Commission Members

Tine Sloan

Tine Sloan Commission Chair

Faculty Member Representative

Appointed: March 2019

Terms Expires: November 2021

Tine Sloan is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. She joined the school in 2000 and served twelve years as Director of the Teacher Education Program. Prior to this, she was a member of the faculty at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. It was her interest in children—how they think, learn, grow, and thrive—that led to her credential program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and later to her masters and doctoral studies at UCLA. But it was her experience with teachers and teacher educators that taught her about their profession, their practice, and their efforts to support and nurture the diversity of the school children they served. This led to many roles including service on boards and advisory committees at the state level, in the University of California, to other universities, and in her local community. She is involved in California and national initiatives on teaching performance assessments (PACT, edTPA, CalTPA). Tine also served eleven years on the CTC as the ex-officio representative for the University of California.

Tine’s research focuses on programmatic issues in teacher preparation including the study of interventions of practice and the use of data in programmatic change. This work aims to understand new teachers’ learning, teacher educators’ learning, organizational change, and leadership action. She is the lead investigator for the California Teacher Education Research and Improvement Network (CTERIN), a large research collaborative across nine University of California campuses. She also studies international contexts of teacher preparation, working closely with partners in multiple research and practice collaborations (these include colleagues from Denmark, Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Finland, Norway and more). This led to an international student teaching exchange program for teacher candidates at UC Santa Barbara. Her doctoral courses focus on teacher education, while her teacher education courses focus on instructional design, classroom assessment, and learning and development. All of her work aims to understand how to prepare and support teachers who can meet the diverse needs of California’s students, ensuring their well-being while preparing them for success in the 21st century.
Marysol de la Torre-Escobedo

Marysol De La Torre-Escobedo Commission Vice Chair

Teacher Representative

Appointed: December 2015

Terms Expires: November 2023

Marysol De La Torre-Escobedo received her Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley and her Clear Social Science Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. In 2003, she began her teaching career as a founding member of East Palo Alto Academy High School. As a founding member of EPAAHS de la Torre-Escobedo worked closely with the Stanford School Redesign Network and their efforts in meeting the needs of all students and creating a model of school reform. 

De La Torre-Escobedo has taught AVID, Economics, Spanish, US History, and World History in the Bay Area, the Dominican Republic, the Glenn County Juvenile Hall, and Chico. She has been a teacher for the Chico Unified School District since 2007. In 2010, she co-founded Chico's first in-district charter school, Inspire School of Arts & Sciences, where she currently teaches. In 2013, she was selected as a Chico Rotary Educator of the Year and she also received the Golden Apple/KHSL Teachers are Heroes Award in 2014. 

De La Torre-Escobedo is the first generation daughter of Mexican immigrants. She currently resides in Butte County with her husband and two children, ages 6 and 4.
Kate Williams Browne

Kathryn Williams Browne

Ex-Officio Representative of the California Community Colleges

Appointed: September 2014

Terms Expires: Ongoing

Kate Williams Browne is a tenured professor and Chair of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Department at Skyline College and Coordinator of the San Mateo Region of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program. She currently serves as President of the Faculty Senate of Skyline College and Executive Secretary of the California Community College ECE Faculty Association. A native Californian and the first in her family with a college education, she holds a BA (with Academic Honors) in Psychology from Stanford University and MA (with Academic Scholarship) in Early Childhood Education from the University of Michigan. Her education credentials include Elementary Certification from Michigan, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California, a California Children's Center Permit and a California Community College Credential. 

Among Kate's professional experiences are ECE teacher and administrator (including parent co-op, child care, bilingual preschool, kindergarten/first grade and 15 years at Stanford's Bing School); textbook writing (Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education, Beginning Essentials, To Teach Well: ECE Student Teaching Guide, and Guiding Young Children in a Diverse Society); and higher education instructor (Stanford University, Foothill, De Anza, Canada and Skyline Colleges). She also served on the Steering Committee for the ECE Competencies Integration Project at the California Department of Education. Among recent recognitions, she is the recipient of the Meyer Award for Teaching Excellence (Skyline College), ECE Professional of the Year (Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children) and Who's Who of American Professional Women.

