Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hearings to be held on the California Commission on Teachers Credentialing

What is the Commission on Teachers Credentialing and Why Do We Care??

We care because the commission is the subject of a California legislative oversight hearing called by Senate Pro Tem, Darrel Steinberg for Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the capitol. The hearing will inquire into complaints of gross mishandling of enforcement actions against teachers. Is Senator Steinberg emerging as the champion who will right the whistleblower program?

The Teachers Credentialing Commission is the regulatory body over one of the most powerful unions in the state. If the results of the hearing indicate corruption, then how was it allowed to fester without the California Teachers Association knowing about it?

To be specific, How did even one incident of mishandling of a complaint hearing against a teacher get passed the CTA, never mind the years of abuse alleged? So, are union leaders so concentrated on politics that they ignored their own regulatory body's misdeeds? OR, Are they colluding with their own regulators to control the outcomes?

Most eyes will go immediately to suspecting the politically appointed commissioners are at fault, with the public perception of appointees owing their positions to quid pro quo political transactions. However, research indicates that the perception usually does not track reality for credentialed professionals accepting only $100 per meeting. Probably the most they will be culpable of is studiously ignoring an obvious problem, which would be negligence.

The primary fault likely will be found somewhere in the state employee full-time management. We call on AJAR board watchers to do your homework, look into the background and actions of those involved and then attend the hearing and report back on the proceedings and your insights. The following are the names of the management staff and the members of the commission taken from the State of California link listed above:

 Executive Office
Dale Janssen, Executive Director

Certification, Assignment and Waivers
Patty Wohl, Director

Division of Professional Practices
Mary Armstrong, Director
Office of Governmental Relations
Marilyn Errett, Administrator
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing was created in 1970 by the Ryan Act. The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing consists of nineteen Members, fifteen voting Members and four ex-officio, non-voting Members. Governor appointed Commissioners are typically appointed to four-year terms, and serve as volunteers in unpaid positions.What did they get themselves into?

Ting Sun — Chair 

Position: Public Representative

Appointed: December 2007

Term Expires: November 2011

Ting Lan Sun has more than 23 years in the field of education and has been actively
involved in the charter schools movement for over 18 years as a teacher, administrator,
and schooloperator. The co-founder and Educational Programs Director of the Sacramento
-based Natomas Charter School, Ting directed curriculum, instruction, staff development,
and professional growth. From 1997-2000, she was an Educational Programs Consultant in
 the California Department of Education's Charter Schools Unit where she participated in
the development of charter school administrative policies and regulations, and the
administration of the federal public charter schools grant program. She has also served as a
 senior consultant for Cambridge Education, an international school quality review and
educational consulting firm.

Ting was Vice President of Leadership and Quality for the California Charter Schools
Association from 2003-2006 where she developed and implemented the Association's
quality assurance strategy and initiatives, including standards articulation, quality site visits
 and program reviews. Ting was also responsible for technical assistance publications,
knowledge briefs, reports and articles commissioned, issued and published by the
organization. In addition she has created, directed and implemented effective leadership
training programs in all aspects of charter school administration and served as a mentor for
the Leadership for Educational Entrepreneur (LEE) Program at Arizona State University.

In addition to her current role as Chair of California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing
(CTC), Ting also serves on the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) Advisory
Committee and is on the Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) sub-committee.
She also serves as a board member of the Golden 1 Credit Union.

Ting received her bachelor's degree in Latin and English from Austin College, a master's
degree in education from Stanford University, and a doctorate of education from the
University of California at Davis.

Charles Gahagan — Vice-Chair 

Position: Teacher Representative --

Appointed: March 2009

Term Expires: November 2012

Charles Gahagan has taught high school English since 1969, with the exception of 1971
to 1974, when he served in the U. S. Army Security Agency as a Russian interpreter. He
earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his M.A. from Oakland University,
Rochester, Michigan, both in English literature. He holds a single subject credential in
English, as well as CLAD and GATE certificates. He moved to California from Michigan
in 1986 to help open Moreno Valley Canyon Springs High School, where he still teaches
 AP English literature. An English department co-chair and co-chair of the school's WASC
 Leadership Team, he has taught most courses found in a high school English department,
including newspaper, yearbook, film studies and humanities. Currently a workshop
presenter for the SB472 teacher training program, he has also taught education classes
and conducted other teacher workshops. He has been active in new-teacher support since
1992, first as a mentor teacher, then as a BTSA Support Provider. Since 1999, he has been
 the spelling master for the Riverside County Spelling Bee.

