About Us

SF State GCOE Elementary Education Faculty and Staff

Our Mission

The Department of Elementary Education prepares skilled, transformative educators to teach and become leaders in culturally and linguistically diverse schools. We guide and support educators to develop a pedagogy of caring and cultural responsiveness, and to teach for social justice and equity for children and their families. Our Multiple Subject Credential and Master of Arts programs provide current educational theories, innovative teaching practices, and guided field experiences in diverse schools. The curriculum in the MSC and MA graduate programs reflect current Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), State Standards, and Common Core Standards. The department’s Multiple Subject Credential, including the Bilingual Authorization Programs, certify candidates with their Preliminary Credential to teach in California schools. Our MA programs prepare educational leaders to transform learning environments to support all students’ success academically and socially.

Get to know the instructors and staff in Elementary Education

Jisel Iglesias

Administrative Analyst Specialist


Mina Kim

Associate Professor


Christy Lao

Associate Professor


Stephanie Sisk-Hilton



Department Chair

Maria Zavala

Assistant Professor


Jolie Aban

Student Assistant

Natalie Rosales

Student Assistant