Class Notes, Spring-Summer 2012



Gilbert Robles, (MA) has been appointed by California governor Jerry Brown to the California Board of Parole Hearings. He retired as a parole agent from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after serving with the department from 1988 to 2010. He also served as a youth counselor in the California Youth Authority from 1984 to 1988.


Sharon Burton retired after 32 years of teaching. She earned her single-subject credential from GSEP in 1988.

Dennis Palumbo, (MA) is writing a new column for Psychology Today. Called “Hollywood on the Couch” it deals with the psychological issues, both personal and professional, with which creative types in the entertainment industry struggle. He is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Sherman Oaks. He is also a prolific novelist (see Alumni Authors).


Dr. Patricia Jaffe (MS) will retire in June 2012 from the Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD). She was named superintendent in 2012, served as interim superintendent and assistant superintendent of human resources. She has also served CCUSD as a principal and assistant principal, and for 25 years was a teacher at Culver City Middle School. She was also a mentor teacher for 11 years. She has been honored by the Culver City Chamber of Commerce as Teacher of the Year, and received the California State PTA Honorary Service Award twice.

DR. Stacy Sinclair (MS ’95, EdD ’04) has coauthored a book titled Designing Healthy Communities with Dr. Dick Jackson. Designing Healthy Communities is the companion book to the acclaimed public television documentary, which highlights how we design the built environment and its potential for addressing and preventing many of the nation’s devastating childhood and adult health concerns.


Kate Ambrus, (MA) retired to Camano Island in 2009, between Whidbey Island and the mainland, just south of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. It is a beautiful locale, with views of the Cascades. She is enjoying the outdoor life and ready access to mountain hiking.

DR. Jeanie Nishime, (EdD) was elected to the board of education for the El Segundo Unified School District in February 2012, capturing 30 percent of the vote. She serves as vice president of student and community advancement for El Camino College.


Tyler Ream, (MS) is superintendent of the Central Elementary Zone for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). CMS won $550,000 in college scholarships for high school seniors graduating in 2012 from the Eli Broad Foundation.


Edgar Angulo, (MA) was honored with the 2012 Pepperdine CABE Visionary Award for excellence and commitment to the field of bilingual education. He served as president of Pepperdine’s CABE chapter and helped lead the group to win Chapter of the Year honors. CABE promotes bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California.


Rob ert Martellacci, (MA) president and publisher of the MindShare Learning Report, has formed a new nonprofit organization called C21 Canada: Canadians for 21st Century Learning and Innovation. C21 Canada hosted an educational summit in February 2012 in King City, near Toronto, Ontario.


Meghan Owenz, (MA) successfully defended her dissertation for her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Miami.


DR. Nancy Barker, (EdD) has been named director of curriculum and instruction at the Ventura Unified School District. She has most recently served as principal at Poinsettia Elementary School.


Current GSEP students Sydney Brazile, Maya Lohith, and Samantha Sorkin have been awarded scholarships for the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) through the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Brazile, Lohith, and Sorkin are all in the Master of Education with Teaching Credential program. All three recipients attended the CCTE spring conference, March 29- 31, in San Jose, California, and presented their action research project from the Teacher Identity and Vocation course. They are working under the supervision of Dr. Garcia-Ramos.

Lisa Cooper, current doctoral student, has been selected as the new assistant principal of discipline, attendance, and activities at Culver City High School (CCHS). Prior to this position, She served CCHS students as an at-risk and guidance counselor

Crystal Jensen, current doctoral student, was selected as a recipient of the PDK (Phi Delta Kappa) Emerging Leader Award. PDK Emerging Leaders program recognizes top educators from around the world for their leadership. The PDK Emerging Leaders award is a respected honor within the education community.

Mark Orlando, current doctoral student, recently presented his published papers at the Intellectbase International Consortium (IIC) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 16-17, 2012. He presented “Fostering Creativity in Higher Education and The Ultimate Fighting Advocacy for State Sanctioning and Sport Recognition” on December 16, and Leadership Implications and Ethical Solutions of Athletic Directors in Producing a Successful Division I-A Football Program on December 17.

In Memoriam

Frank Edward Akins (MA ’75) passed away peacefully with his family by his side on February 19, 2012. He passed away at the age of 68, after a two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. He spent his 38-year career as a math teacher at Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, and retired in 2005. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

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