Rafaela Santa Cruz
College of Education Faculty Student Mentor
Director, San Diego Mathematics Project
Co-Principal Investigator, Science Achievement in Biology (SABIO)
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona where I attended the University of Arizona and received
a degree in mathematics. After graduation, I received a fellowship for a Master's
program in special education at the Univesity of Southern California. After those
studies I returned to teach at Tucson High School. During the nine years that I was
there I was a teacher, department chair, and Mexican folkloric dance instructor. In
my spare time I took doctoral classes. After receiving my doctorate in 1979, I was
hired as a senior research analyst for an externally funded project at San Diego State
University. The following year I was hired as a faculty member in the Secondary Education
Interests, Activities & Plans
Presently, I teach methods of teaching mathematics for elementary, secondary, and Spanish bilingual students, educational psychology for secondary students, and statistics and research methods for doctoral students. The focus of my research and professional growth activities has been to seek solutions to the achievement gap of Latino students, particularly in mathematics. I am the director of San Diego Mathematics Project, a leadership staff development program for teachers of mathematics.
I am also involved with a student recruitment program, B-FIRST, at San Diego High
School and I direct the College of Education Faculty Student Mentor Program, a student
retention programs for underrepresented students at SDSU.
Other Interesting Things
I enjoy attending concerts and plays. I like a variety of music that is reflected
in my eclectic CD collection. I enjoy traveling and doing things with my extended
family that includes my father, seven brothers and sisters, and 15 nieces and nephews.
I enjoy cooking, sewing, and playing with technology.
Other Places in Webspace
Center for Research in Mathematics & Science Education
E-Mail: [email protected]