Personal profile


Heidimarie Hayes Rambo has been working with pre-service and in-service teachers to better meet the needs of English Learners for almost 20 years. Before transitioning to teacher education and leadership development, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in intensive English language programs, university ESL, and developmental English programs for over 15 years.  She currently serves as the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California. Dr. Rambo received her doctoral degree from Kent State University in 2004.
Her experiences while studying abroad inspired curiosity about culture, language learning and the impact of acculturation on identity development. This curiosity has evolved into a deep, personal commitment to eliminating systematic inequities that impair a student’s ability to reach his or her educational goals. Her current work is dedicated to building individual agency within teacher leaders, school administrators, and community leaders, so that they can transform the systems in which they work. She provides professional development workshops to Bay Area schools on academic vocabulary development, differentiated assessment practices, and content-area language learning.

Contact Information

Office: Filippi Academic Hall - 265
Phone: (925) 631-4617
Fax: (925) 376-8379
Mail: P.O. Box 4350; Moraga, CA 94575

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. (Applied Linguistics), Kent State University

… → 2004

M.A. (English), Kent State University

… → 1992

Research Interests

  • Teacher Efficacy
  • Motivation and Language Learning
  • Acculturation and Language Learning


  • Teacher Education and Professional Development
  • Leadership Studies