Dr. Sofía Tannenhaus is an Improvement Coach with High Tech High’s Center for Research on Equity & Innovation and a High Tech High Graduate School of Education Faculty Member. Motivated by her background, nearly all of Dr. Tannenhaus’ research has sought to improve educational outcomes for low-income Latino students. She has immersed herself in work with various organizations and institutions to provide better opportunities for students who grew up similar to her.
While attending K-12 Title I public schools in South San Diego County, Sofía witnessed many of her peers crossing the border each day from Tijuana into the U.S. Despite student, teacher, and administrator awareness of this common practice, this student subpopulation acted as a sleeping giant within the education system due to the sensitive nature of their transnational residency. For her dissertation, Sofía returned to her hometown to conduct a year-long qualitative study of cross-border students.
Although her research projects have been meaningful, Dr. Tannenhaus sought to better understand the world of practice by becoming an educator. As a teacher, she spent over three years designing significant learning experiences for students in their Spanish class at High Tech High. She now coaches school teams on designing and implementing college access initiatives and leads organization-wide alumni support for High Tech High. Her specialties include reducing summer melt, improving sense of belonging, and increasing college persistence & graduation rates for First Generation and low-income students.
Dr. Tannenhaus holds a clear single subject teaching credential in Spanish. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Sociology from UC San Diego.