Faculty

Deb Nolan

Professor of Statistics; Faculty Director
CalTeach Team

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.

Mark Spencer

Lecturer
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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 CalTeach program. He deeply appreciates their rigor and STEM content expertise and the motivation that they bring to the work of developing their teaching practice.

Ashton Wesner

Lecturer
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Clare Parker

Lecturer
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Ari Jamshidi

Lecturer
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Ari is part of a team at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) where he develops Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-designed curriculum and supports teachers through professional learning experiences. Through a partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, he has co-developed a project-based, middle school science curriculum aligned to the NGSS that focuses on performance-based assessments. Alongside this work, Ari is also part of the OpenSciEd initiative to help middle school science teachers nationwide as they engage learners with the three...

Kiera Chase

Lecturer
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Libby Gerard

Lecturer
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Libby is a Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines how innovative learning technologies can capture student ideas and help teachers and principals use those ideas to make decisions about classroom instruction. Libby designs and leads teacher and principal professional development by using student embedded assessment data to inform instructional customization and resource allocation. Prior to being a Research Scientist, Libby was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. She also taught preschool...

Eugene Chiang

Professor of Astronomy & Earth and Planetary Science; Faculty Director
CalTeach Team

Eugene Chiang is Professor of Astronomy and Earth and Planetary Science. A theoretical astrophysicist with interests in all things planetary, he works on topics in planet formation, orbital dynamics, and planetary atmospheres. He teaches a variety of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including (his favorite) order-of-magnitude physics, and has received the 2014 Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2019 Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Physical Sciences. He has served in a number of campus positions, including Astronomy department...

Elisa Stone

Director of Cal Teach Berkeley
CalTeach Team

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.

Maria Laws

Lecturer
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Maria Laws is an enthusiastic K -12 science educator with over 20 years of classroom experience. She is a member of the SCOPE/CTA Instructional Leadership Corps and a recipient of the Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship at UC Berkeley. In addition to her work with high school students, she is a senior faculty member for the ACOE Integrated Learning Specialist professional development program serving educators across the Bay Area. Maria has a B. S. in Biological Sciences, an M. A. in Education, Teacher Leadership, and an M. Ed. in Education, Integrated Learning through the Arts.