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UC Merced Extension | Education Programs


TPP candidates share their experience with future applicants.

Teacher Preparation Candidates share their program experience with UC Merced undergraduates who are interested in becoming TK-12 teachers.

Our instructors are educators from the culturally diverse public schools that we serve with in-depth expertise in the subject areas they teach. They are committed to upholding the principles of equity and social justice by which we stand to deliver optimal learning experiences for candidates like you. 

Rosanna Ayers - Teacher Preparation Program Instructor

Rosanna Ayers

Director of Youth Education Biomimicry Institute

M.A. of Education in Educational Leadership and School Development & Administrative Services Credential | Teachers College of San Joaquin 2018
B.S. International Business | California State University, Fresno 1999

Rosanna Ayers directs the Youth Design Challenge as well as the development of resources and programs to support educator interactions with the Institute. Before joining the Institute Rosanna served as the Region Lead for science education in six counties in her position as a county Science Coordinator. As a Science Coordinator, Rosanna supported the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards in 20 school districts. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a classroom educator, a college instructor and a county office administrator for science. Rosanna holds a K-8 Teaching Credential along with a supplemental authorization for Business in Secondary education. Rosanna has a bachelor’s in International Business, a Masters in Educational Leadership and School Development and an Administrative Credential for K-12 education.

EDUC X410 Integrated Life Science, Mathematics and Health Literacy
EDUC X408 Integrated Physical Science, Mathematics and Scientific Literacy


Erin Christine Henley - Teacher Preparation Program Instructor

Erin Christine Henley

Instructional Coach | Chowchilla Elementary School District

M.A. STEM Education | Fresno Pacific University 2020
B.S. General Biology | University of Arizona, 2001

Mrs. Erin Henley is a dynamic educator who desires to share her passion for teaching and learning. She has 13 years of teaching experience in grades K-8 and holds the following teaching credentials: Multiple Subject, Foundational Science, Chemistry, along with Earth & Planetary Science. Mrs. Henley works tirelessly to implement and model effective instructional strategies in all her courses. Building strong relationships with students and valuing the different linguistic and cultural backgrounds are of utmost importance. She seeks to provide an engaging learning environment where all ideas are valued and respected, with collaboration happening regularly. Mrs. Henley believes that it is through collaboration that we can build camaraderie and respect for one another.

EDUC X313 - Technology-Supported Project-Based Learning
EDUC X318 - Single Subject Methods in Science
EDUC X408 - Integrated Physical Sciences, Math and Scientific Literacy
EDUC X409 - Integrated Earth and Space Sciences Math and Digital Literacy


Dino Mangano - Teacher Preparation Program Instructor

Dino Mangano

Teacher Chawanakee USD

M.A. Teaching | Wayne State University
B.A. History, Political Science and Religious Studies | Michigan State University

Dino Mangano has been an educator since 1999.  He started his career teaching high school social studies in Detroit, MI. He spent much of his career there, gaining experience as a teacher, an instructional coach, and an administrator.

In 2016 he moved to California and again widened his experience, working as a teacher, instructional coach, and instructor at UC Merced.

He is currently teaching high school at Chawanakee USD and teaching his passion at UC Merced… how to help all students become independent, successful readers, no matter what the class or their backgrounds.

EDUC X314 Secondary Reading for Understanding
EDUC X408 Integrated Humanities & Visual Literacy


Jacquelyn Ollison Teacher Preparation Program Instructor

Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison

Adjunct Professor | Teacher Preparation | UC Merced University Extension 

Ed.D., Educational and Organizational Leadership | University of The Pacific 2019

Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison is a committed educator with extensive education experience as a teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, and state Education Administrator. She is the Program Director for the California Teacher Residency Lab. She earned her doctorate at the University of the Pacific. Her research interests include compassion fatigue, teacher retention, school climate, and working conditions in urban schools. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, Benerd School of Education, and an instructor at the UC Merced Extension Teacher Preparation Program. She lives in Northern California with her husband, three stepchildren, and her dog Seo.

EDUC X301 Foundations in Education
EDUC X317 Math Methods


Shannon Owens - Teacher Preparation Program Instructor

Shannon Owens

5th Grade Teacher and Technology Support | Planada Elementary School
TIP Mentor 

M.A., Education, Curriculum and Instruction | Brandman University 2010
B.A., Art and Business | San Jose State University 1997


Shannon Owens has been a classroom teacher since 2002 and has enjoyed mentoring other teachers since 2009. She currently supports new teachers through TIP and as an EdTech team member at Planada Elementary school. She has most recently served as Cooperating Teacher, University Mentor, and Instructor for the TPP program here at UC Merced Extension. Shannon holds a Multiple Subject Credential and a Single Subject Credential in English, along with additional authorization for Art. She is a life-long learner and enjoys discovering innovative ways to make an impact on her students and loves to pass that same quality along to new teachers.

EDUC X313 Technology Supported Project-Based Learning
EDUC X302 Teaching Practicum


Jason Schneider Teacher Preparation Program Instructor

Jason Schneider

History Teacher | El Capitan High School

M.A. Education, Curriculum and Instruction | Western Governors University 2008

Jason Schneider has been a History teacher at Merced Union High School District for 16 years and currently teaches US History and AP US History at El Capitan High School.  His core teaching philosophy is to teach the skills students will need in career through History content.  Jason also believes that teachers and students should have fun in class, want to get better and be kind and fair.

EDUC X316 Instructor UC Mentor Cooperating Teacher