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Professional Staff

Brandi Pretlow

Brandi Pretlow

Brandi Pretlow is the Director of the Leland Scholars Program and an alumna of Stanford (Class of 2005).  Brandi earned her master’s degree in education from Lesley University and holds an MSW degree from the University of Chicago.

Prior to returning to Stanford, Brandi worked...Read more about Brandi Pretlow

Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia is the Assistant Director of LSP. She graduated with her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley and with her Ed.M in Higher Education from Harvard University. She worked as a college advisor for three years and most recently, as a program coordinator at Cal Poly, supporting students from low-income backgrounds...Read more about Cecilia



Residential Academic Directors (RADs)

Brandi Cannon

LSP RAD Brandi Cannon

Hello! My name is Brandi Cannon (she/they) and I am a first year Ph.D. student in Science Education. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but spent the last six years living in NYC, and both have provided some of the best foodie experiences in my life. My background is in biology and botany (the study of plants) and I love being in the outdoors which is why my research focuses on reconnecting Black and Brown folks with the outdoors, nature, and finding safe spaces to exist while engaging with the earth and learning science! Read more about Brandi Cannon

Marisol Zarate

LSP RAD Marisol Zarate

Hi! My name is Marisol Zarate (she/her) and I am from San Bernardino, California. I am currently a student in the Sociology Ph.D. Program. I am very interested in public scholarship exploring cities, policing, neighborhoods, and transformative methods of social change. I did my undergrad here as well (’19) in the program of Urban Studies. Read more about Marisol

Instructors - Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR)

Megan Formato

Meg Formato

Meg Shields Formato is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford and a tutor in the Hume Center for Speaking and Writing. She holds a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and a BA in English from Amherst College. As a historian of modern science and technology,...Read more about Megan

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson holds a B.A. in Art History with Honors from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Education (Language, Literacy and Culture Division) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to Stanford, Jennifer taught courses in the Linguistics...Read more about Jennifer Johnson

Lisa Marie Swan

Lisa Marie Swan

Lisa Swan is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in English Education from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, equity, and faculty professional development. Lisa has...Read more about Lisa


Nissa Cannon

Lecturer Nissa Cannon

Nissa Ren Cannon grew up in Santa Cruz, CA, and earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Italian at UCLA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English at UC Santa Barbara.
Prior to arriving at Stanford, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Honors College at Boston University, ... Read more about Nissa


Rebecca Richardson

Advanced Lecturer Rebecca Richardson

Becky Richardson is a Lecturer in PWR. She attended Mount Holyoke College and holds a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University. Having recently taught courses on "The Rhetoric of the Confession," "The Rhetoric of Coming of Age," and "The Rhetoric of Sympathy," she is especially interested in encouraging ... Read more about Rebecca

 Evelyn Kuo, PWR TA

Evelyn Kuo

Hello! My name is Evelyn (she/her), and I’m from Union City, California. I was part of the LSP VIII cohort my first year, and I’m so excited to be with the LSP family again! I am a rising senior majoring in English (Creative Writing Emphasis) and double minoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE)...Read more about Evelyn

Instructors - Math

Winnie Huang

Winne Huang

Winnie Huang (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Chemical Engineering. She was part of the LSP 7 cohort in 2018. Currently, Winnie is a member of the Mai Research Group, with her Honors Thesis focusing on the structural characterization of calcium-responsive proteins. The...Read more about Winnie

Dana Paquin

Dana Paquin

Dr. Dana Paquin earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Stanford University in 2007.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.  Previously, she was the Division Head of...Read more about Dana

May Ling Har

LSP math instructor May Ling

May Ling (she/her) is a Master of Science student in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Prior to Stanford, she was raised in Malaysia and Australia, and moved to the UK for her Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester. She is currently involved in the Morphing Space Structures Lab at Stanford where she investigates and analyses designs of origami-inspired deployable structures for spacecraft. Read more about May Ling

Daniel Oluwalana

Math instructor Daniel Oluwalana

Daniel Oluwalana is a first-year master’s student in the Aero/Astro department here at Stanford. He also studied aerospace engineering with a minor in economics during his undergraduate career at Syracuse University. As an undergrad, Daniel was an active member of the Syracuse chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He served as its Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Chair in his second year, Academic Excellence Chair in his third year, and the organization president in his senior year. Read more about Daniel

Instructors - Chemistry

Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann

Dr. Jennifer Schwartz-Poehlmann

Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann studied chemistry at Washington University in Saint Louis Missouri (A.B. 2002) before coming to Stanford University as a graduate student (Ph.D. 2008). Her thesis work under Prof. Edward Solomon addressed structural contributions to reactivity in active sites of non-heme di-iron enzymes, including ferritins. She joined the Stanford Center (now Vice Provost) for Teaching and Learning as a Teaching Fellow in 2008. In 2009, she became Lecturer and Introductory Course...Read more about Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann

Christian Tocol

Christian Tocol

My name is Christian Tocol. I use he/him/his pronouns and am a FLI student coming from sunny San Diego, California! I am part of the class of 2023 majoring in Chemical Engineering with a passion for plant chemical biology discovery and engineering. Before coming to Stanford my resource pool was extremely limited, some examples of this desert included having limited exposure to college in high school where I had no idea what the college application process was like, nor did I take super advanced classes to prepare me for the rigor. Read more about Christian

Nathaniel Brown

Nathaniel Brown

Nathaniel Brown received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 2013 before attending Princeton University for his PhD in Chemical Biology, where he developed tools to study the densely-phosphorylated inositol pyrophosphate signaling molecules in Professor Dorothea Fiedler’s lab. Read more about Nathaniel