Constance Baumgardt Blackburn 

Position: Teacher Representative

Appointed: November 2008

Term Expires: November 2012

Connie Blackburn has been a Kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary School in the
Escondido Union School District in San Diego County for 23 years. She holds a Multiple
Subjects teaching credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a
specialist credential for Communication Handicapped from California State University,
Los Angeles. Her area of expertise is in early literacy and cross curricular integration.
An eighth generation Californian, she comes from a family of educators. Previously,
she has taught the Deaf in Los Angeles County, Louisville, Kentucky and Houston, Texas.

Educated in the Torrance Unified School District in Los Angeles County, she holds a B.A.
in Liberal Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an M.A from
California State University, Los Angeles. She was selected as a California Teacher of the
 Year in 2003 and currently serves on the executive board of the California Teachers of the
Year Foundation. She believes passionately in supporting the teaching profession and has
 served as a master teacher for teacher candidates since 1989. In addition, she has served
 as a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) support provider.

Marlon Evans 

Position: Public Representative

Appointed: March 2009

Term Expires: November 2012

Marlon Evans received his BA in Political Science and a MA in Sociology from Stanford
 University, where he competed on the football and track and field teams. After graduating
from Stanford in 1997, he spent one year pursuing a career in the NFL, signing as a free
agent with the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. Marlon then spent three years
working at Stanford University in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Following his
tenure at Stanford, Marlon served as the Director of Partnerships at the Knowledge Is Power
 Program (KIPP) Foundation. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of All Stars
Helping Kids, a nonprofit in Redwood City, CA dedicated to promoting a safe, healthy and
 rigorous learning environment for disadvantaged children. Marlon is a member of the Board
 of Directors of Sports4Kids.

Steven Dean 

Position: Teacher Representative

Appointed: November 2008

Term Expires: November 2011

Steven Dean was born and raised in Southern California in the San Fernando and Santa
 Clarita Valleys. He attended California State University Northridge where he received his
Bachelor's degree in Spanish in 1994. Mr. Dean holds a Single Subject Teaching
Credential in Spanish with a CLAD Emphasis. He taught and was Foreign Language
Department Chairman at his former high school, Hart High School, for six years and is now
 teaching his ninth year at Calabasas High School in the Las Virgenes Unified School

Mark Freathy 

Position: Teacher Representative

Appointed: January 2011

Term Expires: November 2013

Mark Freathy is in his 34th year in education. He received his B.A. from Michigan State
University in Special Education and his M.Ed. in Administration and Instructional
 Leadership from the University of Utah. He has a variety of teaching experience starting
 in Michigan in 1977, followed by 7 years in Utah, 3 years in Chino, California and the last
22 years in Elk Grove Unified School District. The first 17 years of his career were spent in
special education as a special day class teacher, resource specialist and program director.
The past 17 years he has spent as a math teacher and currently serves as the math
Curriculum Specialist in Elk Grove. He holds a credential in special education, a multiple
 subject credential, a mathematics supplemental authorization as well as CLAD certification.
 He has been highly involved in providing professional development throughout his career
 serving as a mentor teacher, department chair in both special education and mathematics,
and workshop presenter for the California League of Middle Schools and the California
Mathematics Council. He was named the Elk Grove Teacher of the Year in 2008. He was
appointed by the Governor to serve on the California Academic Content Standards
Commission in June 2010.

James Hines 

Position: Teacher Representative

Appointed: January 2011

Term Expires: November 2013

In 1987, James Hines earned an Associates of Science degree in Electronics Technology
and immediately began a career in the field of electronics. He worked as a Computer
Technician and later as a Lighting Consultant before deciding that teaching would be a
more fulfilling career for him. He went on to earn his Bachelors in Liberal Studies from
California State University, Fresno and began teaching after earning his Multiple Subject
Teaching Credential and CLAD Certificate. He is now pursuing a Masters Degree in
Educational Administration.

Mr. Hines has been teaching at Wilson Elementary in Fresno, California since 1999.
Currently he teaches fifth grade, but he has also taught third, fourth, and sixth grade.
Besides teaching, Mr. Hines has assumed many additional duties. As a master teacher,
he guided teacher candidates as they completed fieldwork requirements. He has also
served as a mentor, collaborating with and advising beginning teachers. For several years
he served as grade level chairperson for his fourth and sixth grade teams. From 2007 to
2009 he was a member of Fresno Unified's Instructional Leadership Team. Since 2008 Mr.
Hines has been a member of the Superintendent's Teacher Council for FUSD, while also
acting as school site representative for Fresno Teachers Association.

