Our Team


Manisha Javeri

Professor Email: manisha.javeri@gmail.com

 Dr. Manisha Javeri is an Associate Professor at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Her background is in Physical Chemistry and has taught at the University in Mumbai, India before moving to U.S.A in 1999. She joined CSULA in 2003 after completing her Ph.D in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Her philosophy of education has evolved over the years of teaching experience (almost 22 years) both and has an influence of both the eastern and western culture. Some of these educational thinkers that have influenced her philosophy of education are, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, and Rabindranath Tagore (from east) and John Dewey, Plato and Rousseau (from west). She is also the recipient of Rotary the World Peace Fellow award (2010) and represented Rotary LA5 at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand Education, she believes should be the one that helps in all round development of body, mind and soul. True education aims at not only intellectual, moral and spiritual development but also makes our life in harmony with all existence. This can happen in an environment where the student and teacher are co-learners. Learning should be meaningful and related to real life situations, which impacts the learner and its surroundings. Her lifelong passion is to teach students’ from a diverse cultural background and incorporate the essence of different cultures into her classes. Her main research interests are to integrate technology in designing and developing humanitarian interventions around the world. She has developed several where the students participate in solving real world problems and designing technology based interventions. Some of the interventions that students have developed are: HIV/AIDS training manuals for the teenagers in Mozambique, Micro-financing and business plans for the women caregivers in Africa, E-learning course modules for the University of Unilurio in Mozambique, Solar cooking and training manuals and videos for the women in Mozambique. For details visit the website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/mjaveri/


Irene U. Osisioma

Associate Professor Email: iosisioma@csudh.edu

  As an associate professor at California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson California and a science educator I have spent over 25 years of my career designing, developing, implementing and evaluating science education programs as well as engaging in teacher preparation at international institutions in the United States of America and Africa. Additionally, I have been working with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) towards improving science education in Africa, and facilitating professional development trainings for K-16 science teachers. With this wealth of national and international experiences, I have developed a clear vision of how I will serve NARST as an international coordinator. If elected, I will steadfastly commit to the development of programs that will ensure that NARST continues to, raise its profile, improve its services to our members and the community, and expand its relationships with the International community and other science education organizations. As an active member of NARST since 1996, I have attended all but two NARST conferences, made numerous presentations and served NARST in various capacities, as a presider, reviewer, strand coordinator, JRST reviewer, member of the NARST International committee, and currently a member of the equity and ethics committee. By participating in these activities and committees I have helped improve the profile and further the mission and vision of NARST.

   Participating actively as NARST International committee member has imbued me with a variety of knowledge and valuable experiences needed to coordinate this committee effectively. If elected the committee coordinator, I will work with members to promote the mission and goals of NARST and its effort to attract science educators worldwide to become active members of NARST through the international committee, build partnerships with other international organizations and promote collaboration in science education research among science educators internationally. My research has been conducted in national and international contexts and focuses on improving science instruction through pre and in-service teacher preparation and professional development. To promote this line of research, I have served as Co Principal Investigator in a number of winning grant projects such as a) World Bank Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (STEPB) project titled: Inquiry-Based Science and Technology Literacy Awareness Laboratory (IBSTLAL) project, b) National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) funded grant for System-Wide Change: An Experimental Study of Teacher Development and Student Achievement in Elementary Science Award- $33,000,000, c)California Science and Mathematics Project (CaMSP). Funded by California Department of Education (CDE)-Award $600,000, d) Quality Educator Development (QED) Project –An NSF funded project involving Institution of Higher Education Faculty (in Content and Pedagogy) School Districts Science Content Experts, and Specialists, Community College Faculty and Classroom Teachers.-Award-$4,000,000. I have made scholarly contributions to science education and teacher preparation through publications in refereed journals, book chapters and national and international conference presentations. If elected as the NARST’s International committee coordinator, I plan to bring additional visibility to the important programs that NARST offers, to boost NARST’s crucial international involvement, to cultivate and expand relationships with science educators and other organizations across the globe that can provide additional resources for our members, and to focus on activities critical to the advancement of NARST members, such as professional development, public service, and networking opportunities.


 Carol Johnston

 Professor  Email: CJohnston@msmc.la.edu

  After several years of working as a chemical engineer, I earned my teaching credential and taught physics, chemistry, and math at the high school level for 14 years before returning to school to earn my doctorate at the University of California Santa Barbara in science education. Since my early years as one of a few women in the engineering field, I have been interested in why women and other underrepresented group members continue to bypass STEM majors. Because my interests in environmental issues surrounding air and water quality greatly influenced my decision to study science and engineering, I have continued to explore how environmental issues can be gateways to STEM interest in my students. I currently work with in-service and pre-service teachers at Mount Saint Mary’s College in downtown Los Angeles. My core courses include science and math teaching methods for both the elementary and secondary credential programs.

Carolina Sandoval 

Carolina Sandoval

Research Assistant /Email: carolsandoval27@gmail.com

  Carolina Sandoval is currently completing her Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. She is currently working as a Research Assistant on an Environmental and Sustainability Grant at CSULA. She is also working as an Ed.D Website Assistant for the Charter College of Education Division; she maintains and updates the Ed.D programs website. Carolina also had a great opportunity to use and apply content knowledge by working with CSULA and Intel in the development of a new certification program in technology for current and future teachers. Carolina believes that education is the key to success and her goal is to help others in their success as well.

