Meet the Team

Nahed Abdelrahman

Nahed Abdelrahman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: nrahman@tamu.edu

Nahed Abdelrahman holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University and currently serves as a project coordinator on Project Preparing Academic Leaders (PAL): Teachers of English Learners. She joined Texas A&M University in the fall of 2013 with great passion in K-12 education reform. Her research interests center on education policy and principal preparation. She was selected as a Barbara Jackson Scholar from 2015-2017 and earned an EAHR Graduate Student Achievement Award in 2016. She has authored and co-authored several publications related to education policy. She has presented her research in prestigious conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), National Council for Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA), Research on Women and Education (RWE), and Universality of Global Education Issues Conference. She serves as the president of Graduate Representative Advisory Board (GRAB), chair of the Awards Committee of the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), and member in the Texas A&M Appeals Panel. She currently serves as the assistant editor of the following journals: Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, Advancing Women in Leadership, Education Law and Policy Briefs Journal, and Dual Language Research and Practice Journal


Laura Cjiao-Wigenbach

Laura Cajiao-Wingenbach, Ph.D.
Research Specialist II
Phone: 979.845.3193
Email: lauravcm@tamu.edu

Laura Cajiao-Wingenbach serves as the lead coordinator for Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS). She works with the principal investigators to oversee and coordinate the efforts on the projects. Laura has a master's degree in management of educational services, and in May of 2018, she completed her doctoral degree in human resource development at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include virtual professional learning, reflective practice, communities of practice, coaching and mentoring, training and development, and human resources consulting. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs, gardening, and traveling.


Sharon de Marin, Ph.D.
Research Specialist I
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: sharon.demarin@tamu.edu

Sharon de Marin is a researcher who coordinates Component 2 for Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (APLUS) grant. Sharon earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology with an emphasis in special education and finished a post-doc at University of Texas Health Science Center, where she researched and developed interventions targeted to improve executive function and emotional awareness among struggling readers in primary school. She has a strong research background and interest in self-regulation / executive function, academic English development among English learners, first and second language reading and writing development, morphemic awareness and development, high incident disabilities, and single case and group design research. Sharon's other research interests include literacy development in Sub-Sahara Africa, namely Zambia, where she also collected data for her dissertation. Sharon's interests outside of academia include playing and reading with her daughters (Robin and Madison), watching documentaries and listening to NPR with her husband, traveling internationally with her family, preparing foods from different countries, and dancing salsa with her friends. 


Donna Druery

Donna Druery
Research Specialist I
Phone: 979.862.4407
Email: donna.druery@tamu.edu

Donna M. Druery serves as the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (APLUS) grant coordinator for Components 3 and 4. Donna is in charge of recruitment and training of practicing principals at the elementary school level and coordinating the the Summer Leadership Institute and the APLUS Massive Open Online Informal Individual Learnings (MOOPILs). Donna is also a Ph.D. student in the Education and Human Resource Development Department (EAHR).  Her research interests include educational policies and politics, race, class, gender and cultural issues relating to social stratification of education and communities. She is a children's book author and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and writing. 


Allison Esparza

Allison Esparza, M.Ed.
Research Specialist I
Phone: 979.845.3287
Email: amesparza@tamu.edu

Allison Esparza serves as a research specialist for the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA); she helps develop science curriculum and acts as a mentor/coach for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology  Opportunities (LISTO). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her dogs Emmett and Felix. 


Kenneth Fleming

Kenneth Fleming, Ph.D.
Research Specialist I
Phone: 979.845.3287
Email: kennethflemingjr@tamu.edu

Kenneth Fleming serves as a coordinator and instructional coach for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). As a science teacher, science teacher educator, and science education researcher, he uses his experience and expertise to help connect project staff and participants with ongoing developments in the field. Kenneth leads the curriculum development effort for the project and is a key contributor to the professional development of teachers participating in the LISTO project through virtual professional development events and virtual mentoring and coaching. He also oversees the family involvement in science component of the LISTO project. Kenneth’s research focuses on understanding the benefits of authentic experiences in science and connecting experiences across the informal science education landscape.