Jose Cardenas

Non-Administrative Services Credential Representative

Appointed: March 2021

Terms Expires: November 2024

Jose Cardenas brings over 18 years of experience in public education. He is a first-generation college graduate and an advocate for equity and access for all students.

Dr. Cardenas is a School Counselor Program Specialist in the Stockton Unified School District. His responsibilities include overseeing district-wide coordination of their comprehensive school counseling program. Specifically, he has provided leadership to expand mental health support for Stockton students and to increase financial application completion rates across the district.

Dr. Cardenas pursued his post-secondary studies at San Diego State University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary studies in Chicana, Africana studies, and Child Development. After working for the Science Enrichment Program at San Diego State University, as a Head Resident Counselor, he found his dream and passion to help others. He furthered his education by attending the Community Based Block program and pursuing his Masters degree in school counseling at San Diego State University, where he also obtained his Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling. Additionally, he studied abroad with the California State University’s BCLAD Program in Queretaro, Mexico at El Tec de Monterey and La Escuela Normal de Querétaro.

Dr. Cardenas previously served as an advisor and mentor in San Diego and Chula Vista, and also worked with migrant families in the Salinas Valley. He began his career in Stockton in 2005 as a Child Welfare and Attendance Counselor and later the chair of the counseling department at Cesar Chavez High School and Health Careers Academy. Over the course of his career, Jose has served as an adjunct community college counselor and most recently as a Visiting Professor in the Counselor Education Program at CSU Stanislaus. In 2014, he obtained a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in community college from Stanislaus State University. 

Jose is an active member with the American School Counselor Association and has served as a member of the California Association of School Counselors Board of Directors. He continues to volunteer with the California Association of School Counselors on various Committees which include: Policy, Advocacy, Legislative Committee, Ethics Committee, and the Policy Governance Committee.

C. Michael Cooney

C. Michael Cooney

Public Representative

Appointed: June 2011

Terms Expires: November 2021

Michael Cooney is a partner in Investment Group of Santa Barbara and President and General Counsel of Cimarron Management Company. Mr. Cooney is also currently a member of the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission. He served on the California Student Aid Commission from 2000-2004 and was Chair of that commission for 3 years. He was on the Board of Directors at EdFund from 2006-2010 and a trustee with Montecito Union School District from 1977 to 1988. Mr. Cooney also was a partner with Price, Postel & Parma in Santa Barbara, California for 30 years.
Michael de La Torre

Michael de la Torre

Teacher Representative

Appointed: March 2021

Terms Expires: November 2024

Michael de La Torre is a National Board Certified Teacher in English as a New Language for Early and Middle Childhood. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Statistics and Spanish Language & Literature. 

In 1991 Michael began his teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District as an Elementary Bilingual District Intern. He earned his National Board Certification in 2002 and has maintained his certification. He has enjoyed all aspects of education, including being a mentor to new teachers, a facilitator for accomplished teachers, and a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens where he has volunteered for thousands of hours providing tours to patrons, presenting ambassador animals in the Animals & Show, and preparing high school students for the zoo’s student volunteer program where they play a vital role in fulfilling the zoo’s mission of nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience.

A former facilitator, assessor, and board member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Michael is passionate about student learning and education. He began facilitating other teachers to achieve National Board Certification in 2002. Since 2013, he has been the coordinator of The Support Network, a non-profit collaboration of United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, guiding teachers through the National Board Certification process by providing facilitated support to candidates.

Michael is a first-generation American son of Mexican immigrants. He currently resides in Los Angeles County with his husband and their three dogs, Archie, Russell, and Boba.

Annamarie Francois

Annamarie Francois

Ex-Officio Representative of the University of California

Appointed: May 2019

Terms Expires: Ongoing

Annamarie Francois is the Executive Director of UCLA Center X, where she leads the work of social justice educator preparation, development and support for urban school communities.

Dr. Francois is committed to making schools and schools of education equitable spaces for deep learning, critical reflection, and liberation. In her work, Francois and her colleagues at Center X collaborate with local school districts to design and implement professional learning opportunities that live at the intersection of research, practice, and social justice. She is deeply involved in teacher education where she serves as a faculty member and the program’s academic administrator.

Francois joined the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies in 1999 and became Director of the UCLA Teacher Education Program in 2010. She was named Executive Director of Center X in 2014. Since joining Center X, Francois has established IMPACT, an innovative, community-based urban teacher residency program; launched the California chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education; collaborated in the design of the UCLA and Mann-UCLA Community Schools which serve as university-assisted public schools in high-needs communities in Los Angeles; and is lead investigator for numerous grant funded initiatives that focus on innovation and research in equity-driven, content-focused educator learning.

Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Francois was a K-6 teacher and administrator at the Los Angeles Unified School District, and a founding member of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a grassroots charter school serving the culturally and linguistically rich communities of Pacoima and San Fernando.

A native Californian raised in Los Angeles, Francois holds a bachelor’s degree in History from UCLA, a master’s degree in Administration, Supervision and Higher Education from California State University, Northridge, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA.

Francois is the mother of three amazing young adults, all of whom matriculated through K-16 public schools. Her son graduated from San Francisco State University, her eldest daughter graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, and her youngest daughter recently transferred from Pierce Community College to California State University, Northridge.

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer

Ex-Officio Representative of California State University

Appointed: August 2016

Terms Expires: Ongoing

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer is a proud product of the California State University system, having completed all of her educational degrees at California State University, Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Child Development, a Multiple Subject credential and Special Education credential, the Administrative Services credential, a Master of Arts in Education and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the Joint Doctoral Program with the University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA. In recognition of her career, she was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus, CSULA Charter College of Education, in 2008. 

Grenot-Scheyer currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Teacher Education and Public School Programs with the CSU Office of the Chancellor. Prior to this appointment, she served as Dean of the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and Program Coordinator for both the Master's program in Special Education and the Special Education Credential program. 

She was the Chancellor's Office representative on two state-wide committees: The State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Autism Advisory Committee and the California Department of Education, State Performance and Personnel Development Plan Stakeholder Group. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and served on the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. 

Grenot-Scheyer's current research and work is focused on collaborative teacher preparation models to support student success. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of severe disabilities, inclusive models of education, and culturally responsive teacher preparation and is co-editor of the books, At the end of the day: Lessons learned in inclusive education (Paul H. Brookes, 2001), 1998) and Making friends: The influences of culture and development, (Paul H. Brookes, 1998). 

Megan Gross

Teacher Representative

Appointed: March 2021

Terms Expires: November 2024

Megan Grōss discovered her love of teaching and inclusion during college when she was employed as a Respite Worker and later, after graduation, as an Advocate/Counselor at the Summer House, Inc. group homes in Yolo County.

Currently, Megan serves as an Inclusive Practices Teacher on Special Assignment in the Poway Unified School District, in San Diego. She supports educators, paraprofessionals, and administrators in advancing inclusive instruction for students with disabilities, in TK-12th grades. Prior to this position, Megan led a special education program for students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders and facilitated their inclusion in general education courses at Del Norte High School in the Poway Unified School District. During her tenure at Del Norte, Megan was recognized as the 2017 California Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year, for her work in advancing inclusive education for students with significant disabilities.

Inclusive education has been a priority for Megan since she began her teaching career in 2007 as an Inclusion Specialist where she had an opportunity to co-teach general education classes and learn how to adapt academic and elective course materials to empower all students to access general education.

Megan has presented at state and national conferences on how to include students with significant disabilities in general education and how to effectively collaborate with paraprofessionals. She is the co-author of two books on inclusive education, The Inclusion Toolbox and ParaEducate. Megan has been a lecturer for pre-service educators, teaching courses in special education and Universal Design for Learning at California State University, Sacramento and Loyola Marymount University.

Megan is a lifelong California resident and grew up in Northern California, where she is a proud product of public schools in the Oak Grove Unified and Morgan Hill Unified School Districts. She received her Bachelor of Science in Genetics at the University of California Davis in 2002 and Education Specialist Credentials in Mild to Moderate and Moderate Severe Disabilities at California State University Sacramento in 2006. Megan earned a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University in 2020.

