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Dr. Ingrid Flores is an Associate Professor in Science Education at California State University San Marcos. Dr.Flores is currently the program co-coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program. Her science education courses focus on developing pre-service teachers’ content and pedagogical competence through engagement in inquiry-based, scientific practices and process skills. Dr. Flores also teaches mathematics education courses that focus on developing constructivist teaching and learning approaches. She previously taught developmental mathematics at the University of Texas El Paso, where she worked with underprepared students in mathematics for readiness to enter university-level science coursework. Dr. Flores has significant teaching experience in higher education and working with K-5 public school classroom teachers and diverse student populations in exploratory and investigative science. Her published research and international conference presentations focus on developing and increasing pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy for science teaching through site-based science mentoring of fifth-grade students.

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Dr. Ana Hernández is Associate Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education and Coordinator of the Bilingual Authorization Program, Dual Language Certificate, and Multicultural Specialist Certificate in the School of Education. Dr. Hernández is also serving as the program co-coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program.  She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California in San Diego and CA State University San Marcos. Her research examines issues of equitable teaching practices and cross-cultural competence in dual language education. Dr. Hernández taught for 32 years in California public schools as a bilingual/dual language teacher in grades K-8th. She is one of the founders of the Association for Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE) and served as the President of the organization for four years and a board member for over 10. In addition, Dr. Hernández is a national trainer for dual language programs and involved in bilingual teacher preparation through Global Learning Networks.

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Joni Kolman

Dr. Joni Kolman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and co-coordinator of the MA in Curriculum & Instruction program. Her research and teaching focuses on teaching and teacher quality within low-resource, high-accountability schools and is situated at the intersections of education policy, inclusive classroom practice, and teacher education. Dr. Kolman's most recent studies attend to how context influences the work of experienced teachers, teacher candidates' mentoring within clinical placements, and the preparation of teachers within Minority Serving Institutions. Her research has been published in book chapters and refereed journals including Teacher Education Quarterly, Action in Teacher Education, and Education Policy Analysis Archives, and has been presented at numerous national conferences. Prior to her appointment at CSUSM, Dr. Kolman was an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at City College of New York, CUNY. Her research and teaching interests are rooted in her experiences as a general and special education teacher in urban schools in Toronto, Denver, and Boston, and through her work as a doctoral research fellow in an urban teacher residency program. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Gilbert Valadez is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Valadez served as program coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program from 2014-2016. Prior to coming to CSUSM, Dr. Valadez was an assistant professor of Elementary Education at Redford University, Redford, Virginia for three years. Before teaching in higher education Dr. Valadez taught Los Angeles and San Francisco public schools. Dr. Valadez is a committed multicultural educator and researcher. His primary research focus is community service teaching and learning. He also has published on LGBT issues in education.

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Dr. Laura M. Wendling (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1991) is a professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services where she teaches courses in social studies methods and foundations of teaching as a profession. She has published widely, and made numerous state and national presentations, in the areas of oral history as an educational methodology, social studies curriculum and instruction, children’s learning in museums and arts education. Dr. Wendling has authored two books: On Heroic Wings: Stories of the Distinguished Flying Cross (2012) and Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education (2008). Dr. Wendling is the recipient of various honors including CSUSM’s Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research and service and the President’s Award for Innovation in Teaching. She is also the recipient of the Oral History Association’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award.

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