Dr. Ingrid Flores is an Assistant Professor in Science Education at California State University San Marcos. Dr. Flores is currently the program co-coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program. Her science education courses focus on developing pre-service teachers’ content and pedagogical competence through engagement in inquiry-based, scientific practices and process skills. Dr. Flores also teaches mathematics education courses that focus on developing constructivist teaching and learning approaches. She previously taught developmental mathematics at the University of Texas El Paso, where she worked with underprepared students in mathematics for readiness to enter university-level science coursework. Dr. Flores has significant teaching experience in higher education and working with K-5 public school classroom teachers and diverse student populations in exploratory and investigative science. Her published research and international conference presentations focus on developing and increasing pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy for science teaching through site-based science mentoring of fifth-grade students.
Phone: (760) 750-8527
Dr. Ana Hernández is Associate Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education and Coordinator of the Bilingual Authorization Program, Dual Language Certificate, and Multicultural Specialist Certificate in the School of Education. Dr. Hernández is also serving as the program co-coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California in San Diego and CA State University San Marcos. Her research examines issues of equitable teaching practices and cross-cultural competence in dual language education. Dr. Hernández taught for 32 years in California public schools as a bilingual/dual language teacher in grades K-8th. She is one of the founders of the Association for Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE) and served as the President of the organization for four years and a board member for over 10. In addition, Dr. Hernández is a national trainer for dual language programs and involved in bilingual teacher preparation through Global Learning Networks.
Phone: (760) 750-8507
Dr. Joni Kolman is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education. Her teaching focuses on educational foundations as well as teaching and learning in inclusive, learner-centered environments. Her scholarship is centrally concerned with teacher quality in high-need urban schools. Her recent work includes a multiple case study of how contextual factors shape the classroom instruction of experienced teachers; an exploratory study looking at the influence of new teacher certification policies on pre-service teachers enrolled in urban teacher preparation programs; and a mixed-methods longitudinal study examining an urban teacher residency program and its influence on teaching and learning.
Dr. Kolman joined CSUSM in 2016. Prior to her appointment, she served as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at City College of New York, CUNY. She taught in diverse communities in Toronto, Denver, and Boston before earning her doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Gilbert Valadez is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Valadez served as program coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program from 2014-2016. Prior to coming to CSUSM, Dr. Valadez was an assistant professor of Elementary Education at Redford University, Redford, Virginia for three years. Before teaching in higher education Dr. Valadez taught Los Angeles and San Francisco public schools. Dr. Valadez is a committed multicultural educator and researcher. His primary research focus is community service teaching and learning. He also has published on LGBT issues in education.
Phone: (760) 750-8514
Dr. Laura M. Wendling (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1991) is a professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services where she teaches courses in social studies methods and foundations of teaching as a profession. She has published widely, and made numerous state and national presentations, in the areas of oral history as an educational methodology, social studies curriculum and instruction, children’s learning in museums and arts education. Dr. Wendling has authored two books: On Heroic Wings: Stories of the Distinguished Flying Cross (2012) and Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education (2008). Dr. Wendling is the recipient of various honors including CSUSM’s Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research and service and the President’s Award for Innovation in Teaching. She is also the recipient of the Oral History Association’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award.
Phone: (760) 750-4308