Alumni & Friends

Friends News through 2015

Alumni Spotlights through 2015

Alumni News through 2015


  • Educators from Pegasus California School in Qingdao, China, accompanied by former California Secretary of Education Dr. David Long, visited UC Irvine’s School of Education on October 12 to learn more about the philosophy, pedagogy, and methodology guiding UCI’s teacher credential programs. 
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  • Alumna Teya Rutherford (PhD in Education 2014; Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University) has published as sole author in Learning and Instruction: "The Measurement of Calibration in Real Contexts." Abstract

  • Alumnus Kreshnik Begolli (PhD in Education 2015; Temple University Postdoctoral Fellow) presented at the 2016 Society for Research in Child Development Conference at UC Irvine. The title of his presentation was "Bridging Cognitive Development and Real Classrooms: A Video Methodology." Abstract

  • PhD students Jessica Oviatt and Veronica Newhart presented information about using innovative technology--telepresence robots-- to attend education programs to families and medical professionals at the 6th Annual Pacemakers in Children and Adults Fall Resource Fair, October 19. Read more.

  • Alumna Sonja Lind, Coordinator of Changing Global Society at Schreiner University, questions, "Are We Promoting Study Abroad as a Touristic Product?" Dr. Lind received her Ph.D. in Education degree in 2014, specialized in Language, Literacy, and Technology [LLT]. Sonja Lind Blog

  • Alumnus Alex Lin is lead author on a new article in Applied Developmental Psychology: "Cultural Values and Other Perceived Benefits of Organized Activities: A Qualitative Analysis of Mexican-Origin Parent's Perspectives in Arizona". Dr. Lin received his Ph.D. in Education in 2014, specialized in Educational Policy and Social Context [EPSC]. Abstract

  • UCI's 14-month Master of Arts in Teaching/Teaching Credential Program hosted their 2016 fall workshop for mentor teachers at the University Club. The bi-yearly workshops, which feature panel presentations and small group discussions, are designed to share expertise and experiences in providing high quality mentorship for UCI student teachers. Read more.

  • Alumna Femi Vance (Ph.D. 2012) authors new publication for the youth development field. Read more.

  • Alumna Tracy [Bennett] Carmichael (Ph.D. 2013) has been named the new Chief Engagement Office for THINK Together, one of the largest educational non-profits in California. Dr. Carmichael has been associated with THINK Together since 2008, when she was Manager of Program Evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in Education from UCI, specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC). Read more.

  • Alumnus Erik Ruzek (Ph.D. 2012), Assistant Research Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, has been awarded a W.T. Grant Foundation research grant to study the effects of an instructional coaching intervention, MyTeachingPartner. Dr. Ruzek also is Co-PI on an IES grant to carry out a longitudinal study on children's academic and social development from PreK to 3rd grade.

  • Alumna Teya Rutherford (Ph.D. 2014), has been awarded the APA Division 15 Paul Pintrich Dissertation Award for 2015 for her dissertation “Calibration of Confidence Judgments in Elementary Mathematics: Measurement, Development, and Improvement.” Dr. Rutherford will be presenting her award talk at the American Psychological Association (APA) meeting August 4-7 in Denver.


  • The Master of Arts in Teaching program hosted a Supervisors Appreciation Breakfast on June 24 for the 28 educators who guided 2016 credential candidates through their student teaching experiences. During the breakfast, sponsored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, supervisors shared positive mentoring experiences and discussed effective practices for observing and providing feedback.

  • Alumnus Erik Ruzek (Ph.D. 2012), Assistant Research Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, has been awarded a W.T. Grant Foundation research grant to study the effects of an instructional coaching intervention, MyTeachingPartner. Dr. Ruzek also is Co-PI on an IES grant to carry out a longitudinal study on children's academic and social development from PreK to 3rd grade.

  • Alumna Teya Rutherford (Ph.D. 2014), has been awarded the APA Division 15 Paul Pintrich Dissertation Award for 2015 for her dissertation “Calibration of Confidence Judgments in Elementary Mathematics: Measurement, Development, and Improvement.” Dr. Rutherford will be presenting her award talk at the American Psychological Association (APA) meeting August 4-7 in Denver. 

  • Lecturer Kimberly Burge, Ed.D., and teacher candidates from EDUC 325: Teaching Visual and Performing Arts in Elementary School toured the Newport Beach Sculpture Gardens to complement their classroom study of effective art instruction for elementary students. Read more.

  • Alumnus Kreshnik Begolli (Ph.D. 2015, Postdoctoral Fellow at Temple University) will present his research findings on the effects of gender stereotypes for structure mapping in mathematics at the CogSci 2016 Annual Meeting. Abstract.

  • Three SoE Ed.D. graduates - Keith Curry, Feliza Ortiz-Licon, and Reginald Sample - were among 50 graduate and postdoctoral scholar alumni honored during UCI's 50 Years of Graduate Success. Read more.

  • Students from Roosevelt Elementary in Santa Ana visit UCI following research as Project CRYSTAL citizen scientists at Crystal Cove State Park. Read more.