Johanna Hartwig

Public Representative

Appointed: June 2018

Terms Expires: November 2024

Johanna Hartwig first became interested in education policy when serving as her high school’s school board representative in the Livermore Valley Unified School District. Johanna benefitted from 12 years of the District’s great public education. Through her early Board service, Johanna’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the California public school system deepened and expanded, as did her appreciation for the teachers, administrators and school board members who support the system. 

Johanna built on her California education by attending Yale University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in history. After working for a number of years in New York City, Johanna then earned a law degree and a public policy degree from the University of Michigan. In graduate school, Johanna took a particular interest in classes addressing education reform and equity issues. She also served as a student attorney on child welfare cases through the law school’s clinic. 

Johanna had always planned to return to the West Coast, and did so after graduate school. She worked as a practicing attorney in corporate litigation for two international law firms based in San Francisco. While practicing, she undertook extensive pro bono work. Johanna also served as a law clerk for a judge on the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and simultaneously as the judge’s ethics clerk for the federal judiciary’s ethics committee. Johanna currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Career Planning & Legal Community Engagement at the University of San Francisco School of Law, which is one of the most diverse law schools in the country. 
Susan Heredia

Susan Heredia

School Board Member Representative

Appointed: March 2021

Terms Expires: November 2024

Susan Heredia is a board member in the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento County. Dr. Heredia was first elected to the board of trustees for the Natomas Unified School District in 2000 after having served as a PTSA member, a representative of the American Lakes School Site Council, and the District’s Parent Advisory Board. Currently, she is a member of a newly formed committee charged with identifying how to more effectively coordinate and integrate site based mental health services in school districts.  

Dr. Heredia served as the Director-At-Large, Hispanic of the California School Board Association having been elected for multiple terms by the CSBA Delegate Assembly. In 2012 she was elected to the Delegate Assembly. In December 2019, Dr. Heredia was elected as Vice-President of the California School Board Association. At the December 2020 meeting of the CSBA Delegate Assembly, Dr. Heredia was elected as President-Elect and will assume the role of President in December 2021.

Preceding her retirement, Dr. Heredia was Chair of the Graduate and Professional Studies in Education Division at CSU Sacramento. In this role, she administered thirteen graduate programs, which included Special Education, School Psychology, Child Development and School, Career and Marriage, Family Therapy Counseling Programs. Prior to serving as Department Chair, she was a professor in the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department and faculty coordinator for the McNair’s Scholar Program. Earlier in her career, Dr. Heredia taught in the credential program at UC, Davis, was a bilingual teacher in Sacramento City Unified School District and served as a manager for a district program.

Dr. Heredia earned a doctorate in socio-cultural studies from the UC Davis, and a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from CSU, Sacramento. She also holds a life teaching credential with an emphasis in bilingual education.

Terri Jackson

Designee, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Appointed: January 2019

Terms Expires: Ongoing

Terri Jackson was inspired to become a teacher after having “very strong high school teachers” when her military family lived in Great Britain. Ms. Jackson has taught for 34 years. She taught 8 years at Raymond Elementary School in the Fullerton Elementary School District and is currently a sixth-grade math and history teacher at Stewart Elementary School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She is an active member of United Teachers of Richmond, where she has served as faculty representative, elementary director, vice president and president.

As a CTA State Council representative, Ms. Jackson served on the Political Involvement Committee as a member and later, vice chair.  She was also chair of CTA’s Educational Change Workgroup.  She is currently serving her eighth year on the CTA Board of Directors.

Ms. Jackson earned her B.S. in Child Development at California State University, Fullerton.  She completed her teaching credential at Fullerton after a year of student teaching in Yorba Linda and Brea. She received her M.S. in Educational Technology at Pepperdine University.

Commissioner Bonnie Klatt

Bonnie Klatt

Teacher Representative

Appointed: June 2014

Terms Expires: November 2021

Bonnie Klatt currently teaches English at Center High School in Antelope. She has been teaching since 1993, with a five-year break when she worked as a consultant and administrator for the California Department of Education and the California State Board of Education on projects including charter school oversight and the development of standards and assessments. Her teaching experience includes high school English, media literacy, technology, yearbook journalism, and AVID in the Center Unified School District, Grant Union High School District, and at the Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy. She has served as a technology mentor, helped to implement and build a California Partnership Academy program, and co-developed districtwide writing assessment tools. 

