Dr. BernNadette Best-Green

Associate Professor
BernNadette Best-Green
112 Budd Hall



BernNadette Best-Green, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education and English at San Joaquin Delta College located within California’s Central Valley in Stockton, California. Dr. Best-Green is a seasoned practitioner researcher and an ardent teacher educator who is passionate about recruiting, supporting, and preparing diverse and equity-minded aspiring and pre-service teachers to serve our increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse k-12 classrooms. Dr. Best-Green is also the Coordinator of San Joaquin Delta College’s Faculty Equity Training Academy (FETA) where she teaches a two-semester course that guides faculty cohorts through the process of researching, designing, executing, and evaluating practitioner inquiry projects that are designed to support historically marginalized and disproportionately-impacted student subgroups by improving teaching and learning within their own classrooms. BernNadette is a published author who seeks to help bridge the gap between theory and research involving classroom practice that improves language education for ethnolinguistically minoritized and multidialectal youth whose linguistic dexterity and plurality enable them to blend and alternate between the standard and nonstandard “Englishes” within their linguistic repertoires in creative, dynamic, and expansive ways. Her research is inspired by her experience as a veteran K-12 educator (teacher, administrator, program coordinator) and practitioner researcher of culturally diverse African American, Asian American, and Latinx elementary and middle school students in Northern California.  

Dr. Best-Green’s doctoral education at the University of California at Davis consisted of extensive and specialized preparation which included five years of service to the UCD School of Education (as the instructor of courses for undergraduate and graduate students and teacher credential candidates), a UCD three-year Teacher Educator-Scholar Fellowship, and a year-long UCD Professors For The Future (PFFT) Fellowship. She is also an alumna of the Los Rios Community College District’s Faculty Development Internship Program. Dr. Best-Green earned a B.A. in Sociology at UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at CSU Sacramento, and a Ph.D. in Education: Language, Literacy, & Culture at UC Davis. Dr. Best-Green also holds current teacher and school administrator credentials through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Dr. Best-Green is a proud resident of “America’s Most Diverse City: Stockton, CA” (US News & World Report, January 2020) where she resides with her husband and children and engages as an active community member. Through membership and affiliation with several local organizations, BernNadette engages in a variety of community service efforts that offer clothing and meals to homeless families and adults, and that provide mentorship, scholarships, and activities that promote higher education among youth and young adults from underrepresented backgrounds.  

Academic Degrees:
  • Ph.D. in Education: Language, Literacy, & Culture - University of California at Davis
  • M.A. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies - California State University, Sacramento
  • B.A. in Sociology - University of California at Berkeley
Professional Credentials:
  • Administrative Services Credential – California State University, Sacramento
  • Multiple Subjects Credential – California State University, East Bay
Courses Taught: 
  • Education 10 Introduction to Education
  • Education 12 Reading Tutoring Techniques
  • Education 13 Mathematics Tutoring Techniques
  • Education 14 Bilingualism in the Classroom
  • Education 15 Selected Topics: Education
  • Education 70 Paraprofessional Exam Preparation
  • Education 75 Selected Topics: Education
Office / TrAC / Department:
Communication and Languages
Social Science, Education and Public Service