Meet the TCSJ Leadership Team

Experts in their field

Teachers College of San Joaquin purposefully selects our staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Specific attention is paid to finding and selecting skilled practitioners whenever possible. We believe that a teacher's college should promote best practice and validate experts in the field. As a result, our staff and faculty includes teachers, principals, district and county officials, industry leaders, and academics. When choosing staff and faculty, experience and scholarship are weighted equally. We value both our fulltime and our affiliate faculty members.

Diane Carnahan, Ed. D.

Diane Carnahan, Ed. D.

President |

Dr. Diane Carnahan has taught K-5th grades and worked with teachers, students and community members over the last 30 years. She has been a consultant on a variety of California Department of Education committees; Regional Director for WestEd's K-12 Alliance organization, provided professional development activities in math and science and served as a teacher consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project. Diane is currently the President at TCSJ. Particular areas of interest include integration of academics and career technical education, project-based learning, creating 21st Century learning environments, and teaching practices that prepare students for college and career readiness.

Carnahan has a BA from San Jose State University, a M.Ed. in Integrated Mathematics and Science from Fresno Pacific University and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific.

Danielle Silva, M.Ed.

Danielle Silva, M.Ed.

Coordinator, Administrative Services Credentials |

Danielle Silva has served in education for over 15 years. Before joining the TCSJ team, Danielle spent nine years in the classroom and four years as the principal of a K-8 elementary school. In the classroom, she has taught everything from English to Social Studies to Art, and worked with students in sixth through twelfth grades. Half of her career was spent in the public school sector while the other half in private school. In 2002, Danielle took a break from education and started a stationary business. Her original work was sold in multiple retail stores throughout San Joaquin County. Danielle was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the County Office of Education for her dedication to education and her students.

Silva earned both her B.A. in English from California State University, Sacramento and Single Subject Teaching Credential from University of the Pacific. She earned her Administrative Services Credential in 2012 and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in 2013 from Teachers College of San Joaquin.

Crescentia Thomas, Ed.D.

Crescentia Thomas, Ed.D.

Director of Graduate Studies |

Dr. Crescentia Thomas has over 14 years of educational experience. During her 13 years as a resource specialist, she worked with students with special needs, assisted in administrative duties at the school site, mentored novice teachers, and collaborated with the curriculum department in her district to design professional development for special education teachers. As a resource specialist, she became knowledgeable in incorporating a variety of accommodations and modification into lesson plans, collaborating with K-8 teachers and program specialists, and advocating for students. Crescentia joined Teachers College in August 2010 as an instructor in the masters core and hence taught in the Special Ed and Preservice cohorts. She became a full-time advisor in August 2014.

Crescentia holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego, a M.A. in Education (Special Education) from California State University, Sacramento, an Administrative Services Credential from CSU, Stanislaus, and an Educational Doctorate from the University of the Pacific.

Karin Compise, Ed.D.

Karin Compise, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Residency at TCSJ |

Dr. Karin Compise has over 20 years of classroom teaching experience in Stockton. Part of that time was spent in the primary grades and the last 14 years were in intermediate and middle school settings. Karin is passionate about doing whatever it takes to not only meet students' needs in the classroom but inspire students to be curious, confident, life-long learners. Some of Karin's educational interests are project-and inquiry-based learning, empowering teachers to take (responsible) risks, and constantly questioning the status quo. Karin is an instructor in both the graduate as well as the MIAA program at TCSJ.

In addition to her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and her Administrative Services Credential, Karin holds a B.A. in Psychology from CSU Stanislaus, a M.A. in Teaching from National University, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership from TCSJ, a Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization (MIAA) from TCSJ, and an Ed.D from the University of the Pacific.

Michele Badovinac, M.A.

Michele Badovinac, M.A.

Director of IMPACT Credentials |

Michele Badovinac has spent over 25 years in education. She has been a Spanish teacher, department chairperson, mentor teacher, AVID teacher and site coordinator as well as a National AVID Staff Developer. In 2001, she began working at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) as a Regional Coordinator for AVID. In 2005, after earning her Administrative Services Credential, she became the Regional Director. Following her tenure with AVID, she worked as the Director of K-12 Outreach for Cal-PASS Plus, where she not only provided K-12 expertise and perspective, but collaborated on efforts to align P-20 education systems. These roles have enabled her to collaborate with educators across the state and to provide leadership and professional learning opportunities for administrators, counselors and teachers. Before joining the TCSJ team, Michele served as a SJCOE Coordinator of RSDSS for two years. In RSDSS, she designed and facilitated customized professional learning for Title I districts and schools, as well as provided support for instructional leaders.

Badovinac earned her B.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1988 and one year later received a Single Subject Spanish Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. In 1992, she received her M.A. from San Francisco State in Secondary education and went on to earn her Administrative Services Credential in 2005 from St. Mary's College.

Louise Gammon, M.Ed.

Louise Gammon, M.Ed.

