wanted to study how to create more effective school organizations, and
how to use policy to create conditions that would help teachers become
more effective. This led her to the Graduate School of Education; and she
graduated with a Ph.D. in Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evalu-
ation (POME) in May 2007.
Within POME, she found the faculty and peers to be accessible, en-
gaging and influential. Now more than 2,000 miles away, Russell admits
to moments of nostalgia when thinking about her time at GSE, particu-
larly within her research group led by her faculty-advisor Judith Warren
Little. Russell says that the weekly research group gave her an opportu-
nity to receive critical review from peers, but also develop a community.
Jennifer russell After classes ended, the advising continued in informal settings, such as
over drinks at nearby Triple Rock Brewery.
Pittsburgh Steals her Diverse research experiences at Berkeley, such as working with Assis-
tant Professor Cynthia Coburn and at Policy Analysis for California Edu-
cation (PACE), fueled Russell’s love for research. “When I first entered the
Sitting in her office at the University of Pittsburgh, program at Berkeley, I was not as passionate about research as I am now,”
Associate Professor Jennifer Russell reminisces about Russell explains. “Having opportunities for different research experi-
where she would have been on a Friday afternoon ences as a student helped me clarify my future goals. I realized I wanted
just a couple of years ago. to be in a position that provided significant support for maintaining a
In a lot of ways, life would not be that different. research agenda. ”
She would still be conducting research, interacting Following in Little’s footsteps has led Russell to connect shifts in
with colleagues and unwinding after a long week of policy with the real work that happens in schools. One of her multiple
rigorous yet rewarding classes… only as a Berkeley research strands is a continuation of her dissertation work, examin-
Graduate School of Education student instead. To ing how shifts in societal expectations, as well as policy, contributed to
Russell, the parallel isn’t surprising. She credits kindergarten’s shift from a developmental, play-based year to serious,
those GSE days with preparing her for a position academic instruction. Another strand focuses on the extent to which
that she calls a “perfect match for my skills and standards-based accountability policies influence the work of teachers
interests” and one she “absolutely loves. ” and district leaders.
Russell had previously taught for eight years as Going full circle, Russell is now teaching future policy researchers
a classroom instructor and teacher leader. Frus- and supporting students in mentored research experiences. She strives
trated by the slow pace of reform within schools, she to create the type of rigorous, engaging and communal experience that
she experienced in the GSE.
AErA Annual Meeting new York reception
GSe Assistant Professor Cynthia
Coburn, left, and Rutgers
University Associate Professor
of education Beth Rubin (Ph.D.
’01) reunite in new york.
BeAR Affair: Quantitative
Methods and evaluation students,
graduates and affiliates surround
BeAR Director Mark Wilson in
If you would like to submit a Class Note Karen O’Connell, teaching credential Regan McMahon, M.S.
please fill out the form at gse.berkeley.edu/ ’64, serves as the State and Federal Grants ’76, dabbled in substitute
admin/communications/classnotes.html. Coordinator for the Mt. Healthy City Schools teaching before entering the
Class Notes for future issues must reach us by in Cincinnati, Ohio. field of journalism, eventu-
October1, 2009. ally becoming an editor at
Jacki Ruby, teaching credential ’65, is a
the San Francisco Chronicle in
retired East Bay elementary and middle school
‘84, where she currently serves as the Deputy
1940s teacher. She was a member of the Berkeley Fed-
Books director, a book critic, features writer
Caroline Self, teaching credential ’42, stud- eration of Teachers executive board for two de-
and commentator. In ’07, McMahon published
ied Chinese brush painting for 30 years and cades, and served as its president for six years.
her first book, Revolution in the Bleachers: How Par-
taught art in the San Diego City Schools and She was also on the executive board of the
ents Can Take Back Family Life in a World Gone Crazy
at the San Diego Museum California Federation of Teachers; president of
Over Youth Sports.
of Art Children’s Program. the Early Childhood/K–12 Counsel, represent-
With her daughter, she is the ing 55,000 teachers; and acted as the legislative Catherine Parrish, secondary teaching
author of Chinese Brush Paint- director for the California Alliance for Retired credential ’76, became a high school teacher
ing: A Hands-on Introduction Americans until this year. Ruby was elected and developed a curriculum with her students
to Traditional Art, a detailed, to the Alameda County Board of Education in called “Ending World Hunger,” along with a
step-by-step textbook for ’02, where she serves as president, and is also a network of clubs called “Youth Ending Hun-
teaching children the art member of the Alameda Child Care Planning ger” that spread throughout California. After
and background. She has a new contract to Commission. seven years of teaching, she joined a global NGO
write a similar and longer book for adults on focused on reducing the infant mortality rate.
