Mari Harris, Ed.D.
Director of Education Programs, University Extension
Dr. Harris oversees the Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) preparing single subject and multiple subject candidates for a preliminary teaching credential. In addition, Dr. Harris is an instructor for several TPP courses; Foundations of Teaching and Project Based Learning (PBL). Dr. Harris received her BA and clear multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento. Furthermore, Dr. Harris is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, California where she received her Masters in Staff Development, Clear Administrative Credential and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has more than 25 years in K-12 education as principal, vice-principal, site instructional coordinator and teacher. Dr. Harris taught master’s courses and doctorate courses at Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai, China. She is a life -long learner and an advocate for 21st Century Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT). Dr. Harris is passionate about preparing teachers to meet the diverse student population in the Central Valley, and the state of California.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Mayra Franco, B.A.
Credential Analyst and Program Coordinator
Mayra Franco was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from CSU, Northridge with a double Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Central American Studies in Spring 2019. Mayra started working as a student assistant in the Teaching Credential office and remained for the past 17 years in the world of Teaching Credentialing. When not at work, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys camping and loves nature outings.