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Graduate Studies - Graduate Learning Specialists

California State University, Fullerton

Graduate Learning Specialists Biography
Gina Armendariz




   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.