California Lutheran University

  • Alison McCormick

    Alison McCormick


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    It’s wonderful to be part of such an esteemed project. As a teacher and an administrator I have had the good fortune to have been on the receiving end of many of CRLP’s signature programs. These programs have helped me and so many of my colleagues improve our classroom practices, advance literacy for our students, and continue our learning journey as educators. As Director of region 8, I look forward to continuing the important work of CRLP’s mission to “provide high-quality, standards-aligned professional development in reading and language instruction to ensure that every California K-12 student achieves the highest standards of academic performance.”

  • Michele Schuerger

    Program Specialist

Loyola Marymount University

  • Gina Chavez

    Gina Chavez


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    When I was a novice teacher, I was looking for a network of teachers outside my district that I could collaborate with and discuss best practices for instructing English Language Learners. I found CRLP over 20 years ago and have never left. CRLP has always provided the most current and relevant professional development that I could find. The motto has always resonated with me: Teachers as Learners, Teachers as Leaders. Advancing literacy for ALL students in California.

CSU Fresno

  • Patricia Lopez

    Patricia Lopez


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    In CRLP I've found a family.  As a professional family, they support teacher agency, unity and equity. In CRLP, I find a space where it is safe to (de) normalize, (de) colonize, and (rev)olutionize literacy for all of California's teachers and students. We build teacher capacity state-wide; I love my role as a regional director- Central Valley/Fresno. 

CSU Sacramento

  • Gail Bruce

    Gail Bruce


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    CRLP’s ability to stay current and to subsequently make adjustments to professional learning has kept me engaged in my own cycle of improvement along with the organization.  For me, this captures my CRLP journey, from the beginning as a Results-school teacher to my current position as the regional director, toggling between continuous improvement as an individual and as a group. Therefore, self-reflection and collaboration with thoughtful colleagues define my involvement.

  • Dorothy Nambiar

    Admin. Assistant

Imperial County Office of Education

  • Priscilla Johnson

    Priscilla Johnson


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    California Reading and Literature Project reignited my passion for the science of reading. I appreciate that CRLP is the bridge between theory and classroom practice with opportunities for readers, of all ages, to engage in the signature programs. This project has positively impacted many teachers and students across my region, and I look forward to the work and collaboration between regions and teachers.

  • Queana Givens-Jarvis


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  • Jessica Iqueda

    Admin. Assistant

UC Berkeley

  • George Ellis

    George Ellis


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    Being part of the California Reading and Literature Project means belonging to a larger community of dynamic teacher leaders and university faculty who share the same passion and dedication towards advancing literacy for all students in our state. I have been with the project for almost two decades now, and am still inspired by the quality and depth of the learning opportunities that CRLP offers to our community of educators statewide.  I hope to inspire our current and future generations of teachers to find the same camaraderie, wisdom, and motivation among our statewide network of teacher leaders that originally brought me to become part of the CRLP learning community.

  • Kara S. Whiston

    Kara S. Whiston

    Associate Director

    My journey with CRLP began 23 years ago, when as a new teacher I sought support and guidance and attended my first RESULTS training.  What I learned that week would forever impact my teaching and my belief in the importance of being a constant learner.  After countless hours of PD and numerous different roles, I feel lucky to have joined the CRLP family all those years ago.

UC Irvine

  • Betty Isa

    Betty Isa


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    CRLP has held a special place in my professional career since 2000 when UCI became a regional site. For over 10 years, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside two amazing colleagues. I’m truly appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of a regional and statewide organization of teacher professional learning providers that genuinely cares and works diligently to support teachers and students with language and literacy learning. What keeps me engaged in this work is the hope that I may be playing a small part in positively impacting the lives of students through meaningful and quality professional learning opportunities for teachers.

  • Linda Palomino

    Linda Palomino


    My first encounter with CRLP was in 2002, as a teacher attending a professional learning institute. That institute provided me with instructional strategies that I needed to engage my students who were language learners and I was one hundred percent on board. As I continued to have more opportunities to interact with the CRLP community, what drew me in was the clear mission for equity and collegiality. Twenty years have passed, and I continue to be grateful to be a part of CRLP as a co-director for the UCI/Orange County region.

  • Robyn Lee-Giuseffi

    Robyn Lee-Giuseffi


    I am grateful to have been a part of CRLP since 2002 for both the professional relationships and learning. Think back to your favorite teacher, the one who accepted you, pushed you to be better, and made you believe that you could. CRLP is one of my beloved teachers and a big section of my “favorite teacher” pie chart. Yes, I have learned to apply countless concrete literacy planning and teaching skills from CRLP signature programs, CRLP teacher leaders, and other CRLP educator partners. Just as importantly, though, this community has consistently modeled the mindset that learning is always possible and that collaboration provides the new perspective we need to move forward. Many things have changed in the years since I attended my first CRLP institute and was welcomed into the CRLP community. What has never wavered though, is CRLP’s commitment to literacy for all students and the power of teachers.

UC Los Angeles

  • Shervaughnna Anderson-Byrd

    Shervaughnna Anderson-Byrd


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    I have been leading and learning in CRLP since 1998. CRLP is an organization that has allowed me continuously to grow as a professional educator. We have the unique opportunity in this project to address all literacy needs including critical literacy and social justice. It is also the collegial environment that exists within our local and statewide projects that cannot be dismissed, the mentors and relationships I have made over the years are priceless. 

UC San Diego

  • Sarah Peterson

    Sarah Peterson

    Regional Director

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    I'm proud to make the CRLP my professional home because it is a community that uplifts and empowers. It's where I, and our Teacher Leadership corps, engage with the most cutting-edge pedagogy, educational research, and application. This melding of best practices and community-based learning/doing is what makes the CRLP truly unique. Together, we lean into our vision statement: "Teachers as Learners and Leaders:  Advancing Literacy for all Students in California". 

  • Clarissa White

    Program Manager

UC Santa Cruz

  • Kris Broek

    Kris Broek


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    In my earliest memories, I always loved to read.  Books took me to faraway places and open worlds to me. Additionally, I liked people and found myself in leadership roles from the beginning. Teacher leadership came naturally to me and when I first became a Teacher Leader for the CRLP in 2009, I finally felt the passion that I had been seeking for years. I continue to have an incredible passion for teaching reading foundational skills to our youngest struggling readers while simultaneously promoting teacher leadership development to ensure continuous academic growth for students pre-K through 12th grade. I am equally passionate about upholding CRLP’s mission to support communities of educators who share the responsibility for helping California’s students develop the high levels of academic literacy and language required for success in higher education and the 21st-century workplace.
  • Labris Wilendorf

    Administrative Coordinator