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School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Department of Learning and Teaching
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92122
Happy New Year!  2013 is already in full gear and we anticipate it to be a busy year for the department. 2012 was an incredible year for the Department of Learning and Teaching, and we would like to share with you a recap of some of the many great events and stories of the year.  
Additionally, we would like to welcome our newest alums to the USD SOLES Alumni Community and invite all our alums to join us at upcoming events, including our next DLT Film Series Screening- Searching for Bobby Fischer on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. 
Please keep in touch and share your updates with us. 
Wishing you all a healthy, happy and productive 2013!  

- Department of Learning and Teaching
Launching Soon: Online MEd - Fall 2013 

Online MEd - Accepting Applications for the Fall 2013 Launch

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There are many benefits to being an Alumnus.  Not only do you have ahighly-respected education, but you also have access to the Alumni Association and the campus community at large; including innovative programs that the University will be launching. USD alumni continue to become active members within our community, while a great number seek to earn an advance degree within the USD campus community.


This Fall, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences in partnership with Professional and Continuing Education is launching its first online graduate degree program in Education. The MEd program offers the same high quality education and experiential learning format that you received during your time here as an undergraduate student. In addition, students will have many levels of support including an Enrollment Advisor, a Program Coordinator and 24 hour Technical Assistance.


The program website will be launching in February stay tuned to for details.  For more information now, please contact Suzanne Powers at 



DLT Tech Central

Technology has taken a strong grasp in our everyday lives, this is 

also true for the Department of Learning and Teaching (DLT), our affiliated Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC) and many of our community partners. This past fall, DLT hosted its second annual Kickoff and Technology Showcase where practitioners in the field, some from our partner sites hosted sessions highlighting classroom tips and tricks on how to incorporate technology into today's classrooms. 


We are excited that our alums, faculty and cooperating teachers are continuously engaged with advancing technology in the classroom and presenting at great conferences. Diana Combs, MEd '08 is working on a book about integrating iPads into the high school English classroom, adjunct faculty member, Jennifer Roberts and site partners Mike Salamanca and Julie Garcia from iMiddle and several teachers from Pride Academy presented at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference last fall. Additionally, alum Jena Workman, MEd MCC '09, adjunct faculty member, Robert Meza-Ehlert and Associate Professor and Department Chair, Heather Lattimer all presented at the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) conference last October.  Keep up the good work everyone!


We invite alumni and community members to participate in future events.  For links to presentations from the Tech Showcase, please visit our website

DLT Film Series
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The Department of Learning and Teaching and Phi Delta Kappa International are proud to present the DLT Film Series. The education-themed movies will be shown on the "Big Screen" in Warren Auditorium.  All students, faculty, alumni, school partners, and the larger K-12 community are welcome.  The series is designed to spur conversations around teaching, learning, schools, the media, politics, policy, and public perceptions.

Please join us at one or all of the remaining screenings:
  • February 6, 2013 - Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • March 13, 2013 - Mad Hot Ballroom
  • April 24, 2013 - Who Cares About Kelsey?
DLT Service Day
The Department of Learning and Teaching will be partnering with a school site this spring for a service day.  If you are interested in learning more about this service opportunity, please contact Nancy Hanssen at
College Day @ USD
College Day-Spencer

The Department of Learning and Teaching hosted 60 fifth graders from Madison Elementary for College Day. The day included the traditional campus tour as well as hands-on lessons planned by our graduate students. 

Madison students also prepared interview questions for our college students for an opportunity to learn about college life from actual students. The interview questions ranged from "How much homework do you have?" to ""How do you hope to leave your mark on the world?" The interviews were conducted in teams and they used technology to document their learning by recording the interviews on to their iPod Touches. 
Alumni Spotlight:  Christina Andrade - In Her Own Words 
Christina Andrade - MA '12
When I first walked into Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, home of the SOLES program, I looked up at names like Vygotsky and Freire and thought, no wonder this place is so beautiful--look at all of the donors! That was the fall semester of 2010. Two years later and those names, and the educational theory they represent, are inscribed in my mind forever. I entered the Masters of Education in TESOL, Literacy and Culture with five years of English as a Second Language teaching experience, but my education in SOLES weaved theory into the core of my teaching practice. I have always taught from the heart and wonderful professors in SOLES like Dr. Sarina Molina and Christine Kane inspired and encouraged me to keep doing so, but the emphasis they placed on rooting my practice in theory prepared me to teach anywhere. Where I have settled is where I found my first home in San Diego, right here at USD.

