Susan Yonezawa

Susan Yonezawa is Associate Director of CREATE at the University of California, San Diego. Yonezawa straddles the worlds of policy, practice, and research, working to embed research and design techniques and mindsets into the lived practices and policies of urban public schooling. She analyzes and engages issues of diversity, opportunity, and inequality in schools and communities, with a focus on the district, school and classroom leverage points that can increase college access for underrepresented, low-income students. Yonezawa works with and helps lead educators and researchers at CREATE in design-based research and evaluation on educational practices K-20.

Beth Simon

Dr. Beth Simon is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Education Studies. Her research interests lie in the areas of computing education and online and technology-enhanced teaching. Beth is currently involved in the development of high school computing curriculum and the training and community needs of K-12 teachers wanting to bring computing education opportunities to their students. Previously, Beth has studied the impacts of evidence-based active learning practices (e.g., Peer Instruction) on student outcomes in higher education, student conceptions of computing concepts, and novice computing students’ self-efficacy. Beth is currently the Faculty Advisor for Digital Learning in the UCSD Teaching + Learning Commons where she supports faculty and instructional staff in the use of technology to support their educational efforts both on-campus and through MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Minhtuyen Mai

Minhtuyen “Minh” Mai is the Program Manager for Code.org Regional Partnership Program in San Diego, housed in CREATE at UC San Diego. In this role, Minh manages and conceptualizes computer science learning opportunities for K-12 teachers and students, and serves on the board for the Computer Science Teachers Association in San Diego. Her deep interests in Youth Action Participatory Research and using student voices to understand high school CS pathways for underrepresented students informs her research as a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation will focus primarily on the intersectionalities of gender, generations, class, and different Asian American and Pacific Islander subgroups among these pathways.

Kirk Rogers

Kirk Rogers Jr. was born in the small town of Brunswick, Georgia, but was raised for most of his life in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. Throughout his six years of teaching, Kirk has been exposed to the gambit of educational experiences. He taught for three years as the only gifted math teacher teaching 6th 7th and 8th graders in an inner-city Atlanta middle school. He next transitioned to teaching 8th grade science in a suburban middle school in one of the highest achieving counties in Atlanta. Throughout both teaching experiences, his focus remained the same–creating positive outcomes for and in collaboration with minority males. His research interests include the role of mentorships and parents in academic outcomes, academic tracking, STEM education for Students of Color, STEM teacher education, STEM children’s books, multicultural education and ethnic studies, and equity. His hobbies include cooking and pursuing opportunities for growth as an educator.

Jordan Jerome Harrison

Jordan Jerome Harrison is a PhD student at UC San Diego and joined the CREATE team in the spring of 2022. His background includes over 10 years in college access, international program design, educational systems change and first generation college student success across San Diego county. Through his frontline experience serving youth he constantly questioned how we can build more sustainable and equitable systems for youth to thrive. His research interests align in Youth Participatory Action research and the ways in which social norms and power structures can be challenged through individual and collective action for change.

Art Lopez

Art Lopez is a team member for the UCSD CREATE project for CS-LISTEN and assists high school students and teachers with research and presentations for empowering student voices for computer science education. Art is also the project manager for the UCSD CREATE and EDS project Coding Our Future, helping to develop and create 3rd – 8th grade open source computer science curriculum units and teacher training. Art is the current CSTA – San Diego Chapter President and serves on the Board of Directors for CSTA. Art recently retired after 36 years of teaching computer science courses for the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Simone DiMatteo

Simone DiMatteo is a research assistant for the CS Listen team. She grew up in New Jersey until 3 years ago when she moved to California and started her undergraduate career at University of California San Diego. She is now in her senior year majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience with a goal of remaining involved in research. She has been excited to expand her experience working with students. With one year left at UCSD she is excited about the years to come as she works towards her goals. 

Kristin Tenney

Kristin Tenney is a current doctoral student earning her Ph.D. in STEM Education at University of California San Diego/ San Diego State University. Her research focuses on computer science education as a means for liberation for middle and high school students with a focus on informal education settings. She is a graduate student researcher for the CREATE center at UC San Diego and a team member on CS LISTEN, a youth participatory action research (YPAR) project that investigates the lack of diversity in K-12 computer science education. 

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