Instructor and Staff Profiles

Staff

Brandi Pretlow

Brandi Pretlow is the Associate Director of the Leland Scholars Program and an alumna of Stanford (Class of 2005).  Brandi earned her master’s degree in education from Lesley University and holds an MSW degree from the University of Chicago.

Prior to returning to Stanford,...Read more


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Joy Robinson

Joy Robinson is the Administrator for the Leland Scholars Program and an alumna of Stanford University (Class of 2018). Last year, Joy aided in the success of the second Frosh 101 pilot as a Program Coordinator. Prior to graduation, Joy led a Frosh 101 section in Rinconada, was a resident assistant in Trancos Hall, and volunteered as a peer counselor at The Bridge on campus. She is thrilled to support and advocate for LSP students in her new role. In her free time, she loves to practice yoga, go for hikes and spend time with her family at home in Redwood City.


Residential Academic Directors

Danielle Greene

Danielle Greene is currently a PhD student in the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education and Race, Inequality, and Language in Education programs at the Graduate School of Education. Her research centers on improving the educational circumstances of linguistically and racially marginalized...Read more


Sandra Welch

Sandra Welch is a Philadelphia native who has spent over a decade educating the city’s youth in the subjects of history, literature and life before returning to school to pursue her Phd at Stanford University. To stay healthy, Sandra moonlights as a yoga and Zumba instructor. Sandra also serves as a deaconess and singer at her church.

Sandra Welch is a Philadelphia native who has spent over a decade educating the city’s youth in the subjects of history, literature and life before returning to school to pursue her Phd at Stanford University. To stay healthy, Sandra moonlights as a yoga and Zumba instructor. Sandra also...Read more


Instructors-Chemistry

Charles Cox

Dr. Charlie Cox’s primary interests lie in the field of chemical education, and in bringing cutting-edge science into the undergraduate classroom. He focuses on methods to promote active learning in organic and general chemistry, targeting improvements in problem solving, critical thinking and...Read more


Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann

My name is Jennifer Schwartz and I am a Senior Lecturer in Stanford's Chemistry Department. I also did my graduate work here in Ed Solomon's lab earning a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008. During those 6 years, I found that teaching was my greatest passion, and I got deeply involved in...Read more


Instructors-Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR)

Megan Formato

Areas of specialization: humanities, history, science and technology studies

Genre expertise: personal statements for graduate school applications, grant and fellowship applications

Enjoys coaching strategies for overcoming writer's block, brainstorming, revision

Meg Shields Formato is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford and a tutor in the Hume Center for Speaking and Writing. She holds a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and a BA in English from Amherst College. As a historian of modern science and technology,...Read more


Shannon Hervey

Area of specialization: humanities

Genre expertise: personal statements, grant applications, dissertation chapters

Enjoys coaching brainstorming and organization

Dr. Shannon Hervey has a BA in English, an MA in Rhetoric and Composition, and a PhD in English Literature all from the University of California, Riverside. Her work as a literary and cultural scholar focuses on American Literature and Culture from 1900 - present. In particular, she is...Read more


Jennifer Johnson

Areas of specialization: social sciences, cultural studies and qualitative research methodologies

Genre expertise: abstracts, proposals, personal statements, and honors theses and social science dissertations

Enjoys coaching brainstorming, argument development and revision strategies

Jennifer Johnson holds a B.A. in Art History with Honors from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Education (Language, Literacy and Culture Division) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to Stanford, Jennifer taught courses in the Linguistics...Read more


Ashley Newby

Areas of specialization: humanities, interdisciplinary studies

Genre expertise: personal statements, popular culture writing

Enjoys coaching brainstorming, style, and arrangement

Ashley is currently a lecturer in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric. She earned a B.A. in International Relations, and a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University, her M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University, and her PhD in African American and African...Read more


Instructors-Math

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Montserrat Cordero

Montse Cordero is a maths designer for Youcubed, a center in the Stanford Graduate School of Education and is part of the math teaching team for LSP/SSEA this year. Montse holds a B.S. in mathematics with honors in education from Stanford (’17), and enjoys working to make maths more...Read more


Miriam Leshin

Miriam is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education and Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford. She is interested in understanding equity-based instructional moves that allow teachers to support all students to find success in mathematics. Before coming to Stanford, she taught...Read more


Megan Selbach

Megan is a PhD Student in Mathematics Education at Stanford University. Her research is focused on making math more accessible and open for all students. Prior to beginning her studies at Stanford she spent 9 years as a Communications Officer in the US Marine Corps and the final 3 years as...Read more