Rodolfo Gaytan

Rodolfo "Rudy" Gaytan, M.B.A.
Research Specialist I
Phone: 979.862.3109
Email: rgaytan@tamu.edu

Rodolfo “Rudy” Gaytan serves as a research specialist in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development. He is the coordinator for Component 5 — also known as Turnaround — in the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (APLUS) research project. Rodolfo is a former mathematics teacher and instructional coach, both at the secondary level. His research centers on organizational theory, and transient and persistent mathematics difficulty. He is married with three daughters, and enjoys taking naps in his spare time.


Cindy Guerrero

Cindy Guerrero, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist
Phone: 979.845.3193
Email: cguerrero@tamu.edu

Cindy Guerrero is the lead coordinator for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). She has 14 years experience coordinating and implementing large-scale research grants related to literacy and science instructional interventions for economically challenged students and English learners. Her research interests include literacy, science, and academic language proficiency of economically challenged and EL students and virtual professional learning for teachers. 


David Jimenez

David Jimenez, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Phone: 979.458.0402
Email: david.jimenez@tamu.edu

David Jimenez serves as the lead coordinator for Project Online Bilingual Education Prep Course Training (OBEPCT) and Project Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL). He spent seven years working with culturally and linguistically diverse students as a middle and high school teacher at various school districts within the San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley areas. During this time, he also served as a social studies department head and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) coordinator at two separate high schools. He currently holds teacher certification from 8-12 grade along with a principal’s certification granted through the state of Texas. In addition, he has a master’s degree in Spanish (Hispanic Studies) from Texas A&M University. In May of 2017, David completed his doctoral in educational psychology with an emphasis in bilingual education at Texas A&M. His research interests include second language acquisition, literacy development, teacher preparation, and developing online instructional courses. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and traveling to visit historical sites.


Sharmila Pathikonda

Sharmila Pathikonda, Ph.D.
Research Specialist I
Phone: 979.845.3287
Email: spathikonda@tamu.edu

Sharmila Pathikonda is a research specialist working on Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). Sharmila comes with over 12 years of experience in science research, education, and coordination; she has a strong background in scientific research in the biological sciences, and has served in mentorship roles and coordinated science education projects for several federally funded projects. Currently, she liaises between the teachers and district contacts across Texas, and the LISTO team from Texas A&M University. Her continuing interests includes adult learning and science education in formal and informal settings. 


Lucy Rodriguez

Lucy Rodriguez
Research Associate
Phone: 979.845.2762
Email: lucy_rdz25@tamu.edu

Lucy Rodriguez has been working for Texas A&M University’s Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA) for four years. She started off as a student worker with one of the center’s $17.3 million federal projects. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, she continued working at the CRDLLA, first as program assistant, then research assistant, and now serves as research associate. In this role, Lucy serves as the CRDLLA's office manager, handling logistics and business aspects across the center’s $60 million research portfolio. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys spending time with her family.


Julia Stanka Lynch, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: julia.lynch@tamu.edu

Julia Lynch received her Ph.D. in Bilingual Education at Texas A&M University where she studied the effects of storytelling, retelling and higher order thinking for language and literacy acquisition. She is interested in contexts in which individuals must learn an additional language quickly as a matter of personal success, such as immigrant children entering the public school system. An avid believer in the “Pleasure Hypothesis” she believes that “What is good for language development and literacy development is perceived to be pleasant by the acquirer and the teacher” (Krashen, 2007).


Shifang Tang

Shifang Tang, Ph.D.
Research Specialist I
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: shifangtang03@tamu.edu

Shifang Tang serves as the testing and data analysis coordinator for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO); she is leading a group of graduate assistants focused on data collecting, processing, and analysis. She also works with the project principal investigators to prepare manuscripts for government reports, conference proposals, journal papers, and book chapters. Shifang holds a Ph.D. candidate in bilingual education. Her research interests include bilingual teachers' pedagogy and ELs' achievement. In her spare time, she enjoys reading.


Elsa Villarreal

Elsa Villarreal, M.Ed.
Research Specialist II
Phone: 979.862.4407
Email: elsitavillarreal.ev@tamu.edu

Elsa Villarreal is a project coordinator for Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS): Building Instructional Capacity to Impact Diverse Learners for Component 1; she supports aspiring school principals enrolled in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration Program (emphasis in PK-12 principal-bilingual campus tack). Elsa is also a doctoral student in educational administration. Her research interests include women in leadership, K-12 public school principals, and English learners. 


