Sarah Capitelli

Department Chair
(415) 422-2890

Sarah Capitelli came to USF from Stanford where she completed her PhD in Educational Linguistics. Before her work at Stanford, Dr. Capitelli taught elementary school for seven years, two in Venezuela and five in East Oakland in a Spanish-bilingual classroom. She is particularly interested in better understanding and improving conditions for learning and teaching in linguistically segregated schools.


PhD., Education with specialization in Educational Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Richard Ayers

Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Rick Ayers is an associate professor of education focusing on English language arts and secondary education, and a faculty member of the urban education and social justice cohort. Professor Ayers focuses on curriculum and pedagogy, with particular emphasis on equity, social justice, and decolonial approaches to education. His writing, in blogs as well as publications, is on community-engaged scholarship and community organizing. Professor Ayers is the author or co-author of five books,...


MA, Education, Mills College, CA, PhD, Language, Literacy, and Culture, UC Berkeley, CA

Noah Borrero

Professor, Teacher Education
(415) 422-2317

Noah Borrero is a professor in the teacher education department, with a focus in urban education and social justice. He teaches courses in bilingual/bicultural education, teaching for diversity and social justice, critical pedagogy, and action research. Professor Borrero's scholarship focuses on promoting equity in schools through focusing on students' and teachers' cultural assets. After earning a doctorate from Stanford University in 2006, that same year Professor Borrero helped develop the...


PhD, Education, Stanford University School of Education, Stanford, CA

Patrick Camangian

Associate Professor, Teacher Education
(415) 422-4386

Patrick Camangian is an associate professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco. He has been an English teacher since 1999, beginning in the Los Angeles Unified School District where he was awarded "Most Inspirational Teacher" by former mayor Richard Riordan and the school's student body. Professor Camangian currently volunteers in the Oakland Unified School District teaching English. He has collaborated with groups such as California's People’s Education...


PhD, Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Cheryl Jones-Walker

Associate Professor; Faculty Coordinator
(415) 422-4309

Dr. Cheryl Jones-Walker is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department. She began her professional career as a fourth grade teacher in the Bronx, NY, and she continued teaching in a Boston area independent school and then internationally in Gabon, Central Africa. Prior to doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, she worked at the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) in Boston, a non-profit organization committed to...


PhD, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum - University of Pennsylvania

Helen Maniates

Associate Professor, Teacher Education
(415) 378-5880

Helen Maniates, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and coordinator of the Master of Arts of Teaching Reading Program in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. As a community engaged scholar, her work addresses both “schooled” literacy and out-of-school literacy practices. She works in partnership with local community-based organizations to provide an annual summer reading program for K-8 students that addresses summer learning loss. Her research projects...


PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Judith Pace

Professor, Teacher Education
(415) 422-5189

Judith L. Pace is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education. She is a qualitative researcher who examines classroom teaching and curriculum — focusing on social studies — and its relationship to diversity, democracy, and sociopolitical contexts. She has studied classroom authority relationships and academic engagement, teaching for democratic citizenship in government classes, social studies under high stakes accountability, and...


EdD, Harvard University, CAS, Harvard University, MEd, Lesley College, BA, Brandeis University

Farima Pour-Khorshid

Professor and Teacher Supervisor
(415) 422-6041

Farima Pour-Khorshid is a proud Bay Area educator-organizer-scholar. She taught at the elementary grade levels in her community for over a decade, and supported educators locally, nationally, and internationally through her roles as a university professor, teacher supervisor, educational consultant, and community organizer. She is deeply committed to bridging abolition- and healing-centered engagement in education. Much of her work is rooted in grassroots organizing as she serves in leadership...


Chabot College, A.A. in Liberal Arts, 2004, California State University, East Bay, B.A. in Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Childhood Studies, 2007 , California State University, East Bay, California State Teacher Credential with English Learner Authorization, 2007, California State University, East Bay, M.S. Education, Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, 2009, University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. in Education, Emphasis in Language, Literacy and Culture, 2015, University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D. in Education, Emphasis in Language, Literacy and Culture, 2018

Ruchi Rangnath

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Professor Ruchi Rangnath received a doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Bay Area native and has taught in elementary schools across San Jose and New York City. Her research focuses on critical literacy, humanizing practices, ethnic studies, and social justice teaching and learning in elementary classrooms. Her recent books include, Planting the Seed of Equity: Ethnic Studies and Social Justice in the K-2 Classroom, Preparing to Teach Social Studies for Social...


EdD, Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, M.Ed. Teaching, University of California, Santa Barbara, BA Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara