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;
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.
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.
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.
Dennis De Guzman Caindec
Dennis is an instructor in the Cal Teach program and has been working in the field of education for over a decade. A former high school math and science teacher, coach, and mentor in New York City, he continues his work in schools as a program manager at the SF International High School where he strategizes and facilitates the successful transition of newcomer (recently arrived immigrants) high school graduates to post-secondary institutions. He has also worked as a professional development facilitator, trainer, and manager for the NYC Department of Education, the Internationals Network for Public Schools, and other notable organizations. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering from UCLA, a master’s in education from Pace University, and is currently a doctoral student in the Leadership for Educational Equity Program (LEEP) at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.
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 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 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.
Rachel is the student advisor at Cal Teach, giving guidance and support to students in the Cal Teach minor and credential programs at UC Berkeley. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland (Go Ravens!) and holds a master's degree in school counseling. Rachel is excited and passionate about education and loves working with students to help them achieve their goals. In her free time she loves to hike, travel, and experiment with new recipes.
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 coordinator 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 lifestyle that consists of taking long walks, exploring the outdoors, doing yoga and zoomba, and recently playing tennis.
Special Events Management Coordinator
Sam is a fourth-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.
Information Technology Coordinator
Michael is a fifth-year undergraduate majoring in environmental earth science and minoring in Cal Teach. Outside of his preparations for physical science teaching, he spends his time nurturing his inner geek with recreational gaming and keeping up-to-date with new technologies.
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.
Esther is a third-year chemistry major who also loves all things related to math. Aside from preparing to be a physical science teacher through her Cal Teach and chemistry classes, she manages a residence hall security program, plays the piano, and loves to read fiction novels. Of course, she's always ready to talk about exciting topics like electrons and education!
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.
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.