GSOE Graduates Making a Difference in Students Lives - Three Stories of Success!

Touro University California Graduate School of Education master’s degree candidates make a difference every day in the lives of students, in their schools and their districts.  This week three of our Educational Technology grads supported their students to rise to high standards for performance! 

Mike Willmarth (Class of 2011) was named Napa Valley Teacher of the Year from the Napa Rotary Club this week.  This prestigious award comes on the heels of Mike being selected as the 2015 Vanguard award winner for contribution to education, sustainability or community development by the University of Oregon.  Mike and his students "raised $1,415 during a 'We Create Change' fundraiser. The money will be donated to a program called 'Adopt-a-Village' run by a charity called Free the Children. The funds will be used to buy 28 goats for needy villagers in Haiti."  Read more here:

"Students from American Canyon’s middle school and high school scored big victories at a robotics competition held at UC Davis on Saturday. Four teams of kids, two from each school, participated in C-STEM Day 2015, where teenagers from all over California programmed modular robots, known as Linkbots, through a series of challenges."  Tammy Lee (Class of 2012) who teaches at American Canyon Middle School coached her students to a 1st place win for northern California and 1st place in the entire state. This is the first time a northern California team has won the top spot in the state for this competition!  Read about how Tammy got her robotics program started via a fellowship from UC Davis here:

American Canyon High School also sent teams to the C-STEM Day.  Scott Marsden (Class of 2014) coached the Prodigy 5 team in Division 2 (Math 1 level).  They won  first place in northern California and 2nd place in the entire state.  According to Scott, "Their judge mentioned to me how they were very ‘strategic' in their decisions during the competition. They also got an award for being the most spirited team in the competition!"  Read more about Tammy and Scott in a news article entitled, King of the Nerds here:

We couldn’t be more proud of these grads and their investment in the future lives of students. Kudos to Mike, Tammy, Scott and all of you who give of yourselves every day through your dedicated teaching. 

If you know someone who would be interested in earning their master’s degree in Education, please pass on the message that we are taking applications now for district-based cohorts in Educational Technology, Urban Education, and Teaching Mathematics along with our online program in Innovative learning.  Visit  to learn more!