ImmersED Fellows

Paul Baily


After completing my Masters in Special Education I started my teaching career in the fall of 2012 as a transition teacher for moderate/severe students. After a year my family and I moved back to Southern California where I again served as a transition teacher. I then stepped into the role of Special education director and have worked as an admininstrator ever since. I am a proud nerd who has been facinated by, and tinkered with technology for as long as I can remember.

Rich Bateman


I am currently transitioning from the teaching staff at Thousand Oaks High School to the staff at Newbury Park High School, Newbury Park, California. I will be teaching 3 blocks of Digital Photography and 2 blocks of Computer Graphics & Design. The Computer Graphic Design course introduces the students to both the 2D & 3D visual design space. To gain this valuable design experience, students will be learning Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software along with Cinema 4D, a broadcasting standard 3D modeling and animation suite.


I have earned two Educational Master Degrees from Azusa Pacific University; the first in Curriculum and Instruction and the most recent in Educational Technology and Learning. With both Multiple Subject and Single Subject credentials, my previous teaching experience includes: 4th and 6th Grade self-contained classrooms; 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Social Science; and high school Video Production and Engineering courses. I have also coached Girls' and Boys' Volleyball during my twenty-three years of teaching service with the Conejo Valley Unified School District. I am a faithful agent of change through technology implementation and want to utilize VR/AR/MR & 3D printing technologies to further K-12 "maker" education.

Marie Chatterton

I have been teaching for 20 years. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of California Riverside. I earned my multiple subject credential from Cal State San Bernardino. I also earned my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am GATE Certified. I also have had extensive training in Intervention. I have a supplemental credential in English. I am also working on a supplemental credential in Education Technology. I have a passion for innovation and technology. My students inspired me to write grants for coding and robotics, which were granted. Therefore, I have a Robotics Club using Lego EV3 Mindstorm. In addition, I wrote another grant for Ozobots, which was also granted. This enabled me to help more students and to be more inclusive with technology. I also have a passion for gardening, so I am the garden club coordinator. I also am a member of the Riverside Elks Lodge #643. This community-oriented organization has helped me bring awareness to my students in regards to staying drug free and being a proud American. They have also given me grant money to support our school. I have been married for 17 years and have three kids. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in ImmersED. :)

Eva Cohen

I have been teaching Junior High Math and History since 2012. Teaching is a second career for me.


I earned a Bachelor of Art degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, received my Preliminary Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles and cleared my teaching credential at Mt. Saint Mary's School. I spent nearly 10 years interning and practicing as a licensed architect in Washington, DC before moving to California with my family in 2004.


Even as an architect I was drawn to the classroom. During both my undergraduate and graduate studies, I enjoyed working in the local schools teaching architecture to students. In graduate school I spent a summer traveling Japan studying the architecture of their schools. When I graduated with my Masters in Architecture, I worked for a Washington DC firm that specialized in building schools and dormitories.


Combining my architecture background with education is a wonderful way to stimulate my student’s curiosity, encourage hands on learning, teach collaboration and promote self-discovery. I utilize project based learning and technology integration into my teaching.


I am married and have a daughter who is a senior and a son who is a sophomore in High School. My husband is a TV producer who has a show currently on Netflix.


Adelaide Doyle-Nichols

I started teaching in 1981. I was a junior high band and orchestra teacher for fifteen years. I was concerned about job security and completed my MA in Computer Education. Once I earned my MA I was asked to teach part time at Cal State LA which led to me getting my PhD in Educational Psychology and Technology. In 1996 I left middle school and moved to Cal State LA to teach teachers to use technology.


I am interested in web design, software design, technology integration, augmented reality and virtual reality.


I volunteer with Greysave Greyhound Adoption group and own a 7 year retired racing greyhound. My family and I enjoy going to Disney parks, hiking and travel.

Frank Fuentes

I have served as a K-12 educator for over 20 years. My background is in School Psychology and Special Education. I currently serve as a Principal of an Alternative Education School in the Burbank Unified School District where my goal is to create a positive school environment conducive to leaning.


My goal is to have every student engaged and wanting to come to school so they can be productive members of society.


Aside from being an educator, I am also a small business owner of P.U.M.P Fitness Apparel which stands for Positive, Unique, Motivated, People! I consider my self a man of faith and a collector of moments.

Christalle Hart

2018/2019 will be my 8th year in elementary education. I have a BS in Business, Marketing from University of Phoenix, a multiple subject teaching credential from California Baptist University, and I will also complete a Master's in Educational Leadership in December from CBU.


Instructional technology is essential for the classroom. I believe it engages students and breaks barriers, which is why I am devoted, life-long learner passionate about 21st century learning.


When I am not in the classroom I enjoy camping with my husband and three beautiful children. Everything tastes better when it is cooked over an open fire!

Heather Koozin

I am currently an elementary school teacher and I will be entering my third year of teaching in the 2018-2019 school year. I earned my BA in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University. I also completed my multiple subject credential and MS in Education from California Baptist University.