Leslie LittmanPosition: Designee, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Appointed: September 2003

Term Expires: Ongoing

Ms. Leslie Littman is currently a High School Teacher at Hart High School in Newhall
California. She has been there since 1994 and is currently teaching Social Studies. She
has also taught other subjects at Hart High School such as Economics, Honors Economics,
US Government, US History, US History Sheltered, Modern Civilizations, Sociology, and
Sheltered Government. She has also been a Long-Term Substitute Teacher of Social
Studies at Schurr High School in Montebello California.

Ms. Littman earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics in 1991. She then
proceeded to obtain her Master's of Education in 1992, along with a Single Subject
Professional Clear Credential of Social Studies, all from the University of California,
Los Angeles.

Ms. Leslie Littman has also served as a member of several prominent Associations
including the NCATE Board of Examiners, California Teacher Association Liaison to the
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the Credentials and Professional
Development Committee of the State Council of Education.

Shane P. Martin 

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

Appointed: June 2008

Term Expires: Ongoing

Shane P. Martin, an educational anthropologist by training and expert in the areas of
intercultural education, cultural diversity, and Catholic schools, was appointed the second
dean of the LMU School of Education in February 2005. Dean Martin is visible in the
education community as a member of Green Dot Public Schools Board of Directors,
Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Regents, and Teach For America, Los
Angeles Board. He is a speaker in a variety of arenas -civic, business, and education -
and keynotes conferences in the United States and internationally. Professional activities
include serving as President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Education Council and regular invitations to review articles and manuscripts. In addition
to honors in "Who's Who in the World and in America," Shane received the National
Catholic Educational Association's (NCEA) Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award in 2005.
He is a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of
Examiners and of the California Committee on Accreditation, Board of Institutional

Martin earned his Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education at the University of
Southern California, a Master of Theology degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in
Berkeley (JSTB) with a specialization in Hispanic Ministry, and his Master of Divinity
degree also from JSTB. An LMU alumnus, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History
in 1980 and holds his California State Clear Secondary Teaching Credential. Before
returning to LMU as a faculty member, Martin's classroom teaching experience included six
years in middle and secondary school settings and work in 17 Latin American countries.

Dean Martin believes the key to school success is the network of relationships and
partnerships that support the whole child.

Carolyn McInerney

Position: School Board Member

Appointed: November 2008

Term Expires: November 2012

Carolyn McInerney is currently serving in her third term on the Irvine Unified School
District Board. She is the Manager of Special Projects in the CEO's office at the County
of Orange and is a Certified HIPAA Professional, serving as the County of Orange Privacy
Officer. Ms McInerney serves on the Orange County Committee for School Reorganization
and the statewide Association of Low Wealth Schools. She has an extensive background in
community service, having served as founder and President of the Irvine Public Schools
Foundation, the Family Violence Project, and as President of the Junior League of Orange
County. She was appointed to the Orange County Housing Commission, and has served as
a Community Services Commissioner for the City of Irvine. An organ recipient, she is active
in advocacy for organ donation, and serves as an Ambassador for OneLegacy.

Ms. McInerney was honored as California Woman of the Year in 2003 for the 73rd Assembly
 District. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Denver.

Irene Oropeza-Enriquez 

Position: Administrative Services Representative

Appointed: February 2008

Term Expires: November 2011

Irene Oropeza-Enriquez has over 20 years in the educational field. She currently works as
an Elementary school principal in the Woodland Joint Unified School District. Prior to this
position she served as a vice-principal for three years. She holds a Multiple Subject
Teaching Credential with a BCLAD Emphasis and an Administrative Services Credential
from California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Oropeza-Enriquez has an extensive
background in bilingual education. In addition to her service as an administrator, she was a
bilingual resource teacher from 1997 to 2002 and a fifth grade bilingual teacher from 1996 to
1997. She also served in the Washington Unified School District as a structured English
immersion and a bilingual kindergarten teacher from 1986 to 1996.

Janis Perry 

Position: Ex-Officio Representative of the California 
Postsecondary Education Commission

Appointed: October 2009

Term Expires: Ongoing

Janis Perry has been a Professor at Santiago Canyon College/Santa Ana College for 25
years. She is a professor of Teacher Education and Counseling. Ms. Perry founded the
Santiago Canyon College "Pathways to Teaching" program in 2000, and continues to work
closely with the local CSU and UC on curriculum/program development and articulation
creating a "pipeline" of future teachers transferring from the community college to the
university. In 2007, Ms. Perry designed one of the first state-approved Associate of Arts
Degree in Elementary Education.