Michael Walker

Michael Walker
IT Professional
Phone: 979.862.1795
Email: michaelwalker@tamu.edu

Michael Walker serves as the IT professional for the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). He supports all technology needs for three grants — Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO), Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL), and Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (APLUS). His hobbies include running, working out, reading, and cooking.


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Raquel Granados Aguilar
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: raquelg@tamu.edu

Raquel Granados Aguilar works as a Graduate Assistant Researcher for Project Literacy-Infused
Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). Raquel is a Ph.D. Candidate in the High
Alpine and Arctic Research Program (HAARP) in the Department of Geology; Geophysics, at
Texas A&M University. Raquel holds a BSc in Geology and a Licenciatura degree in Geology
from the University of Costa Rica. She was the second Texas A&M student to ever receive the
International Peace Scholarship from the P.E.O sisterhood. Her research focuses in using
geophysical methods to study the internal structure of rock glaciers to evaluate their potential for
future water supply. For more information, visit her Google Scholar profile and her Geology
profile.


Swati Awasthi
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: swatiawasthi@tamu.edu

Swati Awasthi serves as a graduate assistant for the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS) grant at the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). She helps gathering data, cleaning it, and eventually performing analysis in order to aid research and recruitment needs for underserved schools. Swati is a graduate student pursuing her M.S. in management information systems from Mays Business School. Her interests include data analytics, project management, and consulting. She enjoys adventure activities such as scuba diving, bungee jumping, sky diving, and travelling to new places to experience the culture and architecture.


Bhagyashree Barhate
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: bhagyashreebarhate@tamu.edu

Bhagyashree Barhate works as a graduate assistant researcher on Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). She is also a doctoral student the Human Resource Development Program. In her free time, she loves cooking, painting, and reading.


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Anshuman Bhatnagar
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: anshuman.bhatnagar@tamu.edu

Anshuman Bhatnagar is a Graduate Assistant for the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS). He works on Virtual Professional Development (VPD) so as to provide his support for development of leaders for undeserved schools. He is a graduate student pursuing his M.S. in Management Information Systems at Mays Business School. He finds solace in IT security research and operations, security analytics and project management. A fanatic of basketball, he plays basketball in his spare time and enjoys spending his time outdoors. He enjoys talking to people and believes in lifelong learning.


Amin Davoodi
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: amindavoodi1988@tamu.edu

Amin Davoodi serves as a graduate assistant for the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS) grant at the Centre for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA).  He is currently a PhD student in Teacher Education and ESL in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Culture at Texas A&M University. He has a decade of ESL/EFL teaching experience in Iran and the US and has published and presented more than a dozen of research studies. He has had workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers in the US, Mexico, Armenia and Iran. His areas of research interest are teacher education, narrative inquiry, second language writing, and educational policies. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching soccer, playing music and cooking.


Hamada Elfarargy
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: helfarargy@tamu.edu

Hamada Elfarargy is a third-year Ph.D student in K-12 educational leadership and a graduate research assistant in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. He is a former English language teacher, education coordinator, and STEM high school principal. He is also a leadership coach and a television presenter. He participated in training STEM principals and leadership teams when he served as the school principal for October STEM high school. His research interests include principalship, instructional leadership, teacher preparation, mentorship, school effectiveness, and STEM education.


Nariman Eljaouhari

Nariman Eljaouhari, M.Ed.
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: faith1985@tamu.edu

Nariman Eljaouhari serves as a graduate research assistant for the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA); she has played different roles including data collection through virtual classroom observations, curriculum development, data analysis and dissemination of findings, and implementation and evaluation for English language learners from kindergarten to third grade. Nariman is getting her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University. Working in the CRDLLA not only will enhance but also diversify her learning experiences. Her research interests include cultural studies, mentoring, and educational leadership, equality and equity in education, especially in areas impacting disadvantaged English learners. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, painting, and bowling.


