Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Samantha Ray worked as Kremen’s first Communications Specialist from September 2017 to November 2021. She elevated the Kremen brand and helped amplify Kremen’s story to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the Fresno State community. Samantha spearheaded launching the Kremen blog, strategized social media content to increase engagement and followers, and managed the launch of Kremen’s new Fresno State website in 2021.
She earned an M.S. in Business-Marketing from California State University of Long Beach and an MBA from Fresno State. With a background in higher education marketing, Samantha worked in Kremen to build and launch continuous content and assist our graduate programs with their student acquisition tactics.
The Upside to Learning Outside
As Jose Lomeli steps off the Greyhound bus, he feels the chill of the Lake Tahoe air hitting his face. It’s the winter of 1978 and Lomeli, a 20-year-old migrant student from Modesto Junior College, is surrounded by a group of soon-to-be teachers preparing for a five-day outdoor wilderness adventure with California Mini Corps...
South Valley graduate strives to support students of color
Jillin Colunga grew up thinking higher education would never be within reach. Being the oldest of six siblings in a low-income household, the Monson native, knew she had a tough road ahead.
She was determined to show her younger siblings that obtaining a degree is possible, and today Colunga is proud to say she has earned a master’s degree in Multilingual Multicultural Education from Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development.
See why this liberal studies graduate strives to put others first
While walking through the streets of San Francisco when she was 7 years old, Ariel Mendez remembers seeing a man holding a sign that read, “hungry.” She and her dad had just finished lunch, and she got his permission to give the man her leftovers. This is the first memory Mendez has of helping the homeless.
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Professor dedicates career to advocating for people 'on the outside'
Dr. Jenelle Pitt remembers sitting with her classmates one day in high school as everyone shared news about which colleges they had applied or been accepted to. She was in AP English at the time, and she proudly announced she had been accepted to the University of California, Berkeley. But just as her moment of pride began, she said, one of her peers responded, “Oh, they are just trying to fill their quota.”
Alumna develops new K-12 resources for teaching Native American histories
Determined to improve the way K-12 students are educated about the histories of Indigenous peoples, Fresno State alumna Marie Casao (Narragansett) has developed new resources for California teachers.
She curated a curriculum for educators who aim to teach about American Indian tribes and their relationships with ecosystems. This list of educational resources is directly tied to the intellectual knowledge of tribal peoples and their environments.
Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State places considerable emphasis on an educator who can function effectively as a leader in a culturally and linguistically diverse society. The Kremen School prepares more K-12 school teachers than any other public university in California. In addition to training this region’s teachers, the Kremen School trains ethically-informed counselors and educational leaders, while providing professional support to the community and promotes applied research.