If I had discovered how much fun teaching was, I would have started in this field a lot earlier. I am 63, on my third career and still having fun.
– Walt, Science Teacher
Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster, Ph.D, has focused on English as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language, Bilingual and Dual Language Education in the United States and abroad throughout her career. Holding degrees in Sociology of Education, Elementary Education, Bilingual Teaching Methodologies, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, she has taught in multiple and diverse urban settings from K-12 schools to post-graduate degree programs. Currently, she is the Program Lead for National University and teaches Graduate Level Courses in the Teacher Credentialing Program, Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching. Her research is centered on the analysis and implementation of quality alternative teacher certification programs for California from the perspective of intake protocols, diagnostic and summative assessment of teaching performance, and program cost-effectiveness analysis. Dr. Amador-Lankster was awarded the distinction of becoming a Fulbright Senior Specialist since 2009 and has become a visiting professor, researcher, scholar and international consultant for many universities and schools in Colombia, including her last assignment for the Center of Science and Technology in Medellin, Colombia.
John K. Davis, Ph.D. is a professor of Education and Acting Dean in the College of Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. He first joined the faculty at California State University Dominguez Hills in 1994 as a part-time instructor while teaching English full-time in LAUSD. Outside the university, he has worked in a consulting capacity with WestEd at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles Unified School District and New Millennium Secondary Schools as those campuses initiated innovation programs to improve student outcomes. He has also served as President of the California Professors of Reading/Language Arts and asPresident of the South Bay Area Reading Council, and currently sits on the Board of the California Teachers Corps. John has taught in the secondary literacy sequence in the teacher credentialing program and in the Curriculum and Instruction program in the Graduate Education Department at CSUDH. His research interests include methods of reading and writing instruction, and he co-authored the guide for secondary reading and writing instruction commissioned by the CSU Chancellors Office. He's currently editing the second volume of his book on urban instruction, which includes chapters by other College of Education faculty and graduate students, as well as his own work. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, and his doctoral research involved an investigation into cultural differences in academic procrastination among high school students.
Donna Glassman-Sommer is the Administrator of New Teacher Development and Leadership for Tulare County Office of Education. In addition to serving as Administrator, she has leadership roles with several U.S. Department of Education and state grants, including the Transition to Teaching, Teacher Quality Enhancement, and Teacher Quality Partnership grants, all with a focus on Alternative Education and Recruitment. She severed as the chair for the Tulare County Workforce Board Youth Council and was a national trainer for Josephson Institute for Ethics, CHARACTER COUNTS! program. Glassman-Sommer formerly held the positions of principal, director of special education, and teacher of Multiple Subjects and special education. She attended Fresno Pacific College (Administrative Services Credential and M.A. in Education) and is a current doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of the Pacific. She serves as the Treasurer for the California Teacher Corps.
Marjorie McCabe, Ph.D, serves as the Mild/Moderate Disabilities & Early Childhood Special Education Intern Program Coordinator at the California State University of San Bernardino. McCabe is also the Director for Region I (western States) for National Association of Alternative Certification (NAAC). She developed and has coordinated the special education intern program since 1991. She has also been awarded numerous Federal and State grants for the CSUSB's intern programs and coauthored a statewide Monograph that highlighted many of the alternative certification programs. She has taught and supervised in the CSUSB Program in Mild/Moderate Disabilities; prior to that she taught in the same programs at California State University, Northridge as well as teaching at the elementary and secondary levels for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Germany. She holds a lifetime elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities credential from Massachusetts and earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Southern California.
Patricia Pernin, Ed.D, is the Administrative Coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District Intern Program (LISTOS): Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Special Education (M/M, M/S), ASD-AA, ECSEAA, DI BTSA, and Clear Education Specialist Induction program. She currently serves as the Regional Director for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Region 4 Intern Teacher Programs. Pernin started her career as a mathematics teacher on the east coast and continued teaching after moving to Los Angeles. She moved into an Administrative Coordinator position in mathematics instruction and facilitated the development of the LAUSD Mathematics Instructional Guide. Pernin coordinated the Pearson Learning Teams program for over 90 schools in LAUSD. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University, Master's Degree from National University, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge. Pernin is the current President of the California Teacher Corps.
Nancy J. Wales is currently the Program Manager for the Teaching Intern Program in Alameda County, a position she has held since 2005. Prior to 2005 she taught in the public schools for forty years teaching Kindergarten through Graduate School students. She has also served as a Peer Assistance and Review Support Staff, BTSA Support Staff, Professional Development Provider, District Reading Coordinator, and Reading First Content Expert. In addition, she taught teacher preparation classes as an adjunct professor at California State University East Bay. Wales earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Western Illinois University and her Masters of Science at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She has continued professional growth throughout her career by participating in coursework, professional meetings, workshops and professional learning communities. In the past, Nancy has served on the boards of other educational organizations.