When I am not teaching I am actively involved at my church as a worship leader and volunteer, going to Disneyland with friends, and finding new places to adventure.

Ravy Lao

Ravy Lao has over 10 years of experience working as a literacy educator with students ranging from elementary school to college. From 2014-2018, as a member of the Los Angeles Writing Project i3 Grant Leadership Team, she provided professional development training in cognitive writing strategies to English teachers (grades 7th-12th) in the Hacienda La Punte School District. In addition to working with secondary-level instructors, Ravy was an English Language Arts instructor in a Young Writers’ Camp serving K-5 students. Currently, she is a lecturer of language and literacy in the Charter College of Education at Cal State L.A. where she instructs education courses to teacher candidates in both the elementary and secondary levels.


Prior to joining the Charter College of Education, Ravy taught English language and developmental writing at the community college and university level in Southern California. Besides teaching, she has presented research papers at national and international conferences and published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of education and research.


Her educational background includes a B.A. in English from UC Irvine, an M.A. in TESL/Multicultural Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a Ph.D. in education from UC Santa Barbara.

David Marcillo

I grew up in Miami and went to college there at the University of Miami. I started teaching there while doing a low-residency Master's program at Antioch University. After graduating with my Master's, I decided to move to LA and have been teaching at my current school since 2011. It's a 6-12 charter school in between Downtown LA and USC.


On the weekends, I play softball and enjoy finding new places to eat and explore.

Caryn Sanchez

I taught elementary students for 13 years.


I have been a staff developer for technology integration for the past 4 years.


I truly go to fun everyday instead of work because I get to virtually travel with students and teachers to enhance the learning and teaching environments for all stakeholders.  


Sarah Peters

I currently work part-time as an Instructional Assistant for Computer Resources at an elementary school specializing in Arts and Innovation. I hold an elementary teaching credential and taught in the classroom for 7 years. I love solving problems using all forms of technology. I am learning how to code, create opportunities for maker's spaces and encouraging teachers to use virtual reality in their classrooms. I have been married for 19 years and have two boys ages 14-17. Just rescued two shepard-mix dogs. Keeping up with all of them is always an adventure.

Catherine Stitz

I began my career with a love of teaching and the desire to pass on my love and appreciation for science to future generations. I started out as a Chemistry teacher, utilizing the "older" teaching methods of lectures and worksheets, and gradually took on additional courses like Biology, Medical Chemistry, and Physics, while adapting my teaching style to allow my lessons to be more technology based. Throughout that transition in my teaching, I have seen my students become more engaged and interacting more in lessons, allowing them to experience the content in ways that couldn't be done before.


This past year I have learned about how to incorporate even more technology based learning tools, such as virtual reality and interactive presentations, and I am glad to say that I am entering my 6th year teaching with more knowledge than I had before regarding the use of technology in the classroom.


When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 8 month old son by going to visit family and friends, as well as seeing Mickey at Disneyland. I also have been busy preparing for the next Karneval season with my dance group.

Enedelia Villa​

My name is Enedelia Villa. I have 17 years of experience in education. I have taught various grades from kinder to third grade. Currently, I teach second grade in the Dual Language Immersion program. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and a minor in Computer Science from UC Irvine.


My hope is to inspire students to continue their quest for learning!


I have been married for 16 years, have two children (7 and 5), and a beagle.

Mark Wakita

Teaching is a passion of mine. However, by education, my background is in engineering, imagining, designing, testing, and consulting for more than 25 years.


I teach middle school Earth, Life, and Physical science and will be teaching computer programming this year. I have my BS from CSUN and my MS from USC and have used this education and my work experience designing satellites, cell phones, and military radar to provide practical insight in to the application of what my students learn. I’m pretty rigorous in my instruction, but my students know that I also work to help my students understand how science fits into the bigger picture. In my student’s work you can find fine art, music, history, and language arts integrated into many of their assignments. I also teach math and language arts in the summers.


As a former engineer, I have an appreciation for technology, and have integrated VR, AR, drones, and computer program design into my curriculum, but I understand that this also has to be put into context. Per Bill Gates, “”Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.”


When not in the classroom (Do our thoughts every not think of application to the classroom?), I loooooove spending time with my wife of 24 years, my Cal Poly SLO daughter, my middle school daughter, and our pup, Lincoln (the only other “guy” in our house).


Christy Wong

I have taught elementary school for 12 years, teaching grades first through fifth. I also taught for a public charter school, teaching computers to grades K-8 in a weekly pullout program. In addition, I have worked for a private company for many years, teaching weekend computer camps to high school aged foster care and migrant worker youth. I have my Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and have always been passionate about integrating technology in my classroom to make an exciting and engaging environment for my students. I am thrilled to be a part of ImmersED 10/10 initiative and learn more ways to keep my classroom cutting edge and engaging.


When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my husband (married 20 years!) and my four young children (aged 6, 9, 11, and 13). We love to travel and have seen much of the world. We are now sharing our passion for traveling with our own children, who have been on a few international trips.

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