Zihan Geng

Zihan Geng
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: gengzihan@tamu.edu

Zihan Geng serves as a graduate assistant for Project Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS) in the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition. Her role in the project consists of data collection, data analysis, and research paper writing. She is now a Ph.D. student in the ESL Program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC) at Texas A&M University. She earned her Master Degree in Applied Linguistics at Texas Tech University. Her research interests include bilingual education, language and cognition, second language acquisition, teacher education, and professional development for school leaders.
 

Wenhong Guo

Wenhong Guo
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: welcom915-@tamu.edu

Wenhong Guo serves as a graduate assistant for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO) in the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition; her duties involve test scanning, data clearing, processing, and  analysis. Wenhong is also a doctoral student in bilingual education. Her research interests are assessment and gamification in dual language and education. In her spare time, she likes reading and music.


Chenxuan He
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: hechenxuan@tamu.edu

Chenxuan He serves as a graduate assistant for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). She assists in collecting and analyzing project data. She is also a doctoral student in the Bilingual Education Program and curious about the factors and methodologies that can help improve second language acquisition and biliteracy development. In her spare time, she enjoys music, travelling, and learning new languages.


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Dadao Hou
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: dadaohou@tamu.edu

Dadao Hou serves as Graduate Assistant for Education Outreach, Marketing, and Communication. He assists the Director of Education Outreach, Marketing, and Communication to create, develop, disseminate, communicate, and commercialize products of the Education Leadership Research Center (ELRC) and the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). Dadao is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Sociology. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and casual writer of non-fictions.


Scott Ireland

Scott Ireland
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: sireland@tamu.edu

Scott Ireland is a graduate research assistant for Project Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS) in the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). His role in the project consists of data collection, qualitative data analysis, curriculum development, and dissemination of findings. Scott is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Administration and Leadership. His research interest focus on policy issues that impact underserviced segments of the school population, diversity and inclusion practices and organizational structures of public schools. In his spare time, Scott enjoys running, hiking, cooking and spending time with his wife Mary.


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Ritika Khandelwal
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: ritika@tamu.edu

Ritika Khandelwal is a graduate student pursuing her M.S. in Economics from College of Liberal Arts. Her research interests include data analytics, consulting, development economics and policy analysis. Ritika serves as a graduate assistant for the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS) grant at the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). She helps collecting data, cleaning data and performing analysis in order to aid research for underserved schools. She is a part of the research team in APLUS and works with all the components. She enjoys reading, cooking, listening to music and doing adventurous activities. 

 


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Taylor Ludwig
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: tludwig1@tamu.edu

Taylor Ludwig serves as a graduate assistant for Project Massive Open Online Professional Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL). She comes from a large family of Aggies and is currently a Master's student in the Educational Human Resource Development Program (EHRD) following a Bachelor's degree from Mays Business School. Her interests include helping others unleash their potential, creating new ideas, and life-long learning. In spare time, she enjoys time at the park with her German Shepherd, working out at the gym, and traveling with loved ones.


Elham Nikbakht
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: enikbakh@tamu.edu

Elham Nikbakht is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). She holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Kent State University. She is a Ph.D. student in the Bilingual Education Program at Texas A&M University. She is currently involved in Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). Her research investigates second language acquisition, second language reading and writing, statistical learning, psycholinguistics, and language and literacy skills in English learners (ELs). She is currently a member of TESOL International Association and American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). More information can be found on her Google Scholar profile. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, running, and cooking. 


Juliet Nyanamba

Juliet Nyanamba
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: jmariamn@tamu.edu

Juliet Nyanamba works as a graduate assistant researcher in Project LISTO (Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities); she is mainly involved in consent form and Teleform processing and consolidating participants' information. She is also a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences Program, curious about how classroom environments affect students' motivation, and hoping to eventually create interventions that help "at-risk" learners build self-regulation and improve achievement. In her free time, she loves traveling, trying new cuisines, and camping.


