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GSEP Professor and Student Recognized by California Council on Teacher Education for Commitment to Bilingual Education

Reyna Garcia-Ramos and Emma ColmenaresReyna Garcia-Ramos, PhD, professor in the Master of Arts in Education program at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and Emma Colmenares, a student in her last phase of the master’s degree in education and teaching credential program, have both been recognized by the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) for their work in bilingual education. CCTE is the largest and most comprehensive forum for educator preparation in the state, representing nearly every program in California, and members from across the entire learning-to-teach continuum.

Garcia-Ramos was honored with a Distinguished Teacher Award which acknowledges outstanding university educators involved in the preparation, induction, and professional development of future teachers. Her work focuses on addressing the widening academic gap of English learners in California's public school system.

Colmenares received the Graduate Student Fund award for her research project on the literacy development of bilingual children in dual language programs. She will present her work at the CCTE annual conference, to be held April 11 – 13, 2013 in San Jose, Calif.

At GSEP, Garcia-Ramos has been instrumental in establishing university-school partnerships that allow future teachers extensive learning experiences with English learners. She leads the university’s chapter of the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE), a nonprofit organization formed to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California.

Colmenares was also the recipient of the 2012 Carlos Penichet Teachership Award from CABE. She was selected as the award recipient for Region 3 at the 2012 annual conference in Sacramento. In addition to being recognized for their work, Penichet Teachership award winners receive $2,000 in scholarship monies to pursue bilingual authorization.   

Jennifer Trubenbach (MA '04) was given a standing ovation as one of People magazine's 2008 Heroes Among Us.