Distinguished Student Achievement Award Recipients 2018
Angela Nicole Torres
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Secondary Education
Ms. Torres’s culminating project is a field study that examines debriefing sessions of coaching cycles using video recordings of student group-work taken during class observations.
Ms. Torres’s background and leadership in mathematics instruction are exemplary, in the Bay Area, statewide and internationally. During her time at Mission High School she was selected as a representative to the Revitalizing Algebra program – where she worked with high school math teachers to develop professional learning communities within their departments.
Angela currently works in the Math Department at the San Francisco Unified School District where she has been instrumental in district efforts to reform the teaching and learning of mathematics. She provides professional development and coaching at the school district through its Complex Instruction Program, which facilitates student work by addressing status issues and recognizing that every student has a contribution to make.
Master of Arts in Special Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, and Special Education Credential
Ms. Anderson’s thesis investigated the experiences of, and effective support needed by mothers with young children who are enrolled in a residential recovery program. She has been a leader in our Early Childhood Special Education Conference and supported South African educators in a community challenged by extreme poverty.
Isabella Chanette Brown
Master of Arts in Special Education, with a specialization in Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Ms. Brown's thesis focused on parent-school partnerships for African American families with children with autism, thereby giving voice to families about their daily fight for educational equity. She also participated in an Institute for Education Sciences-funded research project, and developed the Autism Art and Resource Center.
Lindsay Charlotta Bussey
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice
Ms. Bussey’s culminating project explores how African American students navigate academic systems of oppression and racism to achieve academic success and advanced degrees. Grounded in educational equity and achievement gap theories, her teaching practice and community service are innovative and effective in serving marginalized urban students.
Linda Ellen Dugoni
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Language and Literacy Education
Ms. Dugoni’s research promotes grade level reading comprehension for low fluency readers in mixed-ability groups. Her skills as a Spanish bilingual teacher contributed to the community outreach portion of the MA program, and showcased the need to incorporate and validate students’ primary language in educational settings.
Karen Kyungah Hong
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Educational Administration
Ms. Hong’s culminating experience, “Inclusive Social Justice Leadership,” focuses on supporting inclusiveness and promoting a growth mindset across her campus as it implements Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. An outstanding transnational educator, she has served with distinction for seven years in the Jefferson Elementary School District.
Single Subject Credential
Ms. Kow is an extraordinary credential candidate; she collaborates in her planning, teaching and assessment, and is an exceptionally effective classroom teacher. Rachel has completed her credential in teaching secondary mathematics is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Secondary Education where she will continue her work with implementing culture and relevancy with mathematics in her classroom.
Master of Science in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology
Ms. Manuel works with culturally and linguistically diverse children with significant disabilities and augmentative communication needs. She oversaw the Communitive Disorders Clinic’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab, and worked closely with a child who relied on a speech-generating device, to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah.
Master of Arts Education, with a concentration in Elementary Education, and Multiple Subject Credential
Ms. Nieves’s research focused on how bilingualism and biliteracy development can be increased through supportive, guided instruction in literacy education. She is an active teacher at Buena Vista Spanish Language Immersion Elementary School in the San Francisco Unified School District.
Jenee Scott Palmer
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice
Ms. Palmer’s thesis investigated the experiences and achievements of African American students enrolled in private schools in the Bay Area, describing how they develop identities as achievers, and create “third spaces” as empowering sites of resistance. She served with distinction as Assistant Instructor in a course on Culture, Cognition and Power.
Angela Dawn Petty
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Instructional Technologies
Ms. Petty developed digital products of the highest quality, including a complete, low-cost, scalable digital tool to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math topics to Bay Area school districts serving low-income, underrepresented students.
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Adult Education
Ms. Pugh’s culminating project provided a formula for academic success among African American K—12 students. An instructor at City College of San Francisco, her field study was a curriculum development project to support writing for digital media among community college students.
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education
Dr. Salehoumoum’s dissertation examines strategies for enhancing reading comprehension among deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents. This groundbreaking research benefits researchers and practitioners of literacy instruction for this understudied population. She has served as an instructor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Communicative Disorders, published in a speech-language journal, and presented at national and international conferences.
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Dr. Romagnoli dissertation on prison higher education and de-carceration uses a Critical Trans Politics framework to deconstruct the impact of incarceration on trans, queer, and women prisoners, and more broadly all incarcerated people. A tenured community college instructor, Roam’s prison reform activism includes teaching English courses to men incarcerated in the county jail system. Dr. Romagnoli is also a SF State campus winner for the 32nd annual CSU Research Competition.
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Language and Literacy
Ms. Walsh’s thesis delved into the world of kindergarten writing, and how young children come to understand the world of print. Her research on emergent writers focused on children’s motivation and skill when writing about nature. She was awarded National Board Certification for Exceptional Teaching.
Nancy Nguyen Yee
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Elementary Education
Ms. Nguyen’s thesis project explores the impact of intentional scaffolding in developing strategic and fluent first grade readers. She has also contributed to the Multiple Subject Credential Program’s new student orientation, peer advising, and additional student teaching service.
Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood Education
Ms. Yip’s thesis examined instructional strategies that support a toddler’s communication skills. Her analysis focused on relationship building, non-verbal communication facilitation, defining moments of self-confidence, and initiation of positive behavior. As an infant/Toddler Teacher at San Francisco State’s laboratory school, she has been instrumental in training and mentoring pre-service teachers.
Olivia Paige Conner
Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders
In her junior year, Ms. Conner worked as an aide at a speech and language private practice and later served as a clinical assistant at SF State’s Communicative Disorders Clinic. Her interest in aphasia motivated her to join the Gray Matter Laboratory at SF State, where she continues to work. Conner works with Spanish-English bilingual clients with aphasia and contributes to ongoing research studies. A highlight of her senior year was serving as a mentor for fellow students and sharing her passion for the major.
After graduation, she will spend a year as an English conversation assistant in Spain. She then plans to continue her education at the graduate level and looks forward to using her work to create a speech therapy program integrating music and theater arts.
Catherine "Alex" Moreland was selected for academic recognition by the Faculty of the Department of Communicative Disorders. Her high academic achievement led to her becoming a highly regarded peer mentor for the Department in the areas of anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism and neurolinguistics. She has been accepted into the Department of Communicative Disorders at SFSU this fall. She is interested in specializing in the area of traumatic brain injury.
Laura Shea received the highest GPA in her undergraduate class of 2018 in Communicative Disorders. She will be attending Portland State University this fall, where she will be pursuing her Master's degree in speech-language pathology.