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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz
Do you like pad thai noodles? There’s someone in the College of Education that’s really good with a wok! Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz loves to cook, is a world traveler, and can teach you a thing or two about paying for college. Learn more about the new Interim Director of the School of Teacher Education in this month’s 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the COE Faculty and Staff.

Rafaela is one of eight children
She has two older brothers, three younger sisters, and two younger brothers.

She enjoys sewing - a lost art
Rafaela once made her younger brother a three-piece polyester suit, like John Travolta’s in Saturday Night Fever.

Rafaela s racquetball
Rafaela was a pretty good racquetball player.

Rafaela enjoys cooking
Her favorites are Mexican and Thai dishes.

Rafaela completed all three of her higher education degrees with scholarships and grants, needing no loans! Impressive!

The sound of music
Rafaela enjoys all types of music. Smokey Robinson, Vicente Fernandez, and Willie Nelson are her favorite artists.

Rafaela the globetrotter
She enjoys traveling for pleasure and has even taught in Mexico, El Salvador, the Federated State of Micronesia, and Palau!

How Rafaela is making a difference in the College of Education:

“I am presently the Interim Director of the School of Teacher Education (STE) after being the Director of the SDSU/CGU Joint PhD Program in Education for 11 years. I love developing the statistical and research skills of PhD students and have served on over 50 dissertation committees. I enjoy working with teachers to help them learn how to make mathematics more accessible for emergent bilingual students. I am currently working with 90 teachers in Imperial County as part of a California Math Science Partnership grant. I am excited about serving as the interim director of the STE as we welcome the Liberal Studies major and prepare to implement newly adopted teacher performance expectations.”