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MA in Educational Administration (MA Ed) Faculty

Brooke SolesDr. Brooke Soles grew up in rural Wisconsin where she attended public schools.  As an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership at the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she teaches courses in the M.A.Ed. and University of California, San Diego/CSUSM Joint Doctoral Program. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Education from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, a M.Ed. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to higher education, Dr. Soles served for 15 years as K-12 bilingual teacher and administrator in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Unified School Districts (LAUSD) in both traditional public and charter schools primarily at the secondary level. She also served as a Los Angeles County Office of Education Charter School Office Authorizer. Dr. Soles completed service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and board member of both the Los Angeles Neighborhood City Council and the Gay and Lesbian Administrators and Allies of the LAUSD. She currently serves on the board for the California Association of Professors of Education Administration. Her current scholarship interest includes culturally proficient educational practices, learning and teaching in educational leadership, and online teaching and learning.

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Manuel Vargas, PhD, is a teacher educator with over 30 years of experience in P-12 and higher education. He has taught 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades and has been an assistant and school principal at International Baccalaureate (IB) American schools in Mexico. His career in higher education began in North Carolina as a middle-level educator. Soon after he initiated the middle-grades program, he became a departmental chair, then associate dean, interim dean, and dean of the School of Education and Human Performance at Winston-Salem State University, one of the sixteen campuses of the University of North Carolina System. His experience in higher education also includes two years at Sonoma State University, CA; one year at Appalachian State University, NC; and an adjunct part-time position at Salem College, NC. Dr. Vargas’s position as director of the School of Education at Cal State San Marcos ended in 2015-16 AY. Upon conclusion of his administrative duties, he joined the MA in Educational Administration and the JDP programs where he teaches courses related to leadership and diversity, leadership and organizational change, and access to educational opportunities topics which he has previously taught at Appalachian State and Sonoma State universities. His professional goals and scholarly activities focus on working with underrepresented groups in education, especially African American and Latino students. He is concerned about public education, which seems to leave many children behind while others race to nowhere. “Why is it that some school and classroom settings make it possible for some students to succeed while others fail?”

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Dr. Shawntanet JaraDr. Shawntanet Jara began her career as an elementary school teacher and as a Nationally Board Certified Early Childhood Generalist. She holds a B.A. in Psychology at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), an M.A. in Developmental Psychology at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA), and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego, and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Joint Doctoral Program. After teaching as a K-12 educator for 19 years, she served as an Assistant Principal and Principal. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching and Social-Emotional Learning. She is the 2016 recipient of the Chrispeels Doctoral Fellowship in Educational Leadership at UC San Diego and a 2012 District Teacher of the Year. Shawntanet joined CSUSM in 2021 as a part-time Lecturer for the Master’s in Educational Administration Program. Dr. Jara is an educator and researcher focused on diagnosing and assessing equity within the culture, policies, programs, practices, and processes to support the advancement of all students. She is an advocate who supports people personally and professionally, influencing effective teaching, learning, and relationships. She is a coffee lover, a book enthusiast, and an early riser.  



Delia Estrada

Delia Estrada, PhD, currently serves as administrative coordinator for the Professional Learning and Leadership Development branch with LAUSD. In her over 30 years as an educator, she has served as Associated Administrator of Los Angeles representative for Local Options Oversight Committee, Principal of Taft H.S. in Woodland hills, assistant principal, specialist, and a middle/ high school teacher. She is committed to using the tools of cultural proficiency to build safe environments for educators to engage in fierce conversations and reflective practice to build outstanding educational experiences for all children. She received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2017.



GaryDeBoraDr. Gary DeBora was born in San Diego and is entering his second year as an adjunct professor at CSUSM.  He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. in Curriculum Development and Design from Chapman University, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Chapman University, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Social Justice from the Joint Doctoral Program at CSUSM and UCSD.  He was a high school teacher and administrator, as well as football and baseball coach for nine years before joining the team at San Elijo Middle School (SEMS) in San Marcos in 2006 as an assistant principal. He became principal at SEMS in 2015. 



Josie Jackson

Dr. Josie Jackson has served the Perris Elementary School District since 2002.  She has worked as a Classroom Teacher, Projects Resource Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Human Resources Coordinator II, Director of Human Resources, and currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.  Josie joined CSUSM in 2017 as a part time Lecturer for the Master’s in Educational Administration Program. Josie’s passion is to serve students in diverse communities, and to provide them with the tools for success through education. She currently works in her position at the district level, to ensure and support cultural proficiency for all students.  Her dissertation research focused on “Culturally Responsive Teaching for Diverse Students: Inherent Dispositions and Attitudes of Effective Teachers”. Josie holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from CSUSM and USCD’s Joint Doctoral Program; a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership and Administrative Services credential from Chapman University; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUSM.  


Theresa Meyerott

Theresa Meyerott, Ed.D., graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, received a M.S. in Psychophysiology and Biofeedback from Alliant International University, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Social Justice from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).  She holds a single subject teaching credential in science and health, a clear administrative services credential, professional development, and special education law certifications. Dr. Meyerott is the Executive Director for The Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education. The Alliance is a regional collaboration between CSUSM, community colleges, and K-12 school districts that focuses on a comprehensive and comprehensible pathway to college access and success. In addition, Theresa continues her enjoyment with teaching as a regular lecturer for the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership with both UCSD and CSUSM and teaches in the fully online MA.ED. at CSUSM. Over the past 23 years, Dr. Meyerott has held a variety of positions in public education ranging from community college director, classroom science teacher, district administrator and state accountability coordinator.  Theresa is an achievement-focused K-16 administrator with a career focused on empowering teachers, staff, and students to succeed. A skilled leader of research-driven initiatives, including professional development, teacher training, special education, curriculum improvement, Local Control Funding Formula, Local Control Accountability Plan, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Title 1, and other State and Federal programs that improve students’ educational development and academic success.  Dr. Meyerott believes all students can learn with innovatively designed programs, curriculum, and instructional strategies implemented to accommodate the diversity of learners today. This successful learning environment can be achieved through high expectations, clear goals, and collaboration with students, educators, and community stakeholders. In Theresa’s extra time she is a scuba diving instructor, volunteers with environmental education organizations, and serves as special education advocate.




Dr. Carol Van Vooren is the Coordinator of the Educational Administration Credential program and the former principal of Jefferson Elementary in Carlsbad, an IB World School.  She taught every level from K-21, mostly working with English learners through Migrant Education and federal Title programs.  Her research is focused on leadership through the lens of cultural proficiency and international-mindedness.  Dr. Van Vooren is the professor of several of the cohort classes including Leading School Communities in a Pluralistic Society, Leading for Assessment and Accountability, and Foundations of Leadership and Educational Issues.  She is also the Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate at CSUSM.

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Bill BillingsleyMr. Bill Billingsley currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Communication with the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.   He is  a second career educator who earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Penn State, obtained his CPA license,  and worked for 25 years in corporate finance. Looking for more inspiring work, he decided to make a career change and follow his wife's footsteps to become a teacher.  He attended CSUSM twice, once in the full-time teaching credential program, then later in the Educational Administration program where he completed his Master's degree.   His educational experience includes working as an elementary teacher, a middle school teacher, a Lead Teacher, an Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Student Services working at the District Office, Assistant Superintendent and my current role where I serve as the Associate Superintendent.  Mr. Billingsley has served as an adjunct professor at CSUSM for 4 years, and his passion is mentoring teacher leaders who aspire to become principals and school administrators.