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Scholarly Sewist Squad

Reka Barton

The Scholarly Sewist

Reka is both a doctoral student and a Lecturer at San Diego State University.  She teaches Literacy Methods for teacher credential candidates and Visualizing College for undergraduate students. Prior to her doctoral studies she obtained a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Teaching at The Scholarly Sewist.  She then spent ten years as an elementary classroom teacher in dual language and inner-city classrooms.  Her research interests include dual language education and educational experiences of Black students via multimodal research methods. Reka is the Founder and Creative Director of The Scholarly Sewist.

David Burroughs II

Graphic Designer & Brand Strategist

David is a Tony Gaskins certified life coach and brand strategist working at the intersection of self love and entrepreneurship. With over a decade of experience in interactive media design, he is an interdisciplinary creator with an eye for personal branding and self-expression. The application of his creative expertise ranges, from consulting small businesses to branding award-winning musical acts. As an alumni of the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts and board member with the Friends of SCPA, David's educational background is firmly rooted in the creative space. David is the Graphic Designer & Brand Strategist for The Scholarly Sewist.

Charisse Winston

ResearcHER Liaison

Charisse is a postdoctoral scholar and former Neuroplasticity of Aging Fellow at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis and identify blood-based biomarkers for early AD diagnosis. In addition to her research, Charisse teaches at University of San Diego and Southwestern College as an Adjunct Faculty member and Work Based Learning Coordinator.  Charisse desires to cultivate a new generation of future scientists and serves as the ResearcHER Liaison for The Scholarly Sewist.

Melissa Vang

Creative Consultant

Melissa Vang (she/her/hers) is an educational and social science scholar on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues related to organizational practice and racial and ethnic identity. Melissa earned her doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs from San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. Her recent research examined the influence of organizational climate on the ethnic and racial identity of Hmong American students using multimodality methods. Outside of research and higher education, she enjoys finding deals on timeless fashion pieces to add to her collection and she serves as the Creative Consultant for The Scholarly Sewist.

Susana Marquina

Web Designer

Susana is passionate about education, traveling, and technology. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of Virginia and her Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California.  College is a special experience and her desire is to help students take advantage of all the opportunities available to them during this time. Susana has traveled to over 15 countries, most recently she spent a year teaching English in Seoul, South Korea to elementary and middle school students. While there, she taught herself the fundamental skills of coding and serves as the Web Designer for The Scholarly Sewist. 


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