Coordinator of IMPACT Credentials, Stanislaus County Office of Education |

Louise Gammon has served as an educator at the elementary level for more than twenty years. Her experience includes teaching Reading Recovery, serving as mentor, master teacher, and BTSA Support Provider. TCSJ recently partnered with the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) to offer credential coursework and Louise is the coordinator of the program at SCOE.

Gammon graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Sacramento and has a M.A. in Educational Administration from University of Pacific. Louise holds a Multiple Subject teaching credential and an Administrative Services credential.

Katie Burns, M.Ed.

Katie Burns, ED.D.

Coordinator, Grants |

Katie Burns has been in education for more than 10 years. As an elementary and middle school teacher in San Joaquin County, she served students in grades four through eight. Katie has been an active proponent of project based and inquiry learning, and has worked as a leader to create and implement PBL curriculum in local schools. She has also served as a mathematics instructional coach and is an active volunteer in Science Olympiad, as well as other STEM-focused ventures.

Katie earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and two masters degrees (Educational Inquiry and STEM) from Teachers College of San Joaquin. She completed her doctorate studies in Educational Leadership through the University of the Pacific.

Elizabeth Jara, M.A.

Elizabeth Jara, M.A.

Coordinator, IMPACT Programs |

Beth Jara has multiple subject and education specialist credentials and is currently in her 20th year of teaching in a special education setting. Her professional expertise includes working with emotional disturbance and mental health diagnoses for grades 7 - 12 students. She can support and advise candidates who are studying all implications and considerations of an education specialist. Beth's research interests include reflexivity, analysis and change of philosophical and theoretical programming practices for students with emotional disturbance, resilience building, academic and social-emotional outcomes for ED students, effects of education specialist teacher training and preparation, systems theories for student outcomes and retention of quality teachers, SWPBIS, and MTSS.

Elizabeth has a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Special Education from University of the Pacific, a M.A. in Special Education from CSU Sacramento, and is currently working on her doctorate in Specialized Educational Leadership with a cognate in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific.

Girlie Hale, M.Ed.

Girlie Hale, M.Ed.

Coordinator, IMPACT Programs, Lead Support Supervisor |

Girlie Hale has over 20 years of experience in education, starting as a preschool teacher. Hired in 1997, she has served as a Teacher, Program Specialist, Math Coach, Assistant Principal, and ultimately a Principal for 12 years at PK-8th grade schools in Stockton Unified School District. During her tenure with SUSD, she was involved in the Teacher Induction Program (formerly BTSA), starting as a beginning teacher, provided support as a peer coach and site mentor, became a support provider, and continuing her advocacy as an Induction Leadership representative for the district. She joined TCSJ in 2008 as an adjunct instructor for the Administrative Services Credential Program with TCSJ's Graduate Studies program. As a Coordinator for the IMPACT Program, Girlie serves as the Lead Support Supervisor and District Liaison, providing intern support in collaboration with supervisors within the educational field. In 2017, she received the PDK Distinguished Service Award for School Administration.

Girlie holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Psychology and a Multiple Subject teaching credential from California State University, Stanislaus; and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential from the University of the Pacific. She belongs to various educational organizations, including ACSA, ASCD, PDK, and PLTW State Advocacy.

Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones, M.Ed.

Coordinator, IMPACT Credentials |

Michelle has a "short" 29-year history in the field of education. From private preschool to 8th grade, she has discovered that for her, the three most critical instructional practices are clear learning objectives, student engagement and ongoing assessment to check for understanding, regardless of the age being taught. Michelle has had the opportunity to serve on the California Kindergarten Association Board of Directors and currently serves on the Executive Committee as the President Elect. In this position, Michelle has lead meetings throughout California and has had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam to train teaching staff on whole and small group instruction in reading and math. Michelle has been working for the past 15 years in early education in Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten in Oakdale, California.

She has recently graduated from TCSJ with her Masters' in Early Childhood Education. Michelle holds a B.S. in Liberal Studies from California State Stanislaus as well as a minor in Child Development with a Director's Center permit. She also has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Professional Clear Credential, CLAD certificate and a GATE certification.

Kathy Athey

Brandy Byers, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Teacher Induction and Professional Learning |

Brandy Byers is a veteran educator who has worked as a secondary teacher and school administrator in a variety of K-12 settings (including online!). She is passionate about innovation and professional learning.

She earned her Bachelor's degree from University of California, Santa Cruz with a double major in Modern Literature and Printmaking. She also attended the Principal's Leadership Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her Master's degree. She went on to complete her doctorate at the University of Oregon in Educational Leadership.

Maryanne Friend

Maryanne Friend

CTE Program Advisor & Technology Support |

Maryanne is the CTE Program Advisor and the Technology Support Manager at Teachers College of San Joaquin. Maryanne has been working for the San Joaquin County Office of Education for nearly 19 years. Prior to join TCSJ, she worked for the Instructional Technology department, facilitating staff development and student trainings with an emphasis on the use of technology integration. In addition, she has been a long-time instructor at TCSJ, teaching a variety of technology courses for IMPACT and the M. Ed programs.

Maryanne received her Bachelor's Degree from Grand Canyon University and holds two Career and Technical credentials.