SEPAL Alumni – Grad Student ’14-19

Dianna Cazarez, 2019-21

cazarezdee@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Independent Contractor, Program Evaluator, California Science Project

What are you up to now professionally? 

Working with California Science Project at UC Riverside, finalizing a pilot program for K-12 teachers who are working on integrating Making and Engineering based on the NGSSS into their existing science curriculum.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

One thing I continue to use the most that I learned during my time with SEPAL is to understand and embrace my strengths and assets as a woman of color. I have a lot to offer professionally and through my lived experiences and SEPAL taught me how to market and use my skills to support my community and the people I interact with in every space I enter.

Jarred Dela Cruz, 2019-21

jarred_dc@yahoo.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Adjunct Human Anatomy Faculty at Chabot College

What are you up to now professionally? 

I’m currently working as a Human Anatomy Instructor at Chabot College and enjoying every bit of it!

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

From my time at SEPAL, I continue to implement active learning strategies and formative assessments in my courses.

Maria José Pastor, 2019-21

mariajosepastor3@berkeley.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Curriculum Specialist, MS, Learning Design Group, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley

What are you up to now professionally? 

As a Curriculum Specialist at the Learning Design Group, I plan and develop new curriculum content, and adjust existing instructional materials and curricula for public school science education.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

There are so many things I continue to do and use! I suppose if I have to choose one thing I use most is my new found knowledge of creating and editing surveys/assessments/reflections. I use these tools to create both teacher and student facing materials.

Katharine (Kate) Gelinas, 2018-20

kate.a.gelinas@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

I’m currently an adjunct instructor at both Las Positas College and Diablo Valley College

What are you up to now professionally? 

I’m currently teaching a mix of majors and non-majors introductory biology and learning how to best guide my students and myself into a world of hybrid learning.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I use so many things from my time at SEPAL: my professional connections (SEPAL People are awesome!), how to write an effective email, 21 strategies to promote equity and the 5E method, and the skills and confidence to advocate for equitable and evidence-based teaching practices.

Parinaz (Pari) Lajevardi, 2018-19

PL9982@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Training Specialist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System

What are you up to now professionally? 

Rehauling the training program for new and current employees in the data management section of clinical research.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Using the 5E method of learning (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) and implementing active learning strategies as much as possible.

Berenice (Alex) Cabrera, 2018-20

bcabrera32@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Adjunct Biology Faculty at Canada College in Redwood City, CA and current master’s student in the Higher Education Program at the University of Michigan.

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

5-E Model! I continue to use this in my biology lessons, school presentations, and even in some personal discussions.

Benjamin Nelson, 2018-20

bnelson@peralta.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Adjunct Professor and Natural History and Sustainability Program Director at Merritt College

What are you up to now professionally? 

Right now I’m directing a program where we try to support our students’ getting jobs that supports the environment and promotes a more sustainable and equitable future and constantly fine tuning my teaching practice.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I’m still utilizing many tools I got from SEPAL, more specifically: the 5E model in courses and meetings, think pair shares above all else, and using structure to promote equity.

Joseph See, 2016-17

josephsolomonsee@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Lead Naturalist, Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon

What are you up to now professionally? 

Research, field biology, capacity building/training, and scientific storytelling

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

All the little ways you can check for understanding with groups at all levels of science literacy

Analisa Brown, 2015-17

anabrown@ucdavis.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

2nd Year PhD Student, Graduate Group in Education, School of Education, UC Davis

What are you up to now professionally? 

I work as a Graduate Student Retention Coordinator for the Cross Cultural Center at UC Davis and as a mentor fellow with an Americorp affiliate (Improve Your Tomorrow) out of Sacramento.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I continue to use the worksheets (eg. 21 Teaching strategies) and resources I received from the SEPAL summer institute.

Derik Gonzalez, 2015-17

dpgonzal@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Assistant, Office Services at Bain & Company

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am working in facilities management and office administration at a management consulting firm.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I am constantly using the 5-E model in my team meetings, especially now that everything has gone virtual because of the pandemic.

John Rodriguez, 2014-16

jerodriguez@peralta.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Full-Time Biology Instructor, Merritt College

What are you up to now professionally? 

Working currently as the Guided Pathways Pillar 4 (Ensuring Learning) Lead at Merritt College and an active member of the Professional Development Committee.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

The thing I use the most from SEPAL is wait time after posing a question to students!

Tiffy Nguyen, 2014-16

tiffyanguyen@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Professor of Biology, San Jose City College

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am the lead Human Anatomy instructor and cadaver lab coordinator at SJCC.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

SEPAL taught me to take on teaching like a scientist and to collect evidence from students as much as possible.