an elementary school principal, five years as a district administrator, district liaison-parent education, one and a half years as an administrator in bilingual education and four years of teaching experience.

Dr. Rosell holds an Master of Artis in Educational Leadership and received his doctorate for his dissertation titled Transformation Under a Regime of Accountability: A Case Study of a Bay Area School.

Carla Torres, Ed.D.

Carla Torres is the Principal of Olinder Elementary School in the San Jose Unified School District. Prior to joining Olinder, Dr. Torres was  Assistant Principal at a K-8 school in the Redwood City School District. She received doctorate for her dissertation titled Participatory Action Research: Reflection on the Process of Change, Attitudes, and Pedagogy Towards Teaching English Language Learners.

Anita Sunseri, Ed.D.

Anita Sunseri has worked as a writing consultant since retiring in 2009 as Principal at Terrell School in the San Jose Unified School District. In her present capacity, she trains elementary school teachers in effective writing strategies and is involved in supervising and training pre-service teachers. Dr. Sunseri's school administration experience is extensive, having served as a school site administrator for twenty years in both elementary and middle schools.

Dr. Sunseri has published several articles including "Leveling the playing field: The efficacy of thinking maps on English language learners' writing" published in 2014 in the CATESOL Journal with coauthor Professor Jamal Cooks.

Dr. Sunseri has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from San Jose State University.  She holds three master's degrees including a Master of Arts in Social Science [American History/ Political Science] from San Jose State University, and a Master of Arts in Reading and Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University. She received her doctorate for her dissertation titled The Impact of Thinking Maps on Elementary Students' Expository Texts.

David Wick, Ed.D.

David Wick is Assistant Professor of International Education Management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey where he teaches graduate courses on marketing and recruitment, program design and assessment, diversity and inclusion, and student affairs. He is also a lecturer in SF State's Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program. Before joining the faculty at Middlebury Institute, Dr. Wick was the Director of Study Abroad at Santa Clara University where he led efforts to increase engagement and understanding throughout the study abroad process while increasing diversity and inclusion. Dr. Wick is active as a presenter, trainer, mentor, and advocate for international education with a focus on equity and social justice in international education. Previously he directed the study abroad program at San Francisco State University, where he focused on increasing equity in access and outcomes in study abroad with strong results. His dissertation research at SF State garnered him the 2nd Place prize at the 25th Annual CSU Student Research Competition in 2011. He was also recognized as NAFSA's Advocate of the Year in 2011 and in 2012 he was awarded the Lily von Klemperer Award.

David has worked in international education since 1988. He taught English in a high school in France and a K-8 school in Hungary. He served as outbound student coordinator at a high school student exchange program. He has private sector experience as a project manager and account executive in a global advertising agency. Before coming to San Francisco State University, he established the study abroad program at Arkansas State University and developed oppotunites for students from all colleges and degree levels to study abroad.

Dr. Wick holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and German with a minor in Dance from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota and has a Master of Science in Education Theory and Practice with an emphasis on internationalization from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He received his doctorate for his dissertation titled Study Abroad for Students of Color: A Third Space for Negotiating Agency and Identity.