Ms. Klatt is a lifelong resident of the state and has proudly attended California public schools since kindergarten. After growing up in Redding, she earned her B.A. in English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her M.A. and teaching credential in English at California State University, Sacramento.
Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez

Public Representative

Appointed: June 2017

Terms Expires: November 2021

Monica R. Martinez is an education strategist, author, speaker on innovation and education, including high school redesign, teaching, and college access. She is currently the Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute. She has served as the Chief of School Support for the XQ Institute; Senior Fellow for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and an appointee to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by President Obama. Her career encompasses major programmatic, management and executive leadership roles, including hands-on experience running and supporting major foundation initiatives related to expertise of secondary reform and college success. Monica was as an independent consultant where she served in an advisory capacity to multiple organizations, including non-profits, state systems, and foundations to assist in creating, revising, or implementing their education strategies and initiatives. Prior to this role, Monica served as the President of the New Tech Network and the Vice President for Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks.

In Washington, DC, Monica was a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership where she founded the Washington, D.C. based National High School Alliance. Her book, Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century reflects her cumulative experience and shows how we can transform public education for the 21st century. She was on the Board of Trustees for Learning Forward, a national professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development, and Marin Humane, a local non-profit organization focused on animals. In 2016, she was name as a Distinguished Alumni of New York University where she received her doctorate degree.

David Simmons

Human Resources Administrator Representative

Appointed: February 2020

Terms Expires: November 2023

David Simmons has been the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Goleta Union School District (GUSD) since 2017. In that capacity, he oversees Human Resources, Data Management, Medical Benefits, and Labor Relations for GUSD. Prior to working in Goleta, he served in multiple administrative positions for the Ventura County Office of Education, including Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Director of Bilingual Teacher Training and Paraeducator-To-Teacher Programs. His first teaching assignment was as a teacher of middle school mathematics in the Ventura Unified School District.

For over thirty years, Mr. Simmons has worked with CTC to improve and diversify the teaching profession by supporting teachers and expanding pathways into the teaching profession. Over his career, he has supervised nine CTC-approved credential programs: General Education Teacher Induction; Education Specialist Teacher Induction; Administrative Services Induction; Language and Academic Development Preliminary; Added Authorizations in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Orthopedic Impairments, and Early Childhood Special Education; English Learner Added Authorizations (CCSD); and Designated Subjects Credentials in Adult Education, Career Technical Education, and Special Subjects. He cofacilitated CTC’s General Education Induction Standards Panel. He served on CTC’s Teacher Preparation Advisory Panel (TAP) and the Mathematics Teacher Preparation and Assessment Advisory Panel. For several years, he also served as the designated representative to CTC for the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).

Mr. Simmons is a lifelong California resident. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. His credentials include a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and an Administrative Services Credential.

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Kimberly White-Smith

Ex-Officio Representative of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Appointed: August 2021

Terms Expires: Ongoing

Dr. Kimberly A. White-Smith is Professor and Dean of the LaFetra College of Education (LFCE) at the University of La Verne (ULV), a Hispanic Serving Institution that serves approximately 50% Latinx and about 40% first-generation students. With more than 25 years of experience in urban education and teacher development, Dr. White-Smith is the intellectual force behind endeavors that foster academic justice for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students, as well as other marginalized student identities through enhanced educational environments, organizational structures, policies, and teaching practices.

She has authored articles, books, and book chapters on diversity, inclusivity, and leadership, such as, “That’s why I say stay in school”: Black Mothers’ Parental Involvement, Cultural Wealth, and Exclusion in their Sons Schooling, co-authored with Dr. Quaylan Allen. Her current book is Through the fire: From intake to credential, teacher candidates share their experiences through narrative, co-authored by Hayes, Fashing-Varner & Eisworth. It explores how teacher educators can better prepare teachers against a backdrop of historical schooling inequalities.

Dr. White-Smith engages the national conversation on teacher education through critical positions. She is Vice-president of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) and a Member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and WestEd, a non-profit research lab that generates over $167M to study and transform education in the US.

Current Commission Vacancies

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  • School Administrator Representative (1)
Updated August 26, 2021