Universal Equity Program Specialist
Diane has been an educator for over 30 years and in Elk Grove since 2013. Prior to joining EGUSD, she served in varied positions including teaching, coaching, intervention and some administrative roles starting on the Central Coast, moving to the North Bay Area and then to the Sacramento Region. Diane’s passion for equity started early in her career while engaging in her internship at Juvenile Hall as she worked on her Master’s Degree and counseling credential. Her experiences with the marginalized communities and hearing their stories inspired her to use her privilege and power to create more equitable opportunities for ALL students and to work to make a difference in the lives of those whose voices often go unheard.
Diane’s experiences teaching at all levels in K-12, counseling and intervention work have informed her career path and have prepared her to embrace the equity work in EGUSD. Her own family has diverse backgrounds which also gives her intentionality and motivation as she continues to follow her passion to be an agent of change.
Dr. Rosalyn Clark
Targeted Program Equity Program Specialist
Dr. Rosalyn Clark has over 15 years experience in higher education, administration, and counseling experience in working with K-14 educational access programs and promoting equity led-initiatives for underserved communities. Dr. Clark most recently served as the UC Davis MESA Pre-College Program Director and worked with many students and teachers at local Sacramento and Elk Grove school sites. She is passionate about transformative and inclusive educational practices that provide authentic and safe spaces for student growth and community engagement. After moving to Travis AFB, California as a child of a US Air Force parent, she would be the first in her family to obtain a M.A. in Educational Counseling and credential (San Jose State University); and a Ph.D. in School Organization and Educational Policy, with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory (University of California, Davis).
On the weekends, you can find her serving in her local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., working with children in the Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., or teaching children at Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento.
Administrative Assistant II
Jessica Nieves started her education with the Elk Grove Unified School District and remained through elementary, middle, and high school. She began as an employee in 2013 and recently contributed her experiences with The Department of Educational Equity as an administrative assistant. Using skills that she learned as a substitute clerk, para educator, ASES educator/clerk, and office technician she’d be able to support the equity team and their goals for students, staff, and the families they serve. As an Aztec dancer for over a decade her culture and traditions play a vital role in contributing to the community and educating others for personal empowerment. She greatly supports the pursuit for a higher education for all and is a valuable resource to connect you to the individuals of Ed Equity.
You can ask her about the different Educational Equity teams, scholarships, her passion for travel, and her family.
Native American Education Program Educator
Joshua Hoaglen grew up right here in Elk Grove, California. He attended Elk Grove Unified School District schools and has always been a member of the local Native American Community. He is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and is Wailaki, Konkow, Mono, and Northern Paiute. Joshua is very passionate about the importance of learning and building a strong connection with his Native American culture and community. He knows what it is like to have to take the initiative to seek the teachings from elders and reach out to members of the community for growth as an educator and Native American man. He has taken courses to become a motherhood and fatherhood sacred facilitator; which teaches the importance of positive parenting within the native family structure. Joshua is also GONA (Gathering of Native Americans) certified and has helped facilitate local community gatherings. He knows the importance of the cultural teachings and the positive impact one’s cultural connection can have on their everyday life.
Equity & Workforce Diversity Program Specialist
Melissa joined the Educational Equity Department in 2021. Prior to that, she served as an instructional coach for English Learner Services, as well as an elementary teacher in EGUSD and in Detroit. She is passionate about dynamic teacher development, early career learning opportunities, culturally responsive pedagogy, and multilingual learners. While native to Sacramento, she graduated from University of Washington (B.A. in Communication) in Seattle and Oakland University (M.A. Teaching Elementary Education) in Detroit.
She will be working in partnership with human resources with a focus on recruitment, hiring, and retention. Outside the office, she is in an endless pursuit of a themed spin class, island reggae concert, and Sacramento’s best ramen.
