Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation in Urban Education

Faculty Associates

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Vanessa Dodo-Seriki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Science and Urban Education 
Loyola University Maryland
Email:  vddodoseriki@loyola.edu
Telephone:  410-617-2122
Twitter:  @Dr_DodoSeriki

Vanessa Dodo Seriki received her doctorate in Education-Science Education-from the Ohio State University in 2011. As a graduate of an urban school and former high school science teacher in Portsmouth, VA and Baltimore, MD, Dr. Dodo Seriki understands the realities that face urban students, families, teachers and schools. As such, she has dedicated her work to empowering urban teachers, students, and families through engagement in science learning.


Kalinda R. Jones, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor
School Counseling Program
Education Specialties Department
Loyola University Maryland
School of Education

Kalinda Jones earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Guidance and Psychological Services with a specialization in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University. Her dissertation examined elementary teacher self-efficacy beliefs related to working with students displaying chronic disruptive behaviors. She was awarded the Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers award in 2004 and 2005. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Educational Research Association, and the American School Counseling Association.


Kathleen A. Sears 

Coordinator, Professional Development Schools
Teacher Education Department
Loyola University Maryland
School of Education

Ms. Sears is retired from Baltimore County Public Schools where she served as English teacher, ESL instructor, English Department Chairman, and high school assistant principal and master scheduler. Since coming to Loyola, she has taught Secondary Methods of Teaching, Methods of Teaching English, and Adolescent Literature. She has led professional development workshops in Classroom Management, Dealing with Difficult People, and Making Reading Enjoyable. She advises all secondary education minors.


Margarita Zisselsberger, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor
Literacy Education
Loyola University Maryland
School of Education

Margarita Zisselsberger earned her doctoral degree in Language, Learning, and Literacy from Boston College. Her research focuses on the language and literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners. Current research includes attempts at understanding how classroom contexts play a critical role for CLD students writing development. Recent work has focused on exploring systemic functional linguistics as a theoretical and analytic tool to understand and capture the language features used by diverse CLD students.