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REG Newsletter
Reading Educators Guild
California State University
PO Box 6868
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868
Reading Educators Guild
Fall 2011
Volume 38 Issue 4
CSUF Reading Department
Welcomes New Faculty
Editor’s note: For our Fall REG Newsletter we again celebrate the May graduates,( great pictures Kathi and
Linda) while welcoming new faculty to the Reading Department.
New web address!!
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Gena Lovett, Editor
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Catherine Olsen Maderazo joins the Department of Reading as an Associate Professor. Dr. Maderazo started her educational career in Orange County, after graduating from UC Irvine, as a teacher in the Capistrano
Unified School District. She taught second grade at
both Truman Benedict and Foxborough before moving
to the bay area to purse her MA in language and literacy at UC Berkeley. While working on her MA, Catherine taught primary grades in Mill Valley.
Dr. Maderazo went on to Arizona State University
where she worked as a teaching assistant and later a full
time lecturer while earning her Ph.D in curriculum and
instruction. Her dissertation focused on new teacher
development and responsive pedagogy. Later Catherine was hired as an assistant
professor at Kansas State University where she taught in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education. While at Kansas State, Catherine worked closely
with an elementary school paired with the university providing faculty development for the teachers. She especially enjoys opportunities to work with teachers
and students in their home school settings and is looking forward to finding similar
opportunities now that she is back in Orange County. (Alumni take note!) Catherine stated, “It is important for teachers to celebrate their students and recognize
the impact they have on each one.”
In her first semester at CSUF Catherine is teaching the Read 516 assessment
course and Read 520, Technology and Reading. Her research interests focus on
literacy teacher education, early elementary literacy learning and extending the possibilities for literacy pedagogy that reflects the
interests and strengths of diverse children.
Catherine has two sons, Leo (13) and Elliot (11). Both are enrolled at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin. Her hobby is reading children’s literature - a very appropriate choice for someone in her position!
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Julian Jefferies has joined the Department of Reading as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Jefferies completed his BA in communication
and journalism at Suffolk University. He earned an MA in Applied Linguistics from
the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D in education, specializing in bilingual/
ESL studies from Boston College.
Dr. Jefferies’ teaching experience includes high school, undergraduate and graduate courses. He taught paired courses in English
and social studies at a unique high school for immigrant and international students in Boston public schools. He also served as the
soccer coach. He has tutored and taught undergraduate courses in
critical thinking and writing, specializing in working with first generation college students. Dr. Jefferies also taught graduate courses
in social contexts of literacy at Boston College.
Dr. Jefferies supervises groups of students each summer in a Study Abroad program
in the Caribbean. Undergraduates in the program earn college credits while gaining
life experiences. Julian shares, “It is important to help students step out of their comfort zone through programs like Study Abroad where they can appreciate what they
know as well as what they don’t know. These kinds of experiences allow students to
develop as critical thinkers as they become aware of the variety of world views.”
Julian’s research interests include sociocultural contexts of immigrant youth, undocumented students in K-12 and the role of linguistics in content-area teaching. He has
published in the area of immigration in the media and has conducted research on experiences of undocumented youth in educational institutions.
Dr. Jefferies is a native of Argentina and a product of a bilingual household. He is
enjoying the climate and culture of southern California and when he has some down
time he boxes and collects vinyl records.
REG Board 2010-2012
The REG Board thanks Robin Barry for her generous service as President to our Reading Educator’s Guild and welcomes Lesley
Zarola as President for the remainder of the 2010-2012 term of office.
Listed below is the current board with contact information:
Leslie Zorola
[email protected]
Vice-President Programs
Leslie Zorola
[email protected]
Vice-President Membership/Treasurer
Jan Bagwell
[email protected]
Chris Parmenter [email protected]
Linda Cardwell
[email protected]
Newsletter Editor
Gena Lovett
[email protected]
Faculty Footnotes
This past academic year was another busy one for the Department of Reading faculty. We began our first all online master’s degree
cohorts, one in the fall and one in the spring. Courses are being rolled out in their online form as students reach the next stage in the
program. The first group will complete their all online MS in Fall 2012. Of course, we are still offering face-to-face classes at the
Fullerton campus and at the Irvine campus of CSUF. We graduated our El Rancho cohort in December, 2011. Our Paramount and
Fullerton School district cohorts are continuing in their programs.
Faculty continue to produce high quality work through grants, publications and presentations. Drs. Manzo and Bowers won a grant
to implement the Pocket Tutor Project. Dr. Bowers presented at the IRA and LRA conferences. Dr. Erica Bowers also coauthored a
text that was published by Shell Education this year and a book chapter on developing academic English. In addition Dr. Bowers coauthored an article that appeared in the Bilingual Research Journal.
Dr. Ordonez-Jasis was awarded a sabbatical for the 2010-2011 academic year. She used that time to its fullest, presenting at AERA
and CAEYC and co-authoring two book chapters and three journal articles. See below for full citations of all works.
