Department Chair

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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. She is an Associate Professor with USF's Teacher Education program.

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

Full-Time Faculty

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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
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Patrick Camangian, PhD is a professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco. Patrick’s interdisciplinary research on humanizing education intersects critical and culturally relevant pedagogy, critical literacy, and health science research. Patrick pursues these areas of research to improve teacher quality, capacity, and retention, as well as to inform policies and practices impacting urban schools and communities. He has been working in schools since 1997, continuing in the...

  • UCLA, PhD in Urban Schooling, 2009
  • CSULA, BA in Communication Studies & English Education, 1999
  • Urban Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Literacy
  • Critical Wellness
  • Teacher Quality, Capacity, and Retention
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Dr. Whitneé L. Garrett-Walker (she/her) is the Assistant Dean of Credentialing and Partnerships in the School of Education. Dr. W. Garrett-Walker is a Black, Indigenous (Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana, enrolled member) and Queer wife, mother and scholar born and raised on Raymaytush Ohlone Land. Whitneé has extensive experience loving, living and working in the field of public education and spent over a decade as a middle and high school teacher, instructional coach and school administrator in...

  • Ed.D in International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, University of California...
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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
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Judith (Judy) Pace is Professor of Teacher Education in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Her scholarship examines classroom teaching and curriculum and its relationship to diversity, democracy, and sociopolitical contexts. She has a Fulbright Global Scholar award for 2023-2024 to teach and conduct research at university-based teacher education programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and South Africa.

Dr. Pace has published four books, numerous research and practitioner...

  • EdD, Harvard University
  • CAS, Harvard University
  • MEd, Lesley College
  • BA, Brandeis University
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Dr. Farima Pour-Khorshid was born and raised in the Bay Area where she later taught at the elementary grade levels in her community for over a decade. She has supported educators locally, nationally, and internationally through her roles as a university professor, teacher supervisor, educational consultant, and community organizer. She is committed to abolition and healing-centered engagement within and outside of the field of education. Much of her work is rooted in healing centered initiatives...

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D. in Education, Emphasis in Language, Literacy and Culture, 2018
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. in Education, Emphasis in Language, Literacy and...
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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

Part-Time Faculty

  • Johns Hopkins University, M.Ed in Educational Studies, 2016
  • Reed College, BA in History, 2012 

Susan Yelda is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts of Teaching Reading Program in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. She has held positions as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach and teacher trainer, and has extensive experience in  K-5 Literacy Instruction, Response to Intervention and English Language Development.

  • San Francisco State University, Single Subject Credential - Art, 2017
  • UC Berkeley, Reading Certificate, 2002
  • San Francisco State University, MA in Education, 1997
  • San Francisco State University...
  • Early Literacy - Reading Instruction (Grades K-5)
  • English Language Development (Grades K-5)
  • Response to Intervention (Grades K-5) 
  • Instructional Rounds in Education