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Giancarlo Annese

Director of Finance and Administration

anneseg@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor 
Stanford Profile

Giancarlo is the Director of Finance and Administration at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Before joining Stanford, he was the Director of Financial Aid at the Columbia School of Social Work, where he led efforts to improve financial access to social work education and to reduce student debt. Giancarlo received his BA in Classics and History from Union College and an MA in History from Fordham University.  
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Kristin Arguedas

Academic Technology Specialist

Kristin Arguedas

kargueda@stanford.edu 
408 Panama Mall, First Floor 
Stanford Profile

Kristin manages the iPads for Teaching and Learning Program, providing technology tools and integration consultation services to instructors across campus. She is passionate about partnering with instructors and students to develop and implement solutions that enhance the learning experience. Kristin holds a BA in Psychology from Princeton University and an MA in Educational Technology and Media Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys baking and spending time at the beach with her dog. 
Academic Technology

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Andrei Baltakmens

Director of Communications

Andrei Baltakmens

andreisb@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Andrei has Ph.D.s in English Literature (University of Canterbury) and Creative Writing (The University of Queensland). He has worked in higher education and learning design in New Zealand, Australia, and the US, including Cornell, and Stanford since 2015. His professional focus is on writing, editing, and communications project management, and he currently supports CTL’s outreach and communications. He is also a published author, with two historical mystery novels and multiple short stories in print.
Instructional Design, Student Feedback, Writing

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Jae Chung

Associate Director, Student Learning Programs

Jae Chung

chungjae@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Jae received his Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University, where his doctoral research focused on cardiovascular development and cancer genomics. Jae has launched mentorship and TA support programs, and was the Residential Academic Director for the Leland Scholars Program at Stanford before coming to CTL. Jae has worked with Stanford students since 2012 and is committed to helping students reach their academic goals.
Active Learning, Student Engagement Techniques, Academic Coaching, STEM Learning

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Thien Crisanto

Academic Coach, Student Learning Programs

crisanto@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall
Stanford Profile

Thien Crisanto earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley where she specialized in bioenergy and microalgal genetics. She became interested in coaching students when she started mentoring STEM majors as an undergraduate, and continued to work in academic programs, internships, and student government while in graduate school. She is committed to enhancing retention and diversity in education. In her free time Thien enjoys road tripping with her animals, music composition, costume crafting, and surfing in her native California. 
Academic Coaching, Academic Skills Workshops, STEM learning

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Cathy Duarte Gastelum

Pedagogy and Programming Specialist

cathyg@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall
Stanford Profile

Dr. Cathy Duarte Gastelum was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Mexican American Studies with a minor in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Arizona. Her research focused on the effectiveness of Hispanic Serving Institutions and the systemic inequities that Latina/e/o/x students encounter throughout their educational trajectories. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys traveling, spending time with her family in Arizona, and cheering for her favorite sports teams: the Arizona Wildcats, Los Angeles Dodgers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Golden State Warriors.
Inclusive Teaching, Culturally Relevant and Equity-oriented Pedagogy, Building Community, Student Feedback

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Cassandra Volpe Horii

Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Vice Provost for Education

Cassandra Horii

cvhorii@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Cassandra Volpe Horii leads the CTL and works with committees, offices, and initiatives across campus and in VPUE and VPGE areas to advance inclusive, equity-minded, and evidence-informed teaching and learning. She studied physics as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and atmospheric science during her Ph.D. program at Harvard University, while developing an enduring fascination with learning and teaching. Cassandra enjoys the collaborations and discoveries that accompany this work and welcomes new ideas and partnerships.
Systemic Change, Educational Development, STEM and Writing Pedagogies

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Kenji Ikemoto

Academic Technology Specialist

Kenji Ikemoto

kikemoto@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Kenji's expertise is in integrating technology-enhanced pedagogic strategies into instruction, research, and learning. Kenji provides one-on-one consultations, workshop facilitation, course design partnerships, and technology operations services for faculty, staff, and students. In his free time he enjoys tabletop role-playing games and cheering on his favorite Bay Area sports teams.
Academic Technology, Instructional Design

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Jamie Imam

Lecturer Consultant

Jamie Imam

jamiec@stanford.edu
STLC 211
Stanford Profile

Dr. Jamie Imam received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and her Ph.D. in Genetics from the Stanford School of Medicine. In addition to teaching, Jamie is the Director of the Honors Program in Biology and a Lecturer Consultant with CTL. When she is not teaching or doing science outreach, she enjoys reading, baking and spending time outdoors with her family.
Course Design, TA Training

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Nadia Kalley

Educational Assessment and Evaluation Specialist

nkalley@stanford.edu 
408 Panama Mall, First Floor 
Stanford Profile

Nadia Kalley, MPH (she/her) promotes equity within academic courses and curricula by evaluating student belonging and success, particularly for first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) college students. She applies intersectional and public health frameworks, highlights programs’ strengths and identifies the support programs need to thrive. When collecting and analyzing data or consulting with faculty and instructors, Nadia centers collaboration, community perspectives and systematically minoritized populations. Nadia earned her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her Master of Public Health from George Washington University. Originally from Houston, Texas, she enjoys baking, horror films, savoring tea, and discussing holistic positive sexuality. 
Evaluation and Assessment, Inclusion & Equity, Systemic Change, Community Building

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Kenneth Ligda

Associate Director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs

Kenny Ligda

kenligda@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Since completing a Ph.D. in English Literature, I have worked in a range of academic endeavors to improve teaching and outreach: core curriculum re-design, course evaluation, academic technology, instructor consultation, and public online course development. Though my central focus is on the humanities, I have a great interest in education across fields and schools. I am co-founder of the instructional design community of practice at Stanford, and happy to serve as a Stanford Newcomer Guide for undergraduates. Prior to graduate school, I worked as an English instructor in Prague. I like biking.
Humanities, Course and Curriculum Design, Evaluation and Feedback, Online Learning, Academic Technology

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Amanda Modell

Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs

amodell@stanford.edu  
408 Panama Mall, First Floor  
Stanford Profile

Amanda Modell leads programs in graduate student teaching support that serve students across Stanford's campus. They earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis, with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research, and you can find their educational development work in New Directions in Teaching and Learning (forthcoming). Contemplative, feminist, and inclusive pedagogies inform their work as an educator and in supporting graduate student instructors, TAs, and CAs at Stanford.  
TA Training, TA Orientation, Mentors-in-Teaching Program, Graduate Teaching Consultants

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Yvonne Ngo

Assistant Director for Tutoring and Student Learning Programs

Yvonne Ngo

yyngo@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Yvonne supports the Subject Tutoring and Language Conversation Partners programs at CTL. Prior to Stanford, Yvonne was a Tutor Coordinator at UC San Diego, supporting the subject tutoring and metacognitive tutoring programs. She is passionate about supporting students in reaching their academic goals and mentoring student professionals. 
Active Learning, Subject Tutoring, Language Conversation Partners Program

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Savannah Pham

Academic Coach, ADHD/LD Focus

spham@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Savannah Pham (she/her) is an academic coach at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Before coming to Stanford, Savannah provided individual therapy, group therapy, and psychological evaluations. She worked with adolescents through adults with a range of concerns, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, and depression. Savannah has a Ph.D. in counseling and psychological studies and is also a proud Stanford alum. While at Stanford, she was involved in the Asian American Activities Center, Okada House, and Stanford Vietnamese Student Association. Savannah is excited to collaborate with students and help them achieve their learning goals. In her free time, Savannah enjoys spending time with her dogs, baking, watching anime, and reading. 
Academic Coaching, Neurodiversity (ADHD, Learning Differences, Autism)

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Tim Randazzo

Senior Director, Student Learning Programs

Tim Randazzo

randazzo@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Tim provides leadership and strategic direction to CTL’s Student Learning Programs. Before coming to Stanford, Tim worked in several positions supporting student learning at UC Berkeley, including Coordinator of the McNair Scholars Program, an undergraduate research program providing research opportunities and mentoring to low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. Tim received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where his doctoral research focused on U.S. immigration and refugee policy.
Academic Coaching, Academic Skills Workshops, Tutoring, Language Conversation Program

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Michael Rouan

Sr. Director, Academic Technology Innovation

Mike Rouan

michael.rouan@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Mike Rouan, Ed.D., oversees the Academic Technology Solutions Laboratory (ATSL) and ATSL and staff in consultation with Stanford University faculty to champion and integrate Academic Technologies into their curriculum, including audience response systems, grading technologies, robotic telepresence and immersive learning technologies (including augmented and virtual reality).
Educational Technology

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Jessie Schwab

Academic Coach

Jessie Schwab

jfschwab@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Jessie Schwab (she/her) is an Academic Coach at the Center for Teaching and Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, where her research focused on how young children learn language. Jessie is passionate about using her knowledge of psychology and the learning sciences to help students more successfully learn and thrive in college and graduate school. She has previously taught courses in psychology, education, and writing at Harvard University, and she also spent several years in Residential Advising at Princeton and Harvard. She is now excited to join the Stanford community and to help Stanford students develop their learning skills and reach their academic goals.
Academic Coaching, Student Learning Strategies, Academic Skills Workshops

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Carlos Seligo

Admin for PollEv for the CTL Academic Technology Solutions Lab; Academic Technology Specialist, The Program in Human Biology

Carlos Seligo

moth@stanford.edu
Room 22G-H 450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 20
Stanford Profile

Carlos is Stanford's administrator for Poll Everywhere, and offers one-on-one consultations and workshops for onboarding faculty, TAs, researchers, and staff. In addition he works with CTL's Academic Technology team to support the Program in Human Biology, where he has been the Academic Technology Specialist for over a decade. There, he creates custom media, learning modules, and entire MOOCs for professors, and works to enhance pedagogy technically and with the latest research to improve learning outcomes.
Audio and Video Production, Information Visualization, Learning Module and MOOC Design, Zoom, Poll Everywhere, Canvas 

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Jesse Streicher

Lecturer Consultant

jessewst@stanford.edu 
438 Panama Street 
Stanford Profile

Jesse Streicher is a lecturer consultant with CTL and a research scientist in mechanical engineering. Jesse previously completed his MS and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford. During his Ph.D., he participated as a graduate teaching consultant and Leadership in Inclusive Teaching fellow. He likes to spend his free time reading, cycling, cooking, and hiking. 
Student Feedback, TA Training, Research Mentorship

Rachel Stumpf

Academic Coach

Rachel Stumpf

rastumpf@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Rachel Stumpf has worked within a variety of education contexts, including K-12 education, higher education, and instructor professional development programs. Before coming to Stanford, she worked as an education specialist at the University of California, Davis, where she led programs for graduate student instructors. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Irvine, and her research has focused on students' transition from high school to college writing, as well as professional development in teaching. In her free time, Rachel enjoys baking, hiking, and finding new areas of California to explore.
Academic Coaching, Student Learning Strategies

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Rhean Sun

Academic Coach

Rhean Sun

rheansun@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall
Stanford Profile

Rhean Sun is an Academic Coach in the Center for Teaching and Learning. She offers workshops and individualized coaching to help undergraduate and graduate students develop the skills necessary to reach their academic goals and become lifelong learners. Her favorite topics to discuss include procrastination, motivation, and resilience, but she enjoys speaking with all students about their diverse academic experiences. Rhean holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Amherst, Massachusetts.
Student Learning Strategies, Resilience Resources

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Melissa Tamas

Assistant Director, Neurodiversity and Learning Programs

mtamas@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall
Stanford Profile
 

Melissa Tamas (she/her) is the assistant director for neurodiversity and learning programs in the Center for Teaching and Learning. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology and clinical psychology and has completed advanced training in neuropsychology and neurodiversity (ADHD, learning differences, and autism). Before coming to Stanford, Melissa worked with youth and families with challenges related to ADHD, autism, learning differences, anxiety, and depression, providing coaching, assessment, and support. She also taught college courses in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, dance, choir, and cheering on the Stanford Women’s Basketball team. Melissa is very excited to join the CTL team and support neurodiverse students in achieving their academic goals.
Neurodiversity (ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism), Teaching and Learning

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Gloriana Trujillo

Senior Director, Academic Teaching Programs

Gloriana Trujillo

gloriana@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Gloriana Trujillo initially trained as a basic science researcher, and as a graduate student, she became intrigued by pedagogical approaches and how these impact students in the biology classroom. As a postdoc, Gloriana's research sought to understand students' self-efficacy, sense of belonging, and science identity to ultimately effect change in undergraduate biology classrooms. Throughout her scientific career, Gloriana has been an advocate for science outreach and diversity efforts, in particular to underrepresented and underprivileged populations. In her current role at Stanford, Gloriana shares her passion for creating effective, inclusive, and equitable learning experiences with the teaching and learning community.
Evidence-based Instruction, Measuring Student Learning, Building Community

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Nakisha Whittington

Assistant Director of Graduate Teaching Programs

nakishaw@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Nakisha Whittington earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State, with a research focus on digital literacies, technology, and urban education. She also earned a M.A.T. from Xavier University of Louisiana, and B.A. in political science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Before joining the staff at Stanford University, Nakisha was an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her scholarship and research address the digital literacy experiences of underserved youth, the roles of teacher education preparation programs in supporting minoritized groups, and culturally sustaining and inclusive pedagogies. In her spare time, Nakisha enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and listening to live music.
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Digital Literacies, Urban Education, Teacher Education, Curriculum Design

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Kritika Yegnashankaran

Senior Associate Director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs

Kritika Yegnashankaran

kyegnashankaran@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Kritika Yegnashankaran received her BA and MA degrees in Philosophy at Stanford, her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard, and was an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy and Cognitive Science programs at Bard College in New York before joining the Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford. She has research interests in how learning, reasoning, attention, and other core mental processes work in human beings, how they are affected by technology, and to what extent they can be actively and socially shaped. She conducts workshops and consultations with Stanford faculty and lecturers on effective and inclusive pedagogy, specializing in humanities, arts, and social science pedagogy.
Course Design, Inclusive Teaching, Humanities Pedagogy 

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Aladrianne Young

Student Programs Manager

aeyoung@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor 
Stanford Profile

Aladrianne Young supports the administration for the Student Learning Programs at CTL. Aladrianne received her Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies with a minor in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College, and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Learning Design & Technology from San Diego State University. Before joining CTL, Aladrianne served in various student services roles at Stanford to support both visiting and matriculated students within the university.  
Student Services, Administration 

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CTL Admin Team

Andrei Baltakmens

Director of Communications

andreisb@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Supports CTL’s outreach and communications, as well as the faculty, lecturer, and graduate student teaching programs team.

Stephanie Tchalamov

Administrative Coordinator

stchalam@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Supports CTL and the CTL Student Learning Programs team.

Giancarlo Annese

Director of Finance and Administration

 anneseg@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, First Floor
Stanford Profile

Oversees CTL finances and leads day-to-day administrative operations.

Aladrianne Young

Student Programs Manager

aeyoung@stanford.edu 
408 Panama Mall, First Floor 
Stanford Profile

Aladrianne Young supports Student Learning Programs at CTL.