Sonoma State University Team


Daniel Soto

Daniel Soto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University where he leads the Energy Management and Design Program. Prior to his hire at Sonoma State University, Daniel conducted postdoctoral research at The Earth Institute at Columbia University on solar micro-grids in Mali and Uganda.

Daniel's teaching interests are in energy efficiency and energy generation. He enjoys teaching both large-scale issues involving energy and analysis of small-scale energy systems. The potential for energy efficient technologies and approaches to improve human wellbeing motivates his research. In the developing world, he investigates new approaches to lower economic barriers to energy access and how energy efficient appliances can lower the cost of energy access. Daniel is also interested in the use of computation and communication technologies to impact energy problems and disseminate information.

Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University. He also has an M.S. in Physics from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to his return to academia, Daniel worked as an engineer at two startup companies creating optical micro-mechanical devices for laser displays and optical communications.

Ken Simon

Ken Simon has nearly 20 years of experience working in urban schools. He has served as a social studies classroom teacher, curriculum/instruction leader, district administrator and professional development provider across all content areas. He is a published curriculum writer and also teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level. Ken also served as a school designer and professional development provider for Expeditionary Learning Schools, conducting workshops and presentations on pedagogy, literacy and Social Studies content across the nation to K-12 public school teachers. Before coming to World Savvy, Ken served as the Director of College and Career Readiness for Minneapolis Public Schools.

Joanna Weidaw

Jonna Weidaw, is an Alternative Education teacher and graduate of Sonoma State University. She holds credentials and certificates in CLAD Social Sciences, Science, Math, and English . She has worked with SSU NBISP programs as a Teacher Lead for the Teaching American History Projects and the Common Core Implementation and Professional Development Projects. She has been awarded a Digital Excellence Award from the State of CA for technology integration and instruction. Jonna believes in the importance of teaching active citizenship and justice by engaging students in real world action projects, which are designed to engage students in their local communities and fit their diverse learning needs. She is also a part of the iCivic Educator Network and an Edmodo Illumineer. 

Michelle Mazzeo

Michelle serves as a Site Director for the California International Studies Project at Sonoma State University. Michelle has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International Studies, Latin American/Iberian and Caribbean Studies and Educational Leadership for Global Higher Education. Michelle has worked in various roles within education at the intersection of global and experiential learning, including as an English language teacher, an internship advisor, and an Outward Bound program developer and manager. She most recently supported social entrepreneurs at Ashoka in Washington D.C.

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