Center X Leadership Team

Center X has a distributed Leadership team co-chaired by Executive Director Annamarie Francois and Faculty Director John Rogers. The team meets weekly and includes Directors who represent the Center’s major work areas.

Annamarie Francois 
Faculty & Executive Director, Center X

Annamarie Francois is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education. She specializes in teacher development, reading and social science literacy, and school-university collaboration. Annamarie has many years of experience as a teacher, mentor and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the charter school community and the Teacher Education Program. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA.

John Rogers
Faculty Director, Center X

John Rogers is the Faculty Co-Director of the Principal Leadership Institute and Professor in the Urban Schooling division at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education. He studies strategies for engaging urban youth, community members, and educators in equity-focused school reform. Dr. Rogers earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and draws extensively on the work of John Dewey to explore the meaning of and possibilities for democratic education today.

Emma Hipolito

Emma Hipolito
Director, Teacher Education Program

Emma Hipolito has many years of experience as a history-social science educator, serving as a high school teacher in Santa Monica USD, a middle school teacher in Alhambra USD, a professional development leader, and a teacher educator for the UCLA Teacher Education Program. She has developed and coordinated several professional development programs with funding from both state and federal agencies.

Nancy Parachini
Director, Principal Leadership Institute

Nancy Parachini is Director of the Principal Leadership Institute and the Principals’ Center. She specializes in teacher development, language acquisition, and bilingual education. Nancy has 20 years of experience as an instructional leader within the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving in many roles including principal, evaluator, and professional development specialist. She also served as a Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning, a Program Evaluator for the UCLA School Management Program, and in 1997 earned her doctorate in Education from UCLA. Nancy is passionate about preparing social justice educators to transform the conditions of urban public schools.

Shervaughnna Anderson-Byrd
Director, California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA

Shervaughnna Anderson-Byrd comes to UCLA CRLP from the Los Angeles County Office of Education where she was a K-12 English Language Arts Consultant. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of coaching and has experience in establishing and nurturing professional learning communities. She is a former teacher, coach, site and district level administrator. She has experience working with diverse student populations throughout the United States of America and abroad.  In addition, she has served on state committees concerning English Language Arts, English Language Learners, and instructional practices for African American students.

Erin Powers
Director, UCLA National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Erin Powers served for more than 20 years as a secondary classroom teacher and instructional coach throughout southern California before becoming the Director of the UCLA NBPTS Project. An experienced professional development provider, she is passionate about supporting educators in respectful, meaningful, and empowering ways. Erin has an MEd in teaching and has held National Board Certification since 2003.