Presenting her Action Research at the San Diego Regional CATESOL Conference, October 2012.
CATESOL Presenter Check-In - Oct. 2012
With my previous experience, and the TESOL certificate units completed, I was able to begin teaching at USD's English Language Academy (ELA) during the second year of my master's program. I teach academic reading, writing and listening and speaking classes to non-native English speakers whose aim is transition into mainstream 4-year university programs in the U.S. While working on my master's, I put the theories I was learning to the test with my students at the ELA. I was also able to ground my action research in real need identified from my own classroom. I have since presented my research in multiple venues, from the SOLES annual Action Research Conference, to the 2012 Regional CATESOL Conference, and have even been hired to present my research as professional development at local language schools.

After graduating in May 2012, I have continued to teach at the ELA am also trying out my wings a "freeway flyer", teaching at both Mira Costa Community College and the University of California, San Diego's English Language Institute. Graduation did not mark the end of my role as an action research practitioner, nor did it mark the end of my relationship with SOLES. I put the skills I learned in SOLES to use every day in my classroom and you can still find me in Dr. Molina's office from time to time--these days learning all I can about getting published! 

- Christina Andrade, MEd TESOL  '12
Alumni Updates
Jedediah Adler, MEd TESOL '09 is working at the International School of Macaé, Rio de Janero, Brazil.

Cynthia Alflatt, MEd TESOL '11
is a 3rd grade teacher at America's Finest Charter School (AFCS) in San Diego. 

Alicia Angle, MEd MCC '12
is a teacher at Sinarmas World Academy in Tangerang Indonesia.

Lori Autenrieb, MEd TESOL '11 works with 6th-12th graders at Guajome Park Academic Charter School.

Edoho Awaih, MEd TESOL '07
is a resources teacher at Valle Lindo Elementary School.

Alissa Aysha, MEd TESOL '10
is working in Kuwait in the area of Curriculum Design and Assessment.

Brett Banducci, MEd TESOL '09
is a 9th and 10th grade World History Teacher at the International School of Panama.

Danielle Bremner, MEd '11
is an 11th grade chemistry and biology teacher at Victory Collegiate High School in Brooklyn, NY.

Rhonda Brown, MEd TESOL '08 is an ELD instructor at Parkway Middle School and teaches Spanish at San Diego Christian College.

Rachel Crocker Herrera, MEd TESOL '09
is an ESL instructor at the International English Academy in Redondo Beach.

Aliza Cruz, MEd MCC '12
is a 10th grade math and chemistry teacher at High Tech High Chula Vista.

Jennifer Edstrom, MEd '12 is a student teacher supervisor for Learning and Teaching, president of the Junior League of San Diego and principal consultant at Edstrom Educational Consulting.

Evan Forster, MEd MCC '12 is a 6th grade teacher in the Irvine Unified School District.

Pamela Flagg, MEd TESOL '10 is an algebra I and geometry teacher at El Cajon Valley High School.


Theresa Hayes, MEd MCC '12 is a primary teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District.


Cleophus Harris, MEd TESOL '07 works at Anza Elementary with a multilevel parent group.

Gavin Ishihara-Wing, MCC '12
is a 9th grade math teacher at High Tech High Chula Vista.

Hyun Jung Joo, MEd TESOL '10 is pursuing a doctoral degree and works at PAGODA Academy in Korea. 

Emily Liebenberg
Emily Liebenberg

Emily Liebenberg, SS English '07
was voted teacher of 
the year by her colleagues at Construction Tech Academy at Kearny High.  

Yichieh Lin, MEd TESOL '12 is an Administrative Assistant with the English Language Academy at USD.

Crystal Longacre, MEd TESOL '10
is a 5th-8th grade Spanish teacher at the Children's School in La Jolla.

Ilana Lopez, MEd TESOL '11
is the Program Director for the Center for Awareness, Service and Action (CASA) at USD.

C. Ryan Louderback, MEd MCC '12
 is an English as an Additional Language teacher at Sinarmas World Academy in Tangerang Indonesia.

Elizabeth Catesby Massey, MEd TESOL '10
is an ESL instructor at North Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA.

Ery Millan-Coffey, MEd TESOL '07
is an instructor at California Baptist University and La Sierra University in Riverside.

Jessica Monge, MEd MCC '12
is a social studies teacher at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA.