Currently Ms. Perry serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of California
Community College Teacher Education Programs (ACCCTEP) and is an active member
of the Regional Teacher Education Consortium (RTEC) made up of California State
University Fullerton's Center for Teachers and regional community colleges. Ms. Perry
has held numerous leadership positions at the postsecondary level such as President of the
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges ('95-'97), Chair of the Intersegmental
Committee of Academic Senates - ICAS ('95-'96), and Project Director for the California
Education Round Table K-12 Math and English Standards Task Force ('97-'99).

Active in her local education community, Ms. Perry serves as President of the Board for
Nova Academy Charter School in Santa Ana, an early college high school serving "at-risk"
youth, and President of the Board for Therapeutic Education Centers, non-public special
education schools in Santa Ana and Orange.

Previously, Ms. Perry served as an elementary school teacher for six years with Saddleback
Valley Unified School District, teaching grades 1, 2, and 6 including serving as a Reading
Specialist and GATE teacher.

Educated in the Long Beach Unified School District, Ms. Perry holds a B.S. in General
Studies-Education, from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Education
Administration, also from the University of Southern California.

Tine Sloan 

Position: Ex-Officio Representative of 
University of California

Appointed: May 2007

Term Expires: Ongoing

Tine Sloan is the Acting Director of the Teacher Education Program in the Gevirtz
Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. She has taught courses in the Ph.D.
and Teacher Education Programs focused on issues in human development, educational
psychology, teacher education, and assessment. Her primary research interests revolve
around teacher education, particularly with respect to teacher and teacher educator learning,
 as well as to the role that policy and context play in this learning and in program
development. Related to this is her interest in understanding, developing and using valid
and reliable assessments of teacher and student learning. All of her work is framed by her
primary interest in understanding and advocating for the well being of children in
educational contexts. Prior to coming to UCSB, she spent 3 years in Singapore and was a
member of the faculty at the National Institute of Education in Nanyang Technological
University. Dr. Sloan completed her teacher certification at California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo in 1988, and her master's and doctoral work at the University
of California, Los Angeles in 1996.

Hilda Villarreal Wright 

Position: Teacher Representative

Appointed: January 2011

Term Expires: November 2012

Hilda Villarreal Wright started her career path with Bakersfield City School District 17 years
ago. She worked as a bilingual aide for 8 years and became interested in teaching during
her experience assisting K-6 bilingual teachers. Hilda was accepted into the Bilingual
Education for Career Advancement Program, a grant specifically for bilingual aides who
wished to become teachers, at California State University Bakersfield. She received a
bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a Supplementary Authorization in Mathematics
and earned her Multiple Subjects Credential with a Bilingual Cross Cultural Language and
Academic Development emphasis. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, a member of the
National Honor Society and recipient of the Hispanic Excellence Award.

In 2002, Villarreal Wright became a Math and ELD teacher at Washington Middle School.
After 4 years as a full time teacher, Wright became the Academic Math Coach at her school
site and continues to teach 8th grade Algebra. In addition, she is a tutor and anchor for "Do
the Math," which is a local math tutoring television show for the Kern County Superintendent
 of Schools.

Hilda Villarreal Wright is passionate about teaching English Learners and Mathematics. She
 is a member of the California Mathematics Council and TODOS- Mathematics for All. She is
 a presenter for TODOS and recently presented at the National Council of Teachers of
 Mathematics in San Diego how to effectively teach English Learners math through
 Technology. She provided SB472-English Learner Professional Development training
 in Math through Action Learning Systems for her district.

Villarreal Wright also served on the 21 member California Academic Content Standards
Commission whose recommendations were approved by the State Board of Education and
served on the Math Curriculum Commission for her district, Bakersfield City School District.

Dr. Beverly Young 

Position: Ex-Officio Representative of 
California State University

Appointed: May 2005

Term Expires: Ongoing

Dr. Beverly Young is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Teacher
Education and Public School Programs for the California State University System. She
works with the campus Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Deans of Education in order to
facilitate changes in teacher preparation within the 23-campus system. She earned her
Master's degree in Diagnosis and Improvement of Reading and earned her Doctorate in
Curriculum and Instruction.

Prior to coming to the Chancellor's Office, Dr. Young has served as teacher education
faculty at CSU Fullerton and as an elementary school teacher. She has also been involved
with the Commission's SB 2042 Panel, the SB 1422 Panel, and the Accreditation Study
Work Group.


  1. I hope the cronyism and nepotism is revealed. Shame on them. The fox is guarding the hen house.

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