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 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.
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.
For the past 17 years, Allison Krasnow has taught in the Bay Area, beginning as a Spanish bilingual 4th and 5th grade teacher in East Oakland and more recently as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher in Berkeley. Allison currently works for the Berkeley Unified School District as a Teacher on Special Assignment for Instructional Technology. Her passions in teaching include developing curriculum that integrates technology and mathematics to increase students' engagement, promoting questioning strategies for students to think deeply about problem solving and providing more equitable outcomes. Allison is a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescent mathematics and a recipient of the 5-year Math for America Fellowship from UC Berkeley. She has a BA in Latin American anthropology from Dartmouth College and a MA in teaching from the DTE program at UC Berkeley.
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 Cal Teach instructor who has been teaching mathematics and education for the past decade. Aside from Cal Teach, 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 Cal Teach 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.
Director of MƒA Berkeley
Katherine is the director for Math for America (MƒA) Berkeley. She holds BS degrees in mathematics and secondary education, a MS degree in mathematics education, and education licenses in middle and secondary school mathematics teaching as well as 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 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.
As the program coordinator at the Berkeley Science and Math Initiative, Devin supports both the Cal Teach and Math for America Berkeley programs. Devin holds a bachelors from Berkeley, and a masters of science from Oxford, and comes from working in non-profits and start-ups. He serves as the Scholarship Coordinator for both the Noyce & Koshland Programs and oversees various adminstrative and operational components of the Cal Teach and MfA programs. Outside BSMI, he loves eating new foods, swimming, and reading and writing on history.
Student Services Coordinator
Jessica comes to Cal Teach after nearly ten years in the secondary classroom. She realized her passion for education at the age 19, when she received her B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and became the school’s youngest graduate. She later went on to receive a teaching credential and M.S. in Education from Cal State East Bay. Jessica is passionate about all things related to education and successful teacher preparation--especially the effective use of culturally responsive teaching strategies. Outside of Cal Teach, she loves swimming, traveling, dancing, and singing at karaoke restaurants with friends!
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 lifestyle that consists of taking long walks, exploring the outdoors, doing yoga and zoomba, and recently playing tennis.
Sandra Muñoz Lule
Resource Center & Office Coordinator
Sandra is a fourth-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.
Celeste is a second-year majoring in mathematics with a teaching concentration and minoring in Cal Teach. With this major and minor, 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.
Graphic Design and Social Media Assistant
Bianca is a third-year studying communications & public health. Self-taught in all things graphic design, Bianca enjoys creating innovative material to help spread the word about Cal Teach. When she's not designing, Bianca enjoys playing volleyball, running, and testing out new coffee shops in Berkeley.
Jennifer Vasquez is a third-year undergraduate majoring in sociology and is an aspiring mathematics educator and college advisor who hopes to help bridge the inequality gap between low-income and affluent communities. Outside of academics, she enjoys helping the immigrant community at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, going hiking, playing soccer, reading, blogging, and taking photographs of landscapes.
Shivaani is a third-year chemistry major and Cal Teach minor. She is a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, and hopes to pursue a PhD in Chemistry after graduating. Aside from academics, she enjoys trying out new cafes, hiking, and hanging out with friends.
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.