Department Chair/Professor


College of Education, Kinesiology & Social Work


Teacher Education


Demergasso-Bava Hall DBH334


Doctorate of Education, Major in School Administration, Minor in Curriculum and Instruction
University of the Pacific, May, 1994, GPA: 3.9
Dissertation: The Relationship of Placement in Spanish/English Bilingual Classrooms to the Achievement of Native-English Speaker


Masters of Arts, Education Administration and Supervision
California State University, Stanislaus, May, 1985
Graduated With Distinction
Thesis: Attitudes of Portuguese-American Parents Toward Education


Bachelor of Arts, Major in History, Minors in Mathematics and Spanish
California State University, Stanislaus, May, 1978
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Senior Research Project: Spanish-German Relations, 1939-1945

California Teaching Credential​

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, life
Single Subject Teaching Credential in History/Social Studies, life 
Single Subject Supplementary Authorization in Mathematics, life
Spanish Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) authorization
Bilingual Certificate of Competency in Portuguese (Equivalent to current BCLAD)
​Professional Administrative Services Credential

Date Position

Fall 2011 - Present

Chair, Department of Teacher Education, CSU, Stanislaus (interim chair, 2011-2012; chair Fall 2012-present)

Fall 2006 – Present

Professor - Department of Teacher Education, CSU, Stanislaus

- Teach mathematics methodology courses in the Multiple Subject Credential Program

Fall 2008 - Present

Coordinator of the Office of Field Services (responsible for placement of student teachers)

May, 1999 - Present

Director, Center for Portuguese Studies, California State University, Stanislaus 

Fall 2001–Spring 2006

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, CSU, Stanislaus

Fall 1996–Spring 2001 

Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, CSU, Stanislaus

1996 – 1998

Co-director, California Reading and Literature Project, Delta-Sierra Region, based at CSU Stanislaus College of Education

1994 – 1996

Principal, Campus Park School, Livingston Union School District, Livingston, California

1986 – 1994

 District Director of Bilingual Education, Delhi Unified School District, and Principal, Schendel School, Delhi Unified School District, Delhi, California

1985 – 1986

 Assistant Director, District Bilingual Programs, Atwater School District, Atwater, California

1981 – 1985

Fifth Grade Teacher, Elmer Wood School, Atwater School District, Atwater, California

1979 – 1981

Math Teacher, Denair Middle School, Denair Unified School District, Denair, California

1981 - 84, Summers

Teacher, Migrant Summer School, Merced County Office of Education, Merced, California

Date Honor/Award


Christie Sue Whalen-Saxton Endowed Professor of Teacher Education

June 10, 2008

Comendador da Ordem de Instrucão Pública (Comendador of the Order of Public Instruction);  presented by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva

November 1, 2008

Education Leadership Award, Presented by PALCUS (Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States)

August 2002

Causa Portuguesa Award (Portuguese Cause Award), presented by the U.P.E.C. - União Portuguesa do Estado da California (Portuguese Union of the State of California);  presented for outstanding work in promoting and supporting the Portuguese community in California.

November 2001

Outstanding Leadership Award, presented by the Portuguese Education Foundation of Central California; this was a special award given by this organization for community leadership to advance causes which benefit the community.

June, 2001

Alumni Service Award, presented by the California State University, Stanislaus to alumni who has served the university and community

Date Publication


Portuguese Immigrant Women in Education: Setting the Standard for the Portuguese Community.  In Leonor Diaz de Seabra & Maria Antónia Espadinha, eds. A Vez e a Voz da Mulher Portuguesa na Diáspora: Macau e Outros Lugares(The Time and Voice of the Portuguese Woman in the Diaspora: Macau and Other Places).  Macau, China: University of Macau.


Women in Business: The New Frontier for the Portuguese-American Female.  In Rosa Simas, ed. Women in the Azores and the Immigrant Communities, Vol. 5. Ponta Delgada, Portugal, EGA -Empresa Gráfica Açoreana, Lda.


Prologue: Looking Through the Glass of Olivia Lage to Find Our Common History.  In, Lage, Olivia, The Egg in the Water Glass. San Jose, California: Portuguese Heritage Publications. 


The Feminization of Higher Education in a Rural California Community.  In R. Simas, ed. Women in the Azores and Immigrant Communities.  Ponta Delgada, Portugal, EGA - Empresa Gráfica Açoreana, Lda. 


The Renaissance of Portuguese Studies in California: The Partnership of Community and University.  In Lacorte, M & Krastel, T C. ed. Romance Languages and Linguistic Communities in the United States.  University of Maryland: Latin American Studies Center.


Wilkinson, R., producer, Costa, E., consultant and narrator. Bloodless Bullfights in California.  In National Geographic Channel.  A ten-minute segment in their daily news program - wrote and provided the narration.

Date Grant


Valley Area Living Enabling Resources (VALER) Social Services Grant, funded by the J B Fernandes Memorial Trust for $25,000


Portuguese-American Citizenship Project Voter Registration and Voter Turnout Drive.  Grant funded by the Direcção Regional das Comunidades, Governo Regional dos Açores (Regional Directorate of Communities, Regional Government of the Azores) for 105,000 Euros ($150,000USD)  over3 years.


The Portuguese-American Citizenship Project Renewal Proposal. Funded by the Luso-American Development Foundation of Lisbon, Portugal for $150,000 ($50,000 per year for three years.)


VALER Social Services Renewal Grant.  Grant funded by the J B Fernandes Memorial Trust for $85,000 for three years.

Date Presentation


The Secret to Success for Teaching English Learners: Comprehensible Input. 31stCalifornia Kindergarten Conference, Santa Clara, CA January 20, 2013.


Meeting the Common Core Standards for English Learners.  Asilomar Mathematics Conference. Pacific Grove, CA December 1, 2012.


Making the Common Standards Accessible to English Learners.  California Mathematics Council 53rd Annual Fall Conference.  Palm Springs, California. November 2, 2012.


Costa, E., McGlinchey, J, and Borba, A., et al.  The Portuguese-American Citizenship Project: A Tripartite Collaboration for Community Empowerment.  16thInternational METROPOLIS Conference, Ponta Delgada, Azores, September, 15, 2011.


Political Mobilization in the Portuguese-American Community.   Generations: Current Findings on the Acculturation and Integration of Portuguese Immigrants and Their Descendents: A Conference on the Dialectic Interplay Between Acculturation and Integration and the Maintenance of Portuguese Ethnic Boundaries in North American Societies, Providence, Rhode Island, October 14, 2011.


The Portuguese Language – A Common Heritage: Initiating Programs of Portuguese at the University Level.  2nd Meeting of American Legislators, Mayors, and Members of City Councils of Portuguese Descent.  Washington, DC, November 12, 2011


Hands-on, Minds-on Math – The Secret to Success.  California Mini-Corps Summer Institute.  Sacramento: June 11, 2011.


Costa, E. & Costa, A.  Literacy POWR- The Path of Oral Language, Writing and Reading.  29th  California Kindergarten Conference, Santa Clara, CA January 14, 2011 (Half Day Institute) 


Trabalho em Rede: Breve Panorâmica do seu Desenvolvimento nas Comunidades e nos Açores (Networking: A Brief Panorama of Its Developoment in the Communities and in the Azores).  V Encontro de Organizações Socais (V Meeting of Social Service Agencies).  Toronto, Canada: November 1, 2009 


Participação Política e Cívica na Sociedade (Political and Civic Participation in Society).  Encontro Jovens 2009 (Youth Conference 2009).  Ponta Delgada, Azores:  September 7, 2009. (Invited speaker at this Youth Conference sponsored by the Regional Government of the Azores.)