Professor of Statistics;
Deb Nolan's research interests include the empirical process, high-dimensional modeling, and, most recently, technology in education and reproducible research. She has been recognized at Berkeley for excellence in teaching and advising and enjoys working with and encouraging all students in their understanding of statistics. Deb is co-author of Stat Labs with Terry Speed, Teaching Statistics with Andrew Gelman, and XML and Web Technologies for Data Sciences with Duncan Temple Lang.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering;
Professor Johnson's research can be broadly categorized as materials characterization at the intersection of mechanical engineering and materials science. The thrust of his effort is to understand macroscopic material behavior in terms of its microstructure and to develop material models that accurately capture the response of a wide range of materials. His recent work falls into four areas: 1) microscopic modeling of failure modes in brittle materials, 2) understanding the failure of materials under impact loading, 3) developing macroscopic material models for the large-deformation response of metals, and 4) application of X-ray tomography with micron-level resolution to visualize the growth of damage in structural materials. Professor Johnson is also currently the chair of the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), a committee of the system-wide Academic Senate for the University of California.
Director of Cal Teach Berkeley
Elisa Stone teaches in the CalTeach program, and enjoys talking about K–12 teaching as a career. A former high school biology teacher and molecular and cell biology researcher, she continues to be interested in student development of scientific experimental skills. She has an MA in education, a PhD in genetics, and a single-subject teaching credential in biology.
Mark Spencer has his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from UC Berkeley's Environmental Science Policy and Management program and is passionate about working with students in the Cal Teach program. He deeply appreciates their rigor and STEM content expertise and the motivation that they bring to the work of developing their teaching practice.
Marlo Warburton has been a passionate K–12 teacher for over 20 years. National Board Certified in Early Adolescent Mathematics, she finds ongoing inspiration in her work related to positive classroom culture, growth mindset coaching, and the achievement of equitable outcomes for all students. Marlo has a BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley and an MA in Teaching from Mills College, and is a recipient of the 5-year Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship at UC Berkeley.
Edward is a Cal alumni (Go Bears!) and a CalTeach instructor who has been teaching mathematics and education for the past decade. Aside from CalTeach, he is also an adjunct professor for the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has a variety of teaching experiences, having taught in high schools, community colleges, universities, and graduate schools. His current interests are in elementary mathematics education, secondary mathematics education, and community college remedial mathematics. He received his PhD in mathematics education from Columbia University.
Dan is a CalTeach instructor and math instructional coach in Oakland. He taught middle school math and science in the New York City Department of Education and his areas of focus include using language to promote conceptual understanding in the math classroom. His MA is in bilingual/bicultural education from Teachers College and his BA is in economics from Williams College. Dan enjoys hiking and biking, even in the rain.
Sara Harmon, BSMI Program Manager, specializes in architecting intentional communities through shared core values and is dedicated to improving student experience and outcomes. Sara develops strategic administrative plans for both the CalTeach and Math for America Berkeley programs. She is thrilled to be a part of BSMI and credits her beloved 4th grade teacher, Mr. Wollitz, with sparking her love for science and inquiry. Sara holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.
As the program coordinator at the Berkeley Science and Math Initiative, Maritza supports both the CalTeach and Math for America Berkeley programs. She leads the Noyce Scholarship and Summer Internship programs, working with partners to develop high caliber opportunites for STEM learning.
Student Services Coordinator
As the student services coordinator, Clarissa serves as the advisor for CalTeach. She works with any student who is interested in the minor and/or teaching credential program and coordinates each student's field placement experience. She holds a BA in psychology from UC San Diego and is currently a graduate student in University of San Francisco's MA Organization and Leadership program. She may not have experience as a K-12 teacher, but she loves working in higher education and helping students navigate their time as an undergraduate. In her spare time, you can find her cheering on her favorite Bay Area sports teams or working out outdoors.
Celeste is a fourth-year double majoring in Spanish and Mathematics with a teaching concentration and minoring in CalTeach. Celeste aspires to go back to her hometown in SoCal and encourage students to obtain a post-secondary education. Besides mentoring and tutoring children, she enjoys spending her time playing basketball, hiking, going to the movies, and being with family.
Jennifer is a third year majoring in Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology and intends on pursuing her teaching credential through CalTeach. She wants to be a high school biology teacher, which she once heard described as “science, but with a bit of pixie dust sprinkled on top”. Outside of school, she enjoys her free time by listening to relaxing music, reading, running, and remaining present.
Irlanda is a third year majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and minoring in CalTeach. She is very interested in health and K-12 education. Her goals are to become a doctor and eventually work with students with disabilities. Outside of school, she enjoys listening to music, watching Netflix, working out and trying new foods.
Jessica is a second-year majoring in English and minoring in CalTeach. She is extremely passionate about education and hopes that learning about STEM teaching can widen her understanding of equitable education. She would like to teach middle school math or English. Outside of school, Jessica loves to bake, write, and sing (sometimes at the same time)!
Mariela is a fourth year majoring in Environmental Earth Science and minoring in CalTeach. She aspires to be a teacher in her hometown and is passionate about doing her part to close the education gap. Outside of school, Mariela enjoys board games and hanging out with friends and family.
Erika is a second year Astrophysics major who intends on pursuing her teaching credential through the CalTeach Program. She aspires to intern for NASA or ESA in her near future, and plans on becoming a high school physics teacher back home. Outside of school, she enjoys watching the latest movie releases, exploring nearby cities, and relaxing to music.
Our five-course minor is designed to be completed along side your STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) degree.
Students who complete the minor are eligible to apply for the CalTeach Credential program, a unique opportunity to graduate with both a degree and a teaching credential.