Richard Rystrom, Ed.D. ’68, is serving a
the same subject. She now serves as an international consultant.
two-year term as a Peace Corps volunteer in
Betty Riley Perr y, M.A. ’48, is a retired Kamyanets-Podilsky, Ukraine. Janine Collins, teaching credential ’77, is a
teacher and counselor of 37 years. Since 1985 sales manager for Pearson’s digital curriculum
1970s division. In her free time, she volunteers for
she has served in the Older Women’s League as Joseph Adwere-Boamah,
an advocate for senior and women’s issues at Democrats for America, Habitat for Humanity
Ph.D. Higher Education ’70,
the Capitol in Sacramento. “It is fascinating and the Episcopal Church.
is an assistant professor at
trying to work for fairness and justice,” says California’s Alliant Interna- Charles Vella, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
Perry, 85. “This takes all of my earlier skills and tional University Graduate ’77, has worked at Kaiser Permanente Medi-
then some. ” School of Education. He cal Center for more than 30 years, where he is
1950s retired as Assistant Superintendent of Plan- currently director of the Neuropsychological
Justin (Rick) Bardellini, 1927–2007, Ph.D. ning, Research and Policy Development for the Services Department of Psychiatry. Vella had
’50, a mathematics teacher, district adminis- Oakland Unified School District in 2000. He previously served at Kaiser as the chief psy-
trator and superintendent, died on December recently presented a paper on the social conse- chologist and behavioral health manager.
20, 2007 at age 80. A resident of Moraga, Bardel- quences of testing in West African countries at
Timothy White, Ph.D.
lini was a classroom mathematics teacher, the Sixth Conference of the International Test
’77, is the new chancellor
school district administrator in the Mt. Diablo Commission in Liverpool.
of UC Riverside. He was
Unified School District and the Livermore Uni- Frieda Winnick, B.A. and credential ’70, is previously president of
fied School District, and superintendent of the a teacher in Marin, where she is the secretary the University of Idaho,
Fairfield Schools. Bardellini is survived by his for the Marin Coalition and the program chair- and worked as a faculty
five children and nine grandchildren. person for the Marin chapter of the National member in physiology, kinesiology and human
Women’s Political Caucus. During the summer,
1960s biodynamics at the University of Michigan,
she managed a drama camp. UC Berkeley and Oregon State University,
Ronald Loos, M.A. Adminis-
trative Services Credential ’63, where he also served as provost and interim
Joan Kramer, elementary credential ’71, is in
is a retired educator. He previ- president.
charge of 50 school libraries as a Coordinating
ously served as vice principal Field Librarian for Los Angeles Unified School John Lee, Ed.D. Higher Education ’79, is the
of Mt. Diablo High School; District’s Local District Six. president and founder of JBL Associates, a
district office administrator, San Ramon Valley consulting firm. Since 1985 the firm has grown
Unified School District; principal, Stone Valley John Thelin, Ph.D. History of Education
to 13 employees who are responsible for a wide
Middle School; and principal, at San Ramon’s ’73, is a University of Kentucky professor. The
range of projects, most in postsecondary edu-
Neil Armstrong School. Loos is currently the National Education Association selected his
cation. Currently, they are leading a project
president of the Diablo Vista Retired Teachers article “Expectations and Reality in American
called Community College Can for the U.S.
Association. Higher Education” as the higher education
Department of Education.
and democracy article of the year.
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Sher yl Morgan, Ph.D. John Martin, Ph.D. Counseling Psychol-
Higher Education ’79, has ogy ’89, is a family and individual therapist in
launched a new interview Redwood City, where he works to improve the Jerome Gourdine,
series at TimelyTalks.com. quality of life for those living on the peninsula, PLI ’01, was honored as
Upcoming interviews will one family at a time. one of America’s “most
address sibling and friend collaborative” public
Nancy Skinner, M.A. school principals,
relations, family dynamics
’89, is the new assembly- receiving a $5,000 grant
at holiday time and other topics. She lives in
woman for the East Bay's from MetLife. The Frick Middle School prin-
Point Reyes Station.
14th Assembly District. cipal plans to use the grant for a program
1980s Skinner, an East Bay that guarantees his students admission to
Richard Silberg, multiple subjects cre- Regional Park District the Cal State system.
dential ’80, M.A. Language and Literacy ’90, Board member and
has spent 28 years teaching arts in Berkeley former Berkeley City Council member, bested
schools. He was awarded a fellowship which a competitive field in the Democratic Primary
provides funding for secondary art teachers to on June 3 and ran unopposed in the general
engage in a study related to their discipline. election in November. 2000s
Silberg is currently working on an original Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, M.A. MUSE ’00, is
theatre piece with his students.
1990s executive director of the Telling Room, a non-
Debbie Schotanus, M.A. DTE ’93, spends profit writing center that helps youth age 8–18
Henr y Mitchell, Ph.D. Educational Psychol- countless hours volunteering at the schools develop their writing talents.
ogy ’82, is an ordained minister in the Chris- her three children attend in Calgary, Canada.
tian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served Ming-Lun Ho, M.A. MACSME ’00, taught
Laurie Olsen, Ph.D. Social and Cultural high school math and computer science
as an assistant pastor at University Christian
Studies ’95, recently retired as executive direc- for three and a half years before joining the
Church in Berkeley before starting a Seniors
tor of California Tomorrow after 16 years. mathematics faculty at Chabot College. He
Ecumenical Ministry at Shell Ridge Commu-
nity Church in Walnut Creek. Michael Cohen, Ph.D. Human Development was recently elected president of the Academic
and Education ’98, is a neuropsychologist with Senate at Chabot College.
Sharon Gocke, Ph.D. Educational Adminis-
his own practice in Norwalk, CT where he re- Jeff Rhode, M.A. ELLC ’00, is executive direc-
tration ’83, has been awarded several research
sides with his wife and their three daughters. tor of development for UC Berkeley’s College
fellowships, including the National Endow-
ment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Theo Dawson, M.A. Human Develop- of Engineering, following six years in a similar
Ford Foundation Fellowship. She teaches phi- ment ’98, Ph.D. Human Development ’98, is role at the Haas School of Business. He and his
losophy and humanities at Napa Valley College president of Developmental Testing Service, a wife have two young children.
and is also a practicing attorney. company that is currently developing alterna- Greta Vollmer, Ph.D. ELLC ’00, is an as-
tive approaches to conventional large-scale
Karen Dyer, M.A., credential Educational sociate professor of Applied Linguistics in
testing. She retired from teaching in 2006 but the English Department at Sonoma State
Administration ’85, is Group Director, Educa-
has continued to publish research articles and University. She was selected as a faculty expert
tion and Nonprofit Sector, for the Center for
work with several doctoral students. for the Fulbright Senior Specialists project
Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North
Carolina. She also serves as president of the Terr y Ratcliff, Ed.D. Higher Education ’98, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she offered
National Staff Development Council. is Dean of Continuing Studies at Whitworth professional development in Teaching English
University, overseeing degree programs for as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to secondary and
Valerie Stone, credential BAWP ’85, is a tertiary teachers from throughout the country.
working adults and developing the university’s
teacher who doubles as mom to three sons who
off-site and online programs. Michael Meyer, ARLLP ’01, chronicled his
went to Stanford.
Mira-Lisa Katz, Ph.D. ELLC ’99, is an as- experiences as a volunteer English teacher in
Rodney Maack, M.A. credential ’87, has been China in a recently published book entitled
sociate professor in the English department
teaching high school German and English The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in
at Sonoma State University. Since
since 1994 in Portland, Oregon. the Vanishing Backstreets of a City
’03, Katz has also been a member
Sharon Sacks, credential/Social Studies ’87, of the CSU Expository Reading Transformed. He is on a book tour
is a studio teacher in Los Angeles, providing and Writing Curriculum Task which has included appear-
instruction for students within the entertain- Force, helping to create a writing ances on a number of television
ment industry. course now taught in one third of programs including “The Today
public high schools in the state of Show,” “CBS This Morning,” and
James Chapman, teaching credential ’88, “CNN. ”
retired after teaching for more than 15 years
and aspires to perform as a singer and guitar
Beth Rubin, Ph.D. Social and Cultural Studies Maisha Fischer, Ph.D. Christopher Wu, Ph.D. EMST ’05, is the
’01, is an associate professor at Rutgers Univer- ELLC ’03, an assistant pro- Director of Research and Strategy at the Public
sity and recently authored Civic Education For fessor of Language, Liter- Consulting Group, Inc., where he has worked
Diverse Citizens in Global Times: Rethinking Theory acy and Culture at Emory since 2005 – the same year Wu finished writing
and Practice. University is the author his dissertation: “Thinking Through New
of the just-published Black Vocationalism: Examining Career Academy
Allyson Werner, M.A. credential DTE ’01,
Literate Lives: Historical and Contemporary Perspec- Students’ Problem Solving and School Perfor-
is an admissions counselor at the California
tives, an innovative approach to understanding ”
mance. He currently lives with his wife and
Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
the complex and multi-dimensional perspec- step-daughter in Albany, California.
