North Bay International Studies Project -- Sonoma State University

Daniel Soto: Daniel 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. 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 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. 

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.


CISP at Long Beach -- Long Beach State

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Bay Area Global Education Project -- Oakland

Timothy Bremner: Timothy has been a teacher and educator for 18 years. He has been working in the Oakland Unified School District as teacher, Academy Director, and Pathway Coach since 2003. Having founded the Sustainable Urban Design Academy (SUDA) at Castlemont High School in East Oakland, Timothy is now a Linked Learning Pathway Coach responsible for working with students, teacher teams, and leadership teams to continue the development of SUDA and supporting the development of a second pathway on campus, the Community Health Equity Academy (CHEA). In addition, and connected to his work at Castlemont developing pathway programs, curricula, and systems, he has worked with various communities and partners to create and maintain the SUDAWorks and CHEAWorks after school programs, an acre produce farm and permaculture food forest, a school garden, a 'fablab' and wood shop, community-based tree plantings, and special projects ranging from food access and sustainable business to bikes.  

Ken Simon: Ken 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.


ISTEP -- San Diego State

Kelly Leon: Kelly co-leads the Generation Global Single-Subject Credential Block and teaches Social Studies Methods at San Diego State University.  Formerly, she served as a history/social science curriculum specialist for the Sweetwater Union High School District, but recently decided to return to the classroom to teach 9th grade human geography, a course she helped bring to Sweetwater three years ago.  Kelly serves as a teacher leader for the California International Studies Project and San Diego State's International Studies Teacher Education Project where she has been given various opportunities to grow her understanding of teaching for global competency and sustainability. Kelly is also a member of the California Geographic Alliance and the California Council for the Social Studies. She is passionate about bringing diverse subject areas together around meaningful action research opportunities for students.   

Mandi Marcus: Mandi is a National Geographic Certified Educator and an elementary teacher in San Diego. She has held positions at the university level as well as K-12. Currently, she is teaching kindergarten and is a Teacher Leader for ISTEP.  She has a multiple subjects credential and an M.A. in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. Mandi integrates her passion for global issues, literature, and science into meaningful learning opportunities that encourage students to apply classroom lessons to real world issues. In her free time, you can find her exploring the great outdoors.

Emily M. Schell, Ed.D.: Emily has been a classroom teacher, site principal, and district Social Studies resource teacher for San Diego Unified, coordinator for K-12 History-Social Science at the San Diego County Office of Education, and preservice instructor at San Diego State University. Her work with the California Geographic Alliance and National Geographic Society provided opportunities to learn more about and develop teacher education related to environmental literacy. Emily served as an author for the California Education and the Environment (EEI) curriculum and now serves on the state Environmental Literacy Steering Committee. She is the former ISTEP director and is now Executive Director of the California International Studies Project.

Gina Vattuone: Gina splits her time between teaching 9th grade English at Bonita Vista High School with being an English Curriculum Specialist TOSA in the Sweetwater School District. She is co-leading the Generation Global cohort in the SDSU School of Teacher Education. Gina serves as a teacher leader for the California International Studies Project. She and her colleague, Kelly Leon, are working with teachers in the Sweetwater District to create a Global Scholars Initiative that develops students’ global competencies and encourages them to be agents of change. Gina is also the President of the Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English (SD CATE). She believes that teaching students to engage with issues of sustainability should be an integral part of all students’ education. 


FIRST -- CSU Fullerton

Connie DeCapite: Connie is the Director of FIRST (Fullerton International Resources for Schools and Teachers) at CSU Fullerton. For over twenty years she has developed institutes related to global issues, cultural awareness and understanding of California’s diverse student population. All of these programs incorporate literacy strategies and active student learning as well as enhancing content knowledge. Connie holds education degrees from Ohio University and the University of Redlands and has taught elementary school, intermediate school, English as a Second Language at the community college and was a Santa Ana Unified Curriculum Specialist. As Title 1 coordinator at the Intermediate school level she wrote and received a California Golden Bell award for her curriculum: Using Critical Thinking and Current Issues to Develop Reading Skills.

Susan Groff: Susan has 30 years of experience as a Biology teacher in secondary education. She currently teaches Biology and Global Studies while also serving as the Science Department Chairperson at Middle College High School in Santa Ana. Susan has taught in large comprehensive high schools, alternative schools and adult education programs over the course of her career as an English as a Second Language instructor. She received a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Kent State University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science/Psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience, and Teacher Credentials from the University of California Irvine. Susan was selected as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to participate in the teacher program to Japan (2002), Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow to the Philippines (2015) and Partners of the Americas Fellow for the Panama Teacher Match Program (2016). She was chosen as a NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) Airborne Astronomy Ambassador in 2013 and had the opportunity to fly aboard SOFIA in June 2013 and May 2015. Santa Ana Unified School District honored her with the 2010 SAUSD High School Teacher of the Year. She received the Outstanding Teachers of America Award from the Carlston Family Foundation in 2013.