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”– Nelson Mandela


Mahantesh Hiremath

Research Assistant /Web Developer   Email: mahanteshiremat@gmail.com

  Mahantesh Hiremath holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Vishweshwaraiah Technological University India. He is currently persuing his Master’s in Computer Science at California State University Los Angeles.





Xuan Qin

Research Assistant   Email: xuanqin841109@gmail.com
Holds a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Oklahoma City University, and a BA in English Linguistics and Literacy from South-Central University for Nationalities in China. She is currently also working as a Research Assistant on a Project-based Learning and Engineering Education grant, funded by the National Science Foundation. She also had research experience in the office of Program Evaluation and Collaborative Research at Charter College of Education, CSULA; and teaching experience in the English Departments of Foreign Language Colleges in Chinese EFL context. Meanwhile, she is pursuing her second Master’s degree in Educational Technology and Leadership at California State University, Los Angeles.

Lindsey Salamanca

Research Assistant /Email: lsalama@calstatela.edu
Lindsey Salamanca, Research Assistant, holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology, an M.A. in Educational Technology and Leadership, and is currently finishing her M.A. in New Media Design and Production and single-subject credential in Industrial Technology. Though her degrees are within the realm of technology, she feels that teaching should be a hands-on experience while also embracing a creative aspect to help inspire students to think outside of the box. Lindsey is also a life-long learner, as she loves to learn new ideas and concepts.





Jessica Cooper

Student Assistant    Email: jlcooper812@gmail.com

Jessica is a CSULA Alumni who holds a Bachelors in Child Development and a multiple subject teaching credential. She also holds a Masters in Educational Technology and Leadership and a certificate in teaching Computer Applications in school. Currently Jessica is teaching at a charter school in Los Angles. During the summer months, Jessica enjoys working with Destination Science, a summer camp for kids, whose mission is to educate and excite kids about science while teaching life skills. Jessica provides training and coaching to perspective teacher candidates on customer service and hands on science curriculum, in this and in other states. Additionally she does online or e-training to teacher candidates in other states, whom they could not meet with face to face with. Jessica is skilled in video editing and movie making, and has created training videos that Destination Science uses to educate their staff. During the winter of 2015, along with colleagues from CSULA she collaborated on a documentary video for The C. Lamar Mayer Learning Center, located on the CSULA campus.


Renee Reyes-Garcia

Student Assistant   Email: rreyes11988@gmail.com

An alumni of California State University, Los Angeles, Renee Reyes-Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a multiple subject credential, obtained in 2012.  She had worked as an elementary school teacher and tutor in the following years.  She received her Master’s in Educational Technology and Leadership in 2015 along with a certificate for Computer Applications in Schools.  In addition, she has collaborated with the C. Lamar Mayer Center, located on the CSULA campus in creating a documentary video and commercial for the center.  Currently, Renee is an eLearning Developer working for Girl Scouts of Northern California.

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Natane Chomicki

Student Assistant   Email: natane24@gmail.com

Natane is currently a graduate student in the Educational Technology program at CSULA. After graduating, her goal is to work as an instructional designer for eLearning courses. Prior to entering the Ed Tech program, she earned a multiple subject teaching credential from CSULA and a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her educational philosophy is that everyone is intelligent and capable of learning; the key is finding the right approach to connect with a learner and unlock their potential.


Alexandria Brightful

Student Assistant   Email: alexandria.brightful@gmail.com

Alexandria Mills is a graduate student attending California State University of Los Angeles, and is currently studying Educational Technology and Leadership. She was recognized on the dean’s list while receiving an undergraduate studies in political science and a minor in historical studies at Cal State University of San Bernardino. By engaging learners, as an instructional technologist, she is creatively working on implementing instructional designs to make learning innovative both independently and actively.Her views on technology allow society to make educational programs that are efficient and can more readily make connections with educators all over the world.


Evelyn Arias

Research Assistant  Email: emailevelyn.arias@gmail.com

  Evelyn Arias, Research Assistant, holds a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her academic interests include engaging minorities in environmental and health awareness initiatives, international development through distance learning, providing inner city youth with safer public spaces, and political geography. Throughout her academic career she has worked with various nonprofits on issues of educational equity and international relief. She is currently working on her Masters in Technology Leadership and Computer Education at California State University, Los Angeles.


Abeer Almarakshi

Research Assistant  Email: abeer-a-m@hotmail.com

  Abeer Almarakshi, Research Assistant, holds a BA in Islamic Art with a teaching credential from the University Umm Al Qura. Her career experiences include teaching for one year, and working as a supervisor in Investment Marketing Services. In fall 2012, she participated in the Leadership Exploration and Advancement Program (L.E.A.P) and was awarded a certificate of Leadership. Her interest in the environment was sparked by her participation in the Saudi environmental society’s Jeddah beach clean-up campaign. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Technology and Leadership at California State University, Los Angeles.

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Russell Frame

Web Programmer / Research Assistant Email: rframe@calstatela.edu

  Russell Frame holds a BA in Economics from California State University Long Beach. He is currently persuing his Master’s in Computer Science at California State University Los Angeles.