Cassie Naddell, MEd TESOL '12 is working with Blue Star Families in Virginia. Blue Star Families is an organization that helps raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life.


Erin Nelson Kegan, MEd Literacy '08 is a 1st grade teacher at Dailard Elementary in San Diego. 


Andreea Nicolaescu, MEd TESOL '10 is an ESL instructor with the English Language Academy at USD and Southewestern College.


Stephanie Oliveri, MEd TESOL '07 is a 4th grade teacher at Harborside Elementary in Chula Vista.


Adriana Serrano Güémez, MEd TESOL '13 is a program manager with Professional and Continuing Education at USD.


Qingzhou Shi, MEd TESOL '12 is a substitute teacher with the English Language Academy at USD.


Jae Shin, MEd TESOL '11 works at the Education First (EF) Language School.


Marie Webb, MEd TESOL '13 is an ESOL Instructor at Miramar College.


Jasmine Williams, MEd TESOL '09 is an English Montessori Teacher with the Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School in Washington, DC.


Corinne Wright, MEd MCC '12  is a primary teacher in San Diego Unified School District.


Qi Yang, MEd TESOL '12 is working part-time at a small private school in San Bernardino. She provides administrative assistance at the school and teaches Chinese.  

Faculty Promotions
Joi Spencer Headshot

Heather Lattimer Headshot
During the Fall 2012 semester, two L&T faculty were promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor, Heather Lattimer, EdD and Joi A. Spencer, PhD. Congratulations to both Drs. Lattimer and Spencer for the promotion.  

You can learn more by viewing the SOLES Faculty and Administrative Appointments and Promotions publication.  
Faculty Spotlight - New Publications

The Value of Meaning-Making and Cultural Knowledge for Teachers Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Context 

- Sarina Molina, EdD


Communicating Science Concepts Through Art - Sandy Buczynski, PhD


Agents of Change: Teacher Leaders Strengthen Learning for their Students, their Colleagues and Themselves 

- Heather Lattimer, EdD


Mirrors of the Mind: Introduction to Mindful Ways of Thinking Education- Nori Inoue, PhD 


For more information, please view the 2012 Scholarship Report

Making a Difference
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Making A Difference Video: Bobbi Hansen, PhD
Bobbi Hansen, PhD:  
"I am a teacher because of her."  
Each of us owes a debt of gratitude to a teacher who helped us, believed in us, and set us on a successful course in life.  These remarkable individuals are largely unknown, unrecognized and underappreciated. 

The Make a Difference Scholarship Fund has been established by the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego to honor these selfless men and women who have committed their lives to teaching.  


The Make a Difference Scholarship Fund offers alumni, friends and community members an opportunity to recognize teachers who have made a difference in their lives through a contribution in the teacher's name.  


To learn more about this scholarship, please contact Kathleen Coughlan and to donate to this fund, please visit our secure giving site and be sure to include the name of the teacher in the notes section. 

SDAWP Summer Institute
The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) Summer Institute (SI) is designed for educators with 5 years of teaching experience or educational equivalent, K-college, who have experience with teaching writing and a desire to learn more. Applicants should have an interest in becoming a part of a professional community of practitioners. 
Reminder: SOLES Career Service - Job Services
If you are currently searching for a job, remember to continuously check the SOLES Career Services page and the SOLES LinkedIn page for job openings and opportunities.

Additionally, SOLES now has a career services intern, Steve Smith who will help SOLES students and alumni for the 2013 Spring semester. Steve is currently pursuing his MA in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Career Development and will graduate this August. He is a certified Job Transition Coach as well as an adjunct professor for Brandman University (part of Chapman University) in their Organizational Leadership and Business Management programs.

Steve's primary purpose will be to help students maximize their job search skills and develop strategic career plans. In addition, he will help build a career resource library for the SOLES website. Steve will conduct drop-in career counseling sessions on a first come/first served basis each Monday and Thursday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm beginning January 28th. His office will be located in the Career Services Annex in MRH 122B, which is just across from Bert's Bistro.

If you have any questions, please email us
Keep In Touch
We'd love to hear from you. Tell us about your new job, if you've gotten married or welcomed a new baby into your family.  Information submitted may be included in a future issue of the DLT Alumni NewsNotes and related SOLES Alumni Publications.  Also, please consider updating your contact information with the Alumni Association.

Submit your update to:
School of Leadership and Education Sciences