Dr. Carlos Cuauhtémoc Ayala has been named Dean of the School of Education at Sonoma State University, effective April 1, 2013.
Ayala has served as interim dean for the last 2.5 years and successfully led the school during their stellar accreditation. He began his professional career as a fuel alcohol chemist and then serendipitously became a mathematics and science teacher in the K-12 schools. He then moved on to be the principal of Dool Elementary School on the US-Mexico border in Calexico, California.
He completed his graduate studies in curriculum in 2002 with a focus on assessing what students know and are able to do in science. He joined the faculty at Sonoma State in 2002 where he taught classes in the School of Education including science teaching methods and research methods. He has successfully written NSF and Department of Education grants to support students at Sonoma State.
Ayala earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University; his M.A. in Educational Leadership and California Administrative Services Credential at San Diego State University; his Multiple Subject Bilingual Teaching Credential and Single Subject Bilingual Teaching Credential--Physical Science & Chemistry--at the University of California, Santa Cruz.