Roya Pashmforoosh

Roya Pashmforoosh
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: roya2016@tamu.edu

Roya Pashmforoosh is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). She is currently involved in the Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO) and Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS) dissemination efforts, including drafting technical reports. She is a Ph.D. student in the Bilingual Education Program at Texas A&M University. In 2016, she was enrolled in the ESL Education Program, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC) as a visiting scholar. Roya earned her master's degree in applied linguistics from Sharif University of Technology. Her areas of interest focus on globalization and English language pedagogy, culture and curriculum development, and also bilingual education in international contexts. She has published papers in journals such as Language Testing and Language and Intercultural Communication. Some of her hobbies include going to the gym, reading journals, as well as travelling and learning languages.  


Elisabeth Pugliese
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: billypugliese@tamu.edu

Elisabeth "Billy" Pugliese is the graduate research assistant for the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Project Massive Open Online Personalized Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL). Billy is in her second year as a Ph.D. student in educational administration. Her research interests include mentoring, dual language learners, and education policy. When she's not on campus or hitting the books, Billy enjoys traveling the globe with her husband and son, and browsing local farmers’ markets. 


Mayra Vargas

Mayra Vargas
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: jxv017mdr@tamu.edu

Mayra Vargas serves as a graduate research assistant for Project Preparing Academic Leaders (PAL): Teachers of English Learners and Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL). Mayra is also a doctoral student in bilingual education. Her research interests include promoting biliteracy and improvement of education, especially bilingual education for English learners and economically challenged students. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and watching movies. 


Zhuozing Wang

Zhuoying Wang
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: ustop2013wzy@tamu.edu

Zhuoying Wang serves as a graduate assistant for Project LISTO (Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities); she assists with project data collection and analysis. She is also a doctoral student in bilingual education. Her research interests include bilingual education development in non-English-speaking countries. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and watching movies.


Siming Xie
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: xiexx398@tamu.edu

Siming Xie serves as a graduate assistant for Project Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS). He mainly assists with data collection and analysis. He is also a doctoral student in counseling psychology. His research interests include multicultural counseling competence and international student mental health. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, working out, music, and movies.


Mehrangiz Zadegh Abadi

Mehrangiz Zadegh Abadi
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: zadeghabadi@tamu.edu

Mehrangiz Zadegh Abadi serves as a graduate assistant for Projects Massive Open Online Personalized Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL) and Preparing Academic Leaders (PAL): Teachers of English Learners. She is also a Ph.D. student in the Human Resource Development Program at Texas A&M University. In her spare time, she enjoys ice-skating, playing volleyball, and watching movies.


Henan Zhang
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: henan@tamu.edu

Henan Zhang is a doctoral student in the Bilingual Education Program. She serves as a graduate assistant for Projects LISTO (Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities), where she will be assisting with data collection and statistical analysis. Her research interests revolve around bilingual and bi-literacy education and assessment in K-12 classroom settings. Henan earned her master’s degree in applied linguistics at University of Delaware. In her spare time, she loves photography, traveling, and reading.


Fubiao Zhen

Fubiao Zhen
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: zhenfubiao@tamu.edu

Fubiao Zhen is a graduate assistant on Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO), he mainly serves in the Teleform lab in data collecting and analyzing. Fubiao is also a doctoral student in the Bilingual Education Program; his research interests include sheltered instruction in content areas and teaching methodology in bilingual education.


Zhiqing "Jasmine" Zhou, M.Ed.
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: zhou_zq@tamu.edu

Zhiqing “Jasmine” Zhou serves as a graduate assistant for Project Massive Open Online Personalized Informal Individual Learning (MOOPIL); she assists with project data management and analysis. She is also a doctoral student in school psychology. Her research interests include cultural and familial influences on the psychological development of individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with friends.


Kara Sutton-Jones

Kara Sutton-Jones, M.A., M.Ed.
Dissertation Fellow
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: kara.sutton@tamu.edu

Kara Sutton-Jones is a doctoral candidate in bilingual education and a dissertation fellow. Her research interests include dual language and education policies, especially those impacting English learners. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and movies.


Valerie Choron, M.Ed.
Student Technician
Phone: 979.458.4278
Email: choronv@tamu.edu

Valerie Choron serves as a graduate assistant for Project Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL). She assists with course development and maintenance for Bilingual, BTLPT and ESL professional development courses targeting in-service teachers. She is a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction at Texas A&M University. She is a former elementary school teacher with a master's in elementary education. Her research interests include professional development, teacher efficacy, co-teaching, classroom management as well as other facets of pedagogy and teacher development. Activities in her spare time include cross stitching, movies, working out, and spending time with family and friends.


