Meet Our Team

The EdQ Center is here to serve you. Our staff includes data coaches, analysts, and consultants who know CSU teacher preparation.

Dr. Paul Tuss Dr. Paul Tuss
(916) 278-3507

Dr. Paul Tuss is director of the EdQ 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.


Educator Preparation Data Coach

(916) 278-4190

Dr. Ginger Simon is Educator Preparation Data Coach for EdQ. Ginger has extensive experience in K-12 school reform, specializing in educator quality and continuous improvement. In her recent experience as Director of Professional Capital for CORE Districts and Senior Associate for FourPoint Education Partners, she facilitated networks of educators in building consensus and creating systems for continuous improvement. As EdQ Data Coach, she works to help both individual CSU educator preparation programs as well as networks of CSU campus leaders to use data available through the EdQ DataView Dashboard and other sources, helping them to reach their program improvement goals. Ginger holds both master's and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sarah Kolbe Educator Preparation Data Scientist

(916) 584-1301

Dr. Sarah Kolbe is the Educator Preparation Data Scientist for the EdQ Center. Her current work focuses on using data infrastructure and dashboard development to support data-informed decision-making in educator preparation in the California Stat​e University system. Prior to joining the EdQ Center, she was a K-12 education consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.​​ She is an alum​ of the Strategic Data Project, an initiative of the Harvard University Center for Education​ Policy Research with a mission of transforming the use of data in education to improve student outcomes.​

Dr. Nohoon Kwak Dr. Nohoon Kwak
Assistant Director
(916) 278-4325

Dr. Nohoon Kwak is assistant director of the CSU EdQ Center. He has collaborated with Presidents, Vice Presidents, Provosts and Deans about programs for teacher preparation within the 23 campuses of the CSU system. He has been involved with the development of policy, program implementation, and higher education reform affecting the preparation of teachers and the development of partnerships with K-12 schools. Prior to joining the Educator Quality Center, he was a faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Brenda Houston-Harrison Brenda Houston-Harrison
Administrative Assistant
(916) 278-4600

Brenda joined the CSU Chancellor's Office in June 2017. She brings with her over 12 years of professional administrative support and well over 25 years of operational experience in the private sector. She provides clerical and office support to the CSU Educator Quality Center and the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading in connection with newly funded grant programs and contacts as well as ongoing state-funded work. Brenda provides general office support related to typical office functions, document preparation, budget tracking, procurement, travel, basic accounting, data management, event planning, and preparation of event materials. In her spare time she enjoys RVing and fishing with her family.