Graduate Educational Development Fellows

CAT’s Graduate Educational Development Fellows are experienced graduate student instructors who have extensive expertise in their area of focus. The Educational Development Fellows support the graduate student community campus-wide to enhance their pedagogical development as teaching assistants and instructors. In addition to facilitating CAT’s TA Training workshops and developing pedagogical resources and tools for TAs on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning, the Educational Development Fellows are also available to meet with graduate students 1:1 during their office hours, support you in implementing discipline or course-specific pedagogy in your role as a TA, help troubleshoot any issues you’re having with your TA position, and/or support departmental 495 courses.

Please see below for contact information and bios of our 22-23 Educational Development Fellows and please feel free to reach out to them directly with any questions you may have!

Sonya Brooks

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Inclusive & Anti-Bias Teaching


Ph.D. student in Education & MPH student in Community Health Sciences


Office Hours: By appointment

Ask me about:

  • Ways to decolonize your syllabus
  • How to create non-traditional environments to maximize student learning
  • Identifying how knowledge is created in unconventional ways
  • How to determine student learning by incorporating alternative systems of measurements

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: To distress or practice self-care, I dance, roller skate, and chillax on the beach (preferably in exotic countries). I love massages, sound bathing, praying, inwardly chanting self-affirming affirmations throughout the day, and playing with my children (but not in that order). Ha!

Dyese Elliott-Newton

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Inclusive Teaching


Ph.D. Student in English; Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy


Office Hours: 10:30am-12pm PT on Mondays and by appointment via Zoom (Passcode: ibelong)

Ask me about:

  • How to curate a familial atmosphere in your classrooms
  • How to design your syllabi to proactively create safe learning environments
  • Specific resources that one can use to practice and model inclusive and equitable teaching
  • Ways to practice care and interrupt bias in class discussions

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: My ways of practicing self-care vary, but generally I love to go for long walks, get my nails done, cook and host dinner parties for close friends, pray, journal, mediate, and watch crime dramas.

Caitlyn Fick


Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry


Ask me about:

  • Balancing STEM and lab work with life outside of school
  • Queer/LGBTQ+ communities on campus
  • Creating inclusive classrooms in lab courses
  • Switching research groups

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: spend time with friends and family, go for a run, play with my cat, watch a comfort show, play guitar and sing

Fadhila Hadjeris

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Global Citizenship Education, inclusive teaching, Foreign Language Education


Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign Language & Ph.D. Candidate in Social Sciences and Comparative/International Education


Office Hours: By appointment

Ask me about:

  • Building community with your students
  • Creating inclusive classroom material
  • Managing time as an international graduate student and a teaching assistant
  • Teaching Foreign Language and Culture

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: praying,walking in nature, exercising, going on a picnic with friends, baking my favorite dessert, dancing.

Briley Lewis

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Writing Pedagogy (STEM)

Ph.D. Candidate in Astronomy and Astrophysics; Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy


Ask me about:

  • Best practices for science communication (including public outreach/engagement)
  • How to teach writing in STEM disciplines
  • Science journalism / popular science writing
  • Technical science writing (research papers, grants, proposals, statements, etc.)
  • Incorporating writing into existing non-writing-focused STEM courses
  • How to use science writing as a tool for empowerment in non-major STEM courses

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: Hanging out with my sweet rescue pup, Rocky!

Emma Ridder 

Writing Pedagogy (Humanities)

Ph.D. Candidate in English; Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy


Office Hours: 12pm – 2pm PT on Thursdays and by appointment via Zoom (Passcode: 878766)

Ask me about:

  • Leading active and accessible discussion sections, especially in humanities and writing-centered courses
  • Providing actionable feedback on writing assignments
  • Constructing engaging and creative writing prompts in order to meet your learning objectives
  • Using metacognitive and/or reflective exercises writing to enrich student learning experiences
  • Using technology – from polling tools to BruinLearn – effectively in your classrooms (I’m also part of UCLA’s LMS Transformation Team!)

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: Outside of the classroom, I destress by gardening, traveling, and watching movies.

Sammy Solis

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Graduate Educational Development


PhD Candidate, English Department


Office Hours: By appointment

Ask me about:

  • Strategies for lesson planning
  • Incorporating multimodal composition assignments into your course
  • Responding to student writing
  • Building community with students

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: watching Love Island UK, cooking a big meal, reading for fun

Elaine Jessica Tamargo 

Graduate Professional Development


Ph.D. Candidate in Higher Education & Organizational Change


Office Hours: Book an appointment with me on Calendly

Ask me about:

  • Opportunities to continue building your teaching skillset
  • Maximizing your teaching experience in your job search
  • Updating your CV, resume, and LinkedIn profile
  • Crafting your teaching statement and other academic job documents
  • Preparing for interviews, networking and conferences

Favorite way to destress or practice self-care: Moving my body at ballet class, tending to the plants in my garden, playing with my dog Chelsea, and trying different ice cream shops/flavors!

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