Bethany Dennis

Bethany Dennis
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: bethanyjddennis19@tamu.edu

Bethany Dennis serves as a student research assistant for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). She tends to tasks related to the administrative and logistic aspects of the project, as well as for the overall Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). Bethany is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in statistics. She will be furthering her education in advanced data analytics at the University of North Texas. Her other interests include running, reading, and watching baseball.


Anna Diallo
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: anna.diallo@tamu.edu

Anna Diallo is one of two student workers for the LISTO Project. She works with a group of graduate students who analyze different teaching methods and lesson plans for ESL students. She is currently working towards her Biomedical Science degree which she hopes to use to enter veterinarian school at A&M to become a vet. She likes to spend her free time volunteering for her local animal shelter helping animals in her community. She also has interests in psychology and communications.


Adrian Gasca Vazquez
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: adr17gasc15@tamu.edu

Adrian Gasca Vazquez works as a technical assistant for Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL). He assists in the development and maintenance of the online courses used by teachers to pass their certification exams, and assists in any other task. He is currently an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Spanish and Psychology. He will graduate in fall of 2020. 


Luis Gonzalez
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: luisgonz5@tamu.edu

Luis Gonzalez works as a student research assistant for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). He tends to tasks related to the administrative and logistic aspects of the project, as well as for the overall Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). Luis is an undergraduate student majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in mathematics. His other interests include gaming, listening to music, and taking care of his two cats--Blackberry and Kaya.


Jasmin Guevara
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: jasming4464@tamu.edu

Jasmin Guevara works as a technical assisant for Project Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL). She assists with the management of data, reports and certifications for teachers enrolled in the project and helps with any other task that supports the program. Jasmin is an undergraduate student majoring with a bachelor of arts in Interior Design. Her interests include running, learning about health and wellness and enjoys great architecture.  

Lauren Holtkamp
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: lauren5891@tamu.edu

Lauren Holtkamp serves as a Student Assistant for Education and Outreach. Lauren assists coordinators in helping with media, and various tasks for the program. Lauren is starting her second year at Texas A&M as a Communications major. Her hobbies include riding her horse, Big Brown, and singing. 


Nahed Abdelrahman

Kara Kuykendall
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: kkuyendall@tamu.edu

Kara Kuykendall is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Neuro Psychology. Kara is currently studying Psychology at Blinn College in Bryan. Her goal is to become a neuro psychologist and work in hospital settings. Before coming to APLUS, she worked as a lab tech in a dentist office and as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing home. She works across all five components for Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (APLUS) grant. When Kara is not studying and working, she is making amazing memories with the people that are closest to her. 


Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: nancytnn@yahoo.com

Nancy Nguyen serves as a student research assistant for Project Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Opportunities (LISTO). She tends to tasks related to the administrative and logistic aspects of the project, as well as for the overall Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA). Nancy is an undergraduate student majoring in industrial and systems engineering and minoring in mathematics. Her other interests include being active, crafting through calligraphy, and learning new languages.


Ariana Martinez
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: ariana.martinez@tamu.edu

Ariana Martinez serves as a student intern for the Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA), assisting with the logistics and business aspects of all projects. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Child Professional Services with a minor in Human Resources Development and Sociology. She will graduate from Texas A&M University in May 2020. In her free time, Ariana enjoys watching movies, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog, Max.


Jesus Perez

Jesus Perez
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: jesusp21@tamu.edu

Jesus Perez serves as a student assistant. He is an undergraduate student starting his second year as a general engineering student. He plans to major in either civil engineering or computer science. He also enjoys playing soccer. 


Michael Salinas
Student Worker
Phone: 979.845.2599
Email: msali172@tamu.edu

Michael Salinas serves as a student tech for Project Empowering Teachers of English Language Learners (ETELL). He primarily deals with creating autonomous solutions for data consolidation for the team. Michael is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science with two minors in Cybersecurity and Business. When not busy with school, Michael enjoys playing with his Shih-Tzu, King, playing video games as well as playing music.