The Office of the Dean provides leadership and administrative support for the School of Education’s outstanding programs in teaching, counseling and educational leadership. The Office of the Dean takes a lead role in school communication, partnerships, gifts, and new program development for the purpose of supporting the vision of the School.

Office of the Dean

Dr. Mario Martinez, Robert A. and Mildred Peronia Naslund Endowed Dean's Chair

Meet Dean Martinez

Office of the Dean

The Dean's Office, under the leadership of Dr. Mario Martinez, works to fulfill the School of Education’s top priorities: serving students, working with local schools and postsecondary institutions, human services agencies, and other partners to strengthen social and educational justice in the Inland Empire, and throughout the state of California. The dean is responsible for developing strategies that facilitate administrator, faculty and staff capacity to serve and meet the needs of the school’s students and constituents.


Meet the Dean's Team

Dr. Nicol R. Howard, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, is responsible for strategy and administration of academic programs, oversight of accreditation and assessment, and faculty support and development. She provides academic leadership in collaboration with the Dean, faculty, and staff to advance the mission, vision, and principles of the School of Education.


Heather Lambeth, Executive Assistant to the Dean, performs a dual role in the School of Education. Heather coordinates the dean’s calendar, assists with the dean’s initiatives, and supports the overall School budget. She centrally manages the School of Education’s assessment system and coordinates the University’s accreditation for California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Heather holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and English and a Master of Education degree in technology.


Elaine Talamaivao-Lafaele, Department Coordinator for the School of Education, is responsible for adjunct faculty contracts, adjunct faculty onboarding, adjunct faculty/university supervisor timecard approving, course scheduling, course evaluations, and academic calendaring for the School of Education.


Maribel Cruz, Administrative Assistant II in the School of Education Dean’s Office, serves as the key support for logistics and administrative tasks for the School. Maribel assists with finance and budgetary needs, event planning and support, room booking and approval, book ordering and supply orders as well as coordinating faculty searches for the academic departments. Maribel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Riverside


Taylor Wong, Project Specialist, provides coordination of special projects and administrative, clerical, and logistical support to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.


Dalyn Montgomery, Director for Enrollment in the School of Education, and his team of advisors, are responsible for new student outreach, community partnerships, the admission and enrollment process, and works in support and collaboration with the Director of Integrated Marketing.

Dalyn holds a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.


Yessenia Yorgesen, Assistant Dean of Operations and Analytics, oversees the Office of Student Success and attends to various student related matters. She closely works with Registrar’s Office, CAS Dean’s Office, Graduate and Professional Enrollment, and other university key constituents. In addition, she provides leadership in implementation of internal school communication strategy and action in coordination with the Dean’s Office and University Communications.