She also serves as a mentor through the Big
tives of Black literate lives in the United States.
Brothers Big Sisters program.
Lydia Liu, Ph.D. Quanti-
Pamela Paek, Ph.D. QME ’02, is a research Julia Menard-Warwich, Ph.D. ’04, is a tative Methods and Evalu-
associate at the Charles Dana Center at the Berkeley Graduate Fellowship recipient. She ation ’06, is an associate
University of Texas, Austin where she focuses writes about her experience in “Life and Lan- research scientist at Edu-
on researching and evaluating projects while guage,” a “Grad Spotlight” feature on the UC cational Testing Service in
also building relationships and partner- Berkeley’s Graduate Division website. Princeton, New Jersey and
ships with researchers and practitioners to is working with GSE Professor Marcia Linn.
improve teaching and learning in secondary
Indigo Esmonde, Ph.D. Cognition and
Namita Jacob, Ph.D. JDPSE ’02, is a con- Development ’06, is assistant professor in Math-
sultant in India and serves as the regional matics Education, Ontario Institute for Studies
educational specialist in nearby nations, help- in Education at the University of Toronto.
ing to design and develop programs and create
training curriculums. Jacob Long, M.A. Athletes and Academic
Fred Brill, Ed.D. POME ’05, became superin- Achievement ’07, is an assistant coach for the
Lance McCready, Ph.D. Social and Cultural tendent of the Lafayette School District on Sep- UC Santa Cruz men’s soccer team and has
Studies ’02, is an assistant professor of urban tember 1. A former special education and high coached many of the top youth programs in
education at the Ontario Institute for Studies school English teacher, Brill spent 12 years in Santa Cruz and Monterey County.
in Education of the University of Toronto. the Lafayette School District; three as the as-
He received a Ford Foundation post-doctoral sistant principal at Stanley Middle School and Sarah Bruschi, M.A. MASCME ’07, is a
fellowship for the ’06-’07 academic year. He nine as Stanley’s principal. In 2005, Brill served researcher in the Research and Assessment
currently serves as chair for the Queer Studies as a network executive in the Oakland Unified Department of the Oakland Unified School
SIG of AERA. School District while finishing his doctorate. District.
Susan Graubard Archuletta, M.A. PLI
Kysa Nygreen, Ph.D. Social and Cultural Cliff Hong, M.A. PLI ’08, was named one of 20
’03, is an educator and musician who recently
Studies ’05, is an associate professor in the emerging young leaders by Phi Delta Kappan
released her debut CD and album The New Age:
Education Department at UC Santa Cruz, for his leadership as a teacher at Edna Brewer
All Around on Raymond Dumont Records.
where she conducts research on civic identity School in Oakland Unified.
Felicity Bensch, M.A. PLI ’03, is an instruc- formation and civic engagement practices
Maris Thompson, M.A. ’03, Ph.D. ’08, is an
tional specialist at Richmond’s DeJean Middle among marginalized youth.
assistant professor at CSU Chico’s College of
School and El Cerrito’s Portola Middle School.
Education in the area of Literacy and Culture.
She formerly served as assistant principal at
Richmond’s Kennedy High School for four years.
Karen Pezzetti, MUSE ’05, an 11th and 12th grade English
teacher at the Youth Empowerment School (YES), was hon-
ored as one of two Oakland Unified School District Teachers
of the Year along with 14 other Alameda County teachers at
an October 16 celebration at CSU East Bay. Pezzetti has been
instrumental in helping her students apply to four-year col-
leges in record numbers. She co-founded and facilitates an
innovative leadership class, and she has invented a system
for tracking her students’ progress through her courses’
learning objectives that is greatly accelerating their learn-
ing. She, along with the rest of the YES staff, is also working
hard to help close the racial opportunity gap by bringing
critical race theory into the classroom and practicing cul-
turally relevant pedagogy.
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