Kenneth Magdaleno, Ed.D. – Founder/CEO
Dr. Kenneth Magdaleno is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR). CLEAR’s primary goal is the development of social justice educational leaders through mentoring using Paulo Freire’s Praxis, or “Intentional Activism.” Other goals include addressing discipline and equity issues throughout the educational system while researching the impact of positive leadership models on underrepresented groups. Dr. Magdaleno earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA and also holds a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from California Lutheran University. His primary research interests are areas of equity, critical race theory, social justice, leadership mentoring and developing educational leaders of color.
Dr. Rosa Guerra – Director,
Social Justice Leadership Mentoring Program
A daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, Dr. Rosa Guerra was born and raised in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. As such, she is committed to ensuring equity and access for all children. Dr. Guerra has worked in the field of education since 1994. She began her career as a school office manager, then elementary school teacher, assistant principal and has been an elementary school administrator since 2005. She has also taught graduate students as an adjunct professor for Point Loma of the Nazarene University.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master’s and Ed.D. degree from Azusa Pacific University. Her doctoral dissertation entitled, Mentoring of Second-Generation Latino/a Principals: How Do Second-Generation Latino/a Principals Perceive the Roles Played by their Mentors in their Career? reflects her long-standing commitment to mentoring. As a past CALSA mentee and current CLEAR mentor, Dr. Guerra fully appreciates the nexus between mentor and mentee, as well as the potential that mentorship has to impact lives and career trajectories.
Peter Flores III, Ed.D. – Director,
Dr. Peter Flores III, Ed.D., is a K-12 Education administrator and teacher who advocates for transformative leadership, cultural proficiency, and social justice in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion to achieve equity and access for all students. He holds a B.S. in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College; a M.Ed. from Ashford University; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from CSU Fresno.
Dr. Flores has presented at the International Cultural Proficiency Institute, facilitated at the Institute for Equity in Education, and co-facilitated cultural proficiency training at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as part of the Tools for Tolerance for Educators program.
He co-authored ACSA Leadership articles titled “Overcoming Barriers to Change” and “Leading from the Strawberry Fields: Transformative Leadership from Santa Maria” and a chapter titled, The Role of Formal and Nonformal leaders in Creating Culturally Proficient Educational Practices (IGI Global). He is a Senior Associate for the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice (CCPEP) and Director of Equity for the Center for Leadership Equity and Research (CLEAR). He was invited by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) to help develop the framework for the ACSA Equity Academy and served as member of the State Superintendent’s Transition Team for Closing the Achievement Gap.
He has served in administrative positions at Soledad High School, and Phillips Freedom Community Day School and Flamson Middle School, in Paso Robles, California. He served as Assistant Principal of Santa Maria High School prior to being promoted to his current position, as Director of Student Services of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District on the California central coast.
Mahmoud Suleiman, Ph.D. – Director, Research Division and
Editor of the Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research
Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman is a professor of teacher education at California State University, Bakersfield. He earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1993. He previously taught at the Maricopa Community College District, AZ; Arizona State University, Tempe; and Fort Hays State University, KS. He joined CSUB in 1999 and has taught a variety of credential and graduate courses in the areas of multiculturalism, reading/literacy, action research, instructional leadership, second language acquisition, standard-based education reform, among others. He also published extensively in some of these areas. His current research foci include equityand social justice, cultural proficiencyand multicutrual literacy, and global education inititatives among others. During his tenure at CSUB, he served as Director of the Multiple Subject Credential Program and as Chair of the Teacher Education Department as well as Chair of the Advanced Educational Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar (2009/2010) and completed his residency at the Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, Bahrain, as well as Fulbright Scholar (2016/2017) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teachers’ Training, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.
Jenny Baquera – Program Manager
Jenny Baquera, became part of CLEAR in August 2012. Jenny started as Executive Assistant, and her role has been ever changing and evolving. As Program Manager, she is responsible for assisting in the development and evaluation of programs. Jenny also has served on the Advisory Board of CLEAR. She has a Master’s in Social Work and PPS Credential.