EDUC 597 Members

Dr. Joi Spencer (Professor)

Joi Spencer, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, having earned a B.A. and M.A. at Stanford University, and a doctorate in education, with an emphasis in mathematics education, at UCLA. Her dissertation, "Balancing the Equation: African-American Students' Opportunity to Learn Mathematics with Understanding in Two Central City Middle Schools," examined learning opportunities and mathematics identity of both successful and nonsuccessful African-American students. While a doctoral student, Spencer was a fellow of the National Science Foundation's Diversity in Mathematics Education Center for Teaching and Learning, a collaboration with University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.C. Berkeley and UCLA. She is currently working on a chapter for her upcoming Second Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning. In addition to her work at USD, Spencer will continue her research with the LessonLab Research Institute in Santa Monica, working on a grant that explores the impact of a video-based lesson analysis of professional development in mathematics teaching practice and student outcomes in five middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Spencer's dissertation was funded by a grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Students Participating in the International Experience to Cincinnati and Philadelphia

Annie Reyes
I am a graduate student at the University of San Diego. I am getting my Single Subject Credential in Biology as well as my M.Ed. in Math, Science, and Technology Education.

My hobbies include playing co-ed softball and soccer in adult recreation leagues, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, and basically anything outdoors! I also love spending time with my nieces and nephews!

I was able to get my first stamp in my passport this past summer when I traveled abroad with other USD students to Costa Rica and am excited to embark on this trip through the Underground Railroad! I am hoping that I get to do more travel in the upcoming future!

Jessica Hoffman
I am currently a graduate student at the University of San Diego. I am a candidate for my M.Ed. in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education along with my Single Subject Credential in Physics. I also received my B.A. in Physics from the University of San Diego. I am currently the Physics Laboratory Manager for the University of San Diego.

 In my spare time I enjoy watching and playing all sports, doing puzzles, spending time with good friends, and overall just enjoying the adventures of life!

Lindsay Gross
I am from San Diego, California. I received my B.A. in Sociology as well as my multiple subject teaching credential from Occidental College in Los Angeles. I am currently a graduate student at the University of San Diego. I am getting my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. I love to work with young children and inspire them to be active,engaged and creative learners.

I enjoy going to the beach, traveling and playing softball. I have been involved in softball both as a player and a coach ever since I was very young. I am looking forward to learning more about the Underground Railroad and can’t wait to embark on this incredible opportunity!

Marissa Onaga
Hi. I am Marissa Onaga. Originally from Hawaii, I made my way to California via Maine to continue my education. After spending four years in Maine acquiring my BA in Liberal Arts, I decided to pursue a career in education. USD seemed like the perfect place as I would be closer to home and not need to deal with the harsh Maine winters. I received my Multiple Subject Credential from USD and am currently pursuing my Single Subject Science Credential along with my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.

Melissa Davis
I, Ms. Melissa Davis, thought I should tell you a little about myself.

I am a Masters of Ed. student at the University of San Diego with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction. I am currently teaching math in both general and special education classrooms in Rancho Santa Fe.

I have my Single subject Credential in Mathematics (grades 6-12), a Bachelors in Business Administration and hold a National Certification in Nonprofit Management/Leadership, all from USD. 

My hobbies are cooking, traveling, hiking, drawing, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Students Enrolled in the on campus EDUC 597 course (Spring 2012)

Christina Monroe

Kate Ackerman

Leilah Kirkendoll

Raketa Ouedraogo-Thomas

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