  • Director of Teacher Education Virginia Panish welcomed over 230 educators to the School's 2016 Alumni & Educators Event and Job Fair on April 16. Participants attended workshops, networked with fellow educators, and explored current employment offerings in the Southern California area. Read more/photographs.

  • SoE hosted an April 15 reception to thank student artists from St. Margaret's Episopal School for loaning their art work for a year-long display in SoE's Art Gallery. Pictured left: "Wild Things" by students in Ms. Mary Mayer-Grubb's 2nd grade art class. Read more.

  • Coordinator Susan Toma-Berge (pictured standing) hosted the Multiple Subject Spring Mentor Orientation at the UCI University Club on April 13. Mentor teachers working with UCI Teacher Candidates reviewed program materials and shared rewards, challenges, and opportunities associated with the mentoring process. Read more

  • Director of Teacher Education Virginia Panish is delivering the School of Education's 2016 Theme Basket - "Get Active!" - to Century High School for their Annual Academy Awards Auction in support of Century's TEACH and eBusiness Academies. Read more.


  • UCI Student Teachers volunteered for the 40th Annual Very Special Arts (VSA) Festival at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana on April 30th. As workshop presenters, the students helped children, many with disabilities, and their parents engage in a variety of arts and educational activities. Read more

  • Alumna Feliza Ortiz-Licon Honored at 46th Annual Lauds & Laurels. Article

  • Multiple Subject Program hosts Spring Mentor Teacher Workshop. Article

  • SoE's 2016 Alumni & Educators Event and Job Fair attracts +230. Article

  • Rachael Mitchell shared memories of her Office of Teacher Education activities during the School of Education's honoring of founding, transitional, and current faculty and administrators at the University Club on February 5. Rachel Mitchell Memories

  • During "We Salute You" on February 5, honoring early and transitional faculty and administrators, host Mary Roosevelt read portions of a tribute to Kenneth Bailey, Director of the Office of Teacher Education, 1967 to 1980, written by OTE Director Rita Peterson. Tribute

  • Associate Professor/Director of the UCI Writing Project Carol Booth Olson described her multiple contributions to Education, beginning with her arrival at the Office of Teacher Education in 1973 and continuing today. Carol Booth Olson Memories

  • Alumna Natalia Martinez, 2016 Master of Arts in Teaching, is a 2016 nominee for Parenting OC Top Teachers of Orange County. More

  • The first graduate from UCI's Office of Teacher Education, Crystal Kochendorfer (1968) shared her memories of that initial year during the School of Education's honoring of founding, transitional, and current faculty and administrators, "We Salute You", at the University Club on February 5. Crystal Kochendorfer Memories.

  • Ann Kaganoff shared her memories of the significant milestones and personal benefits she experienced from 1985 to 1992 as the Office of Teacher Education positioned to become the Department of Education. Ann Kaganoff Memories.

  • Linda Clinard was one of the faculty members who helped establish the Credential Program's professional development partnership with Orange County teachers, initiating the University Associate model to reinforce research-supported subject content. She shared her thoughts during the February 5th SoE dinner/reception honoring founding and transition faculty and administrators. Linda Clinard Memories.

  • Chancellor's Professor Carol Connor delivered a summary of her research to a combined meeting of the Dean's Advisory Board and the School of Education Leadership Council during their winter breakfast meeting on January 19th. Interim Dean Mark Warschauer updated members on the current state of the School.

  • SoE is hosting three activity booths at UCI's Homecoming Celebration, Saturday, January 30, 3:00-6:00 pm, in Aldrich Park. Samsung Virtual Reality explores technology education. 100 Tiny Hands promotes STEM education. UCI's Writing Project encourages art and literacy education through desiging Valentine's greetings. Flyer

  • A partnership among the School of Education, the School of Biological Sciences, and the Crystal Cove Alliance brings together undergraduate teaching, the learning sciences, environmental science research, and community outreach to improve STEM teaching and learning and to prepare the next generation of stewards of biological resources. More

  • UCI undergraduates presented their research findings from their study of student learning during Citizen Science day trips with the Crystal Cove Alliance. Orange County elementary and secondary students were trained by researchers from the Alliance to assess water quality, investigate plankton levels, and participate in digital fishing off Crystal Cove. UCI undergrads studied student engagement, individual vs. group participation, and evidence of critical thinking. Findings and recommendations were shared on December 3rd with UCI classmates and faculty and with representatives from the Crystal Cove Alliance.

  • Kenneth Janda, Professor and Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, hosted a reception for CalTeach faculty and administrators at his home in University Hills. The UCI CalTeach program, ranked #1 teacher preparation program in the Western U.S. and praised by President Obama's White House Initiative, enables undergraduates to receive a STEM degree plus California Teacher Credential, both in four years. The program is a collaboration among the Schools of Biological Science, Physical Science, and Education.

  • Directors and Division Chiefs from universities in Hainan Province, China, visited the School of Education on November 23 to learn about UCI's administrative structure and career guidance/employment support available to students. Presentations by the School of Education, UCI's Career Center, UCI Extension, and SoE Student Affairs were followed by a tour of the campus. 
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