Faculty Publications 2010-2011
Linda Vander Wende
[email protected]
Webpage Coordinator
Kimberley Mundala
[email protected]
Heather Brandon Expresses Appreciation for the Edwin Carr Scholarship Award
* from the Autumn Dessert Reception this is Heather’s speech
I’m sure everyone can attest to the financial hardships especially prevalent these past
few years. Imagine going to your mailbox on a typical day and finding out that
“someone” has selected you to have a considerable sum of money to ease your burden. It sounds too good to be true, but thanks to all of the sponsors in the room this
was a reality for all of the recipients here tonight. I am so grateful for the generosity
that made this a reality. Knowing that there are wonderful people within the Cal
State Fullerton community who want to see an educator like myself succeed, makes
this award even more special. With my husband in school for an infinite amount of time, it has made it
challenging for me to pursue my academic goals. The Masters in Reading program has made a world of
difference to me and to all 268 students at my school that I impact. I am 100 times more effective as a
reading teacher because of this program and know it has not only changed my life trajectory for the better
and impacted my career, but it is also responsible for all of the students I work with to read at higher levels.
At times it has been beyond challenging to balance work and school and a marriage, but it makes its more
manageable knowing that I have cheerleaders to see that I complete this program. Being a reading specialist has been my dream job
for over 5 years now. I would have thought this a dream too extreme, but thanks to all of you my dreams came true!
Bowers, E., Fitts, S., Jung, W. & Quirk, M. (2010). Effective strategies for developing Academic English: A study of teacher practices and student achievement. Bilingual Research Journal, 33, 95-110.
Bowers, E., & Keisler, L. (2011). Academic English, Supporting English Language Learners: Every Day, Every Lesson. Huntington
Beach, CA: Shell Education.
Fitts, S., & Bowers, E. (in press, 2011). Developing academic English with English language learners: A study of mainstream classroom practices. In C. Faltis, & B. Arias, Academic language in second language learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age
Jasis, P. & Ordoñez-Jasis -Jasis, R. (In press). Latino parent involvement: Examining commitment and empowerment in schools.
Urban Education.
Ordoñez-Jasis, R. & Flores, S. (2010). Descubriendo historias/ Uncovering stories: Making connections among the literacy worlds
of Latino children (pp. 124-137). In S. Greene and C. Compton-Lilly (Eds.), Bedtime Stories and Book Reports. New York,
NY: Teachers College Press.
Ordoñez-Jasis, R. & Jasis, P. (In press). Mapping literacy, mapping lives: Teachers exploring the sociopolitical context of literacy
and learning. Multicultural Perspectives.
Ortiz, R. & Ordoñez-Jasis, R. (2010). Lejendo juntos/Reading together: New directions for Latino parent early literacy involvement
(129-142). In D. Strickland's (Ed), Essential readings on early literacy. International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
Valenciana, C. & Ordoñez-Jasis (In press). Unconstitutional deportation of the 1930’s: Learning from voices of the past. The Social
Note: Heather received two scholarships while she was a student in the program. She was a Reading Educators Guild scholarship
recipient her first year in the program and the second year she received the Klausner scholarship. Heather wrote the speech below
which she read at both the College of Education Scholarship awards event in 2010 and again at the Reading Educators Guild breakfast earlier this year.
Members who would like to donate to the scholarship fund can do one of two things:
1-Add a donation to the Hancock Fund when you renew your membership in January 2012.
2-Go to and select Giving to CSUF, select Directing Your Gift, select College of Education, select Hancock
Donations are always very much appreciated as is clear in Heather’s speech.
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El Rancho Cohort
Melissa Alvarez
Karen Yamamoto
Heather Brandon
Claudia Castorena
Amalia Gutierrez
Irvine Campus Fall
Julie Amster
Amna Bhatti
Shannon Borg
Maggie Galasso
Alison Garza
Amelia Irene Hernandez
Ana La Clair
Annie Lee
Above: Fullerton
campus graduates
Lisa Rubio
Robin Kennedy-Mistry
Kendra Matson
Heidi Marshall
Katie Sugg
Hilda Vasquez
Lorena Verduzco
Fullerton Campus Fall
Carol Brasher
Michelle Choi
On Right: Irvine campus
Fatima Gonzalez
Natalie Haney
ShaLee Baan Hoffman
Shauna Lee Johnson
Linda Kim
Mable Lin
Kristine Magnien
Lisa Williams
Caren Wittkop
Fullerton Campus Spring
Nancy Cohick
Eileen Fegan
Janette Gonzalez
Melanie Levy
Amy McGinnis
Fany Karina Melendez
Renee Murray
Hanh Nguyen
Julian A. Rodriguez
Natalia Martinez
Heiva Naderi
Norma Sanchez
Megan Sanden
Sara Walton
Note:Photos are available on our face book site - Reading Educators Guild – please log on and “like” us.
Above: Fullerton campus graduates
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Above: Awesome volunteers Linda Cardwell, Lesley Zorola, Carlin Le-Hessinger, Matt Harris & Robin Barry
On Left: Outstanding Graduate Student Awardees, Karen
Arrelano, Kristine Magnien,
Heather Brandon (Edwin Carr
Fellow) and Kara Schneider
Above: El Rancho Cohort
Below: Fullerton campus grads
On right: Dr Bowers with Heather
Brandon, Edwin Carr Fellow
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