UCBHSSP Staff

Rachel B. Reinhard, Ph.D.

Site Director

Rachel joined UCBHSSP as director in January 2013.  A graduate of Cal's graduate history program, she draws upon her experience as a teacher, college professor, and professional development provider to help improve teacher practice and student learning. Watch Rachel discuss her work with the project as part of the American Historical Association's "What I Do" series.

Phyllis Goldsmith

Coordinator, Special Projects

Phyllis has worked with UCBHSSP since 2003. Prior to her work with UCBHSSP, Phyllis was a bilingual elementary school teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. In 2019, she was recognized with the California Counicl for the Social Studies' Hilda Taba Award, for lifetime achievement in supporting the teaching of social studies. Phyllis retired in June 2019 but continues to work with UCBHSSP on a limited number of programs and special projects.

Devin Hess

Program Coordinator

Devin worked as a middle school teacher and commuinty organizer before earning his master's in education technology. He leads UCBHSSP programs with schools and districts throughout the Bay Area. In addition to working with teachers to integrate literacy and disciplinary thinking into their H-SS instruction, he has spearheaded UCBHSSP's work on technology integration and civic action.

Jason Muniz

Jason Muñiz

Program Coordinator

Jason worked as a Social Science educator in South Florida and East Oakland for ten years before joining the UCBHSSP team. During his time in the Bay Area, Jason piloted and implemented Ethnic Studies curriculum for the Oakland Unified School District. He also brings a passion for integrating technology and gamification into educational practices. Learn more about Jason's work here.

Teacher Leaders

A number of the Project's veteran teacher leaders facilitate workshops, direct institutes, and support project staff at school site professional development. Many of these facilitators are members of our Teacher Research Group.