Caitlin Fine

Meet Caitlin Fine, using research and service to transform teaching, teacher preparation

May 2, 2022

Before enrolling at CU Boulder as a doctoral student, Caitlin Fine was a science teacher in a dual-language elementary school in Virginia, where she was often frustrated by her district’s narrative that teaching science in Spanish was a “nice bonus” and teachers need to prepare students for English-language multiple-choice state...

 Astrid Sambolín Morales

Meet Astrid Sambolín Morales, learning with and from Puerto Rican mothers

May 2, 2022

As a doctoral student Astrid Sambolín Morales went above and beyond to actively contribute to the formation of a better community in the CU Boulder School of Education and the Puerto Rican diaspora communities of Florida, Denver, and Pennsylvania with whom she partnered. Make sure the work you do is...

Nga Nancy Hoang

Meet Nancy Hoang, computer science education pioneer in Vietnam and beyond

May 2, 2022

Originally from Vietnam, Nancy (Nga) Hoang pursued a Master’s of Education degree in order to bring about change to the education system in her country. Hoang graduated from FTP University in Vietnam with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering. In Vietnam, she was the first person to create computer...

Alexis Harris

Meet Alexis Harris, a lifelong learner with an infectious sense of curiosity

May 2, 2022

Alexis Harris embodies the School of Education and Humanities Teacher Licensure Program’s commitment to teaching for equity and justice. Harris has been named the 2022 Outstanding Graduate in the Secondary Humanities Teacher Licensure Program for the ways she shows up, head and heart, each week and is always open to...

 Julia Chavarria

Meet Julia Chavarria, a higher education professional paying it forward with gratitude and kindness

April 29, 2022

Dedicated to building access and opportunity in higher education, Julia Chavarria is an excellent example of a scholar/practitioner who can quickly and deftly adapt knowledge she’s building from coursework in the Master’s in Higher Education program in the CU Boulder School of Education to her professional work experiences and supports...

 Ellen Teags

Meet Ellen Teags, returning to her "first love," teaching

April 29, 2022

Ellen Teags is a committed educator whose innovation around practices such as mindfulness and metacognition are leading the field. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oregon State University, Teags various roles at small businesses — from shipping logistics to data analysis to marketing and technical writing —...

Deidre Bergquist

Meet Deidre Bergquist, a literacy leader giving students space to be themselves

April 29, 2022

Just like many educators, Deidre Bergquist navigated the challenges of transitioning to remote learning with her students in 2020, her first year teaching first-grade after earning her bachelor of arts in psychology with a teaching license in elementary education from CU Boulder. Even with all the new hurdles that came...

Douglas Watkins

Meet Douglas Watkins, a Denver schools leader dedicated to research, STEM education

April 29, 2022

Douglas Watkins already had a busy and fulfilling career and family life, when he enrolled in the master’s program in the CU Boulder School of Education to deepen his grounding in learning sciences. With a newly minted master's degree, Watkins hopes to inspire his young son. Watkins is the secondary...

Angélica Gutierrez,

Meet Angélica Gutierrez, an educator in the fight for equitable education

April 29, 2022

Early on, Angélica Gutierrez, learned to fight for equitable education and defend the high school and school district that afforded her valuable lessons. “I grew up going to Adams 14 schools, and despite all of the narratives out there about the district, I learned a lot of valuable lessons and...

Valerie Otero Ed Talk

Powerful, personal Ed Talks videos exploring political courage now available online

April 22, 2022

On April 14, the School of Education at CU Boulder hosted a virtual gathering of Ed Talks. Inspired by TED Talks, these short talks explored political courage during this time when so many aspects of public education and even one’s own identity, humanity, and dignity are under fire. Videos are now available.