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SOE Graduate Student Ambassadors

The Graduate Ambassadors Program is a group of current graduate students available to speak with prospective students, answer questions, and talk about their graduate program experience. Feel free to contact a School of Education Ambassador to find out more!


MA Counseling Psychology
School Counseling

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Bai Zhen
Program: Counseling Psychology, concentration in School Counseling with PPS Credential
Research Interests: School counseling; multicultural; college.
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MA Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Ruo Yang (Queenie)
Program: MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Research Interests: International and multicultural education; program assessment and evaluation; teaching strategies in ESL class; immigration policy.
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MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Online

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Anthony Baltiero
Program: MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Online
Research Interests: Global linguistics; international and comparative education; language and social relations; language and consciousness; benefits of multilingualism; online education
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MA Teaching
Urban Education & Social Justice

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Colin Masashi Ehara
Program: MAT in Urban Education & Social Justice
Research Interests: Critical Pedagogy; ethnic studies; critical race theory; academic literacy; culturally relevant pedagogy; trauma and PTSD, socially just teaching.
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MA Special Education

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Ellyn Rosenthal
Program: MA in Special Education with Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential
Research Interests: Reading/literacy at the secondary level.
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MA Teaching Reading

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Kendra Kadam
Program: MA in Teaching Reading with Multiple Subject Credential
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MA Counseling Psychology
School Counseling

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Elena Carnes
Program: Counseling Psychology, concentration in School Counseling with PPS Credential
Research Interests: Adolescent sexuality; college and career counseling; cross-cultural counseling.
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MA Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Yanbing Li
Program: MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Research Interests: Exploring the differences and similarities between English and Mandarin Chinese; how to teach Mandarin Chinese effectively to English speakers.
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MA Teaching

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Ashley Abrahams
Program: MA in Teaching with Multiple Subject Credential
Research Interests: Students in middle school, specifically with regards to math and science; why these subjects are such a struggle for students and how teachers can better support their learning.
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MA International and Multicultural
Education

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Daisy Dominguez
Program: International and Multicultural Education with emphasis in Human Rights Education
Research Interests: Critical race theory; counter-narratives; immigration policy.
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EdD Organization & Leadership

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Sandie M. Stringfellow
Program: Doctorate in Organization and Leadership with a minor in Learning and Instruction
Research Interests: Education research and methodologies, Program assessment and evaluation, organizational design and development, achievement gap, social justice.
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EdD Special Education

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Yvette Mere-Cook
Program: Doctorate in Special Education
Research Interests: Inclusion for students with special needs; social skills interventions within natural settings during the school day; co-teaching models to create inclusive campuses.
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MA Organization & Leadership
Higher Education & Student Affairs

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Malinda Balfour
Program: Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Research Interests: International student transition and support; faculty and staff development; financial aid access and development.
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Chaz L. Walker-Ashley
Program: Organization Leadership: Higher Education & Student Affairs
Research Interests: Examining systems of support and challenge for queer black males in higher education.
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Danny Rodriguez
Program: Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Research Interests: Students of color (particularly Latino/a); university matriculation, retention and graduation; 1st-generation students and parents; retention services; Latino/a identity development; Latino/a leadership development; higher education and student affairs.
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