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Graduate Studies - Graduate Learning Specialists

California State University, Fullerton

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Graduate Learning Specialists Biography
Gina Armendariz


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   Gina Armendariz is a credentialed school psychologist in a school district in Orange County. She is also a licensed educational psychologist. Her undergraduate and graduate education has been here at CSUF, in Psychology. Gina says that she enjoyed her experience so much at CSUF that there was no hesitation, on her part, in applying for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program. In Spring of 2013, she received her doctorate from the California State University, Fullerton Ed. D program. In her spare time Gina enjoys going to the movies, and spending time with her family.


   Cristy Sotomayor, received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Her interests include statistics, cognitive neuroscience, and visual perception. She is currently pursuing her MA in psychology at CSUF. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.





   Lauren Yal has a diverse educational background including a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from San Francisco State University. As a current English instructor to university international students, she specializes in teaching academic writing and communication skills. She is particularly interested in research related to writing pedagogy and reading strategy instruction.





   Xochitl Casillas is committed to improving educational outcomes for all students.  She has extensive experience working in the P-12 and postsecondary education systems, serving as a Mentor, Tutor, Outreach/Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. Xochitl holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Masters Degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and is currently in the final stages of obtaining a PhD in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership from the UIUC.



   Jennifer Acosta-Licea teaches Speech Communication courses at Cerritos Community College and California State University, Fullerton. She has experience mentoring and tutoring high school students in all general education subjects. Jennifer holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from CSUF in Human Communication Studies. Her interests are in Rhetoric, Persuasion, and English Literature. She enjoys helping students organize their ideas and develop their own voice in writing. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys hiking, watching movies, and trying out new recipes.




   Dr. Elizabeth A. Suárez, adjunct faculty at California State University, Fullerton, is the Chicana/o Resource Center Coordinator, and part-time lecturer in the College of Education, Elementary and Bilingual Education. Prior to coming to CSU Fullerton, she served as coordinator for Migrant Education and college programs in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
Dr. Suárez earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Qualitative Research from Claremont Graduate University. She has a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual Education from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Cultures from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Suarez’ interests focus on the reproduction of inequalities in the education of Latino students as manifested through institutional mechanisms.
Dr. Suárez is a native of Orange County, and is a first generation Chicariqueña, of Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father.