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Meet the staff of the CSU’s systemwide Department of Teacher Education and Public School Programs.

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D.Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Teacher Education & Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4747

Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor Teacher Education & Public School Programs. She is responsible for leading, coordinating and expediting systemwide efforts to recruit and prepare teachers, counselors and school leaders. Prior to this appointment, she served as Dean of the College of Education at CSU Long Beach. Dr. Grenot-Scheyer serves on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the WestEd Board of Directors, and recently served two terms as a board member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. She is a proud graduate of Cal State LA. In recognition of her career accomplishments, in 2008 she was selected the Distinguished Alumnus, CSULA Charter College of Education.​​

Joan Bissell Ed.D.Joan Bissell E​d.D.
Director, Teacher Education & Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4716
Fax: 562-951-4982

Dr. Joan Bissell is Director of Teacher Education & Public School Programs. She works with campuses involved in the CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative and assists in other areas, such as the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Prior to her role at the Chancellor's Office, Dr. Bissell was Dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. Her expertise includes STEM teacher preparation; initiating, scaling and sustaining program reforms; and land program evaluation. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015, and in 2016 was named California’s Outstanding K-12 STEM Education Leader.​

Cindy RodelaCindy Rodela
GTF Administrative Support Coordinator, Teacher Education & Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4794
Fax: 562-951-4794

Cindy Rodela is Administrative Support Coordinator of Teacher Education & Public School Programs, as well as the primary contact for the Governor’s Teacher Fellowship (GTF) Program. She assists with a range of grants and projects led by the department.

Gregory RuizGregory Ruiz
Administrative Support Assistant, Teach Education & Public School Programs
Phone: Phone: 562-951-4318
Fax: 562-951-4982

Gregory Ruiz is Administrative Support Assistant of Teacher Education & Public School Programs. He assists the director with a range of projects pertaining to educator preparation and development. His role includes website development and maintenance, coordinating with CSU points of contact, and providing additional administrative and technical support as needed to ensure effective operations.

Nancy Brynelson, Ph.D. Nancy Brynelson, Ph.D.
Co-director Center for the Advancement of Reading
Phone: 916-278-4581
Fax: 916-278-5014

Dr. Nancy Brynelson is co-director of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading. Before arriving at the CSU, she served as a bilingual teacher, elementary school principal, school district administrator, and language arts consultant for the California Department of Education. Currently, she oversees the CSU's Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum and several related federal grants. She also co-wrote the 2015 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve. A 2010 inductee into the California Reading Association (CRA) Reading Hall of Fame, she is also the recipient of the CRA 2014 Marcus Foster Memorial Award and the California Association of Teachers of English 2017 Award of Merit.

Hallie Yopp Slowik, Ph.D.Hallie Yopp Slowik, Ph.D.
Co-director, Center for the Advancement of Reading
CSU Fullerton
EC 324, P.O. Box 6868
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868
Phone: 714-278-3900
Fax: 714-278-5133

Dr. Hallie Yopp Slowik, professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at CSU Fullerton, co-directs the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading. Her areas of expertise are early literacy, academic language, and comprehension of narrative and informational text. Hallie taught elementary school for years, primarily in bilingual settings. She was named CSUF Outstanding Professor of the Year and received a Wang Family Excellence Award. Dr. Yopp Slowik is an inductee into the California Reading Association Hall of Fame. She is a lead author of the 2015 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Dr. Sharon E. RussellDr. Sharon E. Russell
Systemwide Director, CalStateTEACH
Phone: 562-951-4703
Fax: 562-951-4152

Dr. Sharon E. Russell is the Statewide Director of the CalStateTEACH Program. She has directed teacher preparation programs at various institutions. In California, she has been an active participant in the Learning to Teach Continuum, directing a multi-district university intern program, starting a university school district Pre-Intern Collaborative, participating in the California Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction program as a consultant, and establishing a Teacher Residency Program. Her latest research examines the tension between school reform movements and teacher preparation, the integration of educational technology into teacher preparation curriculum, and the impact of iSupervision on clinical practice. During Dr. Russell’s tenure, CalStateTEACH was designated an Apple Distinguished Program and received the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology.

Zulmara Cline, Ph.D.Zulmara Cline, Ph.D.
Statewide CAPP Director
Phone: 562-951-4780

Dr. Zulmara Cline is the Statewide Director of the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP). CAPP is an intersegmental program working with the three segments of higher education and the K-12 system. Under Dr. Cline’s leadership, CAPP has launched two grants: the CAPP Demonstration Project, which helps schools build post-secondary partnerships, and College Going Culture Grant, which helps schools develop a college-going culture. CAPP is also responsible for the Math Diagnostic Testing Project, an intersegmental collaborative effort that has been developing diagnostic tests for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Cline was a professor at CSU San Marcos.

Paul TussDr. Paul Tu​ss
Director, Center for Teacher Quality
Phone: 916-278-4582
Fax: 916-278-3883

Dr. Paul Tuss is director of the CSU Center for Teacher Quality. The center develops and manages EdQ DataView, a data warehouse and dashboard reporting system designed to support a culture of data sharing and continuous improvement for CSU educator preparation. Dr. Tuss also coordinates the center’s statewide surveys of first-year CSU teaching graduates and their employment supervisors. He has held positions with the Sacramento County Office of Education, San Juan Unified School District, Westat, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a past president of the California Educational Research Association and an alumnus of the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research.