About Me

I am a program specialist with experience in grade levels 3, and 6-12. Over the past few years, I have begun to specialize in child-instructional leadership. Almost serendipitously, the different spheres of my life began to coalesce around this niche in a way that has been both fruitful to me as a creative and an educator. In 2017 I began to bring my middle school students to actually lead full-on sessions within my courses at CSU Bakersfield. I designed these sessions around essential standards the children were required to learn, but I also aligned the experiences to the essential learning expectations of the university department. As a researcher, I dived deep into the learning environment to really understand how the children and the adults benefited from these experiences. Today, I am fortunate to share the research, pedagogy, and practical application of child-instructional leadership at local and major conferences such as the National CUE Conferences and ISTE.

I consider child-instructional leadership as a topic that intersects within the spheres of 21st Century learning and equity issues. As a K-12 educator, I have always intentionally worked at Title I schools, and within those schools, I intentionally work with students that are academically or socially struggling. Teaching is first and foremost a form of activism for me and I consider my work and lifestyle to be part of a larger social struggle that seeks to oppose the status quo for marginalized populations in education.

Published Work

  • The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts: A Self-Study of Equity and Inclusion in Online Teacher Education. (2020) Studying Teaching Education. (link)
  • Thriving as an Online K-12 Educator. (2020) Routledge. (link)
  • Black Profiles in Comic Book Courage -cover illustration. 2018 (link)
  • Educational Technology: How can I use this technology in my classroom? (2016) iBooks Store. (link)
  • Life of a Monarch Butterfly. (2014) Apple App Store. (link)
  • Life of a Frog/Vida de una Rana. (2013) Apple App Store. (link)
  • Leo and the T-Rex. (2013) Apple App Store. (link)

Awards

  • 2020 Most Outstanding Graduate Student IRB Protocol
  • 2016 CSU Fullerton College of Education Edwin Carr Fellow (link)
  • 2016 Summa Cum Laude graduate in Master’s of Educational Technology
  • 2015 CSU Fullerton College of Education Scholarship

Teaching Experience

  • 3rd Grade
  • 9th-12th grade, Social Studies (mild/moderate Special Education)
  • 7th & 8th grade, Science and Social Studies
  • 9th grade, Language Arts and Math (intervention specialist)
  • 6th grade, self-contained
  • 6th grade, Language Arts and Social Studies

Conference Presentations/Papers

Gonzalez, E. (upcoming-2017, April). Teenage students going from virtual reality consumers to producers. Paper at the National Technology and Social Science Conference, Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

Gonzalez, E. (upcoming-2017, March). Publishing to virtual reality with Google Cardboard. Presentation at the National CUE Conference, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA.

Gonzalez, E. (2016, October). Publishing to virtual reality with Google Cardboard. Presentation at the Napa CUE Conference, American Canyon High School, American Canyon, CA. (link)

Gonzalez, E. (2016, July).Publishing to virtual reality with Google Cardboard. Presentation at Kern EdTech Summer Camp, Kern County Office of Education, Bakersfield, CA. (link)

Gonzalez, E. (2016, July). Creating a hoax website with digital literacy. Presentation at Kern EdTech Summer Camp, Kern County Office of Education, Bakersfield, CA. (link)

Gonzalez, E. (2015, January). A 21st century education. Presentation at SCTA Full Steam Ahead, CSU Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.

Gonzalez, E. (2015, January). Redefining distance education. Presentation at the Orange County CUE Conference, Serra Catholic School, Mission Viejo, CA.

Gonzalez, E. (2014, October). Using 3D models across the curriculum. Presentation at Kern Tech Fest, CSU Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA.

Gonzalez, E. (2014, September). Using the iPad to facilitate writing. Presentation at Central Valley Cue Conference, Sundale School, Tulare, CA.