University Field Supervisors
Jennaca Cotton earned her BA and teaching credential from Pepperdine University. She taught first grade for almost a decade and currently works as a literary specialist at a private elementary school in Los Angeles. She has an MA in reading instruction from Loyola Marymount University and is working towards an EdD in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. Jennaca has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers for many years as a mentor and support provider, which is her favorite role thus far.
Linda Harris has been a field supervisor for nearly 20 years. She retired from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) in 1998 after having served as a parent volunteer, part-time teacher, administrator, and principal. In addition, she helped to start SMASH, an alternative school. Linda enjoys watching new teachers blossom as they become confident and knowledgeable about working with their students.
Kirk Miyashiro recently retired after a 34-year career in education. For 15 years, he worked as a middle school teacher in Carson and San Pedro. Kirk later transitioned from teaching into administration and held various administrative roles for 19 years. His roles include serving as the dean of students at El Camino Real High School, the assistant principal of curriculum at Calabasas High School, the principal of Moorpark High School, and the principal of Oaks Christian High School. Additionally, Kirk supported Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) and created a site provider system that helps teachers clear their credentials.
Jeanette Rodriguez has worked with the Teacher Education Program for over 20 years and loves mentoring student teachers. Her teaching experience has been diverse and international, from teaching first graders to teaching university students. She has taught at a bilingual junior high, a continuation high school, an adult school, and a college in Puebla, Mexico where her family worked for nine years planting a church. Jeanette and her husband of 43 years, Dr. Daniel Rodriguez, divisional dean of religion and philosophy, live on campus and love hosting students and groups in their home.
Michelle Scissors spent her entire teaching career of 38 years at A.E. Wright Middle School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Throughout the span of her career, she taught English, needle pointing, Spanish, and world history. Additionally, she served as the Spanish department chair for 35 years.
Madeleine Sherak earned her PhD in comparative education from the University of Maryland studying school systems around the world. She has taught various grade levels as well as prospective teachers at the University of Maryland and holds a California teaching credential in secondary math. Madeleine is currently a student teacher field supervisor at both Pepperdine University and California Lutheran University.
In addition to being a field supervisor, Madeleine is developing an animated film at Twentieth Century Fox and her debut children's picture book, Superheroes Club, published in October 2017. She is also a board member of numerous philanthropic organizations including the Fulfillment Fund, Partners in Discovery, Sherak Family Foundation, Tom Sherak MS Hope Foundation, and True Spark.
Jerry Tintor has taught at all grades 1-12 throughout his 39 year career in Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition to teaching, he has served as a math/science/computer coordinator, resource specialist, music teacher, and mentor teacher. Jerry has taught in bilingual classrooms and has worked with children with mild to moderate learning disabilities and special needs.