Content Area Supervisors

RiSE Content Area Supervisors Group Photo


  • Observe lessons and hold brief post-observation conferences with the Resident.
  • At least three more scheduled visits per semester will be made during which the resident will be observed delivering a lesson.
  • Schedule an additional 3-way visit at the end of each semester to complete the final evaluation form.
  • Schedule additional observations if needed as determined by the Mentor Teacher or the University Supervisor.
  • Provide written feedback for each observation.
  • Support the Mentor Teacher in directing classroom activities, planning, selection of instructional strategies and materials, management, and other tasks.
  • Serve as a resource person for the Resident and the Mentor Teacher.
  • Schedule a 3-way conference as quickly as possible with the Resident to develop specific plans for improvement if there are problems such as competency or commitment to teaching.
  • Act as a liaison between the Resident, the Mentor Teacher and program faculty.
  • Prepare requested letters of recommendation at successful completion of Teaching Residency II.
  • Assist Mentor Teachers in further development of their supervisory responsibilities, if requested.
  • In an effort to continuously improve our program, we regularly ask Mentor Teachers and Residents to evaluate University Supervisors.

Content Area Experts

Content Area Experts in mathematics, sciences, English and special education serve as liaisons to Content Area Supervisors, schools and mentor teachers, and facilitate the communication, collaboration, and sharing of resources between the University and district. Additionally, they provide support for professional development at both the district and university. The Content Area Experts will also be the master's degree advisors for residents in their content area.

Featured Content Supervisors

english: zach kincheloe

English: Zacharia Kincheloe

Zack views his career as a high school English teacher as a special kind of partnership. For 35 years, he taught a wide variety of high school English courses, from 9th grade remedial English to 12th grade AP Literature and Composition. At the same time, he served as cooperating teacher for over 40 English student teachers. Therefore, each semester, he and a student teacher would begin the process of finding the best ways to further the education of the particular group of students they had been given. Now, having retired, he is delighted to be back in the classroom, continuing to help student teachers become the best professional teachers they can be.

english: carolyn chandler

English: Carolyn Chandler

Carolyn Chandler supervises English RiSE residents. She is a retired teacher and a teacher-consultant for the Northern California Writing Project. She taught English in California for almost 40 years - the last 25 years at Central Valley High School in Redding, CA. "I have been very impressed with the strong co-teaching partnerships that develop between RISE residents and their mentors and with the quality teaching that results from these partnerships."

eric nilsson

English: Eric Nilsson

Eric Nilsson is a retired educator who has lived and worked in Chico since 1986. He worked as an English Instructor at Butte College, English teacher at Gridley High and at Chico High, coordinated a Smaller Learning Communities Grant at both Chico and Pleasant Valley High, served as an assistant principal at Pleasant Valley High and finished his career helping to start and serving as principal of Inspire School of Arts and Sciences. He is married to Julie Anderson-Nilsson, and they have three children, Georgia, Taylor and Lilly.

math: amber carrion

Math: Amber Carrion

Amber Carrion comes to us from Pleasanton, California where she taught all levels of high school mathematics. She was one of the earliest co-teaching teams at the high school, providing Algebra 1 students with additional support through their freshman year. She was a mentor teacher in her district and worked on numerous curriculum projects for improving high school mathematics. Amber embraces Common Core and offered support to the district and staff as they transitioned to the new standards. She earned her B.S in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A in Education from U.C. Davis. She is excited to join the RISE team as a Mathematics Content Specialist and work with such a strong group of residents as they begin to develop their craft.

math: paul bailey

Math: Paul Bailey

Paul Bailey earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and his Master of Arts in Education from CSU, Chico. After spending a decade in the classroom teaching various mathematics, science, and engineering classes in grades 6 through 12, he joins the RiSE team as a Mathematics Content Specialist. Paul is really excited to participate in this fantastic program that is helping mold residents with amazing potential into the future's most outstanding teachers.

science: jackie musselman

Science: Jacklin Musselman

Jackie spent the first 25 years of her career working in medicine as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in the Emergency and Intensive care setting. In 1996 she received her teaching credential in Health Science with supplements in Biology and General Science. She spent eighteen years in the classroom teaching 8th grade science. She enjoyed her association with CSU, Chico, helping develop the Science Ambassador Program in conjunction with the Hands-On Lab. Now retired, she as joined the RISE team as a Science Content Specialist. She is most excited about being part of a team of extraordinary teachers, both well-seasoned, and the up-and-coming teacher innovators. These new teachers will be catapulting the next generation of students to discover their destiny and place on this planet. Together we can make a diffence.

jeff peek

Science: Jeff Peek

Jeff was a member of the US Air Force before attending CSU, Chico. He graduated in 1983, with a BA Degree in Biology, followed by his teaching credential, in 1984. He taught primarily chemistry and physics, at Oroville HS (Oroville, Ca.) from 1984 to 2000. In 2000, Jeff received his administrative credential from CSU, Sacramento. Upon receiving his administrative credential, he served as vice principal at both Las Plumas High School and Oroville High schools and Principal at Oroville High School.

jan peterson

Science: Janice Peterson

After attending Colorado State University, I decided to get a degree in biology and a teaching credential in Life Science Single Subject from California State University, Chico. I taught many different subjects at Hamilton High School for the next 21 years—from health, anatomy, physical science, and physics to biology, AP biology, chemistry, and forensics. I was also the Academic Decathlon coach. I retired from classroom teaching in 2015, and at the urging of a friend, I applied for this supervisor position. It is a new and rewarding experience, and I really enjoy being back in the classroom and seeing students again, and working with my assigned residents to help them achieve their goals.

special education: carol linda

Special Education: Linda Carol

For the past 37 years, Linda has taught a wide variety of grade levels in general education, special education and college classrooms. Starting as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence, Linda began working the University in 2005. During the past 12 years, she has supervised candidates in multiple credential pathways, including Concurrent, Multiple Subject, RISE, Rural Teacher Residency and Special Education Internships. Linda is a long standing CSU student, having obtained her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and three different teaching credentials all at CSUC. Linda thoroughly enjoys working with beginning teachers as they hone their skills, bringing excitement and enthusiasm into the classroom as well as to their future careers.