Cory Angelique Naomi Burleson- Bayone
Educational Equity Program Educator
Cory Angelique Naomi Bayone began her education at Freeport Elementary School in the Sacramento Unified School District. When her family bought their first home in Elk Grove, CA where she attended Herman Leimbach Elementary School then Samuel Jackman Middle School to graduate from Valley High School. Cory was a part of the first graduating class of the VHS Teacher Academy. She went on to Sacramento State University and worked as a 21st Century Program Coordinator with the City of Sacramento. The school site of her choice was Freeport Elementary School. Nestled within the Meadowview community, she worked for 10 years providing opportunities for marginalized students to succeed.For four years Cory has made a cultural impact in the San Juan Unified School District as a School Community Intervention Specialist; while she learned how to foster the needs of students with disabilities as a special education liaison for the Sacramento County Department of Education. Cory is currently enrolled at Paul Quinn College a private historically black Methodist college to further her education to study secondary History and receive a teaching credential. Cory has been an advocate for equality within the African American community as a keynote speaker, advisor, and an educator to teach the value of expressed black culture.
For ten years, she has been a part of the Elk Grove Unified School district where she has led the Black Student Union. Because of her passion for community engagement she continues to provide opportunities for young people to succeed.
On the weekends you can find Cory gardening in Oak Park, building community food share tables, acrylic painting, cooking, or playing the trumpet.
Equity Instructional Coach
Beatriz spent the last 17 years teaching secondary Social Science and AVID in EGUSD. Through her work, she highlighted the voices and histories of marginalized groups, allowing for students to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and in the historical narrative of the United States. Her Master’s Theses focused on improving student writing in History and incorporating the Chicano experience into the U.S. History curriculum.
Beatriz is a native of Northern California and graduated from Luther Burbank High School. She is a first-generation college graduate with degrees from the University of California (U.C.) Santa Barbara (B.A. in U.S. History and B.A. in Chicano Studies); U.C. Davis (Master’s in Education); and California State University, Sacramento (Master’s in History).
Outside of the office, she enjoys learning new recipes, hiking, traveling, and visiting museums.
Program Educator, Student Equity Council
Prior to joining EGUSD, Carrie was an advocate for health equity in the nonprofit world, and worked with high school students from San Joaquin, Merced, and Fresno counties to develop a college and career-ready workforce. During this time, she discovered a newfound passion for empowering youth to recognize their potential and to find their voice. As a program educator, Carrie serves to develop the equity leadership and advocacy skills of PreK-12 students through Student Equity Councils. Although students are most impacted by school and district decisions, their voices are often left out during decision-making processes. Carrie believes it is crucial that the education system leverages students as key stakeholders.
Carrie received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Her Myer’s Briggs is INFJ and her goal is to evolve as a life-long learner. Carrie is a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fanatic, has watched Shrek more times than she likes to admit, and believes there is no such thing as a wrong time for boba.
Program Educator, Young Men of Color
Roberto Robles was born in Fresno, CA to immigrant parents, Roberto and Esperanza, from Zacatecas, Mexico with 5 siblings. He studied Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has lived in Sacramento since 2010. Here he found interest in working in education. Starting in Sacramento Unified School District, he worked in an afterschool program and taught English to adults. He then moved to EGUSD where he grew in the ASES program at Charles Mack Elementary and then in the PreK department working as a Paraeducator and then a Bilingual Family Advocate. He now resides in the Equity Department as a Program Educator for Young Men of Color. He looks forward to expanding his understanding the Elk Grove/ Sacramento community as well as his place in it.
Roberto has been involved in various groups in the Sacramento area including a folklorico dance company, an Aztec dance group, and a music group. He also organizes communal Bike Tours, hosts an open mic, as well as plays music as a solo act at various events and places. He also enjoys doodling, exploring on foot, going to Tower Theater, conversing, and learning about personal and local histories.
Roberto’s ambition is to be good at what he does, to keep redefining his potential at every opportunity, and practice the best practices for himself and his community.
Christine is an EGUSD alumni. Christine has gone through Elementary, Middle, and high school through EGUSD and have been working for EGUSD for 10 years. She started off as a Paraeducator for 2 years, then 8 years as an school office assistant at Edna Batey Elementary. She’s excited to be part of the Educational Equity team and be able to see the department grow, also to be able to grow professionally in her career. She loves to explore new foods and new places. Christine enjoy seeing her girls grow and love spending time with her family.