Sheila Nguyen

Sheila Nguyen is the STEM project coordinator overseeing the Claremont Colleges Stem Initiative (CCSI), an NSF-funded project that helps address the critical shortage of highly qualified math and science teachers in under-resourced schools. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in CGU’s Department of Teacher Education, teaching courses for single subject/secondary teaching candidates who are obtaining their preliminary teaching credential in science. With over 20 years of experience in science education, including 15 years as a K-12 science teacher, her expertise centers on 21st century technology skills and curriculum design. She is actively involved in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad as a member of the task force and is a certified scorer with AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry, CCSS Math grades 6-8, and the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA). She has been a lead editor for Cengage Learning and a contributing discrete item writer for, a website platform which provides review material for all curricular areas.

Nguyen has mentored preliminary candidates as well as teachers participating in the induction phase of the California credentialing process. Her work with CGU’s Department of Teacher Education is centered around culturally responsive pedagogy aligned with rigorous curriculum design in order to provide equitable access to all K-12 students. Since joining CGU’s Department of Teacher Education, Nguyen has helped to implement the use of technology through increased integration of Canvas and the Google Suite of applications. Additionally, she has created an innovative system of support for all teaching candidates as they complete the CalTPA. Her next endeavor will entail the robust introduction and implementation of engineering literacy skills among secondary teachers to better prepare K-12 students for experiences with critical thinking and problem-solving tasks.

Nguyen holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, a master’s degree in education from National University, a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Saint Joseph and is currently a doctoral student in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University.

Teaching and Learning Process II & III for Elementary and Secondary (Science) Subject Specific Literacy and Methods-Science
Elementary and Secondary (Science) Internship and Residency Teaching