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Course Instructors

Dr. Katherine Burns


Katie Burns manages STEM and Environmental Literacy M.Ed. programs for Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ).  She also serves as a full time faculty member and researcher, providing program assessment support to the college.  Prior to joining TCSJ in 2015, Katie worked in central California K-12 school districts for ten years as a math/science teacher and academic coach.  Katie earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of the Pacific, where her research focused on communities of practice among teachers in rural schools.  Outside of her work, Katie serves as a community volunteer, supporting a variety of science-focused events for students in her community.  She is inspired by the pursuit of knowledge, especially in topics connected with math and science.

Dr. Karin Compise

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 the coordinator of Residency@TCSJ as well as an instructor in the graduate  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.

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Dr. Adrianne Go-Miller


Educator with experience in multiple subjects K-6, higher education teacher preparation pre-service as well as in-service courses at TCSJ specific to: Gifted Education, Classroom Management, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Residency course instructor, master's degree program adviser, and graduate program course instructor. Interests: Family time, National Parks, reading, playing Scrabble. 

Tiani Hudgins, M.Ed.

My name is Tiani Hudgins. I have a Masters degree in Special Education and am currently working on earning my Administrative credential. I have been teaching for 7 years as a special education teacher. I have taught 4-6th SDC M/M  and currently teaching 7/8th grade SDC M/M. I have found that Jr. High kiddos have my heart. I love this age group and all the sarcasm that comes with it. I have been teaching for Teachers College of San Joaquin for 4 years now. Over that time I have taught a variety of classes from CSET prep courses, SPED courses, IMPACT courses and as a Masters Advisor. With regards to education, my passion lies with inclusion and equity! I think it is crucial that all kiddos are given what they need and are made to feel apart of their community and school.


Karie Nelson, M.A.


Including her work as a Special Ed. Assist, substitute teacher, undergrad teacher’s assistant, elementary classroom teacher, English learner instructional coach, and an adjunct lecturer at CSU Sacramento, CSU Stanislaus, and TCSJ, all together, Karie Nelson has over 20 years' experience in Education. Her career has been dedicated toward engaging students in transformative and critical pedagogy all embedded within a social justice framework, where participation, passion, and critical thought are used to create and nurture a lifelong love of learning in an equitable and inclusive environment. She believes strongly that equity is a part of every interaction, every day and that this work is best done through respectful, compassionate dialogue. In addition to her Teaching and Administrative Credentials, Karie holds both a B.A in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Multilingual Education from CSU Stanislaus, and has also completed 3 years of the Ph.D. program in Education: Language, Literacy, & Culture at UC Davis.

Dr. Angela Pascual

My love of education stems from a long running tradition in my family of serving students and the community in which one resides. This focus led to me teaching Alternative Education in San Joaquin County for 21 years. While teaching in Alternative Education I used my  love of reading to engage students in multicultural literature as a springboard for classroom discussions that focused on the challenges and celebrations of my students lives. Presently I teach math for Stockton Unified School District. A primary goal of my practice is to connect the classroom to students lives in an effort to build support them become productive members of a just society.


Throughout my teaching career I have held leadership positions that focused on curriculum development and the implementation of instructional strategies to engage and excite students about learning. I have served on committees that work to build strong stakeholder relationships between schools, parents and community members. I have also mentored new teachers in district Induction programs and as Pre-Service and Intern Instructor.


I completed my Bachelor Degree at UC Davis. My teacher credentials were earned from Teachers College of San Joaquin via Project Impact. I also completed a Masters of Arts and Administrative Credential at Teachers College, while completing a second masters in reading from Grand Canyon University. My doctorate was earned via a joint venture between UOP and TCSJ. My research interests center on the phenomenon of local control and how it can be used to identify and address historical inequities in school districts, schools and classrooms.


Anne Swehla Garcia, M.Ed.


Anne Swehla Garcia has taught in Elementary Education for 32 years and has been an instructor for 20 years at the Teachers College of San Joaquin and Project IMPACT. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of the Pacific, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Language Development Specialist certificate, and a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Sacramento. She is continuing her education by working to achieve National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts Early and Middle Childhood and is completing credits in Early Childhood Education for TK instruction. Her areas of passion include learning through play, creating connections with the community, San Francisco Giants baseball and really great books.

Dr. Crescentia Thomas

Dr. Crescentia Thomas began her educational experiences in 2002. During her time 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.

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