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Our Team

Meet the staff of the CSU’s systemwide Department of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs.

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D.Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4747
E-mail: mgrenot-scheyer@calstate.edu

Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educator Preparation and 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.


Paula Covarrubias
Administrative Manager, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4721
E-mail: pcovarrubias@calstate.edu

Paula Covarrubias is the Administrative Manager for Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. She provides budget and operational direction for the office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor, as well as fiscal support for the Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning.


Nicole GrantNicole Grant
Administrative Support Coordinator, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4932
E-mail: nagrant@calstate.edu

Nicole Grant is the Administrative Support Coordinator of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. She provides support to the Assistant Vice Chancellor in a range of projects pertaining to educator preparation and development.


Ernest Black, Ph.D.Ernest Black, Ph.D.
Systemwide Director, CalStateTEACH
Phone: 562-951-4703
Fax: 562-951-4152
E-mail: eblack@calstate.edu

Dr. Ernest Black is the Statewide Director of the CalStateTEACH Program. Dr. Black has an outstanding teacher preparation background, having received his Master’s Degree in Education from National University and his Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis in Urban Education from the University of Southern California. Prior to his appointment as Systemwide Director, Dr. Black served as the Regional Director for the Southern Region of CalStateTEACH for the past six years. There, he provided leadership to the full range of online teacher preparation programs that CalStateTEACH has to offer. He has played a key role in liaising between CalStateTEACH and CSU Los Angeles & CSU Fullerton. He has worked with the Colleges of Education at both sites and developed partnership opportunities with them in the areas of PK-12 reforms, alternative certification pathways, induction programs, professional development, technology, and recruitment strategies.


Cindy RodelaCindy Rodela
Program Analyst, CalStateTEACH
Phone: 562-951-4118
E-mail: crodela@calstate.edu

Cindy Rodela is system-wide program analyst for CalStateTEACH. Cindy assists in the development of the CalstateTEACH program and providing support to the Systemwide Director and the staff at the regional centers.


Cindy RodelaDejon Brown
Technology Support Specialist, CalStateTEACH
Phone: 562-951-4518
E-mail: dbrown@calstate.edu

Dejon is technology support specialist for Cal State Teach, a program that prepares students to become successful teachers in California. He supports the team and works to develop a more seamless, reliable application for students.


Zulmara Cline, Ph.D.Zulmara Cline, Ph.D.
Statewide CAPP Director, CAPP​
Phone: 562-951-4780
E-mail: zcline@calstate.edu

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.


Daba AsemeboDaba Asemebo, MHA
Senior Manager, CAPP​
Phone: 562-951-4777
E-mail: dasemebo@calstate.edu

Daba Asemebo is the Senior Manager 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 in California. She works closely with the CAPP Statewide Director to coordinate functions of the department. Prior to joining CAPP in 2014, Daba served in various positions within the Educator Preparation and Public School Programs (EPPSP) such as the Administrative Support Coordinator to the Assistant Vice Chancellor; the Program Coordinator for Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program; the System-wide Coordinator/Program Analyst for CalstateTEACH Program. In 2002, Daba was awarded the Chancellor’s Office Service Teamwork Achievement Recognition, “COSTAR” award.


Emil Bautista
Fiscal and Grants Manager, CAPP​
Phone: 562-951-4472
E-mail: ebautista@calstate.edu

Emil Bautista is the Fiscal and Grants Manager for California Academic Partnership Program. Emil supports the administrative and fiscal management of all CAPP programs and grant projects. She acts as CAPP’s primary contact person for all inquiries. Before joining CAPP, Emil worked as Accounts Payable Technician, processing payments for the Office of the Chancellor, Foundation and Institute accounts as well as monitoring daily ACH/EFT reconciliations and monthly Airfare/Car rental reconciliations.


Dr. Tanya Flushman, Ph.D.​Dr. Tanya Flushman, Ph.D.
Co-Director, CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading and Writing
Phone: 805-756-5537
Email: tflushma@calpoly.edu​

Dr. Tanya Flushman, Associate Professor in the School of Education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, co-directs the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading and Writing. Her areas of expertise are early literacy development, clinical teacher preparation and disciplinary literacy teaching and learning. Her recent grants emphasize partnering with school districts to transform teacher preparation and teaching disciplinary literacy in science in elementary schools. Tanya taught elementary school in the California Bay Area and in Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Flushman coordinates and teaches in the MA Curriculum and Instruction program at Cal Poly, SLO.



Christina Moreno-DonatoChristina Moreno-Donato
Administrative Analyst, CAR/W
Phone: 562-951-4811
E-mail: cmoreno-donato@calstate.edu

Christina Moreno-Donato serves as the Administrative Analyst for the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading and Writing (CAR/W). She is responsible for monitoring grant and operating budget, event coordination, data management and general office support for CAR/W and the Expository Reading and Writing Course Program (ERWC). Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Christina spent over thirty years working in higher education. She is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California (USC).


Lynda Dubon-Chavez
Administrative Support Coordinator, CAR/W​
Phone: 562-951-4926
E-mail: ldubonchavez@calstate.edu

Lynda Dubon-Chavez is the Administrative Support Coordinator of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading and Writing. Lynda provides support to staff and facilitates a variety of projects related to the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum.


Paul TussPaul Tuss, Ph.D.
Director, Educator Quality Center
Phone: 916-278-4582
Fax: 916-278-3883
E-mail: ptuss@calstate.edu

Dr. Paul Tuss is director of the CSU Educator Quality Center. 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.


Dr. Fred UyFred Uy
Director, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Co-Director, Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning​
Phone: 562-951-4713
Fax: 562-951-4152
E-mail: fuy@calstate.edu

Dr. Fred Uy serves both as a Director in the Department of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs and Co-Director for the Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning. Before joining the Office of the Chancellor, Dr. Uy was a Professor of Mathematics Education at Cal State LA and a K-12 mathematics teacher. In this position, he will be responsible in overseeing and increasing the capacity of the department to provide leadership and support to the educator preparation programs on campuses across the CSU. He has contributed to CSU initiatives in secondary school teacher mathematics preparation as a trainer for the EAP in Mathematics and as a leader in the CSU M-TEP. Dr. Uy also has served as a mathematics consultant for school districts and publishers and has conducted numerous professional development trainings in topics like mathematics pedagogy, teaching mathematics to ELs, assessments, Linked Learning, arts integration, and bilingual education.


Donnie Aguinaldo
Administrative Support Assistant
Phone: 562-951-4318
E-mail: daguinaldo@calstate.edu

Donnie Aguinaldo is the Administrative Support Assistant for the Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. He provides support for the development of Educator Preparation Programs as well as assistance to the team with various projects, including administering department websites, and coordinating events.

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