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Stella Erbes, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Seaver College

Phone: (310) 506-4271
E-mail: stella.erbes@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
  • Education psychology
  • Technology and learning
  • Student teaching in secondary school
  • No Child Left Behind Act

Stella Erbes regularly presents and writes on topics such as teachers' needs and surviving the teaching profession. She has discussed the issues of teacher retention, recruitment, and training on KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle and served as an expert panelist on the No Child Left Behind Act for Time Warner's Beyond the Beltway. In addition, Erbes has participated in conferences with the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, the California Council on Teacher Education, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Erbes is the recipient of the Seaver College Named Fellowship, the Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Project Grant, and the Dean's Research Grant Award. Erbes received her master's degree in education and her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
 


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John Fitzpatrick, Ed.D. 
Superintendent in Residence
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Phone: (310) 568-2310
E-mail: john.fitzpatrick@pepperdine.edu
Location: West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Educator training
  • School accreditation
  • School curriculum
  • Superintendency

John Fitzpatrick has been in education for more than 34 years, during which time he has served as a teacher, high school principal, director of secondary schools, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of various districts.

Fitzpatrick is the president and chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), K-University. He is also a member and former chairman of the WASC Commission. Fitzpatrick was one of four California superintendents recently elected to the American Association of Schools Administrators Board of Directors. Fitzpatrick also chairs the Graduate School of Education and Psychology's Superintendent Advisory Council.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
Veronica Orozco
Public Relations Manager
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Direct: (310) 568-5773
E-mail: veronica.orozco@pepperdine.edu


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J.L. Fortson, Ed.D. 
Lecturer of Education, Director of Student Teaching.?Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and Director of the Pat Lucas Center for Teacher Preparation
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Phone: (310) 568-5645
E-mail: j.l.fortson@pepperdine.edu
Location: West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational legislation and litigation
  • Pedagogy of Instruction
  • Multicultural education
  • Urban curriculum development

J.L. Fortson has extensive experience working with students at the K-12 level, as well as the master's and doctoral levels. Her research and writing interests include the pedagogy of instruction, urban curriculum development, multicultural education, and educational legislation and litigation. Fortson is recognized at the state and national levels as an expert in the field of professional educator preparation.

At the state level, Fortson remains an active member of the Committee on Accreditation's Board of Institutional Reviewers for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. At the national level, she was the only higher education professional to be recognized and appointed to work with the U. S. Department of Education as an expert in urban education under both the Clinton and Bush administrations. As part of her service she was a member of the Teacher Assistance Corps, traveling to meet with state officials to provide clarity regarding the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, as well as to offer guidance, on-site reviews and feedback to states' efforts to implement NCLB.

Fortson has been quoted as an expert in several publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Southwest Spirit magazine, Education.com and the Atlantic Journal.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
Veronica Orozco
Public Relations Manager
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Direct: (310) 568-5773
E-mail: veronica.orozco@pepperdine.edu


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Cara L. Garica,  
Professor of Education
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Phone: (310) 568-5643
E-mail: cara.garcia@pepperdine.edu
Location: West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational therapy
  • High Stakes test-taking anxiety
  • Learning anxiety
  • Literacy
  • No Child Left Behind Act
  • Test-taking anxiety

Cara Garcia came to Pepperdine University from the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was a teacher and teacher advisor. She teaches methods courses, chairs dissertations and supervises educational therapy services offered through the clinic at Pepperdine. Her research interests focus on academic anxiety, specifically reading and writing blocks, test anxiety, stage fright, and math anxiety.

Garcia is the author of Too Scared to Learn, which offers a clear, dynamic rationality and methodology for dealing with children who have academic anxiety. Garcia has been quoted as an expert in several publications including the Los Angeles Times.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
Veronica Orozco
Public Relations Manager
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Direct: (310) 568-5773
E-mail: veronica.orozco@pepperdine.edu

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