California State University, Fullerton

ALUMNI - 2006



LINDA K. BABCOCK, M.S.  Senior Coordinator / Assistant Principal San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Court and Community Schools    
Linda Babcock graduated from California State University Fresno with a BA in Physical Education.  After 20 years as a business owner, she completed her teaching credentials and a M.S. in Special Education from National University. She has experience as a Principal for neglected and abused group home students, Program Manager, Senior Coordinator, Resource Specialist and Vice Principal.  Linda has an extensive background in special education and working with at-risk youth from culturally diverse backgrounds.  Relaxing moments are spent with her husband, gardening, restoring vintage cars, long walks with her Labrador Retriever, Roxy and spending time with her grandchildren.

MARCIA ENCINAS, Ed.D.  Coordinator- Math, Science & Textbooks, Newport Mesa School District   
Marcia Encinas, aka "Marcy" received her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, her M.A, from United States International University, and her B. S. from University of Arizona.   Presently she is the Math, Science and Textbook Coordinator for Newport-Mesa USD.  Previous to this position Marcy was in the elementary classroom for thirty-one years teaching: Preschool, Kindergarten, First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Special Education and GATE.  Her experiences include leadership roles not only at her school site, but within the district and also with the Orange County Department of Education.  She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending her free time in Idyllwild, community in the mountains above Palm Springs. Her favorite daily activity is playing with her grandsons: Dane (6) and Drew (3).

ALICIA B. HERNANDEZ, M.A.  Assistant Principal, Chaffey Joint Union High School District   
Alicia Hernandez received her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of San Bernardino, and her B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from Cal Poly, Pomona.  She holds a PPS Credential from UC Riverside.  Alicia has worked both as Dean and counselor in the secondary level.  She is currently Assistant Principal of Discipline at Montclair High School.  Her educational experience includes doing various exchange and research programs in Oaxaca and Baja California, Mexico.  She writes grants and conduct workshops at the county's annual Parent Symposium.  Alicia loves summers, swimming, snorkeling in the Caribbean, and a good read on a hammock anywhere in the world.  Wildest experiences; hiking the Grand Canyon in one day and swimming with sharks in the British Isles.

MISHA KARIGACA   Principal, Westlake Middle SchoolOakland Unified School District     
Misha Karigaca received his undergraduate degree in Sociology at UCLA.  He obtained his teaching credential through Cal. St. Sacramento's multicultural / multilingual program.  Misha taught 5th grade for five years and then moved into administration at the middle school level. He spent his first two years as a vice principal at Westlake, and the last two as principal.  As principal, he does "everything under the sun", and realizes that this is not always efficient.  He has a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures; and to date has traveled to 5 of the 7 continents.

NANCY KAWATA, M.A. Principal, Travis Elementary, Travis Unified School District   
Nancy Kawata is a graduate of Eastern Ilinois University (music education) and Northwestern University (Masters of Music). Teaching experience includes high school vocal music, elementary music, and library media specialist. Administrative experience includes visual and performing arts director and elementary site administrator for three plus years. She enjoys hiking with her husband and dog.

MICHAEL KELLISON, M.A.  Principal, Brookside Elementary School, Ross Valley School District
Michael Kellison received his administrative credential from Cal Poly Pomona and his M.A. and teaching credential from Claremont Graduate University, and his B.A. degree from Claremont McKenna College. He is in his third year as an elementary school principal, his first at Brookside School. He has been actively involved in gifted education, both as a teacher and as an administrator, and serves as the GATE Coordinator in his district. Michael's interests outside of school include tinkering around the house and playing basketball. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three year old daughter.

GLENDA LOPEZ, M.A.  Coordinator, San Bernardino Adult School  
Glenda Lopez received her B.A. from California State University at Los Angeles in Comparative Cultures and her M.A. from Alliant University in Education with an emphasis on teaching English as a Second Language.  She completed her Tier I at Cal Poly Pomona.  She is currently the coordinator at San Bernardino Adult School where her primary responsibilities include accountability and overseeing the ESL Department, stressing the importance of civics education.  She has been involved in adult education since 1979 teaching in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties.  She has also served on the State Board of the California Council of Adult Education.  She is a world traveler and has been to numerous countries in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.


M. KATHLEEN MCNAMARA, M.A.   Program Specialist/Coordinator of Transition Services, Fresno Unified School District   

Kathleen has spent twenty-five years of her professional career in special education.  She has taught in Washington State, Europe and California. Some of her professional experiences have included teacher of special day and resource specialist classes, university instructor, developer/director of an international school learning center, district-wide case manager for students in the most restrictive settings, and most recently, administrator responsible for Transition Services within the district. Her undergraduate work was completed at Seattle University and her graduate work at California State University at Fresno.  She has participated in a variety of professional development trainings domestically and abroad.  Her family consists of two grown children, two grandchildren, two grand dogs and one grand horse. In addition to spending time with her family, she loves classical music, design, the out of doors, traveling and learning about other cultures.

ANN MORTON, Ed.D.  Director of Special Education, Los Gatos-Saratoga School District     
Ann Morton, doctoral candidate (ABD) from Fielding Graduate University, MA in education from Fresno Pacific University, PPS credential, Licensed Educational Psychologist.  I have only 7 years in the educational field; first as a RSP teacher, followed by a school psychologist, and now as a Director of Special Education.  In the free time I have I enjoy cooking, cycling, and participating in a living history group.

LUCY SALERNO. M.A.   Principal, Center Elementary School of the Arts, Travis Unified School District     
Ms. Salerno received her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University; Tier 1 Administrative and Technology Credentials from Sonoma State University; her B.A  in Music from U.C. Riverside and her Master's Certification in Orff-Schulwerk Music from Memphis State University.  Her experience includes both private and public elementary schools.  She was the district technology coordinator and staff developer for Travis Unified School District.  She taught music for TUSD for 13 years, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades, and is now the principal of Center Elementary School of the Arts.  She is a member of the Church of Christ, loves to scrapbook, and is devoted to her grandson.  She is expecting a second grandchild to be born while she is in Thailand!

JONI SIEGEL, M.A.  Assistant Principal/Discipline, Ontario High School , Chaffey Joint Union High School District      
Joni Siegel received her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State University San Bernardino in 1992 and her Masters of Education from The Claremont Graduate School in 1994. She is the Assistant Principal of Discipline at Ontario High School. Her experience includes teaching English and History for five years at the middle school level and English for eight years at the high school level. She was also the English Department Chair for four years at Ontario High School. Joni became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Young Adulthood English in 2001. She loves to read, garden, take walks with her friends, and spend time with her husband. She has four children-ages 22 to 29 and two grandchildren-ages 4 and 7.

DAVID SILVER, M.A.  Principal, Think College Now - Oakland Unified School District       
David Silver, B.A., M.A., is in his 3rd year as principal of Think College Now. For two years before becoming principal, he worked with parents and teachers to create the school. Prior to that, David served as the assistant principal at Lockwood Elementary School, after having completed his principal certification and masters at Harvard University.  In 2001-2, he served as a Rotary Scholar in Mexico where he strengthened his Spanish by visiting 15 of his former students' families. From 1998-2000, he was the program director of Teach for America in the Bay Area. Previously, he taught bilingual 2nd grade and coached basketball for three years in Oakland and Compton, CA. He graduated from UCLA in 1995 after moving from his hometown of Ann Arbor, MI in 1991.  He enjoys playing basketball, dancing, watching Seinfeld, and bringing people together.

TRACY SMITH, M.A.,  Principal, Venetia Valley K-8 School, San Rafael City School District       
Tracy Smith received her administrative credential and M.A. from Saint Mary's College, her teaching credential from Sonoma State University and her B.A. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. She is in her third year as principal of a K-8 School in San Rafael. Her educational experiences include teaching several grade levels in an English/Spanish bilingual program and has acted as coordinator of a federal grant. She also earned her National Board Certification for teaching middle grades in 2001. Tracy is fully bilingual and enjoys traveling, reading, playing soccer and running. Her two daughters are Taylor, age 4, and Brooke, age 4 months.

ROBIN SPINDLER, M.A., Director of Student Services and Special Education, Berryessa Union School District;    
Robin Spindler received her B.A. from the University of California at Davis in Political Science-Public Service and a M.A. in Special Education from Chapman University. She is currently the Director of Student Services and Special Education in the Berryessa Union School District in East San Jose. Prior to that she taught a Special Day Class at the middle school level for five years and then served as the Assistant Director of Special Education in the Livermore Valley Unified School District. In her spare time, she parents her teenagers, trains for half and full marathons, travels, and gardens at her hilltop home in Sunol.

LORRETTA WHITSON, M.S.  Director, Student Support Services, Monrovia Unified School District 
Executive Director, California Association of School Counselors
Ms. Whitson received her M.S. in educational counseling and Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) Credential from the University of La Verne, her Administrative Service Credential and B.A. in Organizational Communication from California State University of San Bernardino. She is a district administrator with annual fiscal responsibility of 1.8 million. Ms. Whitson serves as the Executive Director for the California Association of School Counselors, where she is the chief executive officer representing school counseling interest in California. She is a Senior Adjunct Professor for the University of La Verne.  Her experience includes 18 years of commitment to k-12 education. She has served on state education committees, the Board of Institute Examiner and on the State PPS Credential Panel to develop standards for university credential programs. She is often called as an expert witness for the California Senate and Assembly Education Committee.


แอน          Anne

มาซี่           Marcy

โจนี่              Joni

ลินดา         Linda

แคทลีน      Kathleen

ไมเคิล        Michael

มิชา           Misha

รอบบิน      Robin

เทรซี่         Tracy

โลเรตต้า     Loretta

แนนซี่        Nancy

ลูซี่            Lucy

เกลนด้า      Glenda

เอลิเซีย       Alicia

เดวิด          David