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 R with Duncan Temple Lang.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Faculty Co-Director
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 under-stand 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 on Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), a committee of the systemwide Academic Senate for the University of California.
Elisa Stone teaches in the Cal Teach 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.
Benedikt teaches in the Cal Teach program and coordinates the Cal Teach summer research institute. He earned his Ph.D. in physics (specializing in physics education research) at the University of Maine, where he analyzed classroom video to identify disciplinary progenitors in middle school students’ ideas about energy. He also holds a graduate degree in physics and mathematics with a concentration in teaching and education (Staatsexamen Mathematik/Physik für Lehramt an Gymnasien) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.
Rebecca Poon teaches courses and supervises apprentice teaching in the Cal Teach program. She received her Ph.D. in education at UC Berkeley, M.A. and teaching credential in mathematics at Stanford University, and B.A. in mathematics at UC Berkeley. Rebecca is interested in the mathematics content preparation and professional development of K-12 mathematics teachers.
Math for America Berkeley Director
Katherine is the director for Math for America, Berkeley. She holds BS degrees in mathematics and secondary education, a MS degree in mathematics education and education licenses: middle/secondary mathematics teaching and K-12 administration. Katherine is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction at Kansas State University. The focus of her dissertation is school change, specifically the improvement process of a school district in improvement. Before coming to Berkeley, Katherine was the Professional Development Coordinator for North Wasco County School District and an Assistant Professor at Eastern Oregon University. She also served on the Oregon Department of Education Common Core State Standards Stewardship Team.
Ryan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from UC Riverside, and is completing his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary's College of CA. When he's not managing the day-to-day operations of Cal Teach, he's lacing up his shoes to go on a run or experimenting with new culinary creations.
Mackenzie Lucky is the Student Advisor in the Cal Teach program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Sonoma State University and a Master’s degree in College and Career Counseling from San Francisco State University. She loves working with students and assisting them with any academic, career, or personal challenges. In her free time Mackenzie enjoys whipping up a batch of cookies, relaxing with a good book, or exploring new places
As Development Coordinator, Elizabeth leads fundraising efforts to support Cal Teach and Math for America. Prior to her work at Berkeley, Elizabeth raised funds to provide science education for San Diego's underserved youth and volunteered as an active member of her children's preschool and elementary school's fundraising committees. Elizabeth holds a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and a Certificate in Fundraising from Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
As the Program Assistant at the Berkeley Science and Math Initiative, Devin supports both the Cal Teach and Math for America programs. Devin holds a Bachelors from UC Berkeley, and a Masters of Science from Oxford, and comes from working in non-profits and start-ups. Outside BSMI, he loves eating new foods, swimming, and reading and writing on history.
As an Assistant with Cal Teach, LaVern supports the program by doing a wide variety of functions including purchasing, reimbursements, and event planning. In her free time, this proud mother of two has an active life style that consists of taking long walks, exploring the outdoors, doing yoga and zoomba, and, recently, playing tennis.
In addition to being a Peer Advisor for Cal Teach, Eric is a fourth-year chemistry major at Cal and an aspiring Cal Teach credential candidate for Spring 2015. Eric's hobbies include photography, being outdoors, and getting lost in a good book.
Michael is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in Environmental Earth Science and minoring in Cal Teach. Outside of his pedagogical preparation to inspire students with the joys of physical science, he spends his time nurturing his inner geek with recreational gaming and keeping up-to-date with new technologies.
Sam is a third-year Environmental Sciences major and an aspiring K-12 educator in Cal Teach. Apart from staffing the Cal Teach resource center, she is heavily involved in other education groups on campus, serving as the WeTeach club president and as a TEACH.org campus organizer. In her free time, Sam enjoys swing dancing, scrapbooking, and playing the ukulele.
Sandra Muñoz Lule
Sandra is a third-year Cognitive Science major who plans on becoming a mathematics educator and helping students from low economic backgrounds attain higher education. She enjoys spending time with her family, helping out in her community, and promoting literacy locally and internationally through the World Literacy Project.
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 Cal Teach Credential program, a unique opportunity to graduate with both a degree and a teaching credential.