M.A., Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, 2010.
Thesis: "The Urban Teacher Quality Index (UTQI)."
B.A., Political Science, Loyola University New Orleans, 2002.
Research Interests: Research Interests - Indigenous Holistic Pedagogies in service of urban Native youth, Epistemology, Urban teacher quality, criminalization/resistance of urban youth, challenges and interventions of social justice educators, environmental justice, and language revitalization.
Research and Presentations:
- Conducted pilot study with the Urban Teacher Quality Index through the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design. Platform was tested with a group of 16, K-12 teachers for the purpose of creating the Teaching Excellence Network website as a clearing-house for teacher excellence. Methodology: Participatory Action Research, Extended Case Method. Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Dr. Patrick Camangian, Dr. Allyson Tintianco-Cubales. Grants: The California Endowment, The Kellogg Foundation. Oakland, CA.
- “Building Empathy and Accountability.” Presented at Duell Vocational Institute. Tracy, CA, March 2014.
- “Gender Struggles and Public Education: Moving From Conflict to Solidarity.” Presented at San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA, October 2011.
- “Actions Speak, Talk is Cheap, and Words are Weapons: Educational Challenges and Youth Resistance in East Oakland.” Presented at City College of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA, August 2010.
- “Counting Youth Voices: Homeland, Education, and Technology.” Presented at the National Association of Ethnic